2017 Chicago Bears training camp preview: Quarterbacks

Glennon, Trubisky highlight the biggest story line of Bears training camp

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This is the first of our position-by-position series previewing what to watch in Bears training camp this summer. The team reports to Bourbonnais July 26. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

No position on the Bears’ roster has been more revamped than the most important position in team sports. Last summer, it was Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. This July, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Mark Sanchez and Shaw head to Bourbonnais at what will be the most scrutinized position at Olivet Nazarene University. Here are the key questions that need answers at quarterback during training camp.

Can Glennon put away all doubt? — It’s the first summer in Glennon’s pro career that he is set to be the starter before the season. He reminded the media that this is his year in May, following the team's surprising move to take Trubisky, but he’ll need to continue to remind himself that the starting job is his to lose. The Bears liked Glennon’s accuracy and arm strength when they signed him in March. Will those be highlighted when the Bears put the pads on and the defense is flying around? How quickly can Glennon get on the same page with his group of receivers? And most importantly, how long can he hold off Trubisky? The fans will be clamoring for the No. 2 pick. Glennon will have to show that he can handle the pressure and maintain the starting job. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

How ready is Trubisky for the NFL? — At times in OTAs and minicamp, we saw flashes of what Ryan Pace saw in Trubisky, from the quick release to the accuracy to his mobility. He’s also a rookie who didn’t have a ton of game experience in college. Trubisky’s plate will become much fuller in training camp, an incredibly important three weeks to get himself acclimated to the playbook and facing an NFL defense day-in and day-out. How will Trubisky handle the pressure of a fan base that may not be as patient as Pace? Trubisky doesn’t have to be a star in camp, but it would help to show that he has the skill set to be a franchise quarterback. How he handles the biggest spotlight of his football career will be crucial to his development, too. (H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)

Will Sanchez be the No. 2 quarterback? — We didn’t see much of the former Jets starter in OTAs and minicamp because of a left knee injury, but the 2009 No. 5 pick is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Sanchez’s career highlights occurred when Trubisky was still in high school. To use a John Fox line, Sanchez has “skins on the wall,” plenty of experience on the field and he played a valuable role in the Cowboys’ QB room last year. Can he play well enough in Bourbonnais to be the top backup to Glennon while Trubisky develops? As of now, Connor Shaw remains on the roster and he knows the offense well, but the Bears jettisoned him prior to Sanchez’s injury, so it’s not likely he plays much of a factor. (H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)

How will the reps be divvied out? — The biggest question for Fox, Pace, Dowell Loggains and Dave Ragone is reps. Will the Bears have two separate teams working at once to maximize opportunities for Glennon and Trubisky? How will the brass handle the fact that Glennon needs the most reps to prepare for 2017, but Trubisky has to get his fair share as the future of the franchise? (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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