Pssst… 24 days until #SNF.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 16, 2018
- Jordan Howard’s 3.8 yards per carry average in four career games against the Packers is his lowest against any NFC North team. He’s also averaged just 4.39 yards per rush in Games 1-4 in his first two seasons. Those are some concerning numbers, but I can’t help but wonder if a different style of attack will help Howard get started early this season. The Bears will certainly need him to carry the load early if they’re going to spring a Week 1 upset against Green Bay. Just something to think about right now.
- It sounds like the Bears’ regulars on the offensive side of the ball will get a little more burn out in Denver on Saturday. At least, that’s the vibe from Head Coach Matt Nagy, who confirmed (via WGNTV) that Robinson will see some playing time on Saturday against the Broncos. It will be Robinson’s first game action since tearing his ACL in the Jaguars’ 2017 season opener.
- If more of the Bears’ starters play on Saturday, that means players who have started in previous weeks will be pushed down the depth chart. That likely means that Kevin White will be bumped to the second-team, which isn’t the worst thing in the world for White. The offense’s second unit will certainly see more time on the field than the first-team offense, which should give White the additional game reps he needs to get up to speed. White hasn’t been able to show much since being drafted in 2015, so any time he can get on the field and put out some tape for Bears coaches to analyze would be much appreciated.
- Getting some one-on-one time with Demaryius Thomas can’t hurt:
Kevin White can learn a lot from 4-time Pro Bowler Demaryius Thomas pic.twitter.com/08kpPZL2oU
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) August 15, 2018
- This is delightful to see:
— Da Bears Brothers (@DaBearsBros) August 15, 2018
Trubisky looks sharp.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 15, 2018
- Roquan Smith is jumping right into padded practices, and Pro Football Weekly’s Greg Gabriel shares some expectations for what the rookie linebacker can bring:
— Bears Insider (@bears_insider) August 16, 2018
- You could probably put a nail in the coffin of the narrative that Smith’s holdout was going to alienate him from his teammates:
Danny Trevathan on Roquan Smith’s holdout: "I'm proud because he made a decision and stuck with it. I'm more proud of that. And it's going to lead to more people doing it. It was big for him to do that. It was tough. I know he wanted to get here with his team."
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 15, 2018
- If Smith lives up to his draft status, the holdout will be nothing more than a distant memory.
- It’s way too early to be thinking about the 2019 NFL Draft, but mock draft season doesn’t ever end for those who follow it the way Matt Miller does for Bleacher Report. Miller sees the 2019’s class of offensive tackles as solid and projects the Bears to take Alabama’s Jonah Williams with the third overall pick (pick position is based on OddShark’s Super Bowl odds). Williams has started since Week 1 as a true freshman for the Crimson Tide, and Miller describes the draft’s top tackle prospect as being “as clean as an offensive tackle prospect we’ve seen in quite some time” and his tape being “near perfect in terms of technique and athleticism.” Soooo where do I sign up to get this guy on the Bears now?
- For what it’s worth, Miller also views the 2019 class as having the potential to be an all-timer for defensive linemen, circling Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones, Houston’s Ed Oliver, and Michigan’s Rashan Gary as top-5 talents. It would be really disappointing to see the Bears picking this high next year, so I suppose the hope should be that the Bears out-play their expectations and that one of these top tier prospects falls down a draft board and into their laps. It would be the best of both worlds.