The Bears are still trying to get their signal-callers straight entering Friday night’s third exhibition game in Seattle.
While Jay Cutler is the undisputed starter, backups Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen continue jockeying for the No. 2 role.
On Wednesday, coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will play into the second quarter and perhaps into the third against the Seahawks. Palmer will be next, followed by Clausen.
Trestman indicated that he wants as much evidence as possible before aligning the quarterbacks for the Sept. 7 opener against the Bills.
Palmer completed 6 of 9 passes for 73 yards and a 91.4 passer rating against the Jaguars on Thursday. He guided the Bears to two fourth-quarter touchdown drives in a 20-19 comeback victory.
“It was a lot of fun going in and being down 12 and just trying to get the most out of each play and letting guys make plays,” Palmer said. “We had some really big runs and a turnover on defense. It was fun to be a part of guys rallying back.”
Clausen was 11 of 15 passing for 94 yards and an interception.
“I can’t control when I go in to play,” Clausen said. “All I can do is keep going out each and every day and keep improving, get more familiar with the offense and, you know, competing.
“I feel like I have come a long way for being here a few weeks and OTAs and training camp. But I feel really comfortable in the offense.”
Clausen has had experience playing in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, the NFL’s loudest stadium.
“I played there my rookie year and it wasn’t probably as loud as it is now. But it was still loud,” Clausen said. “I have to communicate, and that’s what we are trying to work on.”
Palmer also wants to continue refining his game on Friday.
“I looked back at the (Jaguars) game. I graded each play and figured out what I wanted to do better,” Palmer said. “The coaches got with me on it and I will try to apply that to this week.”