Clemens has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chargers, Michael Gehlken reported on Thursday. While the move doesn't guarantee Clemens will make the Chargers' final roster, he certainly appears to have the upper hand in any potential backup QB battle, having held the job in each of the last three seasons. As a result, the 33-year-old will act as an insurance policy should Philip Rivers go down with an injury.
Clemens completed nine of his 15 passes for 77 yards in the Chargers' preseason loss Sunday to the Vikings. Clemens relieved starting QB Philip Rivers midway through the second quarter and promptly was unable to generate much offense. Despite his struggles, the 33-year-old appears to have a handle on the backup job, as his main competition for the role, Mike Bercovici, threw two interceptions during his stint in the second half.
Clemens completed 11 of his 20 passes for 134 yards in the Chargers preseason win over the Cardinals. With starting QB Philip Rivers (rest) sitting out of the contest, Clemens was handed the reins to the first-team offense and performed admirably, connecting with Keenan Allen as well as Tyrell Williams on a handful of throws throughout the first half. Clemens appears to be fighting for the backup spot with undrafted rookie Mike Bercovici, as both players have seemingly passed Zach Mettenberger on the depth chart.
Clemens completed eight of 15 passes for 96 yards, and added four on a scramble in Saturday's preseason debut at Tennessee. Clemens was the next quarterback to enter the game after starter Philip Rivers got the opening drive, and he also thoroughly outplayed Zach Mettenberger (2-for-8 with an interception). The veteran is clearly ahead of Mettenberger in the competition for San Diego's backup quarterback spot at the moment, but nothing's set in stone yet.
Clemens signed a one-year deal to remain with the Chargers, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Clemens is 6-9 with 73 yards and a touchdown in relief of Phillip Rivers over the past two seasons. The Chargers will keep him around as a veteran who knows the offense just in case Rivers goes down at some point.
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