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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%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 188.00
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Marc Trestman: 'We need a lift at quarterback'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman explained his decision to bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen, saying in a press conference: "I think we need a lift at quarterback. I think we need a spark." Trestman said Cutler will be the backup quarterback Sunday against the Lions.

The coach said he's made no decision about who will start the regular-season finale.

"This is in the best interest of our football team," Trestman said. "We need some better play from the quarterback position."

Cutler leads the league with 24 turnovers. Clausen hasn't started a game since his rookie year of 2010, when he went 1-9 as a starter and played in 13 games with Carolina.

Chicago opened as a 6.5-point home underdog but is now getting 8.5 or 9 points throughout Las Vegas.


Report: Bears to start Jimmy Clausen Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Bears will start Jimmy Clausen Week 16 against the Lions, according to ESPN.

The move comes as a major surprise. While Jay Cutler has faced scrutiny for his body language and demeanor, the team handed him a seven-year, $126 million contract last season. The move seems to indicate that Cutler is done for the season, and puts his career with the Bears in jeopardy.

Clausen has seen time in three games this season, completing three passes in nine attempts. His last start came back in 2010, his rookie season. That year, Clausen threw for 1,558 yards, with three touchdowns against nine interceptions. 

The Lions are currently 7-point favorites, according to VegasInsider.com.


Trestman: Bears to continue to roll with Jay Cutler


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman indicated Friday that Jay Cutler would remain the team's starting quarterback over the remainder of the season if he remains healthy rather than backup Jimmy Clausen seeing playing time, ESPN.com reports.

"Jay is our quarterback," Trestman said. "If he’s available to play, he’s going to play. Jimmy is continuing to work in the offense, and he practices. We certainly like having him on our football team, but as we get ready for New Orleans next week, Jay will get the reps and he’ll be playing."

Cutler signed a seven-year contract worth more than $126 million in January. He's completed a career-high 66.8 percent of his passes for 3,446 yards with 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 13 games. He needs just two more touchdown passes to set a new career best in the category.


Bears QB Jimmy Clausen sees some time Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen managed to get in the game Week 8 against the Patriots. 

With the Bears down big, Clausen got a chance to lead the offense. He completed one pass for 22 yards. Clausen had five attempts. The Bears are on a bye Week 9. 


Pair of Bears pitch in offensively in Week 4


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen and wideout Josh Morgan made minor contributions to the Bears offense Sunday against Green Bay.

Clausen completed his lone pass for nine yards in relief of Jay Cutler. Morgan racked up three receptions for 24 yards. Two of those catches came in the fourth quarter.


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."