Connor Shaw, a third year quarterback, was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. The New Orleans Saints made an error when communicating that they wanted to claim Shaw off waivers; they erroneously sent the email to all of the NFL teams instead of the league office and the Chicago Bears, who were ahead of the Saints in the waiver line, took the opportunity to swoop up Shaw.
Shaw, who is being reunited in Chicago with Brian Hoyer is also being reunited with his former quarterback coach, Dowell Loggains, who is now the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator.
Shaw is expected to be third on the Bears depth chart behind Hoyer and Jay Cutler. He has had little experience in the NFL, starting one game in 2014 where he threw for 177 yards and an interception. In 2015, Shaw missed the entire season due to thumb surgery. In college, he was the starting quarterback for South Carolina from 2011 to 2013 and went undrafted. Scouting reports state that Shaw has average arm strength, works best out of the shotgun, doesn’t handle pressure very well and has to fight hard to succeed, which he has proven he can do. Shaw has been compared to Jeff Garcia.
It is too early to tell if Connor Shaw will make a difference for the Chicago Bears, but the Saints who saw something in him, will never have the chance to find out and will have to learn to type slowly and smarter the next time they want to claim someone off the waiver wire.