Jordan Palmer, Trent Edwards battling for Bears’ No. 3 QB spot
Now, both stand in the way of each other to earn a roster spot with the Bears. Obviously, it can’t be all that easy to forget their old friendship and transform it into an on-field battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot, when they play a half each in the Bears’ preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.
“It’s a unique position we’re in…We've been buddies for a long time," Palmer said. "It's kind of funny. It comes full circle. In this position, I really don't feel like I am competing against Trent. I feel like I am just trying to complete balls and move down the field."
But the quarterback battle must go on as the Bears try to determine keep one of them or none, if the team decides to head into the season with only two signal callers – which means both friends could also end up getting cut by the weekend. The key to this might be carrying out the quarterback competition as civilly as possible.
"If you have played this game long enough, if you have been in quarterback rooms, you know how to prepare, you know how to handle yourself," Edwards said. "I am not the type of guy that my ego is going to get in the way, and neither is he. We'll be friends no matter what happens."
Bears coach Marc Trestman called Palmer and Edwards “both really smart players” who have practiced well” since they were signed in the aftermath of Matt Blanchard’s knuckle injury. The Bears reached an injury settlement with Blanchard on Tuesday.
The former third-rounder Edwards started 33 career games, all but one with Buffalo from 2007-10, and spent last season as a backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’m not gonna know every play that’s going to be called; I’m not going to know every player on the field,” Edwards said. “Just gotta go out and make plays and find the open guy and throw it to him.”
The 29-year-old Palmer, who is a former sixth-round pick by the Washington Redskins, played four games with the Bengals and spent last year with the Jaguars. Palmer played in a regular-season game since 2010.
“I feel prepared,” Palmer said. “The more I think about the reps I didn’t get, the more I’m not focused on going out there and kicking (butt).”
“(But) you don’t know how many opportunities you’re going to get and when you’re going to get your last one,” he said. “So you have to take advantage of the ones that you get.”