With the 2014 NFL Draft now complete, the focus for many teams will be on filling out their depth chart. For the Bears, their 2014 draft class figures to have a significant impact on the depth chart.
One position that was surprisingly impacted by the Bears’ draft class was the quarterback position. There is no question that Jay Cutler is the starting quarterback for the Bears but the Bears’ selection of David Fales in the sixth figures to impact who will be the backup to quarterback.
- Jay Cutler-Cutler is entering the 2014 season after signing a 7-year contract extension with the Bears in the off-season. At the end of the 2013 season, there was debate over whether or not Cutler was the franchise quarterback for the Bears. The Bears’ ended the debate with his 7-year extension. Cutler is entering his second year in Marc Trestman’s offense and that should signal great things for the Bears’ offense in 2014. The caveat being if Cutler can stay healthy.
- Jordan Palmer-Many Bears’ fans are 100% against Palmer being the backup quarterback for the Bears in 2014. The ironic thing is that many of the same fans voiced the same concerns over Josh McCown last summer. Palmer may not turn into a success story like McCown, but the Bears’ should trust Trestman and his work with quarterbacks.
- David Fales-Fales will enter training camp in a competition with Palmer to be Cutler’s backup. There is irony in the fact that Palmer was the one who prepared Fales for the NFL and now Fales may take his spot on the Bears’ roster. By all accounts, the Bears are high on Fales. High enough that there may even be an expectation among the team that Fales will be Cutler’s backup by the time training camp ends.
- Jerrod Johnson-Johnson is on the Bears’ roster and that warrants a mention on the quarterback depth chart. Though, Johnson is simply a camp body.