QBs Jimmy Clausen, Jordan Palmer still competing for Bears' backup job

Monday August 18th, 2014

The Chicago Bears have not decided whether Jimmy Clausen or Jordan Palmer will be Jay Cutler's backup at quarterback, head coach Marc Trestman told ChicagoBears.com.

After Cutler missed fives games due to injury last season, backup quarterback Josh McCown filled in, throwing 13 touchdowns for 1,829 yards. McCown signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason. 

Rookie quarterback David Fales, who the Bears drafted in the sixth round from San Jose State, is also on the team's training camp roster.

From Bears.com:

“It’s a heck of a competition,” said Trestman. “I try not to worry about having to make a decision right now and just letting them practice, letting them work and coaching them up.

“We’ll see where we go. We’ve got two more games. We’re going to wait it out and talk through it. When the time comes, we’ll have a decision to make.”

In two preseason games, Clausen is 18-for-28 for 244 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Palmer is 14-for-20 for 177 yards with one touchdown, and one interception.

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Trestman and the Bears still have not decided how many quarterbacks they will keep on their 53-man roster.

“We’ll see at the end,” ​Trestman said. “I don’t know where we’re going to go with numbers, how that fits with the rest of the football team. Anything is possible. We’re going to leave everything open until that time and see how it sorts itself.

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