Clemens re-signed with the Chargers on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Despite his initial release, Clemens was given a spot on the 53-man roster after the Chargers placed linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) on injured reserve Monday. It is assumed that the veteran will remain the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, ahead of Cardale Jones.
The Chargers released Clemens on Saturday but plan to re-sign him soon, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. While it initially seemed the team would move forward with Cardale Jones as the only quarterback behind Philip Rivers, it now appears Clemens will be brought back in short order, potentially even as the top backup. The Chargers presumably cut Clemens for short-term roster flexibility or cap purposes.
Clemens did not play in Saturday's preseason win over the Rams and could also be held out of the final contest against the 49ers, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. It's all in an effort to give coaches ample amount of opportunity to study Cardale Jones, who has been slow to grasp the playbook after joining the Chargers just prior to training camp. At least for now, it appears as if Clemens has a firm grasp on the backup role and should be the first man in if Philip Rivers were to succumb to an injury. However, if Jones continues to develop over the course of a season, don't be surprised to see the Chargers opt to further invest in the growth of their developmental QB next season, as opposed to the veteran career backup.
Clemens completed four of 10 passes for 100 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's preseason loss to the Seahawks. Clemens struggled mightily with the second unit, throwing two picks due to tipped passes, and adding another turnover to his ledger on a botched handoff. The 33-year-old has been Philip Rivers' backup for the last three seasons, but could face his biggest competition for the gig to date in the form of second-year player Cardale Jones, who also struggled during an abbreviated stint in the third quarter.
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.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/29||@New England Patriots||32||29.17|
|15||12/17||@Kansas City Chiefs||24||21.50|
|16||12/24||@New York Jets||20||20.67|
|3 Year Avg||66.7||24||0||0||-1||0||0|