The Chicago Bears open training camp next Friday and that is truly when position battles begin to take shape as the Bears take the first steps in finalizing their 53-man roster and preparing for the regular season.
One of the biggest position battles that will take place at training camp this summer for the Bears is the battle for the backup quarterback position.
In recent seasons, the backup quarterback has been an important position on the Bears. Bears’ starting quarterback Jay Cutler was limited to 11 games last season due to injuries. The loss of Cutler last season was minimized by the stellar play of Josh McCown.
McCown signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this off-season and that left a question mark at the backup quarterback spot for the Bears.
The favorite as camp begins is veteran Jordan Palmer. Palmer has six years of experience in the NFL, however, the veteran has only thrown 15 passes his entire career. That being said, Palmer was impressive last pre-season while playing for the Bears. Palmer was competing last August with McCown to be the Bears’ backup quarterback. Despite the fact that McCown won the position, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman came away impressed with Palmer.
Behind Palmer, there are two other candidates in David Fales and Jimmy Clausen.
Fales was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and the Bears’ coaching staff is high on the rookie quarterback. That being said, Fales will likely start the season as the Bears’ third quarterback if they choose to carry one.
Clausen is an interesting candidate because of his experience with Trestman. Trestman worked with Clausen prior to the 2010 NFL Draft.
Clausen has a career quarterback rating of 58.4 but could be a favorite of Trestman’s.
With Clausen and Palmer being the two favorites for the backup quarterback position, it would appear that the Bears may be in trouble if Cutler suffers an injury. Though, that was the same thing that was said last season before McCown set the world on fire.
In Trestman, when it comes to quarterbacks, we trust.