By Panthers Gab Columnist Trey Woody
Coach Rivera made an announcement Monday that he will make the #1 QB spot decision before the third week preseason game against Cincinnati. I think many folks would hope that Cam gets his spotlight at starter before he does, but it looks like Clausen will most likely be the guy. At this point nobody knows if the decision will stick and it’s impossible to know exactly what Rivera is seeing.
Right now, all we can do is watch and guess. After Saturday’s game there are high hopes that Clausen has made a turnaround and his production will more than double last season’s to lead a confident offense with ambitions of competing in what could be one of the tougher seasons for many NFL teams. Here’s what we have seen and hopefully there are more improvements to come.
Clausen’s stats were average at best against the Giants. He played only one quarter racking up an embarrassing pick-six to lead the first offensive drive, but later making up for it with an 18 yard TD to Greg Olsen for a total of 69 yards with 4/7 in completions. Not an impressive start for his second season, but it’s a start in the right direction.
He displayed more confidence in the pocket and seemed to make smarter plays when there were no passing options. The early interception was reminiscent of 2010 Clausen as well as some of the sacks he took when maybe he could have gotten rid of the ball. To be fair, the pick was obviously a miscommunication between Clausen and DWill. He manned up and took responsibility for it by stating that he threw behind the the receiver and that says a lot about his attitude.
Also, Jordan Gross was having a difficult time keeping up with DE Jason Pierre-Paul from the Giants, enough to let the two sacks on Clausen sneak through. The O-line definitely played a big part in allowing Jimmy to catch the heat like he was getting. Although, no QB is without fault for messed up plays.
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