Roughly 13 hours after Jimmy Clausen was displaced as Carolina’s “quarterback of the future,” the Notre Dame product showed up to work in Carolina to try to save his starting job. (Good luck with that.)
Clausen was among roughly 12 Panthers to show up for a voluntary meeting Friday morning in which they were expected to receive their new playbooks from coach Ron Rivera. The Panthers were joined by players around the league that finally were allowed to start working out at their team facilities, per the NFL’s statement Thursday.
In Jacksonville, Luke McCown expressed no disappointment about the addition of Blaine Gabbert.
“If that’s the move that Jack and Gene and the rest of the staff feels like moves us closer to the Super Bowl you can’t be anything but happy about that,” McCown told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.
Teams are beginning to schedule OTAs and minicamps, but they know this time of normalcy could be short lived. If the NFL is successful in getting a stay of their appeal, the players could be locked out again soon.
That means teams better pass out as many playbooks as possible on Friday.