Matt Blanchard

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Matt Blanchard
No. --     Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-21) March 21, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Lake Zurich, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Lake Zurich (IL)
College: Wisconsin–Whitewater
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
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Matthew Ryan Blanchard (born March 21, 1989) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Chicago Bears after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.[1]

High school career[edit]

Blanchard attended Lake Zurich High School, where he was teammates with Anthony Castonzo.

College career[edit]

Blanchard played his most notable years of college football at a Division III university University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Before his years at UW-Whitewater, he played two years (one as an injured redshirting freshman) at a Division II University, Northern Michigan University on a partial athletic scholarship.[2] As an All-American quarterback, Blanchard maintained an accurate 70.4 percent average in pass-completion, resulting in a total of 44 touchdown passes in the duration of his career as a starter at UW-Whitewater. In addition to his completion efficiency, Blanchard demonstrated accuracy by throwing only five interceptions throughout his starting career. He went undefeated at UW-Whitewater all three years on the team, earning three national championships. After completing his college career, he was invited to play at the Players All-Star Classic.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Bears[edit]

Blanchard was signed by the Chicago Bears after being invited to the team's rookie mini camp in May of 2012. After the preseason, in which he completed 9 of 16 passes for 94 yards with an interception and a 47.4 passer rating,[4] he earned a spot on the 8-man practice squad.[3] The Bears signed Blanchard to the practice squad on September 1, where he could be developed, or activated to the 53-man roster in an emergency situation.[5] Blanchard was released on December 4.[6] On January 7, 2013, Blanchard was brought back by the Bears.[7] In the second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, Blanchard fractured his left knuckle,[8] and Jordan Palmer was signed to take his place.[9] On August 27, Blanchard and the Bears reached an injury settlement, and as a result, will be free to sign with any team once the settlement expires, and will only be able to return with the Bears after Week 10.[10]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Blanchard was signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad on October 30, 2013. He was released by the Panthers on December 9, 2014.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Blanchard graduated high school from Lake Zurich High in June 2007.[3] He attended Northern Michigan University for two football seasons; redshirting as a freshman with a broken right thumb. In the spring semester of 2009, Blanchard transferred to UW-Whitewater. During his second year at UW-Whitewater, Blanchard broke his right thumb for a second time. In December 2011, Blanchard graduated with a degree in Physical Education.

Blanchard's brother, Derek, was a Division III All-American offensive lineman.[12]


  1. ^ Biggs, Brad (13 May 2012). "QB Blanchard Among 7 Players Signed By Bears". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
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  3. ^ a b c Potash, Mark (11 August 2012). "4th-String QB Matt Blanchard Is Looking To Buck The Odds". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-05-10). "Blanchard looking to make most of rare reps". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Matt Blanchard on Bears Practice Squad". Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  6. ^ Mayer, Larry (2012-12-04). "Bears sign DeCicco, waive Trahan". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  7. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-01-07). "Bears management has faith in Emery to pick right coach". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  8. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-08-16). "Bears starters produce key plays in preseason win". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  9. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (2013-08-16). "Bears sign Jordan Palmer, pass on JaMarcus Russell". National Football League. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  10. ^ Biggs, Brad (2013-08-27). "Bears settle with Blanchard to reach roster limit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  11. ^ "Matt Blanchard". Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ Marrazzo, Amanda (2012-06-13). "‘Absolutely fearless’ Blanchard signs 3-year contract with Bears". TribLocal. Retrieved 2013-03-26.

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