QB Trubisky continues to press issue
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[August 24, 2017]
The Sports Xchange
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Quarterback
Mitchell Trubisky received snaps with the Chicago Bears' first team
on Wednesday and head coach John Fox said the second pick of the
2017 draft will take snaps with the first team in the second half
against Tennessee in Sunday's third preseason game.
"Just to get a true evaluation; that's what we're trying to do and
trying to do it at all positions, not just the quarterback
position," Fox said. "That'd be the biggest reason."
Starter Mike Glennon will play the first half against Tennessee. In
the past, the Bears have usually played the starter for a series or
two in the third quarter of preseason game No. 3, the dress
rehearsal for the regular season.
"I would say I've shown them what I can do," Trubisky said. "I think
I've progressed faster than they expected I would, but I've still
got a long ways to go and I know that. "
Mark Sanchez remains the backup to Glennon on the depth chart.
"Right now, Mark Sanchez is still the backup but we've seen nine
(NFL) years of Mark," Fox said. "We've not been able to see that
with Mitch, and he needs that experience.
"And so, we've kind of felt this all along, and we won't do it in
the fourth game because our starters don't play much - if at all -
in that game."
On draft day after Trubisky's selection, Glennon faced a familiar
situation. He had been the starter in Tampa until Jameis Winston was
drafted. Then the Bears signed him in free agency and a month and a
half later he had a highly touted rookie challenger.
"Deja vu," Glennon said. "Again, it's situations that I've been
through before that I handled myself well in the past, and I'll
continue to do that in this situation."
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In two preseason games, Trubisky is 24 of 33 for 226
yards and two touchdowns with a passer rating of 111.4. Glennon has
two interceptions and a touchdown pass to go with 109 yards on
"It was clear to me that nothing has changed as far as the depth
chart," Glennon said. "Mitch is getting one rep (series) with the
The Bears also announced tackle Charles Leno Jr. received a
four-year contract extension. Leno Jr. Leno was a seventh-round pick
in 2014 and became a starter in 2015.
"I never was handed anything in life," Leno said. "I worked for
everything I got. And have now and I'm going to continue to work.
Never going to stop."
Leno came into the league in a humble manner., He was sleeping on
guard Kyle Long's floor.
"I was literally at Kyle Long's place as a rookie, seventh-round
draft pick - not even knowing if I'm going to make the roster,
sleeping on an inflatable mattress that I bought from Wal-Mart,"
Leno said. "And now look where I'm at.
"Maybe I'll move next to him or something like that. Who knows?"
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