Last year, the Chicago Bears brought in a young quarterback by the name of Matt Blanchard out of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Little did they know, he would have such a huge impact on the coaches during training camp.
At first, he was just considered another body at camp just to help fill out practices. Quickly, coaches began to see just how special this guy was.
Blanchard, for one, can’t quite remember how it feels to lose a game. In fact, he hasn’t lost a game since before high school. You heard that right — as a starting quarterback throughout high school and college Blanchard went undefeated.
That fact alone had coaches interested from the get-go.
Throughout camp, he impressed. From his work ethic to his mechanics, Blanchard was an all-around solid player. For that reason, Chicago chose to keep him on their practice squad. Entering this season, he would have likely had the same opportunity.
Unfortunately, Blanchard injured his hand in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers this month and looked to be the victim of plain bad luck as the Bears had to reach a roster limit of 75 players this week.
The Bears could not cut an injured player, therefore they had to come to a settlement in which Blanchard won’t be eligible to re-sign until after week 10. Even if Chicago wants him then, they may not get him as he is free to sign with any team he chooses — assuming there is a demand.
“I think everyone knows how we felt about [Matt] Blanchard when he was here. I really liked his progress,” said head coach Marc Trestman according to the Chicago Tribune.
This injury to Blanchard might wind up hurting Chicago in the long run, as he was looking like he could become a valuable backup in the future. He will have a future in the NFL, that is apparent. To what degree, though, is still not clear.
Hopefully for the Bears’ sake, he somehow lands back on their practice squad later this season. If not, he certainly made his mark on the organization and they have been incredibly lucky to have him as a part of the team.