Benson will complement Jones

Originally Published: July 8, 2005
Scouts Inc.
As another NFL season approaches, Scouts Inc. breaks down every roster and offers position-by-position breakdowns.

Quarterbacks
Chicago believes that Rex Grossman is a franchise-quarterback who can lead this team for years to come and it might be right. Grossman has a quick release, shows pinpoint accuracy when throwing short-to-intermediate passes and has the agility to buy time in the pocket. The problem is the third-year player has yet to turn potential into production, as he's appeared in a total of six games over his first two seasons.

Grossman has also had problems staying healthy, as he is coming off a season-ending knee injury, and a finger injury forced him to come out of the final regular season game in 2003. Questions about his lack of elite arm strength and tendency to lock onto receivers will remain until he proves he can stay healthy and perform at this level.

Considering the concerns about Grossman's durability, Chicago is taking a risk not signing a proven backup. The Bears are happy with the progress backup Chad Hutchinson made during the offseason and he certainly has the potential to develop into a quality No. 2, but they went 1-4 in his five starts last year. It's also important to note that he threw three of his four touchdown passes last year working against a Minnesota defense that finished 29th in the league.

2005 fourth-round pick Kyle Orton and Kurt Kittner are expected to compete for the No. 3 role. Although Orton has more potential, don't count Kittner out. He played under offensive coordinator Ron Turner at Illinois when Turner was the head coach there so he should pick up the offense quickly.


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