There are a few guys participating in this weekend's rookie minicamp that were with the Bears during parts of last season at one point or another. One of those guys is Matt Blanchard.
Last season, Blanchard arrived to Bears camp as an undrafted rookie quarterback out of Wisconsin-Whitewater. So it goes without saying he was a long shot at best to make the team. Yet after being waived during training camp, he returned to work on the practice squad.
This year he's currently the Bears third team QB. If the Bears don't make any moves at the position, he will get a shot to show what he can do in the exhibition games, a huge opportunity for an undrafted quarterback.
I remember watching him last year during rookie camp, and he stood out right away with the way he threw the ball. At 6-3, 225 lbs, he had the physical size of a prototype NFL signal caller.
In college he was legit, albeit at a lower level and had a career record of 45-0, throwing for over 5,000 yards and 44 TD's at Whitewater. So he has thrown the football a lot.
This year could be his chance to break through and get his name out there. Backup QB's first have to get noticed in the preseason in order to prove they deserve to stick somewhere on the roster and for Blanchard he'll need to show he deserves to at least be the third QB, assuming the team keeps 3 on the active roster. If not, it's still an audition for every other team in the league and he shouldn't be taken lightly.
For now he's getting extra reps in front of the new coaching staff, something that is invaluable for a young player trying to make a name for himself.