It’s good to be home after a weekend away. And it was certainly nice to meet some Bears fans (as well as fans of other football teams) along the way. I’m already planning a future trip to Canton when the next Chicago icon makes it. Hopefully, Bears fans aren’t waiting too long for their next inductee.
- Urlacher was apologetic about being the reason the Bears played an extra preseason game, but the extra time in camp could actually turn out to be beneficial in the long run. At a minimum, the Bears have another four games to get Roquan Smith up to speed whenever he signs (fingers crossed). Time is dwindling, though. Smith being notably absent from the team’s viewing of Urlacher’s Hall of Fame speech (as pointed out by Madeline Kenney of the Sun-Times) is a bit of a bummer if you think about it in the grand scheme of things. It sure would’ve been nice to see a player expected to carry on the franchise’s great linebacker tradition with his teammates. There’s still hope that Smith’s agents and the Bears come to an agreement that gets the All-American linebacker in camp, but there hasn’t been any positive movement reported in that regard.
- Even without Smith, there is plenty for Bears fans to be excited about. JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago writes that receivers Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller are looking great in training camp practices. Robinson and Miller are at the top of the depth chart in a re-worked receivers room and have been the most exciting players to watch when visiting Bourbonnais. With so much change at that position, it’s hard not to have hope about the future.
— Da Bears Brothers (@DaBearsBros) August 5, 2018
- And let’s not forget to add Kevin White to the mix. White is a wild-card in all of this because the levels of expectation are at an all-time low because he has never proven to be healthy or productive. But the team (led by Head Coach Matt Nagy) has shown to have White’s back at every turn during the offseason, and in turn, White has had a productive training camp. It would have been nice to see White get some game action in Canton, but I suppose we’ll have to wait until Thursday to see his return.
- At least White was able to take advantage of his time in Canton by striking up conversations with Hall of Fame inductee Randy Moss and (future Hall of Famer?) Steve Smith. JJ Stankevitz writes that White had plenty to take away from those chats, which will hopefully help push the 2015 first-round pick in the right direction.
- Unfortunately, not all of the Bears’ receivers were at full strength when the team returns to practice on Sunday. Chris Emma of 670 The Score tweets that Taylor Gabriel suffered a foot injury during Saturday’s practice and was out of action on Sunday. Coach Nagy doesn’t seem to be too concerned about the injury’s severity, calling it a day-to-day thing. While the timing of Gabriel’s injury isn’t great, it could allow the Bears to get an additional looks at some players down on the depth chart who otherwise wouldn’t be getting time on the field.
- Some additional updates from Monday’s practice:
#Beats not practicing:WRs Josh Bellamy, Taylor Gabriel and CB Cre’Von LeBlanc.
— Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere) August 6, 2018
Additional #Bears out: LB Isaiah Irving, C Hroniss Grasu and OLB Aaron Lynch.
— Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere) August 6, 2018
- Envisioning Matt Nagy dropping dimes is fun:
Matt Nagy and Dave Ragone are throwing to #Bears WRs during one-on-ones. Nagy just went deep to Javon Wims for a TD. Nagy wanted to get after his DBs.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 6, 2018
- I bet Vic Fangio is going to be talking about this one for a while:
Kyle Fuller intercepted him https://t.co/HLJaawHOCQ
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) August 6, 2018
- Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox cooks up Super Bowl odds for each of the league’s 32 teams and the Bears aren’t even the longest long-shot. Knox puts Chicago’s Super Bowl odds at 100-1, which isn’t too far off from where the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have them. The Bears might be a team with the arrow pointing up after an offseason that brought waves of change, but it’s tough to see them opening a championship window this season with so many questions that need to be answered.
- Three teams on Knox’s list who have longer odds are on the Bears’ schedule for 2018. If the Bears are going to do some shocking stuff, they’ll need to beat teams like the Cardinals, Buccaneers, and Jets. Getting some early wins (like against Arizona and Tampa Bay) could unlock some confidence and push the Bears through some tougher times that will undoubtedly be ahead.