Quarterback: Bears don’t risk losing Fales, keep two backups

Quarterback: Bears don’t risk losing Fales, keep two backups
August 30, 2014, 3:15 pm
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The Bears committed to Jay Cutler with a new contract shortly after last season. They committed to Jimmy Clausen as his No. 2 when they released Jordan Palmer. They also committed to three quarterbacks on Opening Day when they held onto rookie David Fales.

The roster:

Starter: Jay Cutler
Depth: Jimmy Clausen, David Fales

The cuts: None

The thinking: Based on what he showed in Cleveland vs. the Browns and in the opener against Philadelphia, David Fales demonstrated what teams hope for from a sixth-round draft choice at quarterback: 18-for-31 passing for 214 yards and a 63.1 passer rating. Fales acquitted himself reasonably well in his one preseason start, against Cleveland, and that having not played at all in the two previous games.

He projects to having a respectable NFL career, and the Bears would like it to be in Chicago. Clausen is on a one-year deal, as were Jason Campbell and Josh McCown when they were Jay Cutler backups.

Palmer was released by the Buffalo Bills, as he was last year at this time by the Bears, and goes back on Personnel Department rolodexes for emergency roles in the event of injury.

Complete roster breakdown:

-Running backs
-Wide receivers
-Tight ends
-Offensive line
-Defensive line