|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 225 lb.|
|Born:||October 7, 1986|
|Drafted:||2009 / UDFA|
Daniel is signing a three-year, $13.05 million contract with the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Daniel spent the past two seasons in Chicago, where he started three games and completed 70.0 percent of his passes for 6.8 yards per attempt, with six touchdowns, four interceptions and 16 sacks. The 33-year-old dump-off artist appears mediocre even by backup QB standards, but he'll at least be an upgrade on last year's disastrous combination of Jeff Driskel (hamstring) and David Blough in Detroit. The Lions expect starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) to return to full health this spring.
Daniel failed to see the field in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17, and he finished the season with 435 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in two appearances.
Analysis: Daniel made a pair of starts in relief of an injured Mitchell Trubisky earlier in the season, and he averaged 213 yards and 1.5 touchdowns. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and there's an excellent chance that he continues to serve as a reliable backup, though his fantasy value will be as an emergency option in leagues that start two quarterbacks in games in which he's called upon to start.
Daniel completed one of four passes for nine yards in the Bears' 17-7 loss to the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: After Mitch Trubisky was removed from in the fourth quarter with a hip injury, Daniel took over for two drives but was unable to move the chains a single time. Should Trubisky be forced to miss the Week 12 home game against the Giants, Daniel would become a fantasy option in leagues that start two quarterbacks. Earlier in the season when given two starts, he completed 73 percent of his passes while averaging 213 passing yards and 1.5 touchdowns.
Daniel completed 22 of 30 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns along with two interceptions in Chicago's 24-21 loss to Oakland.
Analysis: With Chicago trailing 17-0 at the half, the coaching staff was forced to call more passing plays than they might have preferred. Fortunately, Daniel locked in on Allen Robinson, who the Raiders were unable to contain, and the duo hooked up for a pair of touchdowns, salvaging Daniel's fantasy day despite getting picked off twice. Next week, the Bears will be on their bye, and there's a good chance that Mitchell Trubisky will be ready to resume his starting role in Week 7.
Daniel is confirmed as the starter for Sunday's game against the Raiders in London, with Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) ruled out, Rick Morrissey of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Daniel did a nice job after Trubisky was injured last week, completing 73.3 percent of passes for 6.5 YPA and a touchdown to lead the Bears to a 16-6 victory over a Vikings team with a tough defense. The Week 5 matchups looks a bit easier, with Oakland allowing 8.1 YPA and the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Daniel will be missing one of his weapons, with Taylor Gabriel (concussion) ruled out for the contest.
Daniel is expected to start Sunday's game against the Raiders, Chris Emma of 670TheScore.com reports.
Analysis: Daniel will draw another start in place of Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) as the Bears travel to London to face Oakland. Trubisky is targeting a return shortly after Chicago's bye in Week 6, so it's possible that Daniel will return to the bench after Sunday's tilt. The veteran signal-caller performed admirably in his relief of Trubisky in Week 4, completing 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown versus Minnesota's stout defense. Still, Daniel remains off the fantasy radar in most leagues that start a single quarterback.
Daniel completed 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 16-6 victory over the Vikings.
Analysis: Daniel took over for Mitchell Trubisky, who left the game with a shoulder injury on the first drive of the contest. Daniel quickly got the Bears into the end zone on a pass to Tarik Cohen, but once the Bears were in firm control of the game throughout the second half, Daniel went into full game manager mode, which held his potential production down. When Daniel took over as the Bears' quarterback for a pair of starts in 2018, he averaged over 250 yards along with 1.5 touchdowns, and if he's pressed into action again, he should be a decent option in leagues that start two quarterbacks.
Daniel completed just three of nine passes for 21 yards and added a six-yard run in Saturday's 27-17 preseason win over the Colts.
Analysis: Daniel got the start with Mitch Trubisky sitting out, but he struggled mightily in this one. Despite the poor effort, Daniel is still the heavy favorite to hold onto the backup role over Tyler Bray, who went 11-16 with a touchdown and an interception after getting into the game.
Daniel completed 12-of-18 passes for 103 yards in the Bears 23-13 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: For the second week in a row, Daniel completed at least two-thirds of his passes while third-stringer Tyler Bray completed less than half of his attempts. It's looking like there's not much competition, as Daniel is the clear favorite to be Mitchell Trubisky's backup.
Daniel competed 11-of-13 passes for 120 yards in the Bears' 23-13 loss to Carolina.
Analysis: After Mitch Trubisky played one series, Daniel finished the first half while playing with mostly backup skill-position players. He showed the same mastery of the offense that he did in a pair of starts when Trubisky was injured in 2018. He's clearly the favorite to open the season as the No. 2 quarterback, and should he be pressed into regular-season action, he'd be a potential streaming option.
Daniel is the favorite to win the backup job behind Mitch Trubisky, Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With $3 million of Daniel's 2019 salary already having been guaranteed, Tyler Bray -- Daniel's only competition -- is an extreme longshot to unseat him as the No. 2 quarterback behind Mitch Trusbisky. Financials aside, Daniel also holds a stark advantage over Bray in terms of both experience and historical efficiency. Altogether, we'd agree that Daniel is the clear favorite to hold down the backup quarterback job in Chicago for at least another year.
During the 2018 season, Daniel made two starts, throwing for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Analysis: Daniel is signed through 2019, and after he played well in a backup role by helping the team win one of his two starts, he should continue to function as Mitchell Trubisky's backup for another year. When called upon, he had enough fantasy value to be useful in leagues that require two starting quarterbacks, and his value should be similar going forward.
Daniel will return to the No. 2 quarterback role Sunday against the Rams with Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) officially cleared to start, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: The change under center was telegraphed when Trubisky, who had missed the Bears' last two games, practiced as a full participant Wednesday, then repeated that level of activity both of the next two days. While filing in for the second-year signal-caller, Daniel proved to be a competent game manager, leading the team to a 1-1 record while completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Daniel will stick in the backup role the rest of the season, barring any further health setbacks for Trubisky.
Daniel completed 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Bears' 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday. He also rushed four times for four yards and fumbled four times, recovering three.
Analysis: Daniel had plenty of trouble holding onto the ball, but he was once again high serviceable as a passer. The journeyman enjoyed especially impressive chemistry with Tarik Cohen, who he connected with on 12 occasions for 156 yards. Daniel connected with tight end Adam Shaheen for his one touchdown pass, but he couldn't get the Bears past their own 40-yard line on their last-chance drive in overtime. Despite the disappointing outcome Sunday, Daniel has likely helped Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) owners who nabbed him off the wire remain afloat, although he's slated to return to backup status with the latter expected to play in Week 14 against the Rams.
Daniel will make his second straight start Sunday against the Giants with Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) inactive for the contest, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Daniel's starting assignment comes as little surprise after Trubisky was listed as doubtful heading into the weekend. In his first extended regular-season outing since 2014, Daniel impressed in the Bears' Thanksgiving Day victory over the Lions, completing 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He'll make for a palatable secondary option in two-quarterback leagues in Week 13 before likely retreating to his familiar backup role for the Bears' Week 14 game against the Rams, when it's expected that Trubisky will be ready to go.
Daniel is expected to draw his second consecutive start in Week 13's road matchup against the Giants, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Daniel filled in admirably for the injured Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) on Thanksgiving, picking up the victory and tossing two touchdown passes along the way. While Trubisky made his return to practice Wednesday on a limited basis, the team appears in line to take a conservative approach. Given that Trubisky is back at practice and seemingly could play if the stakes were higher, Week 13 could very well be Daniel's last start of the 2018 season.
Daniel completed 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bears' 23-16 win over the Lions on Thursday. He also rushed four times for four yards and notched one reception for eight yards.
Analysis: The Bears offense didn't miss a beat with Daniel at the controls for Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder), as the journeyman notched completions to eight different pass catchers and even got in on the fun himself with one grab. Just as important, Daniel remained mistake-free and kept Chicago in the game while the defense also contributed a touchdown via a pick-six of Matthew Stafford. With 10 days until the team's Week 13 tilt against the Giants, Trubisky could well have enough time to recover to start that contest. However, if he isn't able to suit up, the team at least has to have a certain degree of confidence in Daniel's ability to captain coach Matt Nagy's offensive system once more.
The Bears have officially tabbed Daniel as their starter for Thursday's game against the Lions, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Analysis: There was never much question whether Daniel would start in Week 12 after the Bears listed top signal-caller Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) as doubtful heading into the Thanksgiving Day matchup. Schefter's report implies that Trubisky will likely be inactive Thursday, paving the way for Daniel to make his third career NFL start while the newly signed Tyler Bray works as the backup quarterback. Trubisky's shoulder issue isn't considered significant and the expectation is that he'll be ready to reclaim starting duties Week 13 against the Giants.
Daniel is expected to start under center Thursday against the Lions with Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) listed as doubtful for the contest, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Daniel is a 10-year NFL veteran but has just two career starts to his name, with the quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart typically enjoying excellent health. He'll pressed into action on a short week, however, as the Bears look to limit Trubisky's exposure to further injury. The prevailing thought is that Trubisky's shoulder issue isn't a significant one, so Daniel may be in store for a one-game run as the top signal-caller. Daniel, who has completed 51 of 78 passes for 480 yards, one touchdown and one interception over his career, is expected to function mostly as a game manager in Week 12, with the Bears likely to deploy a ground-heavy attack against Detroit's vulnerable run defense. He doesn't make for an appealing fantasy option outside of leagues that start two quarterbacks.
Daniel completed 15 of 18 pass attempts for 198 yards and two touchdowns Saturday versus the Chiefs. He also carried six times for 47 yards in the 27-20 preseason victory.
Analysis: Daniel got the start as Mitchell Trubisky was rested and led the offense remarkably well. He connected with Kevin White on a 29-yard touchdown in the first quarter and delivered a seven-yard strike to Javon Wims in the second. Daniel also led the team in rushing on the day, thanks to a 28-yard scramble and a couple of other nice gains on the ground. The journeyman backup will clearly play second fiddle to Trubisky this season, but this performance should instill a good deal of confidence in the coaching staff if he's thrust into action this season. He'll likely play during next week's preseason finale against the Bills, but he could call it an early day if the organization decides to take a look at some of it's other quarterback prospects.
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