Jordan Palmer stumbles in competition for Bears No. 2 QB job

Jordan Palmer stumbles in competition for Bears No. 2 QB job
August 11, 2014, 3:45 pm
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BOURBONNAIS — Game performances will still weigh heaviest in settling whether Jimmy Clausen or Jordan Palmer win the job as first-alternate to Jay Cutler. For Palmer, that is a good thing.

Palmer was intercepted twice in Monday’s practice before a rain-reduced estimated crowd of 4,000 in what was the next-to-last full session in training camp 2014. Palmer was first intercepted by safety Chris Conte when his pass into the right end end zone fluttered and dropped into the safety’s waiting hands.

More unsettling, Palmer threw a middle screen into the hands of defensive end Willie Young, who picked up an escort for a simulated TD return of about 20 yards.

“I was excited about that. I think he was, too,” defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said, adding with a smile, “and then when you get a takeaway in practice, you have to go score so he got a little extra conditioning in. That was good for him, good for us.”

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Not good for Palmer, however. He was intercepted once by the Philadelphia Eagles, a turnover that was converted into second-quarter points, then recovered to direct a nine-play drive of 80 yards for a touchdown.

Clausen directed the offense to two third-quarter touchdowns and one of two two-point conversions during his playing time.

Clausen was the first backup following Jay Cutler on Monday and is expected to be first off the bench Thursday against Jacksonville, if only because Palmer followed Cutler against Philadelphia.

“I don’t think we’ve had any (depth-chart) movement there at all,” head coach Marc Trestman said. “That doesn’t mean we won’t switch them up this week and give Jimmy an opportunity to go first after Jay. We haven’t made that decision yet. But it still isn’t necessarily Jimmy moving into the second slot. I think again he fits in right where everybody is at all other positions. We’ll move people around, we’ll see how they play in different environments and we’ll make a decision when we have to.”