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Panthers' Clausen biding his time as third-team QB

By Steve Reed

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 1 2011 3:00 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2011 file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen, right, looks on as Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder warms up before an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. A year ago, Clausen was a starter for the Carolina Panthers and the so-called franchise quarterback. This year he hasn’t even dressed out for a game. The former second round pick said he’s biding his time and trying to stay positive while working as the No. 3 quarterback in Carolina behind rookie sensation Cam Newton and veteran Derek Anderson.

Chuck Burton, File, Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jimmy Clausen doesn't need a bye week.

He hasn't played enough this season for the Carolina Panthers to warrant such a break.

One year after being selected in the second round and starting 10 games as a rookie, Clausen has become an afterthought in Carolina's high-powered offense.

He's third on the depth chart at quarterback behind rookie sensation and No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton and veteran backup Derek Anderson. The Panthers only dress two quarterbacks on game day, so Clausen has been inactive for all eight games.

It all leaves Clausen's future with the Panthers a little cloudy.

But the former Notre Dame product isn't interested in politicking for a trade. He is just bidding his time and says he's just trying to get better.

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