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More than a Crutch

More than a Crutch

Almost all the off-season talk regarding the Bears' offense has centered on the return to health of starting quarterback Rex Grossman. But, since Grossman has ended each of his two NFL seasons on injured reserve, including the final 13 games last season, the progress of backup Chad Hutchinson has been encouraging.

"He's solidified the backup quarterback position for us," coach Lovie Smith said, "so that helped a lot, too." On more than one occasion during the June OTAs, Hutchinson proved his arm strength by launching the ball 60 plus yards in the air to connect with his intended target. Hutchinson wasn't signed until Sept. 28 last season, and then had to cram most of the season to get up to speed with...

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