Heading into this year’s pre-draft process in the NFL, there were probably a lot of fans who had never heard of Tyson Bagent.
In fact, there were probably a lot of fans who still had to Google the QB’s name as recently as yesterday.
Bagent kind of came out of nowhere this offseason.
He had spent the past 5 years as the starting quarterback for Shepherd University, which is a Division II school.
Despite an impressive college career, which included a 2021 season where he threw for 5000 yards and 53 touchdowns, Bagent didn’t get a whole lot of national attention before the draft.
He ended up going undrafted, but was signed by the Chicago Bears after the draft.
During the preseason, he managed to leave a pretty big impression on the organization. In his first two appearances for the team, he went 13/15 for 113 yards.
His 3rd appearance was a tough one, going 7/14 for 43 yards with an interception, but that didn’t shake the Bears’ faith in him.
The team ended up moving on from PJ Walker and Nathan Peterman over the past couple of days, making Bagent the team’s QB2.
Today, he made a comment that could cause the organization and fans to lose a bit of faith in him.
CHGO Sports’ Adam Hoge revealed that Bagent singled out Aaron Rodgers as a quarterback he really looks up to.
Tyson Bagent said he has a lot of respect for all quarterbacks but then singled out one that he really looks up to:
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 30, 2023
There can’t be many answers that would’ve been worse for a Bears QB.
Aaron Rodgers might not play for the Packers anymore, but he tormented the Chicago Bears for almost 2 decades.
That’s not something that is going to be forgotten for a while even if the Bears don’t have to see Rodgers for a couple of years.
It looks like Tyson Bagent may need some practice saying the right things to the media after flying under the radar during his college career.