Hard to find any fault with Jordan Palmer in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Browns at Soldier Field.
Do you realize he started off 11-for-13 for 111 yards? He woulda finished even better than 11-of-17 were he not betrayed by at least three dropped passes.
Also, the 29-year-old led the Bears on a scoring drive that lasted 9:20 before giving way to friend Trent Edwards for the second half.
I asked Palmer — who had scheduled a European vacation with his wife for next week — if he thought he made the team.
“The goal tonight was not to make the team,” he said. “The goal tonight was to play well. I feel like I played well enough to feel good about it. Whatever these guys wanna do, I’m gonna support em in it. That’s all I can do.”
Will it be enough? It’s easy to see the Bears keeping only two quarterbacks and finding a younger player to develop on the practice squad. Or new coach Marc Trestman, a quarterbacks guru, could see the value in the veteran Palmer.
Edwards — who went 10-for-17 for 135 yards, with two sacks and one interception — said he’d love to make the team.
“I hope it’s here — I really do,” he said. “I’m sure Jordan says the same thing. Jordan played really well tonight. He’s been doing great since he’s been here too.
“One of us will be here — or none of us will be here.”
We’ll know Friday, when the Bears cut to 53.