|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 225 lb.|
|Born:||October 7, 1986|
|Drafted:||2009 / UDFA|
Daniel appeared in four games in 2020 and completed 29 of 43 passes for 264 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Analysis: Daniel probably would have seen considerably more playing time had he been backing up anyone other than Matthew Stafford (ankle/thumb), who yet again proved his toughness in 2020 by playing through at least a trio of injuries to his ankle, thumb and ribs. However, even when he did see the field, Daniel didn't provide much hope for the Lions offense, as his 6.1 yards per pass attempt would have ranked 32nd among NFL quarterbacks this year. With the Lions able to save roughly $2.3 million against the salary cap by letting him go this offseason, there seems to be a good chance Daniel's days in Detroit are about over.
Daniel completed 13 of 18 passes for 86 yards in relief of the injured Matthew Stafford (ankle) in Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Daniel came in after Stafford injured his ankle on Detroit's first drive, and the backup failed to get much going for a Lions team that looked completely overmatched. It was 34-0 Tampa Bay at halftime, and Daniel had only 52 passing yards at that point. When Daniel failed to show any progress in the second half, the Lions brought in third-stringer David Blough for the final three possessions. The offense didn't do any better under Blough, as Jamal Agnew scored Detroit's only touchdown on a punt return. There's a good chance Stafford is shut down for next week's finale against the Vikings, but the team could opt to throw Blough under center over Daniel.
Daniel completed three of six passes for 29 yards after replacing the injured Matthew Stafford (ribs) in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Daniel led the offense to a field goal to pull within seven, but the Lions failed to recover the ensuing onside kick and Green Bay ran out the clock. Stafford went for X-rays after the game, per Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com, and Daniel would start against the Titans in Week 15 and possibly beyond if Stafford's forced to miss additional time due to the injury.
Daniel completed eight of 13 pass attempts for 94 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 9 against the Vikings.
Analysis: Daniel entered the game early in the fourth quarter after Matthew Stafford was forced to enter the concussion protocol. He threw an interception to end his first full drive, but managed to bounce back to lead the Lions to a touchdown on their next possession. Stafford was cleared from concussion protocol and should be ready to retake starting duties in Week 10 against Washington. That will leave Daniel in his usual role as the backup quarterback.
Daniel will serve as the Lions' backup quarterback Sunday against the Vikings after Matthew Stafford was cleared to start following his negative COVID-19 test, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Daniel and David Blough took all the live reps at quarterback during the Lions' three practices this week after Stafford went into self-isolation Wednesday following his placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Stafford -- who was placed on the list after being a high-risk close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 -- was still able to participate in virtual meetings with the Lions in anticipation of gaining clearance ahead of game day. With Stafford continuing to test negative over the past several days and arranging private travel to Minneapolis after being activated from the list Saturday, he'll now be able to fill his normal starting duties despite having not practiced all week. Daniel is still expected to be active over Blough as Detroit's No. 2 signal-caller.
Daniel is preparing as if he'll start Sunday's game against the Vikings, even though the Lions still hope to have Matthew Stafford activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list before kickoff, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It seems Stafford is on track to play, but nothing had been confirmed as of Friday afternoon. Should things take a turn for the worse, Daniel will make his sixth NFL start and see his first game action in a Lions uniform.
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.
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