Clayton Thorson

Clayton Thorson

Quarterback #18
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 225 lb.
College:Northwestern
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 5 (167)
Draft Team:PHI

Clayton Thorson: Moving into 2021 with G-Men

Thorson signed a reserve/future contract with the Giants on Monday, Michael Eisen of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The Northwestern standout was joined by Alex Tanney on the transaction wire, as New York elected to bring both quarterbacks into 2021 as developmental options. Thorson remains without a regular-season appearance after being selected by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

January 4, 2021 5:59 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Shifts to practice squad Monday

Thorson reverted to the Giants' practice squad Monday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: The second-year man out of Northwestern was made available as a depth option behind Colt McCoy for a Sunday night matchup against the Browns, with Daniel Jones (ankle) deemed inactive for the cross-conference showdown. Thorson didn't reach the field, ultimately, and he remains without an NFL pass attempt over stints with the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants.

December 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Bumps up for Sunday's game

The Giants activated Thorson from the practice squad Saturday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Thorson was brought up from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement for cornerback James Bradberry (undisclosed). Joe Webb was also signed off the practice squad, so the Giants will have a fair amount of depth behind Colt McCoy during Sunday night's game against the Browns.

December 19, 2020 1:49 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Moved back to practice squad

Thorson reverted back to the Giants' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Thorson was elevated to the 53-man roster with Daniel Jones doubtful ahead of Week 13, but he failed to see a snap. He's yet to see any action in the NFL.

December 7, 2020 7:52 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Bumps to active roster

The Giants elevated Thorson to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: With Daniel Jones (hamstring) deemed doubtful for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Thorson is expected to serve as Colt McCoy's backup. In his final year at Northwestern, Thorson completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,183 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He has yet to make his NFL debut.

December 5, 2020 2:21 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Inks practice squad deal

Thorson signed with the Giants' practice squad, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: QB Cooper Rush was cut from the practice squad Tuesday, and the Giants replaced him with Thorson, who was a fifth-round pick by the Eagles in 2019. He'll practice with the team but won't be promoted to the active roster unless either Daniel Jones or Colt McCoy get hurt.

September 29, 2020 3:09 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Cut by Cowboys

Thorson was let go by Dallas on Wednesday.

Analysis: Thorson earned a reserve/futures contract with the team this offseason after spending the 2019 season on the practice squad. Now that he was cut for the 53-man roster, he'll be a prime candidate to earn another practice squad spot for 2020.

September 2, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Returns to Dallas

Thorson signed a reserve/futures contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday.

Analysis: Thorson spent the season on Dallas' practice squad. He chose to return there for 2020 to seek another shot at his NFL dream.

December 31, 2019 4:44 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Finds home on Dallas practice squad

Thorson was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad Sunday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The fifth-round pick didn't impress with the Eagles this preseason and got cut as a result, but the Dallas scouting department saw enough potential in him to bring him aboard. Thorson remains a developmental prospect, and even if injuries hit the Cowboys hard at QB, it seems unlikely the rookie would be pressed into regular-season duty.

September 2, 2019 9:09 AM EST

Clayton Thorson: Waived by Eagles

Thorson was waived by the Eagles on Saturday.

Analysis: Thorson signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie back in May and was competing for a backup quarterback role. Philadelphia opted to keep three quarterbacks but went with Josh McCown and Nate Sudfield behind Carson Wentz. If Thorson clears waivers he could get signed to a practice squad.

September 1, 2019 8:28 AM EST

Clayton Thorson: Losing reps to McCown

Thorson was passed over for reps with the second-team offense by Josh McCown, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Thorson was the lone healthy QB behind starter Carson Wentz on the roster after Cody Kessler suffered a concussion in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars, but McCown ended his retirement over the weekend to sign with the team. Thorson was unlikely to begin the season as the top backup since he's a rookie fifth-round pick, but he should still see his fair share of chances in the final two preseason contests as the Eagles see what the young QB has to offer.

August 19, 2019 12:20 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Much improved in extended action

Thorson completed 16 of 26 passes for 175 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Eagles' 24-10 preseason win over the Jaguars on Thursday. He also lost three yards on three rushes and fumbled twice, although both were recovered by the offense.

Analysis: As his final line implies, Thorson had some trouble holding onto the ball, but he ultimately only gave it away once. The rookie was pressed into action sooner than expected when Cody Kessler was forced from the contest with a head injury, leaving Thorson with extended duty. The Northwestern product seemed to adapt well to the circumstances, however, hitting Greg Ward, Jr. for a 38-yard touchdown and leading another three scoring drives on the night. With the Eagles potentially down Kessler in next week's dress rehearsal game versus the Ravens and already confirmed to be without Nate Sudfeld (wrist), Thorson could see significant time again versus Baltimore behind Carson Wentz, the likely starter for that contest.

August 15, 2019 7:40 PM EST

Clayton Thorson: Rough preseason debut

Thorson completed two of nine passes for seven yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Titans.

Analysis: The fifth-round pick out of Northwestern did not look ready for the NFL in his preseason debut, even playing at the end of the game against Tennessee's third stringers. Thorson was expected to be the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback heading into the regular season, and even after Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist in the second quarter Thursday, the rookie could simply be leapfrogged by the more experienced Cody Kessler on the depth chart unless Thorson shows dramatic improvement over the rest of the exhibition schedule.

August 8, 2019 10:20 PM EST

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