The Chicago Bears actually played a football game on Thursday night. Lets not pay attention to the fact that the Bears were playing against players that likely will be employed at your local grocery store in the next day or two.
In the oh so meaningful fourth game of the pre-season, the Cleveland Browns defeated the Chicago Bears 18-16.
The only reason for Bears fans to watch the team’s game on Thursday was to see who may or may not be the Bears’ third string quarterback this season.
Believe it or not, that actually is a storyline.
Before Trend Edwards’ and Jordan Palmer’s stats on the night are recounted, it should be noted that there is no guarantee that the Bears will hold three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster this season.
That being said, if the Bears do opt to keep three quarterbacks, Palmer will likely be the one behind Jay Cutler and Josh McCown.
Palmer was far more superior on Thursday night for the Bears than Edwards was.
Palmer completed 11 of his 17 pass attempts for a total of 111 yards to go along with 1 touchdown and a quarterback rating of 102.8.
Edwards finished the night 10-17 passing for a total of 135 yards and 1 interception.
After the game, Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman was complimentary of Palmer.
“It says a lot about his preparation,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He has learned a lot of offense and spent a lot of time on his own trying to assimilate all of it. I’m happy for him. He came out and played very efficiently.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Palmer was not the only Bears player fighting for a roster spot on Thursday.
Tight end Fendi Onobun and running back Michael Ford were also looking to impress the coaching staff in the Bears’ final pre-season game of the year.
Onobun recorded his first four receptions of the pre-season but struggled while doing so. Onobun dropped a pass from Palmer in the second quarter, and had a ball skip off his hands in the third quarter for an interception. Hard to imagine that Onobun will remain with the Bears past this weekend.
Ford, meanwhile, appears to have secured the third-string running back position on the Bears 53-man roster. Ford, who impressed as a kick returner in the pre-season, averaged 25 yards per his two kickoff returns on Thursday. In addition, Ford rushed for 48 yards on 9 carries against the Browns on Thursday. Ford should be a part of the Bears 53-man roster.
The Bears 53-man roster is expected to be finalized on Saturday.
The time for pretending to care is over. Because after Saturday, the regular season will be here. Meaning it will be time to actually care.