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Jordan Palmer is backup QB, but Jimmy Clausen is hoping for a shot

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Updated: August 25, 2014 5:55PM

BOURBONNAIS — Jordan Palmer will get “first shot” at the No. 2 quarterback job behind Jay Cutler with rookie David Fales in the running too. But everybody has their eye on Jimmy Clausen.

The former Notre Dame All-American, fully recovered from surgery last season after a dreadful stint with the Carolina Panthers, is an intriguing candidate after impressing during a tryout last month.

‘‘I really like how he came in here,” general manager Phil Emery said. “He’s got a little chip on his shoulder right now. He wants to re-prove himself and he’s very focused.

“He came in here and got Jay [Cutler] on the phone right away and they spent the weekend together learning the playbook so that he had the best opportunity to stick with the team. That determination — he squared his jaw and got to work, and that is what I liked about him. He’s got a certain mental toughness and intelligence and he showed his accuracy and release quickness.”

— Mark Potash

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