Clausen Could Still Be Opening Day Starter in Carolina

ESPN reports that despite having Cam Newton in the fold, the team isn’t likely to send Jimmy Clausen packing, and he could even still be the starter come opening day.

Yes, the Panthers just drafted quarterback Cam Newton essentially to replace Jimmy Clausen but they still need a backup for Newton and it’s possible Clausen could be the opening-day starter if Newton is slow to pick up the playbook in training camp. There also are people within the organization who believe Clausen still has a chance to be a good NFL quarterback and was simply put in a bad spot last season. Besides, after last season, Clausen really wouldn’t have much trade value right now. Clausen could play some this season and maybe he plays well and that jacks up his trade value. The Panthers could end up with a situation like the Falcons had a few years ago when they were able to get quality draft picks by trading Matt Schaub but Clausen doesn’t have that kind of value right now and the Panthers still need him in case Newton’s not ready right away.

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