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8 Jimmy Clausen QB
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 9/21/1987 | Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA | Team: Chicago | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 185.38
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Jimmy Claussen wins backup quarterback battle


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen has won the No. 2 role under center after the team parted ways with Jordan Palmer Sunday.

"They both competed really hard for the job," head coach Marc Trestman told ESPN.com. "As I told Jordan, Jimmy played at a consistent level, as did Jordan. I really threw out the five or six plays Jordan had the other night backed up. I know Jordan was terribly upset about that situation. That really didn't come into the consideration. Jimmy's played a lot more football in this league. He's younger, and I thought the competition was very close. But I thought at the end of the day, I think the upside for Jimmy, his age, his experience, and he came highly recommended from some people I trust in Carolina."

Clausen has completed 64.9 percent of his passes this preseason for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.


Jordan Palmer to be No. 2 quarterback Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer will be the first signal caller off the bench to relieve starter Jay Cutler in Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks, ESPNChicago.com reports. Jimmy Clausen served as the No. 2 QB in the last preseason game.

"Jay will work certainly into the second quarter and we'll make a decision during the second quarter what we're going to do with him," Trestman said. "That will be dependent on a number of different things. And then after that we'll have Jordan, so expect Jordan to play the third quarter and Jimmy to play the fourth. We'll continue to rotate these guys around. We've got another week after this one and that's the way we'll operate this week."

Palmer and Claussen are batting to win the primary backup spot behind Cutler.


Jimmy Clausen solid, but unspectacular, against Jaguars


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Bears backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen was solid, but unspectacular, against the Jaguars Thursday.

Clausen came on in relief of Jay Cutler halfway through the second quarter. He did see some time with the starting offensive line. Clausen completed 11 of 15 passes, but spent most of the night checking down. He finished with 94 yards. Clausen was also picked off during the game, but it came on a tipped pass. 


Jimmy Clausen to play ahead of Jordan Palmer on Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman said quarterback Jimmy Clausen will relieve Jay Cutler in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars, with Jordan Palmer playing third. Clausen and Palmer are fighting for the backup job.

Clausen hit 7 of 13 throws for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason opener, while Palmer went 8 for 11 for 104 yards with one touchdown and one interception.


Jimmy Clausen might have leg up on Jordan Palmer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Jimmy Clausen might have gotten the jump on incumbent Jordan Palmer in the battle for the backup Bears quarterback job behind Jay Cutler. The former is working with the second-team Saturday in practice, per ESPN.

Injuries have prevented Clausen from throwing an NFL pass since 2010 with Carolina. It remains to be seen if he can hang on to the backup spot with Chicago.


Jimmy Clausen leading Bears backup QB competition?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) The Bears signed Jimmy Clausen back in early June to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Jay Cutler. ESPN believes that Clausen has gained enough ground on incumbent backup Jordan Palmer to be penciled in for the part. Both will compete for one spot in camp this summer as rookie David Fales figures to make the roster as a long-term developmental project. 

Bears unearth Jimmy Clausen


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/6/2014) The Bears have signed quarterback Jimmy Clausen, formerly a second-round pick of the Panthers. He threw three touchdowns and nine interceptions over 13 games with Carolina. 

Almost healed, Jimmy Clausen fighting for another shot


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Free agent quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who spent last season on injured reserve recovering from a torn labrum, is hoping to latch on with a new team. He won't be back with the Panthers.

Clausen, 26, said his arm is at 95 percent and he's ready to compete for a backup job somewhere.

“I'm still really young," Clausen told USA Today. “I'm going into my fifth year in the league. I feel great. This is probably right now the healthiest I've been since my junior year in college, to be honest with you.”


Panthers pare 11 off roster


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) The Panthers have announced 11 cuts, the most significant of which are quarterback Jimmy Clausen and cornerback Drayton Florence.

The others are as follows: wide receivers James Shaw and Brenton Bersin, tight end Zack Pianalto, guard Hayworth Hicks, defensive tackle Sione Fua, linebackers Doug Hogue and Ben Jacobs, safety Robert Lester and running back Tauren Poole.

The 32-year Florence has spent most of his career as a starter with San Diego, Jacksonville, Buffalo and Detroit.


Jimmy Clausen in a pickle; loses job with Panthers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) Jimmy Clausen lost his starting job last season to Cam Newton. Now he's even lost his roster spot with the Panthers.

Clausen was released on Saturday, reports NFL.com. He was beaten out by Derek Anderson in the battle for the backup role to Newton. He will finish his tenure in Carolina with 1,558 yards passing and meager 52.5 completion percentage. Clausen managed just three touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

Despite winning the job, Anderson tweeted that he will miss Clausen. "Forget football ... hard to see a good friend go," he wrote.


Clausen a cap casualty in Carolina?


(2/22/2012) The Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers might waive QB Jimmy Clausen to save just over $900,000 in salary cap space. Clausen has been replaced by Cam Newton as the starting quarterback in Carolina.

Clausen inactive for Week 1


(9/11/2011) Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen was ruled inactive for Week 1 against the Cardinals. That means QB Derek Anderson will serve as the primary backup for Cam Newton in Sunday's game at Arizona.

Clausen back after rest day


(8/28/2011) Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen returned to practice and resumed throwing after missing practice on Saturday. He injured his elbow last week and saw limited action in Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Clausen barely plays Thursday


(8/26/2011) Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen was able to play in Thursday's game against the Bengals despite a sore elbow. He came in for Cam Newton late in the game, and had another uninspiring effort. Clausen completed 4 of 7 passes for 35 yards in the loss.

Clausen dealing with sore elbow


(8/25/2011) The Charlotte Observer reports Wednesday that Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen is experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow. He bruised it in the loss to the Dolphins on Friday, so the team is considering him questionable for Thursday's game against the Bengals. Clausen is expected to relieve starter Cam Newton sometime in the second half if he plays.

Clausen not great Friday


(8/20/2011) Jimmy Clausen, who started last week for Carolina, entered the game Friday at Miami to begin the second half and went 9 for 15 for 69 yards. Coach Ron Rivera declined to say when he'll decide whether to start rookie Cam Newton or Clausen in the regular-season opener Sept. 11 against Arizona. "They were efficient at best," Rivera said. "They made some good reads, made some good decisions but missed a couple of throws. That was disappointing."

Clausen heads to bench for second game


(8/17/2011) Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton will start Friday night's preseason game against Miami, coach Ron Rivera announced Wednesday. As for whether Newton will start the regular season opener on Sept. 11, Rivera said, "People do want to read into it, but just know that we have a plan and we're sticking to it. And as we go through the process sometime next week, we'll have a real good feel for what we're going to do as we go into the regular season." Rivera said the first-team offense will play about half of Friday's game and that Jimmy Clausen will get reps with the first teamers, thus keeping the QB competition even. "We'll do like we did last week, where Cam came in and played with the first group in the second quarter," Rivera said. "Again, we want to make sure everybody gets a chance to play and work with the guys and keep that competition going."

Decision between Clausen and Newton coming


(8/15/2011) The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he will name a starting quarterback by next week, before the team's third preseason game on Aug. 25. Just as the team did in Saturday's preseason opener, Jimmy Clausen started off as the No. 1 QB Monday and rookie Cam Newton backed him up in Monday's practice.

Clausen has inconsistent opener


(8/14/2011) Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen had an up and down preseason opener Saturday night against the Giants. He started the game ahead of rookie Cam Newton, and he finished 4 of 7 passing for 69 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His touchdown was an 18-yard pass to new TE Greg Olsen, but his interception was returned 56 yards by Giants LB Michael Boley for a touchdown. Clausen said he "still has a ways to go" before he gets to where he needs to be. "Obviously there were some ups and downs, some mistakes and some good plays by everybody," he said. "It's good to just get back out there."

Clausen to start preseason opener


(8/12/2011) Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen said he's been told by coach Ron Rivera that he will start Saturday night's preseason game against the New York Giants. Clausen is trying to win the starting job ahead of rookie No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton. "Myself and Cam have had ups and downs throughout camp and we're still learning," Clausen said. "We're still young and I think (Saturday) is another big test. I can't wait to get out there."

Clausen No. 1 QB on depth chart


(8/10/2011) The Panthers released their first depth chart of the preseason, with Jimmy Clausen listed as their starting quarterback. Clausen has been getting a majority of the first-team reps so far in training camp with rookie Cam Newton getting mostly time with the second team.

Clausen running with first team


(8/2/2011) Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen is still working with the starters in training camp. No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton is running with the second team. Derek Anderson is not allowed to practice until Thursday.

Clausen's got company in Cam


(4/29/2011) The Panthers made Auburn QB Cam Newton the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, giving them an athletic passer with a polarizing personality to help them on and off the field. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera stressed Newton isn't designed to be a "franchise savior," but said he'll get a shot to play as a rookie and compete with Jimmy Clausen. Clausen, a rookie QB for the Panthers last season, was complimentary toward Newton upon his drafting, welcoming him to Carolina, but it's clear that he will try and compete for the starting job.

Clausen begins to run


(4/5/2011) Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen posted on Twitter on Tuesday that he finished his first workout since foot surgery this offseason and "finally ran since (Week 17)." He admitted via Twitter that he was out of shape but seemed confident that he'd be healthy soon enough.

Clausen will have competition


(2/25/2011) Panthers coach Ron Rivera, speaking at the NFL Combine on Thursday, made it clear the team will look to add competition at QB, which means Jimmy Clausen is not guaranteed the starting job in 2011. "We need to identify a franchise quarterback, most certainly," Rivera said. The Panthers ranked last in the league in offense last season, and Jimmy Clausen, chosen with the Panthers' first pick a year ago, No. 48 overall, was the league's lowest-rated passer. "We feel we've got to make sure we have the guy that can be our franchise quarterback," Rivera said. "Whether he's on our current roster, he's in the draft or free agency ... Look at it throughout the league and franchise quarterbacks are what's happening in this league in terms of it becoming a passing league. I come from a place, having been in San Diego, you've got Philip Rivers, a tremendous quarterback, and we've got to find a situation like that again."