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QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears

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

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Jay Cutler sprained the thumb on his throwing hand in Week 2. After the season-ending injury to Brian Hoyer, Cutler is expected to return and start Week 8.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Brian Hoyer's arm injury means that Cutler is cleared and ready to take over just in time to face the fierce Vikings defense. You'll want to bench Cutler this week, but Hoyer showed the high volume passing dimension of the Bears offense can work and after the Week 9, Tampa, Tennessee, and San Francisco are up in three of the next four games.

General News (Tue Oct 25): is expected to make his return following a five-week absence in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Week 8: vs Minnesota Vikings

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Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 21 36 * * * 2 * * * *
8 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 23 38 * * * 2 * * * *
8 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 17 32 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 cleared to play (Mon Oct 24, 02:13 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) is expected to make his return following a five-week absence in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Our View: With Brian Hoyer recovering from surgery to repair his broken arm, Cutler should step back into the starting lineup.
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Bears | Chicago to give Matt Barkley long look? (Sat Oct 22, 08:35 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Matt Barkley could remain the starting quarterback after QB Jay Cutler (thumb) returns from injury, according to beat writer Mark Potash.

Our View: First, Cutler wasn't going to get his job back because of Brian Hoyer. Now, it could be Matt Barkley who keeps Cutler on the bench. With the way that Barkley played on Thursday night against the Packers, it won't be for long.
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Bears | Bears inactives for Week 7 (Thu Oct 20, 07:06 PM) - The Chicago Bears have declared FS DeAndre Houston-Carson, CB Deiondre' Hall, DL Eddie Goldman, WR Eddie Royal, QB Jay Cutler, RB Jeremy Langford, OG Josh Sitton inactive for Week 7.

Bears | Jay Cutler doubtful for Week 7 (Wed Oct 19, 04:44 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, and is doubtful to play in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.

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Bears | Jay Cutler sits again (Tue Oct 18, 03:41 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Our View: It's a short week for the Bears as they play against the Packers on Thursday night. Brian Hoyer is the team's starter, and Cutler may not get his job back unless Hoyer gets hurt.
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