In today's Bears news update, the Chicago Bears will most likely retain former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen, and may position him as the favorite to assume the backup signal caller role behind Jay Cutler.
According to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com, "Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman revealed Thursday that the club was looking to trim its roster of five quarterbacks as mandatory minicamp concluded, and he expects recent addition Jimmy Clausen to be one of the signal callers to stick."
While Trestman declined to go into specifics about what that means for the rest of the roster and the quarterbacking corps, he did gush over the qualities that Clausen has displayed in his limited time since signing with the Bears.
“No. 1 is how he handled the room. That room is hugely important; the chemistry, the karma, whatever you want to call it,” Trestman stated, via Wright's article on Friday. “In that room, the communication’s got to be good. Jimmy’s done a very good job, very maturely fit in and taken the place of trying to learn and work to learn the offense. He’s grinded at it. He spent long hours here. He’s had help from the guys in the room to get him to the place he is today. So we’ll see. We’re going through the process of working with our roster. I think he’ll be one of the guys that we do bring back, and we’ll take it one day at a time when we get to training camp.”
While general manager Phil Emery has given currently-tabbed backup quarterback Jordan Palmer a vote of confidence, Clausen's impressive offseason - paired with a great showing in training camp and the preseason - could force Emery to change his mind.
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