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QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears

6-4, 225Born: 4-29-1983College: VanderbiltDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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General News (Fri Feb 3): The Chicago Bears are "moving on" from Jay Cutler, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

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2016 Week 11 vs NYG (17 / 30 / 252 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler played about as well as you'd expect a mediocre quarterback to perform with a depleted stable of talent. Cutler completed 17 of 30 passes for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the 22-16 loss to the New York Giants. The early part of the game went well for Cutler. He led the Bears to 16 points on the first three drives of the game. He and Zach Miller had a great thing going, connecting on a perfectly thrown 19-yard touchdown pass and another 34-yard pass down the seem. Then Miller went down with an injury and the defense clamped down on Cutler. A poor effort from a depleted offensive line did not help matters. For the second straight game, the Bears did not score a point in the second half. With Cutler having to throw passes to bottom-of-the-depth-chart guys, he doesn't really hold any sort of value at this point in the season.

2016 Week 10 vs TB (16 / 30 / 182 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Dogging Jay Cutler has grown tiresome. Finding new ways to describe his poor performance no longer is fun. Bring on the positive Cutler storylines! OK, back to reality. Some in the fantasy world this week touted Cutler as a sneaky play in DFS. What they failed to mention is that Cutler would be sneaky bad. Cutler turned over the ball three times (2 INTs, 1 fumble) in Sunday's 36-10 loss to the Buccaneers. It's hard to point at anything and say, "well, it wasn't all bad," because it was bad. Cutler completed only 16 of 30 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and the aforementioned two interceptions. The lone touchdown came at the end of the first half when Cutler threw up a Hail Mary to the end zone that found Cameron Meredith. Cutler routinely forced throws to a double-covered Alshon Jeffery, something he tends to do when things aren't going well. It's hard to see Cutler bounce back to play well next week or anything in the future, but it's a near certainty that he'll throw in a 300-plus yard game with three touchdowns when no one expects it.

2016 Week 8 vs MIN (20 / 31 / 252 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

After missing the previous five games with a thumb injury on his throwing hand, Jay Cutler re-entered the lineup with what appeared to be a chip on his shoulder. America's favorite quarterback played one of his best games in many, many moons. Cutler completed 20 of 31 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown. The kicker, ZERO turnovers. No, you didn't misread that statement -- Cutler did not turn over the ball. When the game first started, Cutler did miss a few throws high, but he appeared to settle in as the game progressed. His relationship with Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller clearly has not skipped a beat despite missing a bunch of time. While Cutler did play well in his return to the lineup, it's hard to forecast similar success down the road, because Cutler's arrow can point up or down in any given week without much rhyme or reason. Look for Cutler to be used as a trade chip as the trade deadline nears.

2016 Week 2 vs PHI (12 / 17 / 157 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The 2016 season has not gone well thus far for Jay Cutler. Following a fumble and an interception, Cutler left the game in the second half after suffering an injury to his right thumb. It went from bad to worse -- in short order. If he's not being sacked by a charging defender, he's scampering out of the pocket to evade the charging defender. This pretty much was the story Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. From jump street, Cutler consistently found himself under fire. There was little room to breath or room for error. Chicago's inability to block up front really changes the playbook for Jay Cutler, forcing him to get rid of the ball quickly and efficiently. The problem is Cutler doesn't make quick decisions well, nor does he throw the ball efficiently. Two games in a row now, Cutler has thrown multiple uncontested balls at the feet of his intended receiver. That's not efficient; That's borderline inexcusable. For Cutler, this season is on its way to being just like every other season -- mediocre.

2016 Week 1 vs HOU (16 / 29 / 216 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)

Once again, it was a tale of two halves for Jay Cutler. In the first half of Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Texans, Cutler confidently moved the offense down the field and positioned his team in the lead after the first two quarters. Cutler connected on two deep shots to Alshon Jeffery and also found his main man Eddie Royal on a few short routes that turned into decent-sized gains.  Cutler looked solid in the first, despite fumbling a snap on 4th & 1 (The snap looked questionable, to be fair to Cutler). Then, it all turned badly in the second half, when the offensive line suddenly forgot how to block for its quarterback. It hardly mattered what Cutler did after taking the snap; Texans defenders seemingly found a way to create some form of pressure. Without time to survey the field, Cutler was a sitting duck. The Bears' inexperienced offensive line failed its quarterback in a bad way.  Not only did the offensive line kick the bucket in Week 1, so did second-year-rookie Kevin White, who looked every bit a rookie. Normally you can point a finger whenever an interception is thrown, and you can point a finger at White for Cutler's long pick. The 2015 first-round pick cut off his route and stood still instead of cutting outside, where Cutler inevitably fired the ball. It will take these two some time to get on the same page, keep in mind. Cutler's final stat line, 16 for 29 for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception, is pretty Cutler-y. This game should tell you no more or no less than what you already knew about this very polarizing quarterback.


Latest News

Bears | Jay Cutler considering retirement (Thu Feb 23, 08:49 AM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (shoulder) is still considering whether he wants to continue playing in 2017, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Our View: That would change the landscape a bit. The Bears are definitely shopping him, and there has been some interest, but that could cool with this news. What team will want to take a chance on trading for a guy who might then retire? On the other hand, this could be a ploy to get cut so he can dictate his destination himself. Cutler is a decent quarterback with something left in the tank, but he's not really a game-changer either in the NFL or in fantasy.
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Bears | Jay Cutler likely cleared in March (Wed Feb 22, 11:30 AM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (shoulder) has been rehabbing and working out following shoulder surgery, and he's expected to receive medical clearance by March.

Our View: The Bears have Cutler on the trade block, but it's unclear how many offers (if any) they get. Cutler is done with the Bears, and we think he could end up with a team like the Jets.
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Jets | NYJ has some interest in Jay Cutler (Wed Feb 22, 09:46 AM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has drawn some interest from the New York Jets, who like his moxie and arm talent. Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates worked with Cutler in his younger days with the Denver Broncos, and he has always been a big believer in him.

Our View: The connection with Bates and star WR Brandon Marshall makes the difference here. The Jets could be interested in Tyrod Taylor (Bills) if he becomes available.
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Bears | Chicago seeking Jay Cutler trade (Tue Feb 21, 06:25 PM) - The Chicago Bears are actively seeking a trade for QB Jay Cutler, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington.

Our View: The Bears want to get something for Cutler, but they may just end up having to cut him. He's got a big arm, but Cutler has not developed much else to his game and still gets stuck in bad habits like throwing off his back foot. Cutler is a starter in the NFL, but he is not the type of quarterback to build around.
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Cardinals | Jay Cutler not in the cards for Arizona (Tue Feb 21, 10:53 AM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is of no interest to the Arizona Cardinals.

Our View: It was speculated that Arizona would be interested in Cutler as a backup to Carson Palmer in 2017 and a QB of the future for Bruce Arians. That looks great on paper with Arians' vertical system and Cutler's rocket arm. However, it appears the team isn't interested in the complicated veteran. We think they take a QB in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
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