The Bears’ decision to move forward with Jimmy Clausen over Jordan Palmer as Jay Cutler’s understudy settles one Chicago quarterback question, certainly the biggest one of this offseason. But not necessarily the only one.
There still remains the disposition of David Fales, who played briefly in the win over Philadelphia but not since then. Clausen is expected to start Thursday in Cleveland for purposes of polishing his skills in the Marc Trestman offense, but Fales projects to play all of the second half and possibly more.
Fales, the first of the Bears’ two sixth-round selections in this year’s draft, has not played his way onto the 53-man roster in Chicago and would be a surprise grab by another NFL team based on preseason performance. He is a likely fit on the expanded (10-player) practice squad with the Bears, who don’t particularly need to use a roster spot to prevent Fales from being snatched up elsewhere.
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One of the reasons is that the Bears don’t need Fales for insurance. Palmer is expected to be available as he was last year when an injury to Cutler caused the Bears to recall him after a respectable brief showing in preseason.
Clausen and Palmer put up similar numbers through preseason, but Palmer needed to out-play Clausen by a decisive margin to win the job over a younger player with more mobility, a better arm and a five-year age advantage on the younger side.
That didn’t happen, but Palmer burned no bridges at Halas Hall, tweeting upon getting the news:
Coach Trest didn't want players to make predictions about this year. As a former bear I can say that I believe this is a SB team w an MVP QB— Jordan Palmer (@JwPalms) August 24, 2014
I'll be wearing #bears gear and supporting the bears for the rest of my life. Regardless of what happens. This is the best org in the NFL.— Jordan Palmer (@JwPalms) August 24, 2014