As predicted, the Chicago Bears addressed their need for a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft by selecting San Jose State’s David Fales. However, it is a bit of a surprise that general manager Phil Emery waited so long to do so. Prior to the draft, Emery stated that selecting a developmental quarterback late in the draft hasn’t panned out well since 2006, and that if a team doesn’t intend on drafting one within the first three rounds, that it would be a waste.
Well, obviously, Emery has gone against his own theory. Furthermore, the addition of Fales at this juncture of the draft makes me wonder why the Bears didn’t get a quarterback earlier if Emery felt so strongly about what he said. I guess defensive needs were a higher priority.
More importantly, the question that comes to mind after Emery’s statement and the selection of Fales is, just how much faith does Emery and the Bears have in their backup quarterbacks?
Before drafting Fales, Chicago only had Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson as backups to Jay Cutler. Palmer was cut while trimming down the roster to 53 players last season, while Johnson joined the team, only to be released to make room on their practice squad. Of the two, Palmer has the better grasp of Marc Trestman’s offensive scheme, and seems to be the better option for the No. 2 spot.
If you ask me, even though Palmer is comfortable with the game plan, it was a smart move to add another quarterback to the mix. I had Fales as one of the five passers the Bears should’ve targeted in the draft, and I believe that this is an ideal position for the rookie quarterback, regardless of what Emery may think.
Fales is a good-sized passer (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) who had a productive career as a starter for San Jose State, passing for 8,382 yards and 66 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He doesn’t have a very strong arm, but is accurate with good vision and feet.
Being the fourth quarterback on the roster, Fales will have his work cut out for him in training camp this summer. But under the tutelage of Trestman, Fales could be good enough to claim a spot on the 53-man roster, with the potential of being the successor of Cutler.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.