I’m still a little peeved at Mitch Trubisky’s Madden rating, and I bet I’m not the only one:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) July 10, 2018
And while I realize it’s not something to be that annoyed about, I find it implausible that Trubisky is a worse quarterback this year than he was at this time last year. Numbers aside, Trubisky was able to learn the basics of the position and wasn’t truly awful playing in a system that did nothing to play to his strengths.
Come on, Madden people. Get outta here with that nonsense.
- To be fair, the folks at Madden didn’t get it all wrong. New tight end Trey Burton was given an 84 overall rating and Allen Robinson earned an 87, giving Trubisky a pair of players to target in the all-important passing game. Akiem Hicks had an 86 rating, which is the same as it was last year even though he put together a Pro Bowl caliber year that probably merited a few more points on the overall number. Adrian Amos was the Bears’ highest rated player with a 90 rating, showing that at least he received some well-earned respect from somewhere.
- You can check out how every Bears player ranked here.
- The arrow is certainly pointing up for the Bears, and I’ll hear no arguments to the contrary:
Not yet. Would be a huge surprise. Think they’re on the way to being competitive though. https://t.co/RXCnjlQ8qA
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) July 10, 2018
- I’m not sure where the Eagles ranked in Madden this time last year, but I’m still intrigued whenever Trey Burton says he sees similarities between his new team and the team he left that just won the Super Bowl. “You look at Philly two years ago, the majority of our games were lost by less than a touchdown. If you look at Chicago last year, there’s a good amount of those games that they lost,” Burton said, via NFL.com’s Kevin Patra. “It’s just about getting over that hump. You have to be able to win close games. There’s so many small details that happen in order for you to lose those games.”
- For what it’s worth, Burton made note that the Eagles were projected to finish at the bottom of the NFC East at this time last year. In an ideal world, Burton would be able to impart his knowledge and what he learned from that experience to his new teammates and they can move up the standings this coming season.
- The player who figures to get the most playing time as the other part of the Bears’ top tight end tandem is Adam Shaheen, who Kedar Raman of The Loop Sports believes is the Bears’ biggest sleeper. Shaheen is a big sleeper in more than just the literal sense (he checked in at 6-5, 270 pounds this year) because of the upside he possesses as a red zone target. We recently discussed the possibility of Shaheen getting more playing time by default, but it’s not difficult to envision the second-year tight end earning some more reps with a strong showing during training camp.
- As we ramp up toward fantasy football season, we’re going to continue to share Jordan Howard love until the cows come home because he deserves it:
The Jordan Howard hatred needs to cease. Logged 14 runs of 15+ yards; top-10 in yds created in '17. CHI line ranked No. 7 in run-blocking efficiency per @PFF. Offensive improvements will bolster production. Stone hands, sure, but was RB12 last year in .5 PPR. He's not a RD3 RB.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) July 10, 2018
- Howard was a friggin’ first-down machine last year. Why the Bears didn’t get him the ball more often is beyond me:
2017 leaders in combined receiving and rushing first downs. pic.twitter.com/D4ihTWxM0u
— Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) July 9, 2018
- Akiem Hicks is a leader on the defense and is arguably the unit’s best player. And yet, he works out like he still has something to prove:
— NFL Canada (@NFLCanada) July 8, 2018
- Speaking of someone with something to prove, Allen Robinson living up to his billing as a WR1 is something we’ll keep an eye on closely this season:
Allen Robinson in Chicago will finish 2018 as fantasy's WR ___? pic.twitter.com/5SyIXpeYkh
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) July 10, 2018
- Robinson is one of the NFC North’s most notable newcomers. But because each team in the division had its share of moving pieces this offseason, it’s hard to come to a consensus on which newcomer is the best of the bunch. A pair of ESPN reporters who cover the NFC North lean toward Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, but there are arguments to be made for others.
- You can certainly make a case for Packers tight end Jimmy Graham, especially if he continues to be targeted in the red zone as often as he was last season:
Nobody saw as many end zone targets as DeAndre Hopkins in 2017, and it wasn't even close! pic.twitter.com/Zt6LX6W4g9
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 9, 2018