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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: 6 | Owned/Started%: 3/1 | Average Draft Position: 188.00
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John Fox preaching open competition, even at QB


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/26/2015) New Bears coach John Fox called it "all an open competition" when asked if he could see a scenario in which quarterback Jay Cutler had to compete for the starting job, reports ESPN.com. Jimmy Clausen is Cutler's projected backup.

“I would say logically if you are looking at the depth chart and you are asking me for it two weeks before we can really get anything going, I’d say  be [Cutler would be] first on the depth chart, yeah,” Fox said.

“Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football and really anything is it’s not where you start the race it’s where you finish it. We have to start the race with some kind of lineup, and we have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players in depth. I think it’s important for them to see it maybe more than you guys. I’ve had guys who were third on the depth chart that by the time we started the opener were first. I can’t tell you what’s happening. If I could I’d be at some race track somewhere.”


Report: Bears re-sign QB Jimmy Clausen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) The Bears have re-signed quarterback Jimmy Clausen on Friday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

New Bears coach John Fox drafted Clausen in 2010 when he was in charge of the Panthers. The new Chicago front office are reportedly uncertain of Jay Cutler's future with the club, so Clausen's role with the team remains to be seen.

Clausen, 27, got the start over Cutler in Week 16 before suffering a concussion. He completed 23 of 39 passes for 181 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and was unable to play the season finale.


Chris Conte, Robbie Gould among Chicago's inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) The Bears have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's season finale against Minnesota: Jimmy Clausen (concussion), Robbie Gould (right quadriceps), Al Louis-Jean (hamstring), Chris Conte (back), Charles Leno, Austen Lane and Brandon Dunn.

Bears' Chris Conte to miss regular season finale against Vikings


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Bears safety Chris Conte will miss Sunday's game against the Vikings with a back injury. Conte was unable to practice all week. He played 12 games this season, recording 43 tackles and three interceptions. Also out are quarterback Jimmy Clausen (concussion) and kicker Robbie Gould (quad).

Defensive end Jared Allen (ribs), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, and cornerback Al Lewis-Jean (hamstring) are all listed a questionable for Sunday.

David Bass (knee), Ego Ferguson (ankle), Kyle Long (hip) and Marquess Wilson (knee) are all listed as probable.

The Bears are 6-point underdogs for Sunday's game.


Bears will turn back to Jay Cutler over Jimmy Clausen (concussion)


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman will turn back to Jay Cutler after Chicago announced that Jimmy Clausen will not play Week 17 against Minnesota due to delayed symptoms of a concussion.

Clausen absorbed a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive end Ezekiel Ansah as he slid to the ground during a 20-14 defeat to Detroit. He was checked multiple times after hit but did not exhibit any signs or symptoms of a concussion until he left the stadium Sunday night. He was taken to the hospital for further testing, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Chicago is currently a 6 1/2-point underdog at Minnesota.


Bears' Trestman will talk to Jimmy Clausen before naming starter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman said Monday morning on WBBM Newsradio 780 that he'll talk to Jimmy Clausen before naming a starter for Sunday's season finale against Minnesota, CBS Chicago reports.

Clausen earned his first start since his rookie year with the Panthers in 2010. He compiled 181 yards while completing 22 of 39 passes. He added two touchdowns and one interception in a 20-14 defeat to Detroit.

"We'll talk about it today," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "I thought he had a good performance. He needed some help. He didn't get it -- had a few drops along the way, had a couple missed assignments up front in the running game, where we could've had a little bit more yardage. But I thought he handled himself (well), for two practices and having not played (much) for four years. It was certainly a good performance."

Chicago is currently a 6 1/2-point underdog at Minnesota.


Bears QB Jimmy Clausen fades after strong effort Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen performed well for much of his 2014 starting debut Sunday against Detroit, but faded down the stretch in yet another loss.

Clausen completed just one pass for one yard in the first two possessions, but picked it up in the second quarter and finished the half 14 of 23 for 106 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass to featured back Matt Forte. He added a 20-yard scoring strike to Alshon Jeffery in the third, but hit on just 4 of 10 for 25 yards and a critical interception in a fourth quarter that doomed his team to defeat. He finished 23 of 39 for 181 yards.

If Clausen is given the starting nod in Week 17, as expected, he will do so in a meaningless game at Minnesota.


Report: Bears QB Cutler set to back up Clausen on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Deposed Bears starter Jay Cutler will serve as the backup to Jimmy Clausen on Sunday against Detroit.

Cutler was replaced after three straight losses in which he threw six interceptions and took 10 sacks.


Marc Trestman: 'We need a lift at quarterback'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(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 | Senior Analyst
(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 | Senior Analyst
(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.