Clayton Thorson

Clayton Thorson

Quarterback #18
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 225 lb.
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 5 (167)
Draft Team:PHI

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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