There are days where I feel technology conspires to get me. Like when I don’t have an alarm to wake up to because my phone died while on the charger. The good news is I don’t need a new phone. The bad news is that my favorite charger crapped out on me. Bummer.
- These guys sure do clean up nicely:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 20, 2018
- Some nuggets from the Bears Care Gala:
Bears LT Charles Leno Jr. on O-line coach Harry Hiestand: "We love Harry, let's just get that out of the way. Harry is a great coach. I saw what he did for guys that he coached in college and the guys that were before us here in Chicago. He's getting us better."
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) May 20, 2018
Bears WR Allen Robinson (targeting Training camp to be full force) made it clear that he loves being in a sports town like Chicago. He rattled off all the Chicago sports teams last night. #BearsCareGala
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) May 20, 2018
- Elsewhere, Anthony Miller is looking mighty fine in a Bears uniform:
— Anthony Miller (@AnthonyMiller_3) May 20, 2018
Look, ma! One hand! pic.twitter.com/cTAyogd8Ic
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) May 20, 2018
- I’ve got a feeling Miller will be catching some better thrown passes from Mitch Trubisky than from Nick Chubb, but maybe Chubb will grow into a franchise quarterback one day. And yes, I realize Chubb is a running back by trade. HOWEVER, the Browns really aren’t in a position to close any doors … even if they did use the No. 1 overall pick on Sam Bradford. *winky face*
- NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein offers up five 2016 first-round picks who will put together breakout seasons in 2016. A notable omission is Bears outside linebacker/edge rusher Leonard Floyd, who was picked ninth overall in that draft class. Floyd has played well in spurts, but has yet to have the kind of breakout season that makes you go, “Oh, that is why he was a top-10 pick.” Still, Floyd should be well-positioned to do so if he can stay healthy this season.
- It’s a shame there is no fifth-year option for second-round picks, because I’d really like to see Eddie Goldman in a Bears uniform for another season. Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic lays it all out for Goldman, who at age 24, is primed to have a breakout season of his own in a contract year and set himself up for a major payday when he hits free agency after this season. Even though Goldman doesn’t play a position where he puts up a bunch of big stats, he has still been one of Ryan Pace’s most productive draft picks. Goldman has been a steady and sturdy run-stopping nose tackle who has pushed into the backfield to make plays. The Bears could look to lock Goldman into a long-term deal before the season starts, much like they did last summer with left tackle Charles Leno Jr. and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks.
- Shane Ray recently popped up in Bears-related trade rumors, and it makes sense after the Broncos declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract – which would have paid him $9.2 million in guaranteed salary in 2019. Denver’s head coach Vance Joseph told the Denver Post that Ray’s contract situation will prove to be a motivational force this season. “The ball is in his court. He can earn a lot more than what the option offered him if he goes out there and does what we think he can do.”
- The Broncos’ situation with Ray sounds a little like what the Bears went through with Kyle Fuller last season. And what wide receiver Kevin White is stepping into this season. Let’s just keep that in mind as we move through the offseason.
- With or without Ray or any other late-offseason additions, Chicago’s front seven will have its work cut out for it in 2018 when it goes up against its division rivals. The Bears aren’t the only team believed to have improved from last season, as Lions guard T.J. Lang sees big things on the horizon for his team – and particularly, his offensive line. “Everybody in that room, we have high expectations,” Lang said, via the team’s official website. “A lot of that plays into staying healthy and being available, practicing together, having productive meetings. We’ve got lofty goals, but we also understand we’ve got a lot of work to do before we even thinking about playing football again.”
- Cautious optimism from the Pro Bowl guard is understandable with a new head coach with a background coaching a long-time weak link, continuity along the coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball (a perceived strength in recent years), and some fresh faces who are believed to have the potential to raise the talent level of the overall roster.