Clayton Thorson’s introduction to the NFL was...rough.
Northwestern’s former No. 18 took the field for the first time in an NFL uniform Thursday, night and was called into duty in the fourth quarter with the Eagles trailing the Titans by two scores.
Here’s a summary of how his NFL debut went down and how it will be remembered:
- Things started off great!
Here it is. Clayton Thorson time— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) August 9, 2019
CLAYTON THORSON IS PLAYING IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE pic.twitter.com/eohmiZBDVB— Inside NU (@insidenu) August 9, 2019
2. But things quickly turned bad. He missed a wide open receiver on a one-yard flat on his first career NFL throw.
Clayton Thorson, not an ideal first throw #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 9, 2019
Thorson promptly goes 0-for-2 on two short passes in his first NFL drive and turns the ball over on downs.— Inside NU (@insidenu) August 9, 2019
We are so proud.
3. And then things got even worse.
we regret to inform you that clayton thorson has thrown an interception on the third pass of his NFL career— Inside NU (@insidenu) August 9, 2019
What’s worse: the decision to throw this pass to a dude completely blanketed by three defenders, or that the the throw was so bad that a fourth defender picked it off— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) August 9, 2019
4. Eagles fans were pissed.
Clayton Thorson has Marken Michel wide open on 4th-and-1 and the throw is off target once again. This dude is brutally awful. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 9, 2019
Clayton Thorson just threw the worst pass (intended for Pumphrey) I think I've ever seen at any level of football.— Nick Fierro (@NickFierro) August 9, 2019
CLAYTON THORSON IS MY SWORN ENEMY— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) August 9, 2019
Fire mick mccall— beng (@kicknyrgios) August 9, 2019
5. He addressed the media with class. Just some first game jitters.
6. His coach supported him.
7. The Thorson legacy lives on and it always will.
this man defeated Nathan Peterman in the 2016 Pinstripe Bowl and you can't take that away from him or me https://t.co/Gmv7J2mX6a— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) August 9, 2019
The Eagles play the Jaguars next Thursday. Time to bounce back!