For those of you that desperately wanted backup quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan released, you can rejoice. The Bengals announced that they claimed former Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Dan LeFevour off waivers on Sunday. To free up a roster spot on the 53-man roster, Cincinnati had to release someone. That someone wasn't Jordan Palmer, as one would expect being a third-string quarterback. It was backup quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan.
LeFevour, a rookie from Central Michigan, played all four preseason games for Chicago. In the first two against the Chargers and Raiders, he completed five of 20 passes for 60 yards and an interception. Against the Cardinals, the third preseason game for the Bears, LeFevour completed 10 of 12 passes for 100 yards passing with a touchdown.
During the scouting combine, NFL.com wrote of LeFevour:
LeFevour is a four-year starter at a mid level college football program that flashes a lot of what teams are looking for but will need to develop several parts of his game if he wants to play at the next level. He does not take many snaps from under center and will need to work on dropping to the pocket and reading the coverage as he sets up. He has a decent arm but the ball will flutter, at times, when trying to thread the needle on some downfield throws. When he has time and room to step into his throws he can get some zip on the short to intermediate outs.
With O'Sullivan's contract being terminated and claiming LeFevour, this would likely mean Jordan Palmer would become the team's primary backup quarterback. LeFevour was selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
If there was a surprise this weekend, it wouldn't be Chase Coffman nor Kyries Hebert being waived. It would be this. And I like it.