Aug 22, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen (8) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Clausen To Be The Chicago Bears No. 2 Quarterback?

The backup quarterback competition for the Chicago Bears between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer continued on Friday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

Palmer worked as the No. 2 quarterback on Friday night while Clausen worked with the third-team offense.

Neither Palmer nor Clausen did anything to stand out on Friday night.

Palmer was 7 of 10 passing for a total of 48 yards and a passer rating of 80.4. Clausen, meanwhile, was 6 of 9 for a total of 36 yards and a passer rating of 74.3.  Clausen did, however, lead the only two scoring drives of the game for the Bears on Friday.

With the final pre-season game being next Thursday against the Cleveland Browns, the Bears may name their backup quarterback before Tuesday. Tuesday is the deadline for NFL teams to cut their roster down to 75.

The growing consensus is that Clausen will be the one to backup starting quarterback Jay Cutler this season. Clausen has a stronger arm than Palmer and has been more decisive this pre-season.

The concern here is that neither Clausen nor Palmer have looked particularly effective with the second team offense this pre-season. With the injury concerns of Cutler in recent seasons, the backup quarterback position has become an important role for the Bears.

Clausen worked with Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman in 2010 as Trestman prepared the former Notre Dame quarterback for the NFL Draft.

Clausen has not appeared in a NFL regular season game since 2010.

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