Quarterback Jordan Palmer has never started an NFL game in his five-year career but has spent time on many rosters. Palmer has been with the Bengals, Redskins, Jaguars and Bears. Although the 29-year-old career back up hopes to find a spot on an NFL roster in 2014, it is not stopping him from being a quarterback coach at a pre-draft camp in Carlsbad, California.
The most notable prospect attending the camp is UCF’s Blake Bortles. Bortles’ stock has already been on the rise since the end of the 2013 college season and is now projected as a potential early, first round selection. Bortles will be performing at the NFL Scouting Combine late this February with the quarterbacks.
“I played in five NFL offenses and learned five systems,” Palmer told the Chicago Tribune. “I have taken the universal concepts, universal protections and formations that you will find in any NFL offense, and I built an offense. I am installing it, not just to learn the offense, but to teach them how to learn an offense. What you don’t do when you are learning an offense is stare at the playbook and try to memorize it.”
The other quarterback prospects that are attending the camp are Wyoming’s Brett Smith and Washington’s Keith Price. All the steps that they are learning are critical before the NFL Scouting Combine when NFL teams will interview each prospect attending.
As for Palmer, will he get a job on an NFL roster? Or will Jordan Palmer the player, become Jordan Palmer the coach?