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Trubisky pressures Glennon

Published Aug. 14, 2017

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Bears coach John Fox paused to recall when he last had a quarterback whose debut created a stir as great as Mitch Trubisky's.

"Real recent, the first time we threw Tim Tebow out there in Denver it was pretty similar," Fox said. "The awareness on the outside that was mentioned — that brought quite a bit of attention."

Former Buc Mike Glennon remains the Bears starter, and there is no change in the team's quarterback depth chart after a 24-17 loss to open the preseason Thursday against Denver.

Yet, Trubisky's performance focused public pressure on both Glennon and injured backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.

"There's a reason why we drafted him with the second pick of the draft," Fox said. "I think for the first time people got to see that in a Bears uniform, which I think is exciting."

The quarterback controversy the Bears sought to squash when training camp started seems to have broken out anyway thanks to interest in seeing their first-round draft pick, his first performance and Glennon's poor start against Denver.

"It kind of leaves you with a sour taste in your mouth," Glennon said Sunday about his first preseason effort. "So it's good to get out here at practice."

Glennon went 2-for-8 for 20 yards with an interception returned for a touchdown while Trubisky was 18-for-25 for 166 yards and a touchdown against Denver, and social media lit up with pleas for Trubisky to be more than the developmental project he's been labeled by Fox and general manager Ryan Pace.

"I just really don't get online," Glennon said. "I watched the preseason games, but I just avoid the possible distraction of hearing what people may say.

"The only thing that matters are the coaches and the players in the locker room and what they have to say. That's where my focus is."

JAGUARS INJURIES MOUNT: Jacksonville receiver Marqise Lee was carted off the field with a right leg injury, a potentially significant setback for a team already without rookie running back Leonard Fournette. Lee fell during 7-on-7 drills and grabbed his leg. His lower leg was immobilized before he was taken off the field on a cart. There was no update after practice. The injury happened hours after the team shut down Fournette, who has a foot injury. Fournette sat out practice and is unlikely to work against the Bucs in joint practices today and Tuesday.

BILLS: Jordan Matthews' first chance to fill Sammy Watkins' starting job ended with the newly acquired receiver sustaining a chest injury. Matthews finished a two-hour practice then was escorted off the field by a trainer. The Bills did not provide an update on the nature or severity of the injury because Matthews was still being evaluated.

DOLPHINS: Running back Jay Ajayi joined team drills for the first time since he was sidelined by a concussion July 31. Ajayi wore pads for the first time since the injury, but left practice early because of hydration issues. Coach Adam Gase said the issue was merely a matter of Ajayi regaining his conditioning.

PANTHERS: Quarterback Cam Newton threw passes during the team period for the first time in two weeks as the team wrapped up training camp. Newton participated in red zone drills, but did not throw any long passes while rehabbing from soreness in his right shoulder that stems from rotator cuff surgery in March. It's unclear if Newton will participate in this week's scrimmages against the Titans or the second preseason game on Aug. 19.


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