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Jimmy Clausen | Quarterback

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: Notre Dame
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Jimmy Clausen has won the Bears' backup quarterback job.
He beat out Jordan Palmer by completing 64 percent of his 37 preseason passes for 280 yards, two TDs, and one pick. His passer rating is 94.4. Bears coaches have been pleased with Clausen's "arm strength and throwing mechanics." The 26-year-old is a name to keep in mind because of Marc Trestman's QB history. Josh McCown had a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio under Trestman in 2013. Aug 24 - 7:00 PM

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Jimmy Clausen operated as the Bears' No. 3 quarterback in Friday night's preseason game, completing 6-of-9 throws for 36 yards.

He was the only Bears quarterback to lead scoring drives in the 34-6 drubbing, resulting in a pair of late Robbie Gould field goals against Seahawks backups. (Of course, Seattle's backups would start on a team like the Raiders.) Expect Clausen to get a ton of snaps in the exhibition finale as the Bears continue to let him battle Jordan Palmer to back up Jay Cutler. In August, Clausen is a combined 24-of-37 (64.9%) passing for 280 yards (7.6 YPA), two touchdowns and a pick.
Aug 23 - 12:47 PM

Jimmy Clausen completed 7-of-10 passes for 56 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

It wasn't a great night. Clausen's pick was a tipped ball that hung too long over the middle of the field, while he also failed to secure a snap. Thanks in part to myriad Bears penalties, the former second-round pick never really got into a rhythm. Clausen is ahead of Jordan Palmer in the battle to back up Jay Cutler, but will have to secure his job with solid performances in the third and fourth preseason games.
Aug 14 - 10:32 PM

Jimmy Clausen will be the No. 2 quarterback in Thursday's preseason game against the Jags.

Jordan Palmer is losing out to Clausen in the battle to be Jay Cutler's backup. Clausen went 7-of-13 for 150 yards with two touchdowns in last week's preseason opener, showing a little of the ability that made him a second-round pick in 2010. As we saw with Josh McCown last year, Marc Trestman can take quarterbacks from way off the radar and make them plus players.
Aug 13 - 11:21 AM

Jimmy Clausen completed 7-of-13 passes for 150 yards, two touchdowns, and a two-point conversion completion in the Bears' preseason opener Friday night against Philadelphia.

He added a 16-yard scramble. Clausen faced deep Eagles reserves, but outplayed current No. 2 QB Jordan Palmer, who went 8-of-11 for 104 yards, one touchdown, and a pick. Despite quarterbacking the third-team offense, Clausen is internally considered the favorite to open 2014 as Jay Cutler's backup. This performance should earn him more looks in Chicago's second exhibition game.
Aug 8 - 10:55 PM

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears backup QB Jimmy Clausen "seemingly hasn't had a bad day all training camp."

Clausen has reportedly demonstrated "some impressive zip" on his passes, and has been "quick with his reads," which is critical in Marc Trestman's offense. Jordan Palmer is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on Chicago's unofficial depth chart, but Clausen and Palmer have shared second-team reps evenly so far. Clausen remains the slight favorite to open the season as Jay Cutler's backup.
Aug 3 - 11:26 PM

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

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.
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

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QB1Jay Cutler
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GLB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3RB1Matt Forte
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WR11Brandon Marshall
2Santonio Holmes
3Marquess Wilson
WR21Alshon Jeffery
2Josh Morgan
3Chris Williams
WR31Santonio Holmes
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Dante Rosario
K1Robbie Gould