Clausen could be inactive on Sunday

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After the Panthers made Cam Newton the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, incumbent starter Jimmy Clausen vowed to give Newton all the competition he could handle.

In the end, Newton won.

And Clausen’s loss was more dramatic than expected.  As Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com reports, Clausen could be inactive on Sunday against the Cardinals, behind Newton and Derek Anderson.

It would be an obvious consequence of the new 46-man roster rule.  By ditching the prior procedure that allowed 45 players and an emergency third quarterback to dress and permitting teams to use 46 players regardless of position, the league has given teams with three quarterbacks an alternative to actually having all three put on a uniform for a given game.

And so, with 13 teams currently opting to have only two quarterbacks on the roster, some of the other 19 teams who have decided to keep a trio of signal-callers may only trot out two of them when it’s time to play.

21 responses to “Clausen could be inactive on Sunday

  1. DId Clausen really in his pea brain think he had a chance against a number one pick that getty gobbles of money to play not sit, on the bench?
    If he was any good the Panthers maybe wouldn’t have gone after Newton.

  2. In order to be a less favorable option then Derek Anderson Clausen would have to be playing stunningly bad. I smell a political decision to not have Clausen available in case Cam tanks his first start.

  3. When this kid gets to a new team he will get a chance to shine. There will then be a large number of people wondering how he became successful. Some guys need a couple years to get things going and he is likely one of them. Instant gratification enthusiasts don’t give these guys a fair shake.

  4. He never had a chance to beat out Newton, but if he couldn’t beat out one of the absolute worst QB’s in the league in Anderson, you have to wonder if Clausen has any NFL skills at all.

  5. vahawker says:Sep 9, 2011 10:41 AM

    He never had a chance to beat out Newton, but if he couldn’t beat out one of the absolute worst QB’s in the league in Anderson, you have to wonder if Clausen has any NFL skills at all.

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    Coaches love Anderson’s measurables. He’s the right height, good arm strength, etc. They love him so much that they forget about his poor decision making and questionable accuracy.

    Ask the Cards and Browns how that worked out for them. Derek Anderson is the guy you want to play QB in a movie because he looks the part, he’s not the guy you actually want to play QB in a game.

  6. Why dress Clausen as a #3 QB when if the “emergency” arises, they can run wildcat with Armanti Edwards or even direct snaps to DeAngelo…

    HA! This reminds me of the funniest game I’ve ever watched on TV. Stinky Weinke was the starter b/c Jake was hurt and they direct snapped the ball to DeAngelo for like 80% of the snaps that game. Beat the pants off Atlanta. Talk about having no faith in you rbackup QB! This is back before they ran off Dan Henning. And that is how the Wildcat was born.

  7. When this kid gets to a new team he will get a chance to shine.
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    You’re talking about helmets & cleats, right?

  8. Sadly, it will be Jimmy’s most productive game as a Pro.

    I think there is no right situation for Jimmy other than career 2nd -3rd stringer. He struggles to hit check-downs as plays like he is 5’9.

    His side arm action and full-effort throws that have no zip may have torched the NAVY secondary but he is exposed and seems to offer very little value as an NFL guy….

    Mel Kiper was not alone as there were way more “draft gurus” shouting the “Most Pro-ready mantra” QB in the 2010 draft. Very wrong.

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