Grading the QB Room, Howard's Got Next, Bonding With Trubisky, and Other Bullets

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Grading the QB Room, Howard’s Got Next, Bonding With Trubisky, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

Jordan Howard’s meteoric rise continues.

The Chicago Bears running back was recently profiled in the latest edition of Chicago Magazine, and is considered to be among the city’s most bold and innovative residents. The “Who’s Got Next?” issue features some of the city’s biggest names and brightest personalities who are “poised to make big changes in their fields-and beyond.” Howard fits the bill here after a 1,313-yard rushing season as a rookie, but also for his connections to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Being in rebuild mode (and coming off a 3-13 season) can make it hard for young players to shine, but Howard is definitely breaking the mold.

  • The Chicago Bears quarterback room has a lot of room to grow, and most of that responsibility will fall in the hands of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, whose task it is to groom rookie Mitch Trubisky, while also getting Mike Glennon (and to a lesser extent, Mark Sanchez) up to speed. Pro Football Weekly has graded every team’s quarterback room based on a particular set of criteria, and the Bears – unsurprisingly – are rated in the bottom third of the league. They were also called “inexperienced, yet pricey.” Wonderful.
  • There has been no update on Victor Cruz’s status after his two-day visit in Chicago, but Daniel Cohen’s post at Pro Football Focus compares Cruz’s 2016 production against that of Bears free agent additions Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright.
  • One of the lighter anecdotes from the Bears’ rookie mini-camp was tight end Adam Shaheen’s love of Chipotle, whose burritos he credits for helping him grow into the imposing 6-foot-6, 278-pound figure he is today. ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson uses the tasty sidebar to help introduce Shaheen as the potential playmaker quarterback Mitch Trubisky needs in the field. Trubisky tells Dickerson: “It’s really cool to throw to him. You can tell he loves being out here as well. I’ve never thrown to a guy that big. He has huge range to catch the ball, so it makes it a lot easier for me.” If and when Trubisky plays remains to be seen, but he’ll have some intriguing tight end options to throw to whenever he starts taking snaps. Shaheen joins returning starter Zach Miller (who could be on the trading block) and free agent signee Dion Sims as the team’s top tight end targets.
  • And over at, Zack Pearson has a look at the budding relationship between Trubisky and Shaheen, the Bears’ first two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
  • I bet this was a special moment:

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.