There are too many good quarterbacks to consider Jay Cutler as anything more than a Fantasy backup entering 2016. Last season, under the tutelage of Adam Gase, he had a pretty efficient season but didn't post big stats frequently. Gase has since left Chicago and the Bears promoted quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to offensive coordinator, Cutler's sixth different playcaller since he was traded to the Bears in 2009. The playbook remains the same, so there's continuity there, and the receiving corps is on track to be improved with young speedster Kevin White finally getting on the field to play opposite Alshon Jeffery. But the Bears offense should remain conservative in an effort to keep Cutler from turning the ball over. That should mean limited passing - he attempted 40 or more passes just four times in 2015. Figure Cutler gets picked up in the later rounds of standard leagues and about Round 7 or 8 in two-quarterback formats.
Cutler completed 17 of 23 passes for 245 yards, two touchdowns and three picks in Sunday's loss to Detroit. Cutler had seven multi-interception games in 2014, but it took him until his 15th game of the year in 2015 to have such a performance. Even with a terrible ending to the year, Cutler set a new career high in QB rating this season under new offensive coordinator Adam Gase. With Gase expected to be a hot head-coaching candidate in the coming weeks, whether Cutler takes another step toward his skills' promise next season may depend on how the coaching carousel shakes out.
Cutler completed 20 of 27 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-21 victory over the Buccaneers. He also gained 21 yards on two rushes. While the performance was unsurprisingly bland--considering the plethora of injuries on offense for Chicago--it certainly was enough to secure the road victory. Missing primary wideout Alshon Jeffrey (hamstring) for the sixth time overall this season, Cutler was limited to his second lowest yards-per-attempt figure on the season (5.78), but did manage a passing touchdown for the third straight game. The 32-year-old's 156 yards also marked his lowest total in any full game this season, and ironically, the least he has thrown for since the 130 yards he managed in his visit to Raymond James Stadium last season. Cutler was able to steer clear of any turnovers for the first time in the last four games, and will wrap up his 10th season versus the Lions at home in Week 17.
Cutler completed 26 of 37 passes in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, tallying 231 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble. Cutler has been hurting his value without even throwing the ball. The Bears' quarterback has fumbled in five of the team's seven games since the bye, losing four. Though Cutler has earned credit this year for being more careful with the football, he is on pace for the lowest interception total of his career for a season in which he has thrown at least 400 passes, he has been sloppy as of late. In the Bear's last five games, Cutler has five touchdowns as compared to seven picks and fumbles. The Bears' next test is against their former head coach, Lovie Smith, and his defense that ranks 10th in the league in takeaways this season.
Cutler completed 19 of 31 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to Washington, adding a five-yard run and a fumble on the day. Sunday snapped a three-game stretch during which Cutler had thrown just one touchdown. The veteran quarterback enjoyed, rating wise, his second best game of the season against Washington and his third highest yardage total. It's not all good news, however. Cutler has been credited for being smarter with the football this season, but has either thrown a pick or fumbled in four straight games. With two of the Bears' final three games against teams with top-10 pass defenses, Cutler is a tough start down the stretch.
Cutler completed 18 of 31 passes for 202 yards and an interception in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. He also gained 10 yards on four carries. The veteran failed to capitalize on a favorable matchup against the typically porous San Francisco defense, failing to throw a touchdown for the second time in the last three weeks and accounting for his second-lowest yardage output in a full game this season. Cutler has shown signs of life this season after a down couple of years, but his production has taken a noticeable downturn of late. He will look to right the ship in next week's home matchup with the Redskins.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Green Bay Packers||15||19.78|
|10||11/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|11||11/20||@New York Giants||31||24.56|
|13||12/04||San Francisco 49ers||7||18.06|
|15||12/18||Green Bay Packers||15||19.78|
|3 Year Avg||64.8||3364||23||14||170||1||287|