CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Statistically, Panthers third-string quarterback Jimmy Clausen has outplayed starter Cam Newton and backup Derek Anderson in the first two preseason games -- although that's not saying much.
Clausen has a quarterback rating of 70.4, compared to 67.9 for Newton and 61.5 for Anderson.
To put those numbers in perspective, Baltimore backup Tyrod Taylor has a rating of 106.4.
There's a good possibility Clausen will get to work with the second team in the third quarter of Thursday's game to see just where he's at, but don't look for Carolina's 2010 starter to get embroiled in a battle for the backup job.
Anderson remains the first option.