Bears holding private workout for UNC QB T.J. Yates

It didn’t work last year when the Chicago Bears drafted a developmental quarterback prospect.

Dan LeFevour wound up being a victim of final cuts and the team’s plan to add him to the practice squad was foiled when the Cincinnati Bengals scooped him up. Now, the Bears are out on the road looking for another quarterback.

Bears quarterbacks coach Shane Day is putting North Carolina’s T.J. Yates through a private workout today. Yates was a four-year starter for the Tar Heels, working under former Bears offensive coordinator John Shoop. He’s considered a late-round prospect. According to an NFL source, Yates has two additional workouts coming up.

The Bears are doing their homework. The team has a private workout scheduled with TCU’s Andy Dalton on Thursday, according to’s Adam Caplan. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz has checked out Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien and Idaho’s Nathan Enderle in pro day workouts.

The likely plan is for the Bears to find a rookie to fill the No. 3 role with Caleb Hanie assuming the No. 2 position behind Jay Cutler. But Martz has yet to publicly commit to Hanie.

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