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Jay Cutler handles tough defense


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) Despite going against a defense that entered the day ranked No. 1 against the pass, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes Week 8 at New England, ending a stretch of two straight games with just one touchdown pass.

And when you consider he had two interceptions in back-to-back games before then, meaning Weeks 4 and 5, you could argue this was his best statistical performance in five games.

Now, the score probably had something to do with it. Because the game was already decided at halftime, when Cutler had just 66 yards and a touchdown, the Patriots were content to give up yardage in the second half so long as they prevented the quick score.

Still, Cutler's Fantasy owners had to be encouraged by the performance against a tough defense after he had underwhelmed the last few weeks. Between Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte, he still has some of the best weapons of any quarterback and will be worth starting more weeks than not going forward.

The Bears are on bye in Week 9 before visiting the Packers in Week 10.


Bears QB Jimmy Clausen sees some time Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen managed to get in the game Week 8 against the Patriots. 

With the Bears down big, Clausen got a chance to lead the offense. He completed one pass for 22 yards. Clausen had five attempts. The Bears are on a bye Week 9. 


Bears QB Jay Cutler contributes late Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler turned in a solid game Week 8 against the Patriots.

Cutler's numbers are more deceptive than they seem. The Bears fell behind by quite a bit early, partially due to Cutler turnovers. With the game out of reach, he managed to toss a couple touchdowns. Cutler finished 20 of 30, with 227 yards and three scores. He tossed one interception and lost a fumble during the game. He also had one scramble for 6 yards.

The Bears are on a bye Week 9.


Jay Cutler stumbles in loss to Dolphins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Consistency has always been the issue for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and his performance Sunday was a good example of that how bad things can get.

After opening the season with multiple touchdowns in each of his first five games, Cutler has just two over the last two games. He completed 61.8 percent of his 34 passes Sunday, but managed just 190 yards through the air in Week 7 against the Dolphins, mostly because he could not get on the same page with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall -- he completed just eight of 17 passes to that duo for 57 yards Sunday. That is obviously not the key to success for him.

When things are going well for Cutler, there is little doubt he can be a strong Fantasy contributor, as he showed in putting up 20-plus Fantasy points in each of his first six games. He will try to get back to that level in Week 8, against a Patriots defense that is surrendering 22.3 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks over the last four games. 


Bears QB Jay Cutler does little in Week 8 defeat


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wasn't much of a factor and was held under 200 passing yards for the second time this season in a disappointing home loss to the Dolphins in Week 7.

Cutler was picked off by Reshad Jones in the second quarter. He bounced back from a slow start with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte on the opening drive of the second half, but failed to do much else the rest of the way. He compiled 190 yards through the air while completing 21 of 34 attempts. He added one touchdown and one interception, registering 74.4 passer rating. He was sacked three times and rushed for three yards on two attempts.

Cutler will look to bounce back Week 8 at New England.


Bears' Trestman: Jay Cutler 'played a complete game' Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman was very complimentary Monday of quarterback Jay Cutler after the veteran quarterback threw for 381 yards in a 27-13 win Sunday against the Falcons.

"I thought Jay had an excellent game," Trestman said, per The Chicago Tribune. "He played a complete game. He took care of the football, No. 1. I thought he managed the game very well, managed the adversity that we had in the game. He took some hits, was able to respond to that. We were backed up a few times. We had some long drives. I thought overall he played a very clean game."


There's no slowing Jay Cutler down


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has succeed in a number of different ways, and he found yet another in Week 5 against the Panthers.

Cutler racked up three touchdowns, his fifth multi-score game in a row to open the season, and he did it in a different way than in the past. Entering Sunday's game, all 10 of his touchdown passes had gone to his tight ends or wide receivers, with running back Matt Forte failing to get into the action. However, Forte was the crutch Cutler leaned on all game long Sunday, as the two connected for 105 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Cutler also added a touchdown with his legs, as he finished with 27 Fantasy points. Cutler has been picked off twice in three of his five games, but has still managed to reach at least 20 Fantasy points in each of his games. Cutler has a great matchup on the way in Week 6 against the Falcons, and should be active in nearly all Fantasy leagues. 


Bears QB Jay Cutler folds down the stretch in Sunday loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler performed well Sunday - until it mattered the most.

Cutler finished 28 of 36 for 289 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. But one of those picks with just under six minutes remaining allowed Carolina to score the game-tying field goal. Cutler also fumbled with a minute remaining to snuff out the team's last hopes.

A tipped interception tossed by Cutler in the first quarter was followed to a prolific passing display. Cutler fired a 10-yard scoring strike to running back Matt Forte two minutes later and ran the same distance in for a touchdown soon thereafer. He fired a 25-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery four minutes into the second quarter and continued to rack up the yards.

Cutler was 23 for 27 for 245 yards at one point before his collapse. He will try to finish the job next Sunday when the Bears travel to Atlanta.


Jay Cutler has a chance to bounce back


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will look to bounce back from his worst game of the season when he takes on the Panthers in Week 5.

Cutler tossed six touchdowns without an interception in Weeks 2 and 3, before his two-pick performance against the Packers last Sunday. Still, he came out of the game with 18 Fantasy points, and has tossed at least two touchdowns in each game so far, so it isn't all bad.

He gets to take on a Panthers defense that was badly victimized by the pass last week, as Joe Flacco tossed three touchdowns and racked up 31 Fantasy points against them. The Panthers have yet to hold a quarterback below 15 Fantasy points this season, while allowing multiple touchdowns in three of four games.

As hard as it can be to trust Cutler at times, this is not the time to turn away from him. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard consider him a top-12 quarterback for Week 5, so consider him a solid No. 1 option.

 


Bad habits resurface for Jay Cutler


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) For one game anyway, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looked like the inconsistent passer who tormented Fantasy owners for his first four years with the Bears. He started out well enough with two touchdown passes in the first half before throwing two interceptions in the second half, ending productive drives for the Bears and turning them into scoring opportunities for the Packers. They were his first two interceptions since the two he had in Week 1.

One game is no cause for alarm, especially when the opponent has historically had Cutler's number (he's now thrown 19 interceptions against the Packers to just 13 touchdown passes), but it's a reminder that, for all the promise of the Bears offense, you may want to have a decent backup for Cutler just in case he goes bad again.

His Week 5 matchup at Carolina -- a team that started out great defensively before falling on hard times the last two weeks -- should be an interesting one. Personally, after the way Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco torched the Panthers in Week 4, I wouldn't pay a second thought to sitting Cutler.


Pair of Bears pitch in offensively in Week 4


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen and wideout Josh Morgan made minor contributions to the Bears offense Sunday against Green Bay.

Clausen completed his lone pass for nine yards in relief of Jay Cutler. Morgan racked up three receptions for 24 yards. Two of those catches came in the fourth quarter.


Second-half disaster spells doom for Jay Cutler


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) All was well for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in Green Bay on Sunday. Then came the second half.

Cutler completed 14 of 20 passes with 165 yards and scoring strikes to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery before intermission. But he hit on just 8 of 14 for 91 yards and two interceptions thereafter in a lopsided loss. The pair of picks creeped his lifetime total against the Packers to 20.

The veteran, who also rushed for 29 yards on three carries, took 8:30 off the clock on the opening drive before hitting Marshall for the touchdown. He then threw for 118 yards in the second quarter, but it all went south from there.

Cutler will have a chance to redeem himself when Chicago travels to Carolina in Week 5.


Jay Cutler turns in workmanlike effort


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) For the second straight week, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler minimized mistakes in an effective but not spectacular performance. Cutler hit 23 of 38 throws for 225 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in Monday's 27-19 win at the Jets. He also ran five times for 14 yards.

Cutler lost a fumble, the first turnover he's committed since Week 1. And the Jets dropped an easy interception. Still, Cutler is up to eight touchdowns and three turnovers through three games. Cutler threw both touchdowns to tight end Martellus Bennett as No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall struggled with an ankle injury.

Cutler plays the Packers in Week 4.


Jay Cutler shreds 49ers for four touchdown passes


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler played one of the finest games of his career Week 2 at San Francisco. After a ragged start, Cutler picked apart the 49ers. He hit 23 of 34 throws for 176 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions or fumbles, and he ran five times for 25 yards.

It was an unusually discplined performance for Cutler, who posted a 119.2 passer rating.

Cutler began to heat up in the second quarter. Wideout Brandon Marshall helped him out with a ridiculous, one-handed 17-yard touchdown catch right before halftime, and Cutler was consistently brilliant in the second half, throwing just one incompletion.

He's up to six touchdown passes entering Week 3 at the Jets on Monday Night Football.


Report: Bears to part ways with Jordan Palmer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Bears will release quarterback Jordan Palmer, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday. Palmer lost the backup job to Jimmy Clausen in the preseason. He passed for 225 yards while completing 21 of 30 attempts, with one touchdown and one interception.

Jay Cutler picked off once in dress rehearsal game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler endured a shaky performance Friday night against the Seahawks in exhibition play.

Cutler was held out of the end zone and his last pass of the night resulted in an interception by Jeremy Lane late in the second quarter. He was sacked twice and compiled 157 yards through the air while completing 12 of 20 passes. He finished the game with a 64.0 passer rating.

Jay Cutler 'much quicker with his reads' in Year 2


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, in Year 2 of coach Marc Trestman's offense, "looks like a quarterback who has done this before," reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

"He’s getting better," Trestman said. "He understands what we’re doing. The dialogue is fast. We understand what we need to get done. Our communication is very, very good. It’s a blast to work with him on and off the field."

Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer offered more detail on Cutler's improvement.

"Jay has learned to solve his own problems on the field," Kromer said. "He’s much quicker this year with his reads. He knew them last year — don’t get me wrong — but it’s happening even faster for him.

"He’s understanding everything he’s seeing. He’s seeing the defensive line. He’s making the calls of who we want to Mike [identifying the middle linebacker]. He’s directing everything and then getting us in the correct call if we give him more than one play. It’s just happening at a faster pace, and that’s going to help our offense."

Jimmy Clausen to play ahead of Jordan Palmer on Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman said quarterback Jimmy Clausen will relieve Jay Cutler in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars, with Jordan Palmer playing third. Clausen and Palmer are fighting for the backup job.

Clausen hit 7 of 13 throws for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason opener, while Palmer went 8 for 11 for 104 yards with one touchdown and one interception.


Jay Cutler strikes paydirt in first exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler found the end zone in his first game of the preseason Friday night against the Eagles at Soldier Field.

Cutler played two series of offense and on his final series, he led his team to a 13-play, 69-yard drive, which resulted in a 10-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller in the first quarter. He completed 9 of 13 pass attempts for 85 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions, finishing with a 112.7 passer rating.

Jay Cutler 'poised to take major step'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is "poised to take a major step in Year 2 of Marc Trestman's offense," reports ESPN.com. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer told the website that Cutler has taken "more and more control by the day."

"Not that he didn’t before; he did," Kromer said. "But with his comfort level with all the things we’re trying to get done, he’s able to solve some of his own problems on the field, even when he didn’t maybe have that answer taught to him yet. It’s really helped that Jay has studied really hard all offseason. He’s worked on technique. He’s been one of the hardest-working guys on the team this offseason."

Cutler posted a career-best passer rating of 89.2 last year. His 63.1 completion percentage ranked second in franchise history.


Bears profess confidence in Jordan Palmer


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) With Josh McCown in Tampa Bay, Jordan Palmer likely will enter the season as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback behind Jay Cutler. Jerrod Johnson is the only other QB on the roster.

"I feel very good about [Palmer],” coach Marc Trestman told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I feel good about his preparation. His work ethic is very similar to Josh’s. He spends a lot of time here. He’s taken over the tradition now of getting these new guys ready.

"At this point, you’d have to feel good about Palmer’s experience. He doesn’t have a lot of hits on him right now. He’s very much engaged in the offense."

Palmer has thrown 15 career passes. The paper said Chicago might add a quarterback before camp, but it could be an undrafted free agent.


Jay Cutler's durability a big issue for Bears


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won't have Josh McCown backing him up in 2014, which makes Cutler's durability a huge concern. Cutler missed five games last season with groin and ankle injuries and has not played all 16 games since 2009.

Coach Marc Trestman told the Chicago Tribune that the No. 1 goal for Cutler is "to get him through the season safely. That his durability is good, his availability is good. And then, not only him, but to get everybody to elevate their game another step.”


Bears give Jordan Palmer 'a lot of credit'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Bears lost backup quarterback Josh McCown to the Buccaneers, but coach Marc Trestman said he gives Jordan Palmer "a lot of credit" for how he played in the 2013 preseason.

“He literally learned the offense on his own because we didn’t have time to work daily with him." Trestman told the Chicago Tribune. "He worked. He worked overtime and he learned the offense and came in and played admirably in the preseason. He moved the football team and was very sufficient.

“He’s got a lot of experience and not a lot of wear and tear. He’s been around a long time. Obviously, we’re going to have another one in there and see how that goes over the next couple of months.”

General manager Phil Emery expects to sign a free agent to compete with Palmer for the backup job.


Josh McCown 'willing' to leave Bears


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Quarterback Josh McCown said "it's hard to want to be anywhere else" than Chicago. But the impending free agent is a realist, too. "I have to be willing to go somewhere else, if that's how it breaks," he told the Chicago Tribune.

McCown would back up Jay Cutler in Chicago. He'd compete for a starting job elsewhere.

"This is probably going to be the last time I stand in free agency with this kind of leverage," McCown, 34, told the paper. "So there's an understanding of an opportunity here to gain some more resources both to take care of our family and to do more good with."


Buccaneers, Bears have 'strong interest' in Josh McCown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Bears impending free agent Josh McCown is drawing "strong interest" from Chicago as well as the Buccaneers, with the Jets another possibility, reports NFL Network. It's the latest indication of a strong market for the 34-year-old quarterback, who threw 13 touchdowns against one interception last season.

McCown would back up Jay Cutler in Chicago, but would have a chance to start in Tampa Bay.