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Trestman: Jordan Palmer has first shot to be QB No. 2

The Buffalo Bills aren't the only NFL club with a backup quarterback duel on their hands.

Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman told reporters Wednesday that the roster spot behind Jay Cutler is Jordan Palmer's to lose.

"Right now, Jordan Palmer has the first chance to be the No. 2 quarterback," said Trestman, issuing a challenge to fellow passers Jimmy Clausen and David Fales.

A newsroom debate broke out asking if Trestman's call to arms highlights the most putrid collection of backups in the league. The Bills, though, are close, with Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel forming a sketchy duo behind starter EJ Manuel. Cowboys fans can't feel giddy about wheeling Brandon Weeden into the fray, either.

Still, neither Clausen nor Palmer has thrown a pass since 2010, while Fales is a rookie with some upside but plenty of questions. The advantage for any Bears arm is one of the game's more unique and proven quarterback coaches in Trestman, but teaching tools can only carry a pro signal-caller so far.

Everyone in the Windy City should get on their knees and pray for lasting health to drape Cutler from Week 1 onward.

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