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Jimmy Clausen | Quarterback

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: Notre Dame
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According to ESPN Chicago, Jimmy Clausen "appears poised" to unseat Jordan Palmer for No. 2 quarterback duties behind Jay Cutler.
Clausen "quickly gained ground" on Palmer at minicamp and appears to be in the driver's seat for the backup job. It's an important competition because Cutler has missed 13 starts the past four seasons. Considering the magic coach Marc Trestman worked with last year's backup, Josh McCown, it could be a real chance for Clausen to get his career back on its tracks. 26-year-old Clausen is worth a look in particularly deep Dynasty fantasy leagues. Jul 18 - 11:43 AM

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ESPN Chicago confirms Jimmy Clausen is a threat to Jordan Palmer's backup job with the Bears.

This is a position battle to monitor after Marc Trestman worked wonders with Josh McCown in 2013, resurrecting McCown's career with a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio. Palmer practiced poorly during OTAs and minicamp, while Clausen has history with Trestman. Assuming he makes the 53, rookie David Fales is ticketed for third-string duties regardless of the No. 2 quarterback winner.
Jun 23 - 12:49 PM

According to ESPN Chicago, Jimmy Clausen "caught the staff's attention" during the Bears' three-day minicamp, while (No. 2 quarterback Jordan) Palmer appeared to struggle."

Coach Marc Trestman confirmed afterwards that Clausen will go with the team to training camp, while Jerrod Johnson was left behind. Chicago will enter camp with four rostered quarterbacks: Clausen, Jay Cutler, David Fales, and Palmer. If Clausen is truly humbled, he could be a sleeper to win the top backup job.
Jun 19 - 8:01 PM

Bears signed QB Jimmy Clausen.

The 2010 second-round bust enters the mix to back up Jay Cutler, joining Jordan Palmer and sixth-rounder David Fales in the battle for Nos. 2 and 3 duties. Clausen hasn't taken a regular-season snap since his disastrous rookie season in Carolina, but will be working with one of the league's top quarterback coaches in Marc Trestman. They also worked together in run up to the 2010 draft. Clausen is recovering from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, but wouldn't have been signed were he not on pace for training camp.
Jun 5 - 6:00 PM

Free agent QB Jimmy Clausen is currently recovering from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

Clausen spent last season on injured reserve. The injury's extent was previously undisclosed. Clausen underwent surgery on September 11. Clausen hasn't attempted a single pass since his disaster 2010 rookie season. He wants a chance to compete for backup duties somewhere.
Source: USA Today
Apr 18 - 10:13 AM

Updating a previous item, the Panthers waived/injured Jimmy Clausen.

Clausen will spend the final year of his rookie contract on injured reserve unless he gets bought out with an injury settlement at some point.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 06:04:00 PM

Panthers waived QB Jimmy Clausen and TE Zack Pianalto.

Clausen never played a snap for the Panthers after his brutal 2010 rookie year, where he demonstrated a sub-average arm and maddening tendency to get "small" in the pocket. He's 26 years old now and has shown no signs of ever developing into even a backup-caliber quarterback. Clausen's Carolina career ends with three touchdown passes, nine interceptions, nine fumbles, and a 1-9 record.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 09:04:00 AM

ESPN's John Clayton says it's "pretty safe to say" Jimmy Clausen has zero trade value.

We wouldn't disagree. Clayton isn't as in-touch as he once was, but it's confirmation the rest of the league has soured on the prospects of Clausen ever making something of himself as well. With No. 2 Derek Anderson a free agent, Clausen could be elevated to Cam Newton's backup next year. Clausen's rookie deal runs dry after the 2013 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 08:19:00 PM

Derek Anderson is "still ahead" of Jimmy Clausen in the competition to back-up Cam Newton.

It's a troubling sign for Clausen's future, though he could still move ahead of Anderson with a strong preseason. Despite Panthers coach Ron Rivera's June musing to the contrary, Clausen may never sniff another NFL starting job.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 11:47:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes Jimmy Clausen will get another chance to start in the NFL.

Barring injury to Cam Newton, it won't happen in Carolina, of course. "The kid’s got a good arm, he’s an accurate passer, he’s learned a lot, and I think if he continues to grow this season he’s going to get his opportunity," Rivera said. Clausen had one of the worst rookie seasons of all time, and shouldn't generate interest as a starter when his rookie deal runs out in 2014.
Sat, Jun 2, 2012 11:03:00 AM

Contrary to previous reports, Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen does not have a $923,000 roster bonus due on March 27.

The $923,000 was a "one-time" bonus that Clausen would have triggered by hitting performance and playing-time incentives. After riding the pine as a third-stringer last year, those benchmarks were not met. Without a bonus, Clausen has a better chance of staying on the roster.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 08:38:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Jimmy Clausen is "in the mix" to return in 2012.

Due a $923,000 roster bonus on March 27, Clausen is a strong candidate for release after being inactive for all 16 games in 2011, but Rivera insists "he's most certainly a guy that's in the mix in terms of ... competing." The Panthers are reportedly in the market for backup with a skill-set more similar to Cam Newton's. If Clausen's back, it will again be as the third-stringer.
Sun, Feb 26, 2012 12:55:00 PM

The Panthers can clear over $1 million in salary cap space by waiving Jimmy Clausen next month.

Clausen is due a $923,000 roster bonus on March 27. He spent 2011 as Carolina's third-stringer, inactive on all 16 game days after failing to beat out Derek Anderson for the Panthers' backup job. The Panthers are up against the cap, and need to shed $9.6 million before the new league year (March 13).
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 03:36:00 PM

Panthers declared QB Jimmy Clausen, CB Darius Butler, S Jordan Pugh, RB Mike Goodson, TE Richie Brockel, OT Lee Ziemba, and DT Frank Kearse inactive for Week 8 against the Vikings.

Butler and Pugh are Carolina's primary nickel and dime defenders. Unfortunately, a Vikings team short on receivers probably won't be able to exploit their absences. Clausen has been an inactive third-stringer all season long.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 11:46:00 AM

Panthers declared QB Jimmy Clausen inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Clausen loses out to Derek Anderson for the No. 2 job behind Cam Newton. Other Panthers inactives: CB Josh Thomas, FB Jerome Felton, LB Jason Williams, OT Lee Ziemba and WR Kealoha Pilares.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 03:01:00 PM