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Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 7:00 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

One of the more interesting quarterback battles to watch this preseason will be Jimmy Clausen and recently-made-rich rookie Cam Newton, as they battle out for the top spot on the Panthers depth chart.

For now, Clausen appears to be winning, as he topped the Panthers first "unofficial depth chart" released by the team on Tuesday.

That's not a guarantee for the majority of playing time, however, as coach Ron Rivera indicated Tuesday that they could flip-flop between starters throughout the preseason.

"We want to see how each guy looks with each offensive line," Rivera said. "It would be unfair to have one guy with the ones, one guy with the twos, one guy play against a one defense, the other guy play against a two defense and say one looks better.

"So we're most certainly going to mix and match, and we have to so it's a fair competition."

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Rivera also made it clear he hadn't picked a starter for the preseason opener against the Giants.

"No," Rivera said when asked about the starter for Saturday's game. "We're going to meet tonight as far as that is concerned in terms of who's going to play where, what the depth chart will be and what the number of plays will be."

So, in other words, it means very little that Clausen is currently on top of the depth chart. And it may mean even less if he ends up starting against the Giants.

All that matters, one has to assume, is in-game production. And we already know who's to blame for that.

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Comments

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:31 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

no he hasn't.  it's a new system



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:20 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

San Diego did not give up on Brees, San Diego couldn't keep Brees and Rivers both. They both had huge contracts. Rivers was the young guy, Brees had the injury and the Chargers chose to go with the lesser injury risk. It is not that the Chargers gave up on him. They couldn't financially keep both.

As for Newton vs Clausen, How much practive time has he really had? Clausen has been in the system for a year, understands NFL speed. The speed of the game will make Newton's head spin come the first preseason game.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 9:54 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

 Meh, it's too early to tell and he hasn't had a lot of time to really run through the offense. Not to mention most teams let the rookie learn from the sideline for a while. That being said, my personal opinion is that he wont amount to anything other than a disapointment in the NFL. Not a big fan of the run first, pass second QB. Even Vick was garbage and over hyped till he came out of prison with a new work ethic and a better ability to throw the football with accuracy. Would be nice to be wrong though, hate seeing teams draft high and lose big.



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 8:52 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

GO PANTHERS...THE NEW COACHING STAFF HAS KEPT THEIR WORD TO BE AGRESSIVE IN FA ...WE HAVE KEPT THE MAJORITY OF OUR CORE PLAYERS, AND HAVE ADDED SOME NEW EXCITING PLAYERS WITH GREAT POTENTIAL...I LOOK FORWARD TO THE GAMES THIS YEAR...I THINK THE PANTHERS ARE GOING TO TAKE ALOT OF TEAMS BY SURPRISE...ALL THE PLAYERS THAT I HAVE SPOKE TO IN TRAINING CAME ARE EXCITED FOR THIS NEW NFL SEASON AND SEEM TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW COACHING STAFF AND SCHEME THEY BRING TO THE TABLE...GO PANTHERS



Since: Jul 9, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2011 8:47 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

Haters will be haters. Well, I knida think you're jealous Cam isn't on your team. He has immense upside and is a very talented and intelligent quarterback.

Talented yes... intelligent... ummmm, not so sure about that.  I know its still early, but its not a good sign when Jimmy Clausen is ahead of you on the depth chart.




Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 8:45 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart




Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 8:10 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

YoungNSons you obviously have NO IDEA what the HELL you are talking about.  You are a fan of some other team and want to spout off at the mouth at something you KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.

The Panthers may have had a terrible year last year but the talent wasn't the problem.  The leadership waa, and I am not talking leadership of players.  I am talking Coaching Staff.  John Fox and company could have cared less with that team.  Players were passed over in spite rather than ability.

Rivera and company have plenty to work with and will be highly competitve.  The next 4 weeks Clausen and Newton will battle it out.  In the end this will be NEWTON's team.  Hopefully, Clausen wil show enough for us to trade him for a decent pick.

Go back and cheer for your Lions or whatever scrub team you cheer for.  The Panthers have a healthy battle at QB.  May the best man win. Either way Carolina will be in the mix this year.

GO PANTHERS



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 2:19 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

Regardless of Newton's career, him being drafted by the Panthers this year was a colossal FAILURE on their part. Clausen and Newton are now both forced into trial by fire instead of being allowed to learn the craft and succeed. Regardless of who ends up starting week #1, both QBs will never be comfortable knowing that they are competing against each other on a team that has ZERO expectation to succeed and comes already attached to a selfishly disgruntled aging #1 WR that will publicly attack anyone that he feels is hampering his production. Drafting a player and expecting him to carry your franchise from day 1 is a recipe for disaster and it appears that is what the Panthers have done. Newton wasn't drafted to sit the bench, but he is also very raw and doesn't project to have immediate success as an NFL QB. Clausen has all the intangibles to be a solid NFL QB, however he needs time to develop and like all young QBs needs the opportunity to struggle and learn from mistakes. With the drafting of Newton even if Clausen starts week 1 everyone will be calling for his head at the first sign of struggle. This situation is not healthy for either young QB, it's awful to say this but it appears that the best case scenario at this point is an injury to one that keeps him out for a month or so allowing the other to play without looking over his shoulder or feeling like he has to carry his team or get demoted. I'm routing for both men to have success in the NFL, but I can't understand why Carolina made this pick considering the amount of talent available at other positions of need. It seems a desperation attempt at putting fans in seats, but it may backfire should both young QB's struggle like most young QB's do. 



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:12 am
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

"Haters will be haters. Well, I knida think you're jealous Cam isn't on your team. He has immense upside and is a very talented and intelligent quarterback."

Oh I needed a good laugh. I feel sorry for the Panthers. Cam Newton is a huge risk. His main talent is his charisma. Next his ability to run run and move in the pocket. His huge down sides, not that accurate and Low football IQ. Did you watch his interview with Gruden? He could name 1 play. Not one! His arm band won't have play calls on it. There will be drawings. The best positive about signing him #1 this year was the new CBA and rookie wage Scale. 21 million is still too much for a huge potential bust but least the Panthers didn't pay close to $70 million for him. Cam said he wants to be an icon, before he was drafted. Once he sees how hard the NFL is and starts to lose. He will struggle and crumble. This isn't college and able to come back just because he has talent. He looks more like a Jamarcus Russel than anything else. All hype.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

Clausen SHOULD start the year off as the starter IF Cam Newton isn't ready. i'm sorry, but Anderson should NOT be on the field starting, he's a journeyman for a reason. Clausen could surprise or he could fall on his face, you never know. people gave up on Brees in san diego when they drafted Rivers, but Clausen will likely start until either when Newton is ready or if Clausen just stinks it up or next year (THIS is only if Clausen is playing great which i sadly doubt).


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