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.