BOURBONNAIS — So there was quarterback Jay Cutler during team sessions, working behind the No. 2 offensive line, throwing not to Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, but to Josh Morgan, Eric Weems and other members of the receiving corps.
Demotion? Not quite.
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This year, with four quarterbacks, the approach is still to acclimate him, this time to personnel. The Bears avoided significant injuries on offense other than those to Cutler, and a goal is to have comfort levels with more just the starters.
“Jay is taking probably another 3 to 4 [second-team] reps per period,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We did that to give him more work.”
A secondary benefit is to enable more complete evaluation of the second-tier receivers, seeing how they perform with a top quarterback.
“He's not only working with the 1’s,” Trestman said, “but he's working with the guys, not only Alshon and Brandon, Marquess [Wilson] but the other guys are in this competition to make this team at wide receiver.”
-- John Mullin, CSN Chicago