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Top Kellen Clemens News

  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Rarely needed in 2017

    Clemens finished 2017 with 36 passing yards and an interception across eight passes and enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

    Clemens once again played sparingly for the Chargers, making only one meaningful appearance in 2017, a Week 10 mop-up performance against the Bills. The long-time backup has entered free agency in the past only to re-sign with the Chargers, but with the team trading for Cardale Jones in the preseason, there's a chance the 34-year-old may simply not have a roster spot available come fall.

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  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Perfect in mop-up duty

    Clemens completed all five of his passes for 33 yards in Sunday's 54-24 win over the Bills.

    The scoreline should say it all, as the Chargers removed Philip Rivers early in the second half after the team's defense put the game out of reach following five interceptions from Bills' rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman. Given Rivers made it through Sunday without sustaining any additional symptoms stemming from his concussion in Week 10, it's safe to assume Clemens will continue to see limited action, barring any unforeseen injuries.

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  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Won't start Week 11

    Clemens will remain in a backup role for the Chargers' game Sunday against the Bills after starting quarterback Philip Rivers (concussion) received clearance from an independent neurologist Friday to play in the Week 11 matchup, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    Rivers is still listed as questionable on the Chargers' injury report, but that's just a formality at this point since he had remained in the concussion protocol at the time the report was released. Sunday will mark the 195th consecutive start of Rivers' career, with that remarkable durability limiting Clemens to a combined 10 pass attempts over his three-plus seasons with the Chargers.

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  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Still in mix for Week 11 start

    With Philip Rivers having yet to clear the NFL's concussion protocol and listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Clemens remains a possibility to start the contest, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

    Rivers was able to practice fully Friday and is seemingly trending toward suiting up this week, but he'll need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist by Saturday in order to guarantee his availability for the home date with the Bills. As the backup to the historically durable Rivers the last three-plus seasons, Clemens has been limited to just 10 total passing attempts. The lack of recent work makes Clemens little more than a speculative play in two-quarterback formats, with the Chargers perhaps opting for a more ground-oriented offensive attack in the event Rivers is sidelined.

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  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: May start Sunday

    Clemens could earn a spot start Sunday against Buffalo with Philip Rivers in the concussion protocol, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    A second-round pick in 2016, Clemens earned his last start as a member of the Rams in 2013. Overall, he boasts a career completion percentage of 54.6, 6.4 yards per attempt and a 16:20 TD:INT ratio across 57 appearances (21 starts). The Chargers have a quick turnaround after Sunday's game with a Thanksgiving day game at Dallas on the schedule, so Clemens' time as a starter may extend beyond one game if Rivers can't escape the concussion protocol in a timely manner.

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  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Returns to LA

    Clemens re-signed with the Chargers on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Despite his initial release, Clemens was given a spot on the 53-man roster after the Chargers placed linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) on injured reserve Monday. It is assumed that the veteran will remain the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, ahead of Cardale Jones.

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  • Kellen Clemens: Expected to rejoin Chargers

    The Chargers released Clemens on Saturday but plan to re-sign him soon, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    While it initially seemed the team would move forward with Cardale Jones as the only quarterback behind Philip Rivers, it now appears Clemens will be brought back in short order, potentially even as the top backup. The Chargers presumably cut Clemens for short-term roster flexibility or cap purposes.

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  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Does not play Saturday

    Clemens did not play in Saturday's preseason win over the Rams and could also be held out of the final contest against the 49ers, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.

    It's all in an effort to give coaches ample amount of opportunity to study Cardale Jones, who has been slow to grasp the playbook after joining the Chargers just prior to training camp. At least for now, it appears as if Clemens has a firm grasp on the backup role and should be the first man in if Philip Rivers were to succumb to an injury. However, if Jones continues to develop over the course of a season, don't be surprised to see the Chargers opt to further invest in the growth of their developmental QB next season, as opposed to the veteran career backup.

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  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Rebounds in second preseason contest

    Clemens completed 10 of 17 passes for 99 yards and added 26 yards on the ground in Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints.

    Clemens wasn't spectacular, save for a nice 20-yard connection with Geremy Davis down field, but protecting the football and leading the team in rushing during his second outing was a welcome performance after his three-turnover outing last week. Though the addition of Cardale Jones' cannon arm was met with some excitement earlier in the offseason, both quarterbacks' performance on Sunday proved that Clemens will be the first into the fray should anything happen to Philip Rivers.

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  • Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Struggles in preseason opener

    Clemens completed four of 10 passes for 100 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's preseason loss to the Seahawks.

    Clemens struggled mightily with the second unit, throwing two picks due to tipped passes, and adding another turnover to his ledger on a botched handoff. The 33-year-old has been Philip Rivers' backup for the last three seasons, but could face his biggest competition for the gig to date in the form of second-year player Cardale Jones, who also struggled during an abbreviated stint in the third quarter.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Burns, OR, USA
Age: 40
School: Oregon
Experience: 13