Blog Entry

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."

Panthers Preseason

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:37 pm

Jimmy Clausen tops Panthers first depth chart

Why does everyone sugar coat their words when talking about Cam Newton?  The guy is not an NFL QB, not by a long shot.  Not only is he so stupid that he can't understand the easy offensive playbook he's had since the day he was drafted, but I heard from a good source at Panthers camp that Newton couldn't hit the side of a barn with a football.   He even went as far to say if he starts over Clausen all season, the Panthers wouldn't win a single game.  This is the NFL people, everyone on the field was the best or second best player on their college team.  Not one run first, throw second college QB has ever been successful in the NFL, what makes you think that possibly the dumbest one to come out of one year of major college football will succeed? 

I guarantee you Ron Rivera did not want to draft this guy and is pissed that he's stuck having to run some kindergarten offense just so his first overall draft pick can understand it.  If all you Cam Newton loving morons think he's so great, why don't you draft him first in your fantasy league and see how far that gets you.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or