The Chicago Bears made a signal-caller switch-up on Thursday, signing former Dartmouth University quarterback Dalyn Williams and releasing quarterback Matt Blanchard, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs.
By: Peter Elliott – Lead NFL, MLB, and NCAA writer – @PelliottSports
Williams participated in Chicago’s rookie minicamp from May 13-15 on a tryout. In his four seasons at Dartmouth, he racked up accolades including being the all-time leader in yards, attempts, completions, completion percentage, passing efficiency, total offense, and holding the best TD-to-INT ratio in Dartmouth history. Williams, a captain at Dartmouth threw for 2,592 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, while completing 64 percent of his passes. The Ivy League product will likely be the fourth quarterback on the depth chart, following Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and David Fales.
Matt Blanchard won three consecutive Division III championships while at Wisconsin-Whitewater, and signed with the Bears for the first time in 2012, before leaving after Week 10 of the 2013 season. Blanchard then made stops with Carolina, Green Bay, Cleveland, and Indianapolis before re-joining the Bears late in 2015 and remaining on the practice squad through the season. Blanchard has never appeared in a regular season game, and his practice squad eligibility is nearly gone, and that was the primary reason for releasing him and signing Dalyn Wiliams.
Chicago’s roster now stands at 89.