Bears training camp opens up in a couple months, and although the Bears are in a rebuilding mode, that doesn’t mean there’s not a whole lot they’re going to want to learn about certain players before the 2017 season opens up.
- In that vein, Bleacher Report’s Chris Roling offers up an early preview predicting the Bears’ camp battles that will come this summer. All eyes will be on quarterback Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky, but it will be worth keeping tabs on the tight ends and receivers they’re throwing to. On the other side of the ball, the defensive secondary will be under the microscope with all the turnover at cornerback and safety that happened this offseason.
- Over at CBS Sports, Will Brinson attempts to explain why the Bears made a poor decision in their draft trade – even if Trubisky turns out to be the quarterback the team wants him to be. There are some interesting perspectives here, including the opportunity cost of trading the picks, the potential strain on the relationship between Ryan Pace and John Fox that might have resulted from the draft, and how Glennon’s signing fits into all of this. Even when putting all things into consideration, there is so much much time to dissect the trade and the players that came along with it.
- Over the weekend, Jay Cutler offered up some advice for the Bears on handling Trubisky. However, if Trubisky seeks guidance and a potential path to stardom, Dave Hogg of FanRag Sports believes Matthew Stafford is the way to go. Hogg details Stafford’s path to starting as a rookie … as well as the struggles he faced before starting to put it together at the end of the year. Stafford could provide some invaluable advice for a rookie quarterback after being in the mix with a post-prime Daunte Culpepper and third-stringer Drew Stanton, only to be the Week 1 starter against a New Orleans Saints team that would go on and win the Super Bowl.
- Speaking of Cutler, former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree had a unique way of sending the former Bears quarterback on his way:
wIsh jay cutler NoThINg buT the best IN his broadcasTing career
— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) May 5, 2017
- While the Bears sort out the quarterback situation with the still-young Glennon (he’s only 27) and a draft pick in Trubisky, Chris Boden of CSN Chicago notes the team’s defense will need to be healthy and ready to roll from the get-go. Boden highlights four early season games against top-notch offenses that could be trouble if the Bears’ defense hasn’t rounded into shape. The Falcons, Buccaneers, Steelers, and Packers are the opponents in each of the first four weeks. That group features three playoff teams (including the defending NFC champions), two NFL MVPs, two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, and a former No. 1 overall pick at quarterback. It won’t be easy for a new-look secondary, a front seven still looking to add bodies, and a unit that dealt with a slew of injuries in 2016.
- I guess this is where signing Jaye Howard could be important:
In an attempt to shore up their run defense, the Bears have signed DL Jaye Howard to a one-year deal. pic.twitter.com/9GqO3VSa1E
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 5, 2017