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Saturday, August 31, 2013
No surprise: QB Jimmy Clausen cut

By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Not surprising, reserve quarterback Jimmy Clausen was cut by the Carolina Panthers on Saturday.

The Panthers haven't released their official list of cuts to get to 53 players, but Clausen made his release official on Twitter.

Just want to thank the Panthers Organization and the city of Charlotte for drafting me and making this home for me the last 3 years!

— Jimmy Clausen (@JimmyClausen) August 31, 2013

To which backup quarterback Derek Anderson responded:

Forget football..hard to see a good friend go. Many good times f/o. We wish u the best! @JimmyClausen

— Derek Anderson (@DAnderson314) August 31, 2013

With Clausen gone, the Panthers will go with two quarterbacks: Cam Newton and Anderson. This was expected in part because new general manager Dave Gettleman came from a New York Giants organization that traditionally kept two.

The Panthers also needed to make room for depth on the offensive line, wide receiver and running back. Clausen started 10 games as a rookie and went 1-9. He hasn't started a regular-season game the past two years playing behind Newton and Anderson, and he wasn't spectacular during the preseason.