Cocky? Not Carolina’s Clausen
Could rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen win the starting gig in Carolina? While incumbent Matt Moore remains likely to start the opener for the Panthers, Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer notes that Clausen hasn’t exuded much of a sense of cockiness since being taken by the team late in the second round of April’s draft.
Pre-draft reports had some teams scared off by Clausen’s perceived cockiness as well as questions about how high his ceiling was due to being in such a sophisticated offense during his time in South Bend. But the former Notre Dame signal-caller seems to be doing everything he can to give head coach John Fox a tough decision to make by the end of training camp.
“I'm just trying to come out each and every day and just get better at all the little things,” Clausen said.
Gantt notes that the coaching staff is intrigued by Clausen’s progress, although he continues to stay conservative and connect on short throws rather than taking chances down the field in practice. While he is technically running third in the quarterback derby behind former practice squader Hunter Cantwell, the fact that offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson is a former assistant to Clausen’s college coach, Charlie Weis, definitely makes things easier for the Golden Domer. However, it’s still the NFL.
“It's like learning Spanish, a whole different language,” Clausen said of the adjustment. “[But] being in the system with coach Weis, coach Davidson coaching with him in New England, it's the same terms and everything. It definitely helps me a lot.”
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