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Jimmy Clausen looking for a second chance to compete


When the Panthers drafted Jimmy Clausen in the second round of the 2010 draft, the hope was that he’d develop into their starting quarterback.

That never happened. Clausen played poorly in 13 games as a rookie and the Panthers drafted Cam Newton after going 2-14, leaving Clausen with a seat on the bench that he never relinquished the next two seasons. Clausen then hurt his shoulder in preseason last year, forcing him to injured reserve before his contract with the Panthers came to an end.

Clausen is working out with trainers and says his shoulder is almost 100 percent, but that hasn’t helped him get a job yet this offseason. Clausen hopes that changes so that he can resume his quest for a starting job in the league.

“That’s what I want. The only thing I can ask for is an opportunity — a legit opportunity to compete to be a No. 2 and hopefully work my way up,” Clausen said, via USA Today It’s tough. Obviously, I’m a competitor and want to get somewhere and compete.”

There hasn’t been much tape of Clausen for teams to evaluate since that dismal rookie year and there hasn’t been so much as a murmur of interest in his services around the league this offseason, which doesn’t bode well for a resurrection of his stalled career. Perhaps that changes if a team feels the need for an extra arm in camp this summer, but things look dim for Clausen on the second chance front.

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35 Responses to “Jimmy Clausen looking for a second chance to compete”
  1. dartwick says: Apr 18, 2014 9:52 AM

    Its plausible that he could be good QB if given a chance now, the same goes for Matt Mallet.

  2. opinevain says: Apr 18, 2014 9:52 AM

    Overrated his entire football career

  3. natureboy704 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:01 AM

    Him and weinke have to be the two worst picks in our history, as well as Eric Shelton and mr carruth of course

  4. bonerchamp says: Apr 18, 2014 10:02 AM

    He was overrated until his junior year. That team had no running game, a terrible offensive line and injuries at wr and TE. The defense was atrocious too. He put that team on his back and made plays and was very clutch. His problem has always been his attitude. If he’s grown up, I’d take as a 2 in a heartbeat.

    Btw, i hate ND but that dude balled out his last year and deserves a shot.

  5. aurelh23 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:03 AM



    He will never start another NFL game.


  6. cjspiller12 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:05 AM

    According to Mel Kiper he was suppose to be the best QB ever. Don’t listen to Mel Kiper.

  7. hansenbrothers says: Apr 18, 2014 10:06 AM


  8. motsuret06 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:09 AM

    Jimmy deserves another chance but it does not look good at this point. He may get a call if a team has some injuries. Tim Tebow got extra chances and Clausen does deserve one.

  9. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 18, 2014 10:12 AM

    He would be the Vikings undisputed starter immediately.

  10. jazz11001 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:17 AM

    Speilman will bring him in for a look. He loves ND guys. Quite Surprised that Quinn and Clausen both aren’t in purple.

  11. corkspop says: Apr 18, 2014 10:17 AM

    Another case of a QB with great potential, ruined, by throwing him in as an NFL starter way too soon.

  12. cajunirish says: Apr 18, 2014 10:19 AM

    Likely landing spots, Dallas (they don’t know how to grade QBs), Minnesota (because why not add another player to their musical chairs line-up), Jets, Oakland

  13. jimmyt says: Apr 18, 2014 10:23 AM


  14. patsbrat says: Apr 18, 2014 10:23 AM

    Oh, Canada…

  15. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Apr 18, 2014 10:24 AM

    Remember when Kiper had this guy going in the top ten?

  16. MichaelEdits says: Apr 18, 2014 10:31 AM

    It sounds like his career is in a real pickle.

  17. fordmandalay says: Apr 18, 2014 10:34 AM

    A sterling member of one of the most memorable QB draft classes in history; the year that gave us Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, Joe Webb, John Skelton, and of course Tim Tebow. A group for the ages!

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 18, 2014 10:45 AM

    With the 2014 draft soon here, Clausen is a reminder that a highly hyped QB drafted in the 2nd round can turn out to be a bust. Evaluate objectively and always trust your eyes.

  19. nowillrepeat says: Apr 18, 2014 10:56 AM

    A legit shot at No. 2?

    It’s clear this guy still doesnt get it, as he is making demands and feeling entitled.

    I would be happy with just a phone call at the moment.

  20. edgarh21 says: Apr 18, 2014 11:09 AM

    I just remember the Mel Keiper rant lol.

  21. stonefish67 says: Apr 18, 2014 11:20 AM

    Try the CFL or arena ball.
    The only reason you were drafted is you went to a has been, once great, Notre Dame team.

  22. blars82 says: Apr 18, 2014 11:28 AM

    I think the Bears should sign him as a potential backup … can’t be worse than Carson Palmer’s brother.

  23. mightbegoingtohellforthis says: Apr 18, 2014 11:56 AM

    Why aren’t Clausen, Tebow and Young playing in the CFL? Worked for Moon and Flutie.

  24. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    To say his shoulder is almost at or even at 100 percent isn’t really saying much

  25. steelerben says: Apr 18, 2014 12:54 PM

    Couldn’t be a worse #2 than Curtis Painter. I’m not sure where he could challenge to start, but Jacksonville, Cleveland and Minnesota seem to be in a constant state of looking for a solution.

  26. fordmandalay says: Apr 18, 2014 2:34 PM

    Why aren’t Clausen, Tebow and Young playing in the CFL? Worked for Moon and Flutie.
    Because the CFL is a passing league.

  27. revren10 says: Apr 18, 2014 3:16 PM

    Tom Brady is greater then any panthers quarterback.

  28. T.D. says: Apr 18, 2014 4:10 PM

    Quite the fall for a guy that Mel Kiper Jr. promised to quit over if he didn’t go in the first round (still waiting Mel).

  29. stoptrippn says: Apr 18, 2014 4:54 PM

    Hope you get another chance Jimmy

  30. thegonz13 says: Apr 18, 2014 5:30 PM

    Wow! Another Notre Dame QB that failed to pan out. Shocking!

  31. teek77 says: Apr 18, 2014 8:10 PM

    Panthers have a long history of bringing in rookies and expecting them to play like veterans….. Weinke, Clausen, Newton. Too much pressure and too steep of a learning curve for most college players to be successful. Rookies should be given a year or two to adjust and to learn.

  32. lgwelsh1 says: Apr 20, 2014 3:00 AM

    He got thrown to the wolves like so many QB’s before him.

  33. mhs8031 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:51 AM

    He should go to SF. Harbaugh could bring him back, to a degree.

  34. jgedgar70 says: Apr 21, 2014 5:42 PM

    In Clausen’s defense, the 2010 Panthers fielded the worst offensive line in the history of the sport of football in any era. Plus, he was being coached by John Fox, who knew he was gone at the end of the year and couldn’t possibly care less how we finished, so Fox threw him to the wolves behind that pathetic O-line.

    Clausen should probably go to the arena league, where he can try to improve his skills on a smaller field, then maybe get another NFL shot.

  35. labguidance says: Apr 23, 2014 9:05 AM

    Thumbs Up – Josh Freeman

    Thumbs Down – Jimmy Clausen

    Who would you choose?

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