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Quarterback Jimmy Clausen off to a strong start at Bears training camp
BOURBONNAIS — The good days are starting to pile up at Bears training camp for quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Whether it’s making the right reads or zipping balls through tight coverage, Clausen’s comfort in coach Marc Trestman’s offense is becoming noticeable.
“But for myself, I still have long way to go, learning the offense, and taking what I learned out onto the field each and every day,” Clausen said.
Trestman said it’s still an open competition for the backup job. There still are preseason games to play.
But, at least early in camp, Clausen, the former star at Notre Dame and starter for the Carolina Panthers, is putting the pressure on Jordan Palmer to keep up. The eye test says Clausen is outperforming Palmer.
Both quarterbacks have been working with second-team offense.
“It’s very early,” quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh said. “If you saw [Sunday], Jordan got more reps [with the second-team offense], I’m just trying to rotate them through.
“They’re great about it, too. They work well together, they like each other, they’re encouraging to each other. They know there’s competition, but when it’s all said and done, I’m hoping they get equal reps.
“[But] there’s no such thing as a depth chart right now other than Jay Cutler’s the starter.”
Clausen said it’s the terminology of Trestman’s offense that still needs mastering.
“It was tough getting used to that,” Clausen said. “But I’m working every day to keep improving on spitting out the play calls and all the terminology. [I'm] trying to go out there and play fast.”