August 30, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Jordan Palmer (5) looks for a receiver in the third quarter of their game against the Atlanta Falcons at EverBank Field. The Jaguars won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Assessing The Chicago Bears Quarterback Position

It has certainly been an interesting past several days for the Chicago Bears’ quarterback position.

In a time in where the focus should be on the depth of the team’s offensive line or at the wide receiver position, all the focus for the Bears has been at the team’s quarterback position.

It is a frenzy that started last Thursday when Bears’ third-string quarterback Matt Blanchard injured his non-throwing hand in the team’s pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers.

Blanchard is not expected to make the Bears’ roster as a result of that injury.

On Saturday, the Bears signed quarterback Jordan Palmer to replace Blanchard on the roster.

Palmer, who likely is known more for being the brother of Carson than a NFL quarterback, has 15 career passing attempts. Of those 15 pass attempts, Palmer has 10 completions to go along with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Palmer was one of several quarterbacks that the Bears put through a work-out earlier in the off-season and it had appeared that he impressed the team the most.

That was until Sunday, when the Bears signed quarterback Trent Edwards no more than one day after signing Palmer.

Edwards, who was a third round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2007, has a career passer rating of 75.5 to go along with a completion percentage of 60.6% with 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

The Bears now have four quarterbacks–five if the injured Blanchard is included–on the roster heading into the final two pre-season games.

Blanchard is not expected to be on the roster, while Jay Cutler and Josh McCown are firmly entrenched as the team’s first and second team quarterbacks.

That would leave Palmer and Edwards to compete for the third-string quarterback position.

Though, the third-string quarterback position is a position that may not even be on the 53-man roster.

However, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman indicated that he would like to keep three quarterbacks on the roster.

Palmer and Edwards will compete for that spot over the next two weeks.

Palmer will play in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, and will also share playing time with Edwards during the team’s final pre-season game.

The discussion over the Bears’ third-string quarterback has already outlived its life expectancy. Time to put this talk to rest and focus on the players that will actually be on the field during the regular season.


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