Bears Bullets: Eddie Jackson Punt Return Highlights, Thorpe Award Watch List, NFL Suspensions, More

Eddie Jackson has some moves:

Sometimes, I like to get lost down YouTube rabbit holes. And to be honest, it’s happening more frequently as I try to dig up highlights of some of the Bears’ newest players. Jackson, one of the Bears’ two fourth-round picks, is the latest because he is mentioned by CSN Chicago’s Chris Boden’s special teams preview as possibly getting a look as a return specialist during training camp.

Bears specialists haven’t been all that special since the team parted ways with Devin Hester. Last season, the Bears finished 18th in kick return average and 19th on punt returns. Considering potential issues they could encounter moving the ball through the air, getting the special teams unit to tilt the field position battle in the Bears’ favor could be helpful in 2017.

  • The Bears project to have one of the league’s best offensive lines, and Pro Football Weekly’s Kevin Fishbain previews the group that might be the offense’s biggest strength. It all starts with the interior, which Pro Football Focus boasts as one of the reasons the site ranked the unit as a whole in the top five. Kyle Long’s health (and potential move to left guard), Cody Whitehair’s development (and potential breakout) as a second-year starter, and Charles Leno Jr.’s performance in a contract year will factor into whether or not the line will remain a strength throughout the season.
  • Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport offers up who he believes is the most disappointing on each NFL team’s roster going into the 2017 season. There is no shortage of candidates on the offensive side of the ball for the Bears, but Davenport settles on wide receiver Kevin White. Picked seventh overall in 2015, White hasn’t been healthy or productive in his first two seasons and knows that his third year is a very important one for his future.
  • We recently took an early peek at what this crop of college cornerback prospects will look like as college football season rapidly approaches. You’ll see some crossover from that group and the players listed on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list. The Thorpe Award has been given to college football’s best defensive back since 1986, and last year’s winner – USC’s Adoree’ Jackson – was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
  • Sources indicate to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could face a one or two-game suspension stemming from the NFL’s investigation to domestic violence accusation from 2016. Last July, Elliott denied a domestic violence accusation made against him in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Michael Floyd’s komboucha defense didn’t spare him from being tagged with a four-game suspension to start the season. Floyd has been suspended without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse program, the league announced on Friday. He was cut by the Cardinals after a DUI last year, but signed with the Vikings in the offseason after a brief stint with the Patriots.
  • What are you thankful for? Let some of the Bears players share their perspective:
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    Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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