After losing quarterback Josh McCown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the Chicago Bears felt the need to add another arm to their stable of passers. Despite re-signing Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal, bringing back Jordan Palmer for one more season, and having Jerrod Johnson on the roster, Chicago decided to use their sixth-round pick on David Fales in the 2014 NFL Draft.
It’s safe to say that Cutler will enter the 2014 NFL season as the starter, and having some knowledge of Marc Trestman’s offense, Palmer seems to be the prime candidate for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Some may think that Fales could push Palmer as the primary backup, but he’ll have to worry about making the 53-man roster first. In order for that to happen, Fales will have to beat out Johnson during training camp.
The Bears had two quarterbacks on their roster last year, while Johnson found himself on the practice squad. I’m pretty sure Chicago will go the same route this season.
Johnson may be the more athletic of the two, but Fales definitely has an upper hand when it comes to accuracy. In 2012, Fales led the nation in completion percentage (73 percent) while at San Jose State, and had a total of 8,382 passing yards and 66 touchdown passes in his final two seasons in college. In addition to his big numbers, Fales also displays great throwing fundamentals and footwork. The only downfall for the former Spartan is his not-so-strong arm.
This summer, the competition between Fales and Johnson may get overshadowed by other battles in training camp, but it still doesn’t change the importance of deciding who the Bears’ third-string quarterback will be.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.