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Jimmy Clausen in mix to be Bears’ backup QB

Updated: July 21, 2014 4:16PM



Since signing with the Bears two weeks ago, quarterback Jimmy Clausen has studied coach Marc Trestman’s vast playbook all hours of the day with one goal in mind: to be ready for Bourbonnais.

‘‘It’s going to take time [to learn the offense],’’ Clausen said after mandatory minicamp ended Thursday. ‘‘The biggest thing for me is just hearing the plays, spitting it out in the huddle, getting
everybody lined up. It’s
going to take time, but I’ll be ready by training camp.’’

Clausen’s spot in Bourbonnais never should have been in doubt, regardless of his learning curve or his competition against Jordan Palmer, David Fales and
Jerrod Johnson. It became apparent after Jay Cutler spoke this week that Clausen, a former star at Notre Dame, had a dorm room waiting for him at Olivet Nazarene University. Cutler was clearly a fan of Clausen’s.

‘‘No. 1 is how [Clausen] handled the [quarterbacks] room,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘As I’ve said many times, that room is hugely important — the chemistry, the karma, whatever you want to call it. The communication has got to be good. Jimmy has done a very good job, very maturely fit in and taken the place of trying to learn the offense. He’s grinding at it.’’

Clausen’s work was limited in minicamp. He spent more time with his helmet in his hand than throwing in drills. Johnson, meanwhile, seemed to get fewer repetitions than only Cutler. He was cut hours after minicamp ended.

A healthy Clausen, a second-round pick in 2010 who made 10 starts for the Carolina Panthers, will push Palmer for the backup spot.

‘‘That’s what the off time [before training camp] is for,’’ Clausen said. ‘‘So [I’ll] get back in the book, learn and get ready for training camp.’’

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