Bears sign rookies Enderle, Thomas

Posted July 27, 2011 @ 11:40 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

After agreeing to terms with 26 undrafted free agents on Monday, the Bears announced Tuesday that they have signed two of their draft picks.

Idaho QB Nathan Enderle, a fifth-round pick (No. 160 overall), and West Virginia LB J.T. Thomas, who was selected in the sixth round (No. 195 overall), each signed four-year contracts, according to the team.

Enderle is expected to serve as the third quarterback behind Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie, although offensive coordinator Mike Martz indicated earlier this offseason that Enderle will get a chacne to compete against Hanie — who has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender — to be Cutler's top backup.

In the Pro Football Weekly 2011 Draft Preview, draft expert Nolan Nawrocki wrote that Enderle "has the size and arm strength to fit best into a vertical passing game, but heavy feet, inconsistent accuracy and raw decision making might keep him holding a clipboard for the next 10 years."

Thomas provides depth at linebacker, a thin position for the Bears at the moment, and will need to earn a roster spot by contributing on special teams.

In Thomas' scouting report, Nawrocki wrote described him as an "average-sized, athletic, run-and-hit weak-side linebacker who would be best protected and free to roam in a fast-flowing '40' front."