The Chicago Bears might have a quarterback controversy on their hands. With Justin Fields out because of a dislocated thumb, rookie backup quarterback Tyson Bagent thrilled Chicago when he led the Bears to a victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.
Going from playing Division II football to being undrafted and then winning his first career start is a Hollywood script ready to be written. Anointing him as the franchise quarterback might be a bridge too far.
Tyson Bagent is the day-three draft pick/undrafted rookie free-agent quarterback prospect the Chicago Bears should have been bringing into the building ever since the franchise traded away Kyle Orton.
Typically, you want to bring in a quarterback with ideal size and a quick release from the Power 5 conferences at least every two years with the hope that you can get a cheap backup at worst and the next Tom Brady at best.
Tyson Bagent had a very nice start for the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The exception to going outside of the Power 5 is when a quarterback does something special at the collegiate level. Bagent was special at Shepard University so he fits the exception.
In addition, Bagent did an outstanding job executing the game plan. He played within himself and did not turn the ball over.
Finally, the young man is confident. He does not care that is he technically not supposed to be in the NFL. Bagent is here and he gave himself a chance to put off having to teach high school for a couple of years.
Okay, now that is done, let’s get onto why it is important to not get too excited about Bagent’s long-term prospects as a starting quarterback.