Benson Signs, Orton Starts
Big news in Bearland today. First round pick and training camp holdout Cedric Benson agreed to a 5 year deal today. It's not likely he will see more than a series or two late in the last preseason game, but at least he will have some time to learn the offense before the season starts. He will most likely start off as third on the depth chart behind T. Jones and A. Peterson but look for him to be the starter sometime around week 5 or 6.
Rookie QB Kyle Orton has been promoted to first string and worked with the #1 offense the whole day. JoJo will be happy to hear that right now the depth chart at QB goes, Orton, Blake, Kittner. This means its likely that Hutchinson will be cut and Kittner will make the active roster this year. Orton looked sharp in practice today against the first string defense completeing passes in traffic to Moose, Bradley, Gage and Wade. The offense as a whole seems to be excited about Orton's potential.
If Benson and Orton live up to potential and play well this year, the defense is good enough that the playoffs are not out of reach for the Bears this year. Lovie Smith came into Chicago with three goals: 1. Beat Green Bay 2. Win the division 3. Win the Superbowl. Lovie beat Green Bay last year and look for the Bears to make a serious push to complete goal two this year.