Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone has made it abundantly clear over the past two weeks that he has not been happy with the play of his backup quarterbacks. The Bills have done something about their dissatisfaction.
The franchise announced the signing of quarterback Jordan Palmer to compete to be the backup to EJ Manuel on Tuesday. Palmer was released by the Chicago Bears on Sunday after he lost the competition with Jimmy Clausen to be Jay Cutler’s backup.
"It was a whirlwind couple of days," Palmer said Tuesday. "Played in Seattle a couple of days ago, flew back to Chicago, ended my run in Chicago and flew back to California then flew to Buffalo from California. The last 72 hours have been a whirlwind, but I'm so thrilled to be here."
Entering his sixth season in the NFL Palmer, 30, has appeared in only four games since he entered the league in 2008 out of UTEP. He played in four games through 2008 to 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals, completing 10-of-15 passes for 59 yards and also had two interceptions.
Palmer then had a brief stint with Jacksonville in 2012 before getting signed by the Bears in 2013. In all his stops, he created an idea of what the type of player he wanted to be on a roster.
"The best quarterbacks I've been around, particularly the guys who were backing up, they're leaders but they're really servant leaders," Palmer said. "I got to see it with Josh McCown last year, I've seen it with Chad Henne and then all the way back to Mark Brunell when I played in Washington. Those are the guys who provide the most resources for their team -- for the starter, for the staff, for the receivers -- whoever it may be. And when they do get an opportunity to play, those are the guys who take advantage of it and play well."
Palmer is the younger brother of Arizona Cardinals starter Carson Palmer. The Bills close out the preseason at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday, August 28, where their new quarterback is expected to play, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
"We've given ourselves an opportunity for what we've been watching on tape of everyone for Jordan to come in here and show us what he has."