While the folks over at Bleacher Nation were celebrating a game-winning, walk-off grand slam off the bat of Jason Heyward, it was Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller who had the best seat in the house:
— Zach Miller (@ZMiller86) June 7, 2018
Miller has had some serious positive vibes surrounding him lately, and I’m glad the Bears have kept him around. May the good times continue to keep coming his way.
- As unlikely as it may be, Miller still hasn’t given up on playing professional football again. Miller has already been placed on the physically unable to perform list and that will keep him off the playing field. However, Miller said he’ll do as much as he can to give himself a shot to get back out there. “With my doctors and everyone I spoke to, we’re not going to put any set limitations on this,” Miller said, via ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson. “We’re just going to take it as it goes. There has not been a definitive, ‘you can never do this again.'”
- Put whether or not Miller plays again aside, this is the kind of determination and commitment that could rub off on teammates who see what he is putting out there. Seeing Miller put in the type of work he does makes him a shining example of what Bears players should be about moving forward.
- Even without Miller and his skill set, the Bears’ offense figures to be worth watching in 2018. While much has been made about what is expected to be a new-found deep passing game, what Matt Nagy does with the team’s running backs should be intriguing. Nagy says the team “will have some fun” when it comes to how it deploys Cohen, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. Cohen’s versatility makes him a multi-dimensional threat, and he has already shown he can handle various responsibilities with what was thrown on his plate last season.
- In turn, Cohen seems pretty fired up about an offense that seems to fit him well. “I’m doing a little bit of everything out here,” Cohen said, via JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. “I feel like this is the offense for me.” While it’s easy to reach for a Tyreek Hill comp, there isn’t a direct comparison for Cohen and someone in the Chiefs offense. And that, in and of itself, adds that much more intrigue to what this offense could be. Of course, we’re also imagining what Cohen potentially bring to an offense that might have some “unguardable” looks if they can properly execute the RPOs Nagy will bring with him from Kansas City.
- While the Bears’ quarterback is snubbed here, there are some interesting names on this projected top-10 passing yardage leaderboard – including five quarterbacks the Bears’ defense will face this season:
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) June 5, 2018
- Also notable is that the Bears will face four of these five cornerbacks in 2018:
Darius Slay owns the top playmaker index among CBs since 2015! pic.twitter.com/XWoxOjl9SA
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 5, 2018
- I suppose the Bears can make it 5-for-5 with a Super Bowl matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Maybe I’m a little biased, but I’d be intrigued by an A.J. Bouye-Allen Robinson matchup.
- On the other side of the ball, outside linebacker Aaron Lynch is looking forward to joining a defense where he’ll play a familiar role. Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly writes Lynch believes getting back together with Vic Fangio will spark his revival after signing a one-year contract with the team in the offseason. Lynch played his best ball as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but injuries and a move out of that front has stunted his growth as a pass-rusher. Sometimes, scheme matters a ton to a player – especially one with a particular skill set. But it’s impossible to figure out a player’s fit if he isn’t available to play. Lynch suffered a hamstring injury this week at practice, and while he is expected to be back at full strength for training camp, dealing with two injuries (he had an ankle issue back in April) isn’t a great way to start your Bears career.
- OK, this is pretty neat:
Chicago Bears Fans! I'll be greeting fans and signing autographs at the @adidas store in Water Tower Place this Saturday, June 9th from 10-11am. See you there! 🐻⬇️🏈@adidasFballUS @adidas 845 N Michigan Ave, Chicago IL pic.twitter.com/dW1I3sSaog
— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) June 6, 2018
- So this means more time for Brian Urlacher to speak, right:
Terrell Owens declined his invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and released this statement: pic.twitter.com/J4P1mS6VjN
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2018
- In a radio interview in Dallas, Urlacher expressed disappointment in that he won’t be joined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame by stud Cowboys safety Darren Woodson. “It drives me crazy,” Urlacher said on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan & RJ Show, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He was the guy that I think made that (Cowboys) defense go. I know they were good up front, they had Ken Norton in the middle and everything, but Darren Woodson to me was a beast – my favorite player of all time.” Woodson played 13 years for the Cowboys, earned four first-team All-Pro nominations and was a part of three Super Bowl champions. Maybe Woodson will get his day sometime down the road.