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For the first time in years, the Bears appear to have plenty of depth at the quarterback position. Jay Cutler is now healthy, and the Bears have, arguably, one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league with Jason Campbell.
With Cutler taking first-team reps and Campbell getting the majority of the others this preseason, third quarterback Josh McCown has gotten the short end of the stick. In three preseason games so far, McCown has attempted only 17 passes, completing nine of them for 88 yards.
On paper, it looks great to have a guy like McCown available as a third quarterback, but looking around the league, there are very few teams that keep a veteran stashed away as a third quarterback.
At the age of 33, McCown would undoubtedly be the oldest third-stringer quarterback in the league. With injuries abound and bigger needs at other positions, McCown could very well be cut.
Thursday night, McCown will likely get a majority of the reps with the Bears wanting to sit Cutler and Campbell. McCown will have to prove his worth and show that his abilities outweigh the roster spot that could be opened by cutting him.