Clausen will enter the game on Thursday after Cutler’s time is done, and that is a change from how the Bears operated last Friday against the Eagles. In the Bears’ first Pre-Season game last Friday, quarterback Jordan Palmer was the second quarterback in the game for the Bears and Clausen entered after Palmer.
Clausen outplayed Palmer last Friday.
Against the Eagles, Clausen was 7-for-13 passing with 150 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Palmer was 8-for-11 passing with 104 passing yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Clausen worked majority with the second-team offense this week during practice for the Bears and the belief is that the former Notre Dame quarterback is closing in on being named the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback.
That would be why Thursday’s game is important for Clausen. Clausen succeeded last week against players that likely will be bagging groceries in a few weeks. This week, Clausen needs to show he can succeed against legitimate NFL players–that often has been a problem for Clausen in his career.
Despite signs pointing to Clausen being the favorite in the backup quarterback competition, Trestman has yet to show any inclination to either quarterback.