...as discussed by Jonathan Jones
According to one team source, Clausen’s roster spot might not be up in the air because of any quarterback philosophy but instead the myriad injuries to the offensive line. Tackle Bruce Campbell will soon go to injured reserve and guards Amini Silatolu, Jeff Byers and Edmund Kugbila sat out of practice Sunday with various injuries, so Clausen’s spot could be better served on a healthy lineman rather than an inactive quarterback.
As the Panthers have seen what Clausen has done during exhibitions, so, too, have NFL teams that might be in need of a backup. Though Clausen wouldn’t exactly be a splash trade for a team, there are a handful of teams in the market for a trustworthy backup.
After starter Mark Sanchez went out of an exhibition Saturday with an injury, the New York Jets were reported to be interested in Matt Leinart and John Beck, who together have played for seven teams in their careers.
Leinart signed with the Bills on Sunday with doubts surrounding starter E.J. Manuel and backup Kevin Kolb’s availability for Week 1. Later Sunday, Buffalo traded with Detroit to get Thaddeus Lewis, a third-year quarterback from Duke who has 32 passes in his NFL career.
And after signing Seneca Wallace, the 49ers are reportedly trying to trade Colt McCoy, whose skill set isn’t that dissimilar to Clausen’s. San Francisco has already fielded calls for McCoy, according to one report.
Clausen will get his next opportunity to impress coaches Thursday when the Panthers host Pittsburgh. Rivera has yet to decide how much the starters will play against the Steelers, and he didn’t rule out the possibility of Clausen playing as much as one half.
It could be his chance to show everyone just how far he’s come.