Chicago Bears Position Battles: Quarterback Competition Heating Up After Matt Blanchard Injury
The Chicago Bears endured somewhat of a notable injury in their second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. In the second half, third string quarterback Matt Blanchard out of Wisconsin Whitewater suffered a broken hand, forcing the team to search fast for a replacement.
In the Bears’ third preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, Jay Cutler will get plenty of run but will likely sit out of the preseason finale. With that said, the Bears need a third quarterback to be ready to go in that game.
Saturday, Chicago signed veteran quarterback Jordan Palmer, the brother of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. Sunday, they brought in another veteran in Trent Edwards to compete with Palmer for the third string position.
Head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery love competition. Whether it’s for a starting role or simply a spot on the team, competition has been key to their success throughout training camp this year. Having Palmer and Edwards in uniform now will only further the competitive nature of everyday practices.
With experience on his side as a former starter, Edwards would likely have an edge in many eyes. But, Palmer is younger and could provide some youth at the position going forward. Edwards has started 33 games throughout his career for the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Bears will carry three quarterbacks in 2013, or simply keep the third option on the practice squad like they did last year with Blanchard. Backup Josh McCown has had a solid training camp and preseason, thus locking down his role without a problem.
Look for Palmer and Edwards to be heavily talked about in Chicago this week as the team needs to make a decision rather quickly on who they will carry as their third option — if they even choose to have three quarterbacks on the roster in the end.