Because I like making my own coffee, I don’t often venture out to Starbucks. But when I’m on the road – as I am today – I dabble in it. But because I’m not a frequent customer, I find myself surprised by what’s not on the menu any more. That’s a long way of expressing my disappointment in that the Strawberry Creme Frappucino is no longer being made. Bring. That. Back. Now. (Please.)
- In the latest Bears-related snubbery, no one from the team made Pro Football Focus’ list of top 50 players. Naturally, that means Mitch Trubisky isn’t making the cut of the site’s list of top quarterbacks. Five signal callers make the cut, and the Bears’ defense will see two of them – Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Good luck dealing with those two in back-to-back weeks to start the season.
- The elite class of quarterbacks is a tough one to crack, so much so, neither Carson Wentz or Jared Goff made the top-50 despite the significant strides each made in their second season. Perhaps we could use this as a reminder that even if Trubisky makes the jump, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll slide right into the top tier of the league’s quarterbacks. Of course, that’s where the end game is/should be. And while it’s nice to dream on the tremendous upside and potential Trubisky possesses with his arm talent and athleticism, we’ll soon find ourselves seeking to lay out some reasonable expectations. But not right now. Let’s dream big dreams while we still have the chance.
- NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano cooks up a list of potential breakout stars for the upcoming fantasy football season, which includes Bears tight end Trey Burton. Projected to play a Travis Kelce type of role in the Bears’ offense, Fabiano sees Burton as a possible top fantasy tight end if he really taps into his potential. Burton is the kind of player who can be targeted in later rounds if you don’t want to draft Rob Gronkowski too early.
- Even though the Bears’ passing offense should be much improved under Matt Nagy, I’m still a believer in Jordan Howard’s fantasy value (as well as his real-life value to the Bears). David Carr lists Howard among his 10 best players from the NFL’s 2016 draft class. There’s no way to snub Howard here, as back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons are impossible to ignore.
- Meanwhile, Bucky Brooks lists the Bears’ running back tandem of Howard and Tarik Cohen among the league’s five best backfield duos. Howard and Cohen are the kind of thunder and lightning duo that can cause defensive coordinators to have fits as defenses try to account for both. And while there’s a ton of optimism coming from the team preparing to implement the forward pass into the offense this year, but the Bears’ running game is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.
- If Howard keeps following his career track and Cohen continues to flourish, it will open up the deep passing game. ANd helloooooo, Mr. Robinson:
A healthy Allen Robinson can make a big impact in the passing game.
— PFF CHI Bears (@PFF_Bears) June 5, 2018
- Randy Gurzi of Fansided’s NFL Spin Zone tries to project which veteran of each of the NFL’s 32 teams will get cut sooner, rather than later. For the Bears, it’s wide receiver Kevin White. That’s not a surprising choice if you consider the unfortunate injury history and the lack of production from White since being drafted. But the Bears (most notably, Head Coach Matt Nagy) have publicly backed White and will give him every opportunity to succeed. White could very well be cut at the end of the preseason, but he could also easily be the comeback story of the summer. White’s progress will be worth keeping an eye on once training camp gets started.
- Even with White’s future being questionable, Trubisky being unproven, and their most talented receiver coming off a season-ending ACL injury, Arthur Arkush writes about how the Bears’ offense continues to generate a positive buzz.
We can't wait for this. pic.twitter.com/qarxBG5X0P
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 10, 2018