"I do think that if there's any week for Mitch Trubisky to make his start, to make his debut this season, I think it's this one," Cruz said Saturday on Good Morning Football Weekend on NFL Network. "I think they have some holes that they need to fill, especially at the quarterback position. It just hasn't been flowing as well as they would hope early on. I think Mitch has a shot, man.
"Anytime a young guy gets his first start, there's no easy game to put him into. There's always going to be those jitters. There's always going to be that week of preparation that has to get through and everybody's good in the league, so you've got to make sure that he's ready to go. If this is the week, I think it happens now. "
Cruz was released by the Bears ahead of cutdown day, but caught passes from Trubisky all preseason so he's as good a source as anyone on the rookie's development.
The grass is always greener on the other field, and depending on who you ask, Glennon has already worn out his welcome in Chicago. But the Bears don't want to botch Trubisky's development. Putting him in at the tail end of a blowout to pick up garbage experience is one thing. Starting him in prime time against a division rival, albeit on a long week, is another.