The Bears went into this offseason with a quarterback depth chart set: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard in development. Blanchard is gone, given an injury settlement this week for the fractured left knuckle that ended his preseason and left the Bears in need of an alternative at No. 3.
Not necessarily to start the season with. Coach Marc Trestman has said that the Bears would look to have a third quarterback at the ready, but whether that is in a roster spot or simply in the Rolodex in case of need remains to play out.
So for Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards, Thursday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns is a potential roster-maker.
Palmer will start and play the first half. Edwards will play the second. From there?
“I’ve been in not this exact situation before, but I’ve been in situations where you haven’t got a lot of reps and aren’t really sure about the guys you’re in there with,” said Palmer, spending time with his fourth NFL team and not having thrown an NFL pass since 2010.
“At this point, it doesn’t become how many yards you throw for, how many touchdowns you throw. It becomes how do you each series complete balls, move the chains and finish in the red zone.”
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Edwards was a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and was the Bills’ starter until poor play led to his ouster and stops in Jacksonville and Philadelphia.
“The No. 1 thing when you come into situations like this is (to) have enough of an understanding of the offense,” coach Marc Trestman said.
The Bears will be looking for a quarterback who, if called on in an emergency, will be able to function in the offense with a minimum of errors and preparation — exactly the situation he will be in if the phone rings this season and it’s the Bears.