BOURBONNAIS – It is in line with what we have heard from Bears coach Marc Trestman all camp about the backup quarterback competition, but it also makes sense based on what we saw this week and in the preseason opener.
Jimmy Clausen will be the first quarterback off the bench in the team’s second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night and play with the second team. Jordan Palmer will get the third-team reps.
“Right now, Jimmy will relieve Jay,” Trestman said Tuesday after the team’s final practice of training camp. “He’ll have the shot after Jay comes out of the game, whenever that is. But both of them will play.”
Palmer was the second quarterback in Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, so it comes as no surprise that Clausen gets his chance against Jacksonville. However, in Tuesday’s practice, as well as Monday’s, Clausen got all the reps with the second string; there was no rotating. Despite Clausen’s ascension since joining the team in June and his two-touchdown performance against Philadelphia, Trestman said no permanent decision has been made.
“They’re both making plays. They’re competing. I’ve talked to both of them that nothing’s set in stone from last week,” Trestman said about the backup competition. “We grade them every day. We’re watching all the tape. We’re making the corrections with each of them. It’s still a competition, and they know it. We’re repping them that way.”
Injury update: Jeremiah Ratliff, Matt Forte and Charles Tillman took the day off, while Lance Briggs returned after his veteran’s day Monday.
Chris Williams (hamstring), Isaiah Frey (hamstring), Eben Britton (hamstring), Jordan Mills (foot) and Brian de la Puente (knee) remained out. Dante Rosario missed his first practice of camp because of calf soreness.
Personnel updates: All five safeties, Ryan Mundy, Danny McCray, Brock Vereen, Adrian Wilson and Chris Conte, rotated with the first-team defense, with Mundy and McCray starting and taking the most reps. … Sherrick McManis played corner with the first-team nickel, as Kelvin Hayden didn’t take part in team drills. … Will Sutton played first-team three-technique in place of Ratliff. … Eric Weems and Josh Morgan were the first receivers in off the bench with the starting offense.
Quick hits: Clausen had another sharp day, including strikes to Josh Bellamy and Armanti Edwards on one drive. … Kyle Fuller knocked down a pass intended for Alshon Jeffery on a slant in the red zone. … Jon Bostic got praise from Trestman for filling his gap on a Shaun Draughn run play. … The best play of the day came when Clausen dropped a pass into the outstretched arms of Zach Miller for a touchdown. A few plays later, Miller caught another touchdown, this one from Jordan Palmer. ... The starters on offense and defense had fun supporting their units as camp wrapped up, going back and forth hooting and hollering, offense vs. defense, when the third team practiced in the red zone to conclude practice.