History — both Glennon’s and that of second-stringers groomed by their own clubs and then tabbed as starters elsewhere — doesn’t bode well for the Bears with this move.
Eleven seasons and counting have passed since a backup with no prior experience went to another team and led it into the Super Bowl. Seattle knows that all too well after Matt Flynn didn’t transform into another Matt Hasselbeck after arriving in 2012 from Green Bay.
Excluding Chicago, only nine of the NFL’s other 32 teams have first-string quarterbacks they didn’t draft. Four of them –— Arizona (Carson Palmer), Minnesota (Sam Bradford), Kansas City (Alex Smith) and New Orleans (Drew Brees) — field quarterbacks who were established starters for at least part of the previous season with their prior team.
That leaves Cleveland, Houston, San Francisco, Buffalo and the Jets. The Texans were the only one that reached the playoffs last season, and they’re already looking to replace Brock Osweiler after a horrendous first season following four years sitting behind Peyton Manning.
Game Youth Cedric Peerman Jersey Glennon will arrive in Chicago with an even less-impressive resume than Osweiler, who at least had his moments during a seven-game starting stretch in 2015.
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Hopper explained that he wanted to be closer to home for the birth of his daughter, Caleigh, last May. Instead of transferring to another school, however, Hopper said life steered him in another direction. He started to work at a family friend’s barbershop, earning $10 an hour.
He’s now thinking about supporting his family for the long term and knows the NFL would be the best avenue in which to do so.
What he has to prove to at least one team is that he is committed to playing football.