Mark Sanchez won't play Thursday as Bears will get one last look at Mitch Trubisky

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Mark Sanchez won't play Thursday as Bears will get one last look at Mitch Trubisky

John Fox said after Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans that Mark Sanchez would play in Thursday’s preseason finale, but that no longer will be the case. Instead, Mitch Trubisky and Connor Shaw will be the only two Bears quarterbacks playing against the Cleveland Browns. 

“It's not easy to get live game reps as a quarterback in this league,” Fox said in reference to Trubisky. “It helps development, he needs all those opportunities he can get and (that’s) no different Thursday night.”

Fox has been adamant the Bears’ quarterback depth chart hasn’t changed despite Trubisky getting first-team snaps during practice last week and on Sunday. Sanchez didn’t play against the Titans and played one series against the Arizona Cardinals and saw two series against the Denver Broncos. 

Sanchez’s lack of preseason playing time raises the question: Would the Bears turn to Trubisky if something were to happen to Glennon, and does it make Sanchez expendable when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Saturday?

Fox has routinely pointed to Sanchez’s experience — 72 starts, over 2,000 passing attempts and six playoff games in his seven-year career — as a reason to not need to play him much this month. 

Keeping Sanchez could still have value if the Bears don’t want to have Trubisky make his regular-season debut in the middle of a game that, possibly, wouldn’t be going well. 

“I think (Sanchez's) had a lot of looks, it just hasn’t been with us other than practice,” Fox said, “which is fine for us.”

Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

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Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

Kyle Fuller caused a bit of a panic late Friday afternoon when a report dropped that he signed an offer sheet with the Green Bay Packers. For a few hours, the prospect — even if it was always unlikely — of the Bears losing their best cornerback to their arch rivals to the north loomed over Chicago. 

For Fuller, though, he said he barely had time to think about the possibility of cashing in on his breakout 2017 season with the Packers. The Bears quickly matched the offer sheet, officially announcing the four-year deal Tuesday that makes Fuller one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. 

“It was crazy not really knowing what to expect,” Fuller said. “I would have never expected it. But when (the Packers’ offer sheet) came, it was definitely something to consider, just on the business side of it. At the end of the day, how it all played out, I’m definitely happy.”

Fuller sounded like someone who took a more passive role to his quasi-restricted free agency that was set about when the Bears placed the transition tag on him, allowing them to match any offer sheet that he were to sign. Fuller said he didn’t know all the details of what was going on with offer sheets coming in and negotiations with the Bears.

“I kinda was just getting the information from (my agents) and going with the flow of everything and knowing that at the end of the day it would end up working out,” Fuller said. 

The $14 million average annual value of Fuller’s contract ranks fifth among cornerbacks, behind only Washington’s Josh Norman ($15 million), New York’s Trumaine Johnson ($14.5 million) Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes ($14.02 million) and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson ($14.01 million), according to Spotrac. 

Fuller said he considers himself a top-five cornerback in the league, and he played like someone who could wind up in that discussion in 2017. The 2014 first-round pick was one of four players to break up 20 or more passes last year, and he picked off two passes in December while providing excellent support against the run. 

“We could not be happier to have Kyle under contract for four more years,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “We feel he is an ascending player on our top 10 defense and we look forward to him having many more productive seasons here in Chicago.”

That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you


That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you

So apparently John Fox is getting bored.

The former Bears head coach who led the team to three consecutive last-place seasons from 2015-17 just signed with ESPN as a NFL studio analyst.

He’ll be getting paid to dish out insider information on players and what’s happening on the field — details that frustrated Bears fans could not get out of the often elusive Fox

This is great news if you had a void in your heart that only John Fox quotes could fill — especially in case his “We don’t know exactly what we’re doing” and "Sometimes it's hard to measure what's behind the left nipple"  hot takes weren’t cutting it anymore

But more importantly, Fox’s new position brings up a new burning question: What ex-Bear will be a better analyst?

What will the Fox say? Will he be able to muster more than 10 words out of Jay? The NFL season needs to get here sooner.