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Broncos Offseason 2012: Jimmy Clausen Unlikely To Be On Short List For Tim Tebow's Backup

Of all the players that could possibly be Tim Tebow backup on the Denver Broncos for the 2012 season, don't expect Jimmy Clausen to be on any final cut list. Broncos head coach John Fox was against drafting the Notre Dame quarterback when he was still the coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2010, reports Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post.

Clausen is unnecessary in Carolina with the emergence of Cam Newton, the 2012 offensive rookie of the year and potentially a superstar in the making. Clausen was the 16th pick in the second round and eventually found himself as a rookie thrown into the starting role on a bad team. He and the Panthers went 2-14, leading to the selection of Newton as the first overall pick in 2011. It also wound up being the death knell of Fox's tenure in Carolina.

Clausen completed 52.5 percent of his passes in 13 games and had three touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2009. Even if Fox was a fan of Clausen's, there would still be (and are) better options available to be the Broncos' backup.

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