Backup Plan

With Rex Grossman and Jonathan Quinn cemented as the starter and backup respectively the Bears are likely to try and add a third quarterback on the second day of the draft.

GM Jerry Angelo inked Zak Kustok to a two-year recently late last month, but don't expect the local product to make the 53-man roster.

Kustok, a record-setting former Northwestern Wildcat and graduate of Carl Sandburg High School in south suburban Orland Park, doesn't have an NFL body or a strong arm but is an intelligent player. He was waived by the Dolphins after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He signed with the Packers early in 2003, but the 6-1, 215-pounder was waived on June 17, 2003, and was out of football last season.

Grossman and Quinn have combined for 6 NFL starts, which leaves Chicago incredibly inexperienced at quarterback. However Lovie Smith said that didn't bother him when pressed on the issue during the team's recent mini-camp.

The Bears are now in need of a developmental third string quarterback with the release of Chris Chandler and Kordell Stewart.

The second day of the draft has proven to be a valuable area to pickup a quarterback. Two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady was a sixth-round selection.

There are some good ones who should go in the fifth-round and could develop behind Grossman and Quinn including Robert Kent-Jackson State, Ryan Dinwiddie-Boise State and Casey Clausen-Tennessee.

The Bears would just be looking for someone to fill the third string quarterback spot and only play incase of multiple injuries or a blowout.

Out of the three players listed above, the one who would probably suit the Bears the best and become a sound third-string QB would be Ryan Dinwiddie of Boise State.

While Dinwiddie doesn't have enough talent to become a fulltime starter in the NFL, he has adequate skills and could be a solid role player.


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