There are only 14 Mondays until the Chicago Bears return to Monday Night Football, so get excited … like Jerrell Freeman:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) July 10, 2017
Yes, I’m counting down Mondays at this point. And in case you’re curious about the rest of the schedule, you can take a look at it here.
Onward with Monday’s Bullets:
- GM Ryan Pace was active on the transaction wire this offseason, adding new starters at seven positions through free agency and taking some long-term investments in the draft. But despite the Bears’ activity in adding waves of new players, two NFC North writers believe ex-Bear Martellus Bennett will be the newcomer who provides the biggest impact in 2017. ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson calls Bennett “the ultimate Sunday player” because his production on game day compared to his performance at practice. Bennett is expected to be a welcome addition to a Packers offense that won’t be short on weapons. Vikings running back Latavius Murray, who is part of the backfield tandem responsible for replacing Adrian Peterson, also nabbed a pair of votes, while the Bears were shutout from the mix.
- Speaking of newcomers, Randy Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone ranks the quarterbacks as we prepare to move into training camp. Mike Glennon ranks 27th overall – ahead of Broncos returning starter Trevor Siemian, but behind Texans rookie Deshaun Watson. Because Mitch Trubisky isn’t projected to start, he was not included on the list.
- Cornerback Bryce Callahan isn’t a new guy, in fact, he is one of the few returning players in a secondary that will turn a new leaf in 2017 with several new starters in the mix. Still, Callahan could be in store for a big year. Dan Schmelzer of Da Windy City writes about how Callahan can be an impact player in the Bears’ new-look secondary. Callahan made 10 starts as the Bears nickel corner last season, a season in which he allowed the second-lowest quarterback rating among slot corners. Overall, his 72.6 grade from Pro Football Focus was the second highest among the players who played corner for the Bears last season. He is in a bit of a dog fight for playing time with Cre’von LeBlanc, who proved to be a stud in the slot in his rookie season. But considering how often teams use three-wide sets, there could be enough playing time to go around for both players.
- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians jumped on with the Mully and Hanley Show at WSCR 670 AM and discussed a number of topics, including his new book titled “The Quarterback Whisperer: How To Build An Elite NFL Quarterback,” his conversation with Jay Cutler when he was interviewing for the Bears’ head coaching job after Lovie Smith was fired, and the Bears’ current quarterback situation – which he believes it’s fixed now with Cutler’s release, subsequent retirement, and the addition of two new players. And yet, this stands out the most:
— Mully And Hanley (@mullyhanley) July 10, 2017
- The Bears’ front office has made many mistakes over the years, but passing on Arians – who had just won NFL Coach of the Year honors while filling in for Chuck Pagano – for Marc Trestman is undoubtedly the franchise’s biggest misstep in the modern era. But all is well that ends well, at least for Arians.
- Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne shared his top-five active receiving duos in the NFL. Unsurprisingly, no two Bears make the cut. It wasn’t too long ago when free agent addition Markus Wheaton said the Bears’ group of receivers was underrated – and he and his teammates will get a chance to prove that starting in training camp. Expectations aren’t all that high for that position group, especially from a national perspective.
- Todd Marinovich, drafted by the Raiders in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft, is now 48, sober, and starting an attempt at a return to football. Marinovich will be competing for the starting quarterback job with the SoCal Coyotes of the World Developmental Football League – which features 24 teams split between the East Coast (16), West Coast (4), and South Africa (4). Marinovich was arrested while naked with marijuana, according to police in August 2016, but Marinovich says he has been sober since. Good luck to him in his future endeavors.
- Hey, wait a minute:
Le'Veon Bell runs for, catches TDs,Pittsburgh defense limits Chicago to Connor Barth FG in 14-3 win Sunday afternoon:https://t.co/p5VR7Km3Ny
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 9, 2017