Clausen earning praise in Panthers’ camp

This has been an interesting beginning to Jimmy Clausen‘s NFL career. The former Notre Dame star tumbled in the draft before being selected in the second round (48th overall) by the Panthers, then he had to serve as an Cactus Cooler mule for WR Steve Smith.

And now this: Clausen is being compared to former Panthers QB Jake Delhomme. Hey, you can send the kid to the grocery store to buy soda, but comparing him to a quarterback who threw 23 interceptions in his last 12 games (though it seemed like 50) seems a bit harsh.

Turns out that coach John Fox was comparing Clausen’s passion to that of Delhomme (via the Charlotte Observer).

“I think that’s how you have to play,” Clausen said. “It’s an emotional game. Guys are trying to rip your head off every time you have the ball in your hand, so you can’t be passive. You’ve got to attack, just like they’re attacking you.

“It’s a great game and I love the passion about it. … I want to win every single play. I love it when we have big runs and guys make great blocks or a great catch on the field. That’s what I get excited about.”

Clausen has earned high praise both on and off the field in Carolina. Clausen reached out to his teammates, both rookies and veterans alike, after being drafted, leaving a good impression. And, hey, bringing a 12-pack of Cactus Cooler for the team’s top receiver isn’t a bad way to start, either.

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