With the two joint practices this week vs the Colts, the Chicago Bears made the decision not to start any of their starters in their Week 2 preseason game. Even some key backups like Tyler Scott and Velus Jones were kept off the field. With no Justin Fields, we planned to see plenty of action from PJ Walker, Tyson Bagent and Nathan Peterman. After two games, I think it's safe to say that the Chicago Bears must make a change at the quarterback position.
We have seen PJ Walker play live games in the NFL. I'll admit, I was excited that he was added to the roster as the most-likely backup quarterback to Justin Fields. He was signed to a one-year deal worth $4.1 million dollars, but the team has an out after 2023 that would allow them to cut Walker for only $500,000. In fact, should they decide to cut him before the season started it would only cost them a little over $2 million. The team has the money but I don't think they do it.
With the new rule regarding the quarterback position this year, the Chicago Bears might need to keep three quarterbacks on the active 53-man roster instead of only two. What will happen is if the team has three quarterbacks, they can promote a player from their practice squad on game day and the third QB (emergency QB) won't count against the roster limits. However, if the Bears were to place either Tyson Bagent, Nathan Peterman or PJ Walker on the practice squad, it allows another team to claim them and the Bears could lose that player for nothing.
The Chicago Bears should make Tyson Bagent the QB2 over PJ Walker
After what we have seen from all three backup quarterbacks this preseason and at the joint practices, I think it's obvious that Tyson Bagent needs to be promoted ahead of PJ Walker. It may seem crazy and I know that Bagent is seeing second and third-string defenses, but PJ Walker has looked awful. Walker is also playing against backups, but his throws are sailing and he's making bad decisions and poor reads. Tyson Bagent on the other hand has looked the part. He's stayed calm, has thrown very accurate passes, and has shown the ability to both stay in the pocket or move if needed.
If I am the Chicago Bears, I am giving Tyson Bagent the QB2 spot for the final game of the preseason. Then, the team can give Bagent reps vs the twos and give Walker reps vs the threes. If Bagent still looks efficient and Walker still looks erratic, then I'd be making the change official -- Bagent over Walker as the QB2 on this depth chart.