Bears Bullets: Looking at McPhee's 2015, Whitehair's Potential, NFC North Happenings, More

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Bears Bullets: Looking at McPhee’s 2015, Whitehair’s Potential, NFC North Happenings, More

Chicago Bears

There are just 40 days until training camp starts and 86 days until the football season kicks off … it’s all coming together so quickly.

  • Adam Hoge of WGN Radio rounds up 10 things to know upon the conclusion of the team’s mandatory mini-camp. Among the revelations, Hoge makes sense of Kyle Long’s move to left guard, notes there could be as many as four starters sidelined during the opening of training camp due to injuries, and details some of the Bears’ practice schedule changes.
  • Over at The Athletic, Dan Durkin details how center Cody Whitehair can become one of the NFL’s premier centers. Whitehair is off to a good start, earning an 87.2 grade from Pro Football Focus that was the best among Bears linemen. In fact, Whitehair’s rookie year was one of the most productive for a Bears offensive lineman since 2013. While center isn’t the most important position on the line, there is still value in stability and strength in the middle.
  • On the other side of the ball, linebacker Jerrell Freeman says he sees potential improvement all over the defense. Freeman missed four games due to a suspension for PEDs, but was the team’s top-graded defender in 2016 and is an integral part of the 2017 group. The defense could feature four new starters, including three in the secondary.
  • He sounds like he’s ready to do so, but I’d love to see Pernell McPhee recapture the magic of 2015:

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Author: Luis Medina

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