No. -- Free agent
|Date of birth:March 21, 1989|
|Place of birth: Lake Zurich, Illinois|
|High school: Lake Zurich (IL)|
|Undrafted in 2012|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
Career NFL statistics
High school career
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. 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.
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, he earned a spot on the 8-man practice squad. 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. Blanchard was released on December 4. On January 7, 2013, Blanchard was brought back by the Bears. In the second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, Blanchard fractured his left knuckle, and Jordan Palmer was signed to take his place. 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.
Blanchard was signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad on October 30, 2013. He was released by the Panthers on December 9, 2014.
Blanchard graduated high school from Lake Zurich High in June 2007. 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.
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