Football season is finally here!

Well, kind of.

The first pre-season game of the year, the annual Hall of Fame game, takes place on Thursday night.

This year’s matchup pits the Baltimore Ravens against the Chicago Bears.

Playing in the hall of fame games means the Ravens and Bears will each play in five pre-season games. As a result, it’s unlikely their starters see a lot of action on Thursday night.

Former Tennessee Vols quarterback Tyler Bray, who left Tennessee after the 2012 season with a year of eligibility remaining, was signed by the Bears during the off-season. Bray spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he never started a regular season game for them.

However, it’s obvious that Bray made a good impression on former Chiefs quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, who is now the Bears’ head coach. He brought Bray along with him when he came to Chicago.

According to a Chicago Sun Times reporter, Bray is expected to see the bulk of the quarterback reps on Thursday.

Bray is listed as the Bears’ third string quarterback, behind Chase Daniel (who Bray played behind during his first three seasons in Kansas City) and Mitch Trubisky.

The former Vol, who has one of the best arms in the game, could use a strong performance on Thursday night. He’s running out of time to prove he’s nothing more than a career backup.

Featured image via USA Today

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