Good morning, folks. It's time to get to the Bears Essentials. But before we get into the thick of the matchup Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, let’s take a quick look at Jerrod Johnson, the quarterback the Chicago Bears recently signed to develop behind Jay Cutler and Josh McCown as the No. 3 signal-caller.
The No. 1 overall pick of 2011 draft in the defunct UFL, Johnson became Texas A&M’s career leader in total offense (8,888 yards) and passing yards (8,011), but entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, and hasn’t been able to stick.
Johnson has spent time with the Eagles, Steelers and Seahawks, but a serious shoulder injury suffered at A&M has impeded his development as he’s basically had to relearn to throw the ball, according to Bears general manager Phil Emery.
In fact, the injury was so severe Johnson had trouble making it through practices at A&M, and eventually lost his starting job to current Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
“He struggled as a senior at A&M,” Emery said. “There were a lot of rumors that he was injured. Talking to him, he was. He’s undergone surgery. He basically relearned to throw the ball. He was impressive out there in terms of his accuracy and the velocity that he had. He has foot movement, and he’s 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. He’s a very engaging your man with a lot of intelligence. I told him when he left here, basically, unless we added a third quarterback in the game, unless we decided to make a roster move that we were going to have three, that the job was his, that he had earned it between seeing what we saw in the workout and talking to him.”
-- Rick Telander considers the 2013 Bears to be a great unknown.
-- Linebacker Lance Briggs told the “Carmen & Jurko Show” on ESPN 1000 that he’s scouted the Bengals by watching HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
-- Mark Potash examines the D.J. Williams vs. Jon Bostic debate at middle linebacker
-- Speaking of that debate, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher told “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 that he’d go with the veteran over Bostic. Then, if Williams falters “put the young guy in,” Urlacher said.