Chicago Bears: Jeff Garcia
June, 5, 2013
By Staff | ESPNChicago.com
Rich Gabrielson/Icon SMIJeff Garcia said the Bears will see a slimmer JaMarcus Russell, who still has strong skills.JaMarcus Russell faces difficult odds of landing a roster spot Friday when he works out for the Chicago Bears at Halas Hall, but former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia thinks the club will "definitely (see) a different physical presence than what they may be expecting."
Having worked with Russell at TEST Academy in San Diego, Calif., Garcia told the "Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 that Russell -- the 2007 No. 1 overall pick of the Oakland Raiders -- is currently "below 270 (pounds), close to that 265 range," which represents an accomplishment considering Russell initially reported for training in late Jan. weighing 315 pounds.
While shedding the weight, Russell also regained his confidence.
"Well, he's gonna come in looking more athletic. Even when he was heavier he was pretty good on his feet. But he's gonna be so much better on his feet," Garcia said. "The natural abilities for him to throw the ball as people saw when he was coming out of LSU -- he is impressive in that way. He does have just the natural technique. That ball comes out so smooth, so effortlessly. It's slick, it rotates. It goes the way that you would like it to go.
November, 21, 2011
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jay Cutler's broken right thumb has forced the Bears to scan the open market for a veteran back-up to provide depth behind new starter Caleb Hanie.
Lionel Tay/NighthawksJeff Garcia worked out for the Texans, and he would seem to make sense as a Bears backup.
"The plan is for that. With Jay being out for awhile, we need another quarterback on our roster," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "The plan is to look for a veteran, preferably, to come in and help us."
Five quarterbacks worked out for Houston on Monday, according to Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, including experienced starters Jeff Garcia, Trent Edwards, Brodie Croyle and Kellen Clemens.
Free agents Josh McCown and J.T. O'Sullivan have ties to current Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
So does Marc Bulger, but he told reporters back in the summer he was done playing football.
Despite the slim pickings, Smith believes the Bears will be able to land a quarterback who can give them a little insurance while Cutler heals from the fractured thumb which will require surgery.
"There is not that many floating around, but there are some," Smith said. "It's harder [to find one at this time of the year]. But these are the cards we've been dealt. We'll be able to get someone in, but first it's about Caleb. We feel good about the guy we're lining up under center right away leading our team. We do have [rookie] Nathan Enderle here also, but we like having three quarterbacks on the roster."
Technically, if the Bears add another veteran, the club would be carrying four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster since there are currently no plans to place Cutler on injured reserve.