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QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears

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

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Summary

This was supposed to be the offseason when the Chicago Bears moved on from Jay Cutler. Had the Bears released Cutler, the veteran quarterback only would have cost $2 million in dead money against the salary cap, down from $19 million last offseason. But Cutler, like most cockroaches (no offense, Jay), is still in Chicago, and for good reason, too. Cutler is coming off what should be viewed as his best season with the Bears, and he did so at a time when nearly every offensive skill player missed games due to injury. In 2015, under new head coach John Fox and new (now old) offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Cutler put up a career high passer rating (92.3), tied a career high in yards per pass (7.58) and only threw 11 interceptions in 15 games. Let's remember that Cutler led the entire NFL in turnovers in 2014, so averaging less than one per game is an enormous step forward for the old dog. One thing that is working again Cutler entering the 2016 season is another new offensive coordinator, former quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. Cutler and his new OC have a history together, too, so they will not be flying blind, per se. With the new OC comes a new weapon, in the form of (should be rookie) receiver Kevin White. The 2015 first-round draft pick never played a snap last season, after suffering a leg injury during the offseason program, an injury that lingered and didn't heal in time to see any action. White, along with Alshon Jeffery, running backs Jeremy Langford, Ka'Deem Carey, rookie Jordan Howard and Zach Miller, a veteran tight end who rejuvenated his career after a slough of season-ending injuries, should provide Cutler with an enormous jump in health and talent over last season. Again, remember that Cutler arguably put up his best season as a Bear in 2015. This should lead you to believe that Cutler should be capable of taking another step forward on the field. (July 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 23, 19, 19, 21, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24, 24, 24, 24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 28
QB Dynasty - 27, 24, 25, 26, 28

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2013 CHI 11 225 356 2619 19 12 23 118 0 3
2014 CHI 15 370 561 3812 28 18 39 191 2 6
2015 CHI 15 311 483 3659 21 11 38 201 1 5
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 333 527 * * * 30 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 15 311 490 * * * 38 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 316 511 * * * 40 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 15 314 506 * * * 40 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 158
QB: 22

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Latest News

Bears | Jay Cutler ready to ascend? (Wed Jul 20, 02:45 AM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler had a decent season in 2015, and with Dowell Loggains promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, it could be another big year for the veteran quarterback. He also gets WR Kevin White back from injury, and he could have a late-career bounce back season similar to that of New York Giants QB Eli Manning, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Pittsburgh Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Our View: Let's not get crazy here. Cutler is a decent starter, but he will still make bad decisions with the football (he led the NFL in turnovers for a QB in 2014). Last year was great, but former Bears OC Adam Gase (current Dolphins HC) is gone. Cutler's relationship with Loggains will help this transition, but we can only recommend the veteran QB as a low-end QB2 for fantasy owners in 2016.
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2016 Schedule

1@ Houston Texans
2vs Philadelphia Eagles
3@ Dallas Cowboys
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Indianapolis Colts
6vs Jacksonville Jaguars
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Minnesota Vikings
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11@ New York Giants
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