Best and Worst of Bourbonnais, Aguayo's Fresh Start, College Football's Top Prospects, and Other Bullets

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Best and Worst of Bourbonnais, Aguayo’s Fresh Start, College Football’s Top Prospects, and Other Bullets

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With training camp at Bourbonnais in the rearview mirror, it’s time for the Chicago Bears to move on to the next step:

  • Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune has a list of training camp superlatives from the Bears’ stint on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University, while Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic has his All-Bourbonnais Team. As expected, Bears rookies are featured prominently throughout – and if things go well for the team in 2017, it would be pretty neat if those rookies were the ones leading the charge when the regular season rolls around.
  • Over at ESPN, Jeff Dickerson tracks the progress of the Bears’ rookies after their first training camp experience. Naturally, quarterback Mitch Trubisky is the headliner, but it’s almost time to start taking notice of the other rookies – primarily, ones who could end up with a lot of playing time. Dickerson writes safety Eddie Jackson is pushing Adrian Amos for his starting job, while rookies on the offensive side of the ball – such as tight end Adam Shaheen and running back Tarik Cohen – are angling for increased roles at their respective positions.
  • Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times highlights the highs and lows of training camp, and it’s hard to find a player who had a more disappointing showing at camp than outside linebacker Pernell McPhee. Of course, that’s partly because he didn’t have much of a showing at all (he never made onto the practice field). McPhee’s status is up in the air, and that’s not where anyone wanted it to be at this stage of his Bears career. He was the first major investment in the post-Phil Emery era, and while he has played well when healthy, he hasn’t been healthy often enough.
  • Despite McPhee’s absence, there is good news to report on the defensive front. Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman sees the Bears making progress and feeling more comfortable in Vic Fangio’s defensive scheme. Freeman is one of the most important players in Fangio’s defense, and last year was one of the best as he earned an elite 93.9 grade from Pro Football Focus in his first season in Chicago.
  • Roberto Aguayo is the latest addition to the Bears’ preseason mix. And over at CBS Chicago, Chris Emma writes about how the recently released Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker is looking forward to making the most of his second chance in Chicago. Aguayo will provide the competition for incumbent Connor Barth, whose success rate dipped below 80 percent in his first season with the Bears, marking the first time it had happened since 2009.
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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.