Clemens finished 2017 with 36 passing yards and an interception across eight passes and enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
Clemens once again played sparingly for the Chargers, making only one meaningful appearance in 2017, a Week 10 mop-up performance against the Bills. The long-time backup has entered free agency in the past only to re-sign with the Chargers, but with the team trading for Cardale Jones in the preseason, there's a chance the 34-year-old may simply not have a roster spot available come fall.
Clemens completed all five of his passes for 33 yards in Sunday's 54-24 win over the Bills.
The scoreline should say it all, as the Chargers removed Philip Rivers early in the second half after the team's defense put the game out of reach following five interceptions from Bills' rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman. Given Rivers made it through Sunday without sustaining any additional symptoms stemming from his concussion in Week 10, it's safe to assume Clemens will continue to see limited action, barring any unforeseen injuries.
Clemens will remain in a backup role for the Chargers' game Sunday against the Bills after starting quarterback Philip Rivers (concussion) received clearance from an independent neurologist Friday to play in the Week 11 matchup, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Rivers is still listed as questionable on the Chargers' injury report, but that's just a formality at this point since he had remained in the concussion protocol at the time the report was released. Sunday will mark the 195th consecutive start of Rivers' career, with that remarkable durability limiting Clemens to a combined 10 pass attempts over his three-plus seasons with the Chargers.
With Philip Rivers having yet to clear the NFL's concussion protocol and listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Clemens remains a possibility to start the contest, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Rivers was able to practice fully Friday and is seemingly trending toward suiting up this week, but he'll need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist by Saturday in order to guarantee his availability for the home date with the Bills. As the backup to the historically durable Rivers the last three-plus seasons, Clemens has been limited to just 10 total passing attempts. The lack of recent work makes Clemens little more than a speculative play in two-quarterback formats, with the Chargers perhaps opting for a more ground-oriented offensive attack in the event Rivers is sidelined.
Clemens could earn a spot start Sunday against Buffalo with Philip Rivers in the concussion protocol, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
A second-round pick in 2016, Clemens earned his last start as a member of the Rams in 2013. Overall, he boasts a career completion percentage of 54.6, 6.4 yards per attempt and a 16:20 TD:INT ratio across 57 appearances (21 starts). The Chargers have a quick turnaround after Sunday's game with a Thanksgiving day game at Dallas on the schedule, so Clemens' time as a starter may extend beyond one game if Rivers can't escape the concussion protocol in a timely manner.
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 10 of 17 passes for 99 yards and added 26 yards on the ground in Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints.
Clemens wasn't spectacular, save for a nice 20-yard connection with Geremy Davis down field, but protecting the football and leading the team in rushing during his second outing was a welcome performance after his three-turnover outing last week. Though the addition of Cardale Jones' cannon arm was met with some excitement earlier in the offseason, both quarterbacks' performance on Sunday proved that Clemens will be the first into the fray should anything happen to Philip Rivers.
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.
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 Philip 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.
Clemens finished the 2015 season with a total of six pass attempts in relief of Philip Rivers, who started all 16 games.
Philip Rivers still has not missed a game since taking over as the starter in 2006, so Clemens was obviously not needed for much this season. In the one games in which he actually saw real action in relief, he went five-for-six for 63 yards and a touchdown, proving that he can be a capable passer if needed. Expect the Chargers to bring him back again in 2016.
Chargers quarterback Kellen Clemens completed 5 of 6 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss at Minnesota.
With the game out of reach, the Bolts sat Philip Rivers. Clemens actually played pretty well, leading the team on a nice drive that ended with a 19-yard touchdown throw to Keenan Allen.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has started 142 straight games, the second-longest active streak behind Eli Manning's 166. With San Diego on a short week before Saturday's game against the 49ers, Rivers missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with chest and back injuries, though he did participate in a Wednesday morning walkthrough.
"I hate not practicing," he told ESPN.com. "But I think at some point you have to do what's best for me and the team. And practicing [Wednesday] wouldn't have been beneficial to moving toward Saturday."
Added Rivers about his playing status: "At this point in the week, I think there's no doubt."
If Rivers surprisingly sits out, backup Kellen Clemens would start. He went 4-5 as a starter with St. Louis last year.
"One of the reasons we brought Kellen in here is that he was very competitive last year, thrown into a tough situation," offensive coordinator Frank Reich told the website. "He played well against some really tough defenses. He's a very smart competitive guy."
The Chargers are 1-point underdogs at San Francisco.
The Friday night lambasting by Seattle did feature a few positives for the Chargers. Among them for the second straight game was the play of quarterback Kellen Clemens.
Clemens, who managed a perfect quarterback rating in the preseason opener, recorded a 118.9 against the Seahawks by completing 14 of 21 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
"He did a really nice job once again this week (with) doing certain things and managing the game," Mike McCoy told the team website. "He got in the right spots, got us in and out of plays at certain times, and making some plays in the red zone for us. ... He's growing in the system."
Clemens is all but set to open the season as the backup to Philip Rivers.
The Chargers have signed quarterback Kellen Clemens, reports the NFL Network.
Clemens spent last season with the Rams. He is expected to be the No. 2 quarterback for the Chargers behind Philip Rivers and will replace Charlie Whitehurst, who signed with the Titans on Thursday.