Training camp is around the corner and this week we will start to preview each position. We will start with quarterback and it’s plain to see the Bears don’t have much depth behind Jay Cutler.
Fresh off a new deal, Cutler will look to play in his first full season since 2009. He played in only 11 games last year but had a career high 89.2 quarterback rating. He will look to take an even bigger step in year two of head coach Marc Trestman’s offense.
As of right now, it’s Palmer who is in line to be the backup. Palmer is by no means on the same level as the departed Josh McCown. Palmer has thrown only 15 passes in four regular season games in his career. He certainly knows the offense but lacks the experience McCown had.
Clausen will battle with Palmer for the backup spot. He brings a little more experience to the table but it’s not good. Clausen has a career 1-9 record as a starter with three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The rookie from San Jose St. will likely get a redshirt year. The Bears are going to want to develop him slowly and bring him along so that he may be able to be the backup either next season or the year after.
Look for the biggest battle to come from Clausen and Palmer and hopefully one can rise up over the other and take the backup role. Given Cutler’s past injuries, the Bears will likely need one of them at some point in the year.