It’s Jordan Palmer’s turn to be the No. 2 quarterback for the Bears. Coach Marc Trestman says Palmer and not Jimmy Clausen will be the first man off the bench behind Jay Cutler when Chicago takes on the Seattle Seahawks in preseason action this weekend.
Palmer’s shot at #2 was earned against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week when he led the Bears on a pair of TD drives. Palmer expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to prove himself (via suntimes.com):
“I’m grateful for any opportunity,” said Palmer, who was 6-for-9 for 73 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for a 91.4 passer rating. “I’m at the point of my career where it could have been over a couple of different times. . . . I’m just excited for any opportunity.”
The 30-year-old Palmer was originally a sixth round pick by the Redskins out of UTEP in 2007, but he didn’t make his first appearance until 2008 as a member of the Bengals.
Palmer has had stints with multiple teams in multiple leagues, including the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena League and the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.
In his NFL career, he has amassed 59 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 INTs and a passer rating of 34.4.
Palmer came into camp as the #2 QB but was supplanted by former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Now the worm appears to have turned again and Palmer is on top.
All I know about the Bears’ QB situation is that Jay Cutler better not get hurt, or that team is boned.