QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears
|6-4, 225||Born: 4-29-1983||College: Vanderbilt||Drafted: Round 1, pick 11|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 30): Cutler's Thanksgiving night stat line wasn't a week winner, but he continued what might be the best season of his career, and the schedule gets a lot easier, culminating with a Week 16 matchup against the Bucs.
Week 13: vs San Francisco 49ers
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs DEN (18 / 32 / 265 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 29 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler turned in a very forgettable outing Sunday against the Broncos. Without his top weapons on offense -- Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal -- Cutler struggled to move the ball vertically downfield with any sort of consistency. On the day, Cutler completed only 18-of-32 passes (56 percent) for 265 yards and one interception. He benefitted from three very big pass interference calls on Denver, to the tune of 73 total yards (29, 26, 18). The onus for Sunday's loss should all go to Cutler. The passing game struggled to get off the ground because Bears' receivers struggled to get open with any consistency, when the offense needed it most. If you want to look for positives in Cutler's performance, look no further than his ability to move around in the pocket to give his pass-catchers more time to create an opening. While Cutler missed a few would-be-first down throws, Denver's defense deserves credit for making the quarterback get rid of the ball before the receiver got out of his route. Despite the loss, Cutler looks like a different quarterback than in previous years. With the Bears' top offensive players on the sideline, this game could have turned out much worse.
2015 Week 10 vs STL (19 / 24 / 258 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler played his best game of the season Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. The Bears' quarterback completed 19 of 24 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns -- only his third interception-free game of the season.Cutler has looked like a different quarterback of late, largely due to the emergence of rookie running back Jeremy Langford and the rise of backup tight end Zach Miller. The offense has changed. With starting tailback Matt Forte out of the lineup, offensive coordinator Adam Gase has shifted to a two-pronged running attack with Langford and Ka'Deem Carey and a two-pronged tight end attack with Martellus Bennett and Miller. Much of Sunday, the Rams threw double teams at Alshon Jeffery, opening up so much space for Cutler to find Langford and Miller in space. Early in the first quarter, Cutler found Miller on an 87-yard catch and run for a touchdown. That play marked the longest play from scrimmage of the season; which almost was broken only a handful of minutes later in the second quarter, when Cutler found Langford for an 83-yard touchdown. Cutler definitely still is a quarterback who can blow up at any time, but he's starting to play like a quarterback who can start on a fantasy team.
2015 Week 9 vs SD (27 / 40 / 345 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Cutler's evening began in horrific fashion, first with a bad fumble and soon after with a poorly thrown interception that resulted in a San Diego touchdown. He was even looked at by the trainers on the sideline after the fumble for a possible injury, but he remained in the game. Still, things weren't going well at all. It also didn't help that two of the drives he engineered ended with missed field goals. But just when it appeared that the Bears might get blown out, he marched the team downfield for a touchdown late in the first half. He did a good job avoiding the little pressure San Diego put on him, and at times his strategy appeared to be to throw it in the general vicinity of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and assume something good would happen. It usually did. On two occasions, the two nearly linked up for touchdowns on passes in the end zone, but both times the defenders were all over Jeffery to help disrupt the pass. Finally late in the first half, Cutler completed one to Jeffery over the middle but he was taken down just shy of the goal line. Fortunately for Cutler, the ensuing play action pass resulted in a touchdown to tight end Martellus Bennett. That score made Cutler the Bears all-time leader in touchdown passes. In the second half, Cutler cut out the mistakes and just played solid football. He made all the throws - off his back foot, on the run, under pressure - it didn't matter, because San Diego had no answers for any of it. All Cutler really needed to do was get it to Alshon Jeffery, and it was nearly always completed. Finally with the Bears trailing late, he found tight end Zach Miller with a perfectly-thrown laser pass down the middle. Miller made a phenomenal grab, tipping the ball to himself before securing it for the game-winning score.
2015 Week 8 vs MIN (22 / 33 / 211 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 1 rush)
Jay Cutler delivered another strong performance Sunday despite finding himself on the wrong end of the decision. Cutler gave the Bears a chance to win, completing 22 of 33 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns (1 pass/1 rush). While Cutler's yardage total isn't all that impressive, he did what he could with the plays that were called. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase kept things very simple early in the game, calling nothing but screen passes around the line of scrimmage. Not one of Cutler's first five passes traveled more than five years in the air. It wasn't until Cutler was able to find Alshon Jeffery a few times did the Bears' offense really start moving downfield. Cutler targeted Jeffery on nearly half of his pass attempts, 15 of 33, to be exact. It's worth mentioning that Cutler played behind a makeshift offensive line, with Matt Slauson lining up at center. Cutler appeared to be more comfortable out of the shotgun with Slauson snapping the ball. Early in the game, the Vikings were able to dial up quite a bit of pressure in the Bears' backfield, forcing Cutler to get rid of the ball before he would have liked. As the game aged, Cutler started using his legs more to move the pocket, which allowed Jeffery to work down the field with ease. Cutler continues to do a great job of taking what the defense gives him, a drastic change from previous seasons when he's been near the league lead in turnovers. If and when he has time in the pocket, he's been making the right decisions more often than not this season.
2015 Week 6 vs DET (26 / 41 / 353 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
victory over the Lions, Cutler completed 26-of-41 passes for 353 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cutler made great use of a pocket that struggled to hold up against an aggressive Lions' defensive line. Without Jermon Bushrod at left tackle and a rookie starting at center, Cutler has been forced to use his legs to extend plays much more than he has in past years. Extending plays against the Lions resulted in long receptions to Marquess Wilson and Alshon Jeffery, who played in his first game since Week 1. Cutler connected with Jeffery on eight of 11 targets for 147 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery's return allowed Wilson and Eddie Royal to return to their normal roles, which allowed the offense to run much more efficiently. Cutler has looked like a very competent quarterback under the new management. He looks like the quarterback Bears fans have wanted him to be for years; and let's not forget he still should be out with the hamstring injury he suffered in the Week 2 loss to Arizona.
2015 Week 5 vs KC (26 / 45 / 252 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)
It wasn't a perfect outing by any means, but Jay Cutler got the job done and led the Bears to a comeback win, 18-17, over the Chiefs. Playing without five starters on offense, three receivers (Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Eddie Royal) and two offensive lineman (left tackle Jermon Bushrod and center Will Montgomery), Cutler did a remarkable job of utilizing little known talents like Marquess Wilson, Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani and some guy with two first names, Cameron Meredith. Cutler completed 26-of-45 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. His only turnover came in the form of a fumble in his own end zone that led to a Chiefs touchdown early in the first half. Those who want to question Cutler's toughness should watch the film from this game. The Chiefs did a great job of pressuring the pocket, but Cutler, for the most part, was able to battle through the bodies without incident -- aside from the lone turnover. "Great guy. Great leader," wide receiver Marquess Wilson said. "Jay is the type of guy that never gives up. He's battling through some things and he's able to keep this offense balanced. He is that kind of guy that is going to make us fight." You didn't hear those kinds of words about Cutler in recent seasons. Playing hurt for two straight weeks has motivated this Bears team to two wins that should have resulted in losses. In the two wins, Cutler has completed 54-of-88 passes (61.3 percent) for 533 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. With a full complement of weapons, the return of Jeffery, White and Royal, Cutler and the Bears will have the talent to be a formidable opponent down the stretch of the season.
2015 Week 4 vs OAK (28 / 43 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Either Jay Cutler is the fastest healer in the world or he couldn't bare to watch another week with Jimmy Clausen under center. Cutler's return to the field couldn't have come at a more-perfect time for this reeling Bears team. Returning to the field after a one-week absence, Cutler didn't appear at all bothered by the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined. The Bears' quarterback completed 28-of-43 passes for 281 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. For the majority of the game, Cutler was able to use his legs to dance around the pocket, avoiding the Raiders' pass rush just long enough to make a play and move the offense down the field. A 24-yard completion to Martellus Bennett and a 35-yard completion to Marquess Wilson are prime examples of how important Cutler's mobility can be for the Bears' offense. But it wasn't all good. It wouldn't be a Bears game without a Cutler turnover; the Bears' quarterback threw off balance while feeling pressure on a throw to Bennett. The good comes with the bad with Jay Cutler. If Cutler can continue to play within Adam Gase's offense, there's no reason to think this Bears team can't be extremely competitive as the season progresses.
2015 Week 2 vs ARI (8 / 9 / 120 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler got off to a great start Sunday before suffering a hamstring injury that cost him the rest of the game. The injury occurred will Cutler attempted to make a tackle after throwing an interception that resulted in a pick-six. Cutler completed his first eight passes before the injury occurred. He appeared to have a solid command of Adam Gase's offense, only two games into the season. With Alshon Jeffery sidelined, Cutler made good use of little-known targets like Josh Bellamy, who caught his first NFL pass, a 48-yard TD, in the loss, Cameron Meredith and Zach Miller.
2015 Week 1 vs GB (18 / 36 / 225 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler looked to be in better control of the Bears' offense Sunday than in previous seasons. While he didn't light up the scoreboard, he did lead the Bears to points on four of their first five possessions before a late interception halted the streak. All in all, Cutler was an average quarterback in the loss to the Packers. He completed 50 percent of his passes and threw one touchdown and one interception. It was on third down where Cutler found much of his success, completing 8 of 10 passes for 123 yards. Here's why things can get better for Cutler as the season progresses: 1. An area in which Cutler excelled is managing the offense. With fewer control of the play calls at the line of scrimmage this season, Cutler appeared to do a better job of reading the entire field when he dropped back to pass. In previous seasons, Cutler has been known to lock onto one target. This was not the case Sunday. 2. The offensive line looked received a facelift before Sunday's game, with the announcement that right guard Kyle Long would move over to right tackle. While Long is hands down the Bears' best offensive lineman, he's going to need more than one week of practice time to get the hang of the position. 3. Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal all missed valuable practice time and game time during the preseason, throwing off whatever continuity the unit had developed during the offseason program. With a new offense run by new coaches, it's going to take some time to get everyone on the same page. Look, Cutler is not going to be a Top-10 fantasy quarterback this season, but he might be able to give you a spot start here or there.
Latest NewsBears | Jay Cutler struggles in Week 11 (Sun Nov 22, 05:59 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler went 18-for-32 for 265 yards and one interception against the Denver Broncos in Week 11. Cutler also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter of the game. Our View: Cutler earned everything he got, held back by the lack of Alshon Jeffery, especially in the red zone. If he doesn't have Jeffery, it's hard to want to start Cutler, even though he's playing well. Cutler takes the field on Thanksgiving at Green Bay.
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