The NFL regular season has arrived with the Chicago Bears beginning their preparations for game week as they open the season against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
Unlike previous seasons, there were not too many position battles for the Bears prior to the start of the season.
The battle that drew the most attention was the backup quarterback spot.
PJ Walker signed a two-year contract with the Bears this off-season and was set to be the backup to Justin Fields but Walker struggled to find his footing during training camp practices and pre-season games.
Walker’s struggles opened the door for a competition and it is one that he lost was the former XFL quarterback was released by the team at the end of the pre-season.
While undrafted rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent was the pre-season fan favorite, there were legitimate reasons why Bagent should not open the season as the Bears’ backup quarterback.
The Bears may have tipped their at the backup quarterback position last week when they added Nathan Peterman to the active roster instead of the practice squad and on Tuesday, it was confirmed that Peterman will open the season as the Bears’ backup quarterback.
The Chicago Bears have released their first depth chart of the regular season.
Peterman opening the season as the backup quarterback for the Bears was the right decision. For as much potential as Bagent has, his showing against the Buffalo Bills in the pre-season finale proved that there still is a gap between where he currently is and where he needs to be in terms of being called upon to replace Fields due to an injury.
That’s not to say that the gap won’t be closed before the end of the season. In fact, it’s possible that Bagent will ascend to the backup quarterback spot after the first month of the season. Bagent is not at that point yet and that is fine.