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It came as a surprise to most when the Bears decided to sign former Notre Dame and Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
It's still unknown as to how he fits in with a team who drafted David Fales and still has Jordan Palmer, but Clausen could compete for the job of backup quarterback.
Via Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com, Clausen said:
Competition brings out the best in people. I’m looking forward to competing. But the only way I can compete is if I learn the offense. So I’ve just got to keep speeding that up and each day come in and work hard and get the offense down.
A recent chest injury to Palmer has kept him out of OTAs and has allowed Clausen to catch up on the playbook and get more reps. Still, Palmer expects to be ready for minicamp and is excited about his second year in Chicago, via Mayer:
It’s a nothing deal. If I played any other position, it wouldn’t be an issue. I’ll be ready to go for the minicamp. So just letting it breathe. It’s frustrating because it’s not a serious injury; they’re just pulling me out and letting me get a little bit of rest. …
I really feel like this is my second year in the system. To be able to spend the time I spent in the offseason—January, February, March—preparing for what was going to happen this year, watching every single snap that Josh and Jay took last offseason, it’s put me in a great spot to come in here and feel like I’m learning everything for the second time around as opposed to being introduced to it.