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Clear Your Schedule: Bears Announce Training Camp Opening Date and Other Bullets

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The Matt Nagy Era will begin before you know it:

Here’s hoping the early start and additional preseason game will do wonders for a head coach in his first season with waves of new talent that need to learn a new offensive system.

  • The Bears are doing something they’ve never done before, here in 2018. Preseason and regular-season single-game tickets will go on sale almost immediately after the NFL regular-season schedule is announced. One hour after everything is put on the table, tickets for preseason and regular-season games will go on sale. You can read about the details here and check out who’s on the Bears’ preseason slate and regular-season opponents.
  • Even though Chicago signed Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton, there are still questions surrounding who will round out the group of pass-catchers. Chris Emma of 670 The Score explains why the Bears parted ways with Cameron Meredith and starts to explore what the team’s options for a replacement could look like. Top-tier draft options like Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, SMU’s Courtland Sutton, and Oklahoma State’s James Washington headline this group of receiver prospects who could catch the eyes of the Bears’ front office.
  • Injury concerns are believed to be what ultimately pushed the Bears to pass on matching the offer sheet for the diamond-in-the-rough they unearthed in Meredith a few years ago. Former scout and NFL front office executive Greg Gabriel hops on 670 The Score’s website to highlight some paths the Bears could travel to address their newfound hole. All options are on the table, and Gabriel believes they could include Jeremy Maclin, who crossed paths with Matt Nagy in Philadelphia (2009-2012) and Kansas City (2015-16). Maclin isn’t the player he once was, but he knows the system and could be worth adding to the mix. Bringing back Dontrelle Inman could be a possibility, though Gabriel cautions he might not be an ideal fit for Nagy’s system.
  • Bob LeGere of Pro Football Weekly believes the Bears’ draft need at receiver is moderate, but also lists Kevin White as the second receiver behind Allen Robinson. As much as I’m willing to give White some rope and allow for the possibility he can work his way up the depth chart, I’m not ready to simply hand him a starting gig. LeGere lists Sutton and Washington, as well as Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk, Washington’s Dante Pettis, Maryland’s D.J. Moore, and Memphis’ Anthony Miller as Day 2 possibilities.
  • And in case you’re curious, here is how Cameron Meredith said his goodbyes to Bears fans:

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  • This draft is deep enough at the position to find a late-round value should the team decide against using an early pick on a pass-catcher. Over at Pro Football Focus, Gordon McGuinness shares some late-round gems from recent draft classes. This crop of talent includes a stud running back (Jordan Howard) and solid safety we’re all familiar with (Adrian Amos), but also some productive receivers. And as fate would have it, there are some names we’re familiar with here, too. Between Stefon Diggs (Round 5, Pick 146 in 2015) or Tyreek Hill (Round 5, Pick 165 in 2016), we should keep in mind how often some of these skill position players slip through the cracks.
  • Meanwhile, linebacker Danny Trevathan is already making his pitch for free agent receiver Dez Bryant to sign with the Bears:

  • There could be a future Bears standout (or two) in this group:

  • There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy obsession:

Author: Luis Medina

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