Rookies Handling Losses, Awesome Cleats For Great Causes, Bears Fantasy Darkhorse, and Other Bullets

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Rookies Handling Losses, Awesome Cleats For Great Causes, Bears Fantasy Darkhorse, and Other Bullets

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The “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative is one of those things where football and promoting awareness for charitable causes intersect. And over at the Chicago Tribune, Dan Wiederer profiles the artist responsible for the designs of the Bears’ cleats.

Marvin Baroota, a 24-year-old is the man with the artistic plan who hand-painted 23 cleats that will be worn by Bears players this weekend. You can take a look at each of the cleats here via the Chicago Bears’ official website.

Wiederer’s profile of Baroota is a testament to creativity and hard work, so you should give it a read before checking out the cleats on the field during the game.

  • The Bears’ official website highlights four players to keep an eye on in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers and each has something to prove in Week 13. The offense will be guided by quarterback Mitch Trubisky is coming off the worst-quarterbacked game by a Bears quarterback in the John Fox era and running back Jordan Howard, who gained just six yards on 14 carries in one of his worst games as a pro. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski could still be in the mix for a fair amount of playing time despite Danny Trevathan’s pending return, while Eddie Jackson might find himself with his toughest task of the year if Chris Prosinski or Deiondre’ Hall is starting next to him at safety. Neither has played a defensive snap in 2017, while Jackson’s 729 defensive snaps are the most among Bears defenders.
  • Speaking of Jackson, he’s one of the rookies adjusting to life at the NFL level and it’s not all smooth. One of the toughest adjustments rookies make when they’re on a rebuilding roster like the Bears is handling losing, which is an angle dissected here by JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. Jackson’s Alabama Crimson Tide teams lost three times during his time on campus. The Bears have already lost eight games in 2017 … Alabama has eight losses since the start of 2011.
  • Is your fantasy team in search of a darkhorse? Matthew Berry of ESPN has a Bears wide receiver who might fit on your team at the last minute:

  • On the defensive side of the ball, Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald writes outside linebackers Sam Acho and Pernell McPhee have been the ones stepping up. Acho played 82 percent of the team’s defensive snaps against the Eagles, which is the highest percentage for any of the Bears’ linebackers. Only secondary members Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson, and Kyle Fuller played more snaps than Acho in Week 12. McPhee played 58 percent of defensive snaps and has played at least 50 percent of snaps in seven of the last eight weeks.
  • Alshon Jeffery got the big-money extension he has been seeking for some time … but only after he left the Bears. Just chalk it up as the latest smart decision by Eagles executives Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas:

  • Something to keep an eye on elsewhere in the league:

  • A couple of things to keep an eye on here. First, Offensive Coordinator Matt Nagy is a fringe head coaching candidate. His name was a little hotter when the Chiefs started 5-0, but is still someone to keep an eye on. Nagy has been with Andy Reid since 2009 when he was a coaching intern. He was an offensive quality control coach in 2011, moved on with Reid to Kansas City in 2013 where he served as quarterbacks coach before a promotion to offensive coordinator in 2016 to replace Doug Pederson.
  • Could Patrick Mahomes be ready? Mitch Trubisky has our attention, Deshaun Watson captivated the hearts and minds of fans across the league with his hot start before a season-ending injury, but it’s Mahomes – who was the second quarterback picked in the 2017 NFL Draft – who was drafted into the best situation. Mahomes has been afforded an extended opportunity to learn behind Alex Smith and could be the guy the team turns to if their spiral continues.
  • The final four who will be battling for the College Football Playoff championship will be revealed later this morning. And while we don’t know which teams will be representing, we hope this guy is somehow involved in the festivities:



Author: Luis Medina

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