When Jay Cutler leaves Thursday’s game against Jacksonville it will be Jimmy Clausen who is first off the bench.
Clausen is looking to restart a career that flamed out after being selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After a tough rookie season he was replaced by Cam Newton in Carolina and then missed the 2013 season with injury.
“Right now, we’re going to have Jimmy relieve Jay,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He’ll have the shot whenever Jay comes out of the game, whenever that is. But both of them will play.
Jordan Palmer had been listed as the No. 2 quarterback with the Bears but things have flip flopped following the preseason opener.
“They’re both making plays [in practice],” Trestman said. “They are both competing. I’ve told both of them that nothing is set in stone from last week. We grade them every day and we’re watching all the tape. We’re making the corrections with each of them, and it’s still a competition. They know it and we’re [dividing up the reps] that way.”
The younger brother of Arizona signal caller Carson Palmer, Jordan Palmer entered the first preseason game late in the first quarter. Palmer did nothing to hurt his chances of losing the job completing 8 of 11 passes for 104 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
However Clausen grabbed the headlines going 7-of-13 for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Last season an injury to Culter left veteran journeyman Josh McCown to reap the benefits of Marc Tretsman’s offense for five starts which saw him win NFC offensive player of the week honors in his final start.