Thursday, October 31, 2013
QB Palmer 'ready right now' if called upon
By Michael C. Wright
Matt Forte tells Josh McCown "a lot of times you need to get down at the end of a run," when the quarterback scrambles because he knows the Chicago Bears can't afford to deal with another injury to a signal caller.
But if somehow McCown goes down Monday night at Green Bay, new addition Jordan Palmer is confident in his ability to fill in successfully. The team is too because of the way Palmer handled coming aboard in an emergency situation during training camp when Matt Blanchard broke a knuckle on his throwing hand.
Palmer signed with the team Aug. 17, and 12 days later in the preseason finale against Cleveland completed 11 of 17 for 111 yards and a touchdown to go with a passer rating of 102.8 in only one half of action.
"I'm ready right now," Palmer said. "I got here on Monday. Every morning, I got here at 6:30. I left around 8 o'clock at night. I had a nice little foundation [from training camp], even though I was only out here a couple weeks. I've always hung my hat on the preparation stuff. So if I'm going to have confidence in any part of my game, it's going to be in how prepared I am to play, and what I know more so than how fast I can run or far I can throw it. I feel like I'm ready to go."
Palmer called the team's decision to bring him back a blessing, and said he's ready to do whatever the team asks of him, whether that be "to help Josh get ready to play in Green Bay" or "come here and lead us to the playoffs," adding that he's "very, very confident in my ability to do both those."
"I feel really blessed to be in a position to be back here and join a great team; a team that has a lot of success on the horizon, unbelievable talent, and in my career, the best coaching staff I've ever been around," Palmer said. "It's humbling, but I'm very excited to come here and figure out a way to contribute."
The younger brother of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, Jordan Palmer has played four seasons in the NFL with the Bengals and the Jaguars, but has participated in just four games. How Palmer handled his short stint with the team in August impressed the staff enough to reach out to him when it needed a backup for McCown after Jay Cutler's injury.
"He was very efficient running the offense when he was in there on very short notice," Bears coach Marc Trestman said.