Bears-Browns preview: Fales auditioning for a roster spot

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With the release of backup quarterback Jordan Palmer, the Bears have decided on Jimmy Clausen this week as the No. 2 option behind starter Jay Cutler. Now that the competition between Palmer and Clausen is over, the Bears want to see what they have in rookie sixth-round pick David Fales.

Fales, out of San Jose State, has not seen much action in the preseason and will have much to prove when he takes the field against the Cleveland Browns. He’s slated to start and play the entire game unless he is physically unable to.

The Bears are kind of in a Catch-22 with Fales. They want to see what he can do, which explains why he will play the whole game. However, the better he plays, the trickier situation he puts the Bears in when it comes to final roster numbers.

It’s become a trend in the NFL to carry just two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, but if the Bears are interested in keeping Fales, they may have to keep him as the third option, because I don’t feel he’ll make it to their practice squad. I feel some other team would be intrigued by him as a developmental prospect.

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