QB Competition Starts today

The Bears have selected a quarterback three years running. Rex Grossman is supposed to be the quarterback of today and tomorrow, but Craig Krenzel and Kyle Orton will compete for the remaining spot on the depth chart.

With no plans to add a veteran quarterback at this time, Chad Hutchinson is entrenched as Rex Grossman's backup.

However, the third quarterback picture is not quite so clear.

Fourth round pick Kyle Orton will get his chance to run Ron Turner's offense today, as the rookie class will be at Halas Hall for a three-day mini-camp.

"I love the fact that I'm playing for the Bears, and I have known Ron Turner for a while, since he coached at Illinois," Orton said upon the Bears selecting him with 106th overall choice.

The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Orton has a much stronger arm than the Bears' fifth-round pick a year ago, Craig Krenzel. He becomes a long shot to make the roster this season, especially after choosing not to get some game experience by playing in NFL Europe.

"I'm not going to say for sure that's going to happen," Turner said. "We'll see how it unfolds, but I know that Kyle's got a lot of talent. I know the adjustments he can make, and I know the plays he can make and I know how it was trying to prepare for him."

Krenzel's decision to pass on NFL Europe could ultimately cost him a spot on the 53-man roster.

"We talked about him going over there. I think it would have been good for Craig to get reps," Turner said. "All quarterbacks need reps.

"He's been here, working out and studying what we're doing, throwing with our receivers and that's all good. But there's nothing like game situations."

Kurt Kittner and Ryan Dinwiddie were allocated to NFL Europe and neither have started a game through four weeks. That will change this weekend as the Amsterdam Admirals lost Gibran Hamdan to a broken collarbone, which leaves Kittner as the first option to replace him as the starter.

Kittner has struggled for the bulk of the season, but did play well in relief duty for Hamdan last week. For the season, he's 21-of-35 for 284 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Dinwiddie has put back-to-back solid performances together for the Hamburg Sea Devils. While he's still No. 2 on the depth chart, his numbers warrant keeping an eye on. He has three TDs to just one interception on 23-of-45 for 288 yards.

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