When the Carolina Panthers selected former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft, it appeared as if they had a possible franchise quarterback on the roster.

However, Clausen’s first season was nothing short of a struggle, and the former standout for the Fighting Irish failed to remain the starting quarterback for the entire season. He played in 13 games, throwing just three touchdown passes and completing only 52.5% of his passes.

Clausen’s struggles put the Panthers in position to draft former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the first pick in the following year’s draft, ending any chance of Clausen proving himself as a long-term starter in Carolina. Since Newton’s arrival in Carolina, Clausen has failed to attempt another pass for the Panthers. With Newton’s success and the fact that he stays healthy, Clausen may never attempt another regular season pass in Carolina.

During the offseason, the Panthers re-signed Derek Anderson to a one-year deal, and the veteran figures to be the team’s backup quarterback, demoting Clausen to third string yet again. The other quarterback on the roster, undrafted rookie Colby Cameron, could give Clausen serious competition for the third quarterback job. At worst, Cameron figures to be reliable enough to make the practice squad.