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Who will be Bears' No. 2 quarterback?

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears' backup quarterback situation, how much playing time rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey will receive and the third receiver position.

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Between Jimmy Clausen, David Fales and Jordan Palmer, who appears to have the best shot at the No. 2 quarterback spot?

From Liam H. on Twitter

That likely will be determined in training camp and the preseason, but it appears to me that Jordan Palmer presently has the best chance to be Jay Cutler’s backup this season. I know that the Bears are high on Palmer in terms of his ability and leadership. He reminds a lot of people at Halas Hall of Josh McCown in terms of being a veteran journeyman who is capable of excelling in Marc Trestman’s offense while also serving as a valuable resource to Cutler as well as the young players on offense. I expect Palmer to get the first chance, but that doesn’t mean that Jimmy Clausen or David Fales can’t leap-frog him on the depth chart if one of them performs well in the preseason.

How do you think the Bears will use Ka’Deem Carey and how much playing time do you think he will receive during games?

From Richie on Twitter

I imagine the Bears will give Ka’Deem Carey a series or two each game in order to spell Matt Forte and also give the defense a different look. A lot depends on how well Carey fares at picking up blitzes, which is very important in the Bears offense. The better he understands and executes his blocking assignments, the more he will play. One thing that could limit his reps has nothing to do with his progress, however—it’s very difficult for the Bears to take Forte off the field given his versatility as a runner, receiver and blocker. He may be the best all-around back in the NFL and the Bears are clearly a better team when he’s on the field.

Who has the inside shot on securing the third receiver role?

From Burkilonious on Twitter

I would say that Marquess Wilson has the inside track at the third receiver position behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Wilson has gained a year of experience in the system and also bulked up heading into his second NFL season. He has performed well in OTAs and has already gained the confidence of veteran teammates such as Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, which is rarely discussed but very important nonetheless. If Wilson continues ascending, I think he will lock down the third spot. But he will be pushed by a group that includes Josh Morgan, Chris Williams and Eric Weems.

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