Jimmy Clausen, QB, Panthers
There is no 2012 profile for this player yet. Here is his 2011 profile:
2011 Outlook: Deep-league Only
The Panthers used their first pick to select Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft (48th overall). Clausen is expected to battle incumbent Matt Moore for the starting job in training camp. Reviews of Clausen's performance during the team's May mini-camp have been at both ends of the spectrum depending on the source, which is a testament to just how polarizing the position battle will be for Carolina in training camp. The Panthers have made it clear that Moore would be the starter in 2010 before the draft, but speculation about how long Moore will have that role began after Carolina drafted Clausen.
Clausen was considered by many draft experts to be talented enough to have been a top five pick. Not only that, he enters a really nice situation in Carolina, surrounded by a veteran team. If he wins the starting job (Matt Moore is the only thing standing in his way) he'll be throwing to wide receivers Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell, while having the spectacular rushing duo of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams opening up the vertical passing game (where Clausen excels).
The Panthers' offense under offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson -- a Charlie Weis protégé from his New England days -- is very similar to the one Clausen ran at Notre Dame, which should make the transition easy for him.
The scenario that appears likely to play out is that Moore, who went 4-1 as a starter last season, will open the season as the starter. How long he continues in that role is up to him. As long as he plays well and the Panthers are in the race for a playoff spot, Clausen will be watching from the sideline. If Clausen finds his way onto the field, he is a very intriguing sleeper candidate for fantasy owners; this makes him worthy of a late round flier, especially if he wins the job out of training camp.
Clausen went 8-for-15 for 80 yards and an interception in Carolina's first preseason game against Baltimore. Clausen had a pass go through the hands of rookie wide receiver Brandon LaFell that would have been a touchdown, and his lone interception came when a receiver fell down on a route. Clausen showed he could move the ball, and will continue to get reps in the preseason. Matt Moore remains firmly entrenched as the team's starting quarterback.
Clausen went 9-for-22 for 72 yards with an interception against the New York Jets on Saturday night. Clausen hasn't looked great in either preseason game, but is still guaranteed the second string job behind Matt Moore as he adjusts to playing at the NFL level.Last updated on Aug-22-2010 by George Bissell
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