I’m doing my best not to bother Michael when he’s on his honeymoon, but watching the Anthony Miller installment of the Bears’ “Meet the Rookies” series had me thinking about a conversation we had about investing in a player jersey (or shirsey) moving forward.
The Bears’ history is littered with great players, but finding someone to latch on to in recent years hasn’t been easy, especially given the roster turnover that has happened the last three years. However, our search for someone to rally behind isn’t going to last too long because the Bears’ second-round receiver is coming off as someone who is easy to root for. Especially when he says things like this:
“I hope I’m a life-long Bear. I’m going to dedicate myself to getting better and better. No matter how many yards, touchdowns, catches I get, there’s always room for improvement.”
Self-made All-American who started his college career as a walk-on expresses his desire to be a life-long member of the NFL’s charter franchise. What’s not to love?
You can check out the latest entry in the Meet the Rookies series below:
- Matt Eurich of 247Sports browses through recent draft history in an attempt to set up some fair and realistic expectations for Miller’s rookie season. Earlier in the offseason, Miller dismissed some ESPN projections and set a high bar for himself. Whether he clears the bar or not, I like his style. As a teacher once told me, “Shoot for the moon, because if you miss, at least you’ll land among the stars.” Cheesy, but it still sticks with me.
- You can add Trey Burton to the list of first-year Bears I’m looking forward to seeing in action. Michael Fabiano of NFL.com lists the Bears’ tight end as one of his summer crushes that you can dream on when fantasy football season rolls around. The Bears paid a premium for Burton in free agency and he’ll certainly get his share of looks in this offense. But Fabiano goes as far to say that a top-10 showing among tight ends is a possibility in PPR leagues. And because he won’t be overdrafted, it’s possible he could be a fantasy steal.
- Miller and Burton aren’t the only guys I’m geeked about when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. Frankly, I’m totally here for it if Tarik Cohen helps “revolutionize” the Bears offense, as PFT’s Mike Florio so succinctly puts it in this video:
- Over at Da Bears Blog, Johnathan Wood dives into how the Bears might use Cohen and backfield running mate Jordan Howard in 2018. Matt Nagy, Mark Helfrich, and the rest of the coaching staff needs to strike a balance with using their talented backs. Both should be used in a variety of ways, as to not seem as predictable as Howard claimed the game plan to be last year. HOWEVER, the Bears’ coaches need to be mindful of using these players effectively. While there has been an obvious focus on the new receivers, getting the running backs going should be a high priority.
- The Bears didn’t get much love from the players who voted to create the NFL’s top-100 list, but Lorin Cox of Bears Wire offers up four possibilities who can make it in 2019. As far as I’m concerned, the only way for the Bears to make a dent here is to break out in a big way and pick up some prime-time wins. They will certainly have their opportunities to do so throughout the season.
- I’m really sorry to hear that Gale Sayers isn’t in great shape. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during these difficult times:
I spent an incredible day with Gale Sayers and his wife, Ardie, at their home. Gale continues to suffer from dementia and struggles to communicate and recognize people. He has lost about 30 pounds. He did greet me at the door with a smile and a hug and later gave me a thumbs-up. pic.twitter.com/dxUl0lbzTS
— Fred B. Mitchell (@kicker34) June 25, 2018