What are the things to watch among the quarterbacks at Bears training camp?
Every player is fighting for something. A roster spot, a starting spot, a chance to earn an extension during camp or in the offseason. Training camp is about progression. This series will breakdown what to be watching for throughout training camp and during the preseason for each player. Today, we look at quarterbacks.
There is everything to watch when Mike Glennon is taking reps in practice. This is a player who has thrown 11 passes in 2015 and 2016 combined, and was given $18 million guaranteed. The narrative around Glennon has always been his arm, but a lot of his play in Tampa Bay featured check downs. Looking at the Bears tackle situation he may be looking to be a check down quarterback as well.
Still, he has to have the arm to sling it and make the defense fear his ability down the field. How is that hyped up arm? There is also the Trubisky factor. Does this rookie, number two overall pick look better than Glennon already? Is Glennon looking over his shoulder? Is it affecting him at camp? Glennon is one of the most fascinating cases across the entire NFL this season, let alone in Chicago.
For Trubisky, it is all about learning. When he is on the field, he looks and has the arm of a starting quarterback. However, his issue is lack of experience. The Bears have to get Trubisky on the field if they want him to grow. However, he has to prove he belongs on the field and that starts with playbook comprehension. It may not show on the field, but look for any hints in the news or out of Trubisky mouth that he is picking up the playbook fast.
For Sanchez, he has to get healthy. Sanchez is essentially penned in as the third quarterback. He will never see the field, but what he can do off of the field with two inexperienced quarterbacks is more valuable than Connor Shaw.
In fact, Shaw was released, and had to be brought back in because of the injury to Sanchez. The injury is expected to be minor, but the team is keeping Shaw for insurance purposes. While Sanchez will never see the field, he would have to be healthy enough to be an emergency quarterback if things get out of hand. As long as he stays healthy, he is making the team.
For Shaw, you would like to see a reason to try to place him on the practice squad. Injuries happen, and the more familiar any quarterback is with a particular offense, the better. The fact that he knows more than any other current quarterbacks on the market means you should at least try to keep in contact with him. Hopefully the awkward false cut does not dissuade him to stick around if he has a decent preseason.