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- The last time the Bears were in London, this happened:
- Matt Forte picked up 145 rushing yards on 25 carries and added 38 receiving yards on two catches in a 24-18 win against the Buccaneers. For those of you wanting to keep score at home, but don’t have a calculator on hand, that’s 138 yards on 27 touches. Good things happened for the Bears offense when Forte was given the ball more than 20 times. Forte wasn’t just a work-horse. He was a do-it-all back who didn’t get the love he deserved because other pieces around him under-performed and didn’t allow him to get the shine he deserved. It’s a real shame when you really think about it.
- Now, imagine Forte in Matt Nagy’s offense. 😍
- What I wouldn’t give for a time machine that could place peak-year Forte in the backfield behind quarterback Mitch Trubisky and on the field with Tarik Cohen. Opposing defensive coordinators lose sleep just thinking about that tandem’s potential. Nightmare fuel for opponents, but a dream for Bears fans.
- Perhaps David Montgomery will be that guy? Montgomery has some similar characteristics as Forte in that he was also a do-it-all back in college who carried more than his fair share of the offensive load. If Montgomery’s college production can carry over into the pros the way Forte’s did, then the Bears will be in good shape.
- Of course, they’ll need to get him under contract first. The Bears signed three of their five 2019 draft picks, but Montgomery wasn’t among them.
- The love continues to pour in for Montgomery, this time on a national level:
Last year: Saquon + Lindsay + Chubb + more.
This year: _________ will be the breakout rookie running back. (via GMFB) pic.twitter.com/A8WC6wVT92
— NFL (@NFL) May 14, 2019
- Second-year receiver Anthony Miller is going to do some things in 2019:
Anthony Miller (@AnthonyMiller_3) in Year 2 is going to be special, man.
This move at the top of the route is 🔥, sold Seahawks' Akeem King a two-bedroom condo with that shimmy. pic.twitter.com/Y4OP0C1kml
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) May 13, 2019
- Fellow receiver Allen Robinson landed among PFF’s best when it came to catching contested passes. Robinson hauled in 58.3 percent of those throws, which was the fourth best rate at the position. Robinson caught 14-of-24 contested throws, gained 231 yards, and scored a touchdown. If you were to punch those numbers into a passer rating calculator, it would come out to 104.69, which is a nice grade for Bears’ quarterbacks. So not only do Bears quarterbacks trust Robinson, he is re-paying that trust by making big-time catches.
- That blue and orange looks so, so, so good on you, Mr. Clinton-Dix:
.@haha_cd6: “In the locker room there are so many great guys who are down to earth and funny, all have the same passion and also want to win ballgames, and that’s what it’s all about.”
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 14, 2019
- I’m not 100 percent clear if good culture breeds good players or if good players create good culture. But I feel confident that the Bears’ players are better now than what they were during the John Fox era, as is their culture. The two seem to go hand-in-hand, but discussing it can lead to some “chicken-or-the-egg” types of arguments.
Yeah, that Eddie Jackson guy is elite. pic.twitter.com/OjrspMUV7X
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 13, 2019
- Among the Deals of the Day today at Amazon are coffee brewers, pressure washers, jump-starters, and delicious Gatorade.
- A different look at the Bears’ newest cornerback:
Timbre Denmark’s three oldest sons all played defense, so she believed her youngest, Stephen, had a “natural instinct” for that side of the ball. Maybe the move to cornerback was inevitable.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) May 14, 2019
- Go get ’em, Mitch:
Nobody better to learn the game of football from than a Pro Bowler!@Mtrubisky10 to host inaugural youth football camp June 25-26 at Lake Forest Academy.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 13, 2019
- I’m glad we can start laughing about this now:
Quadruple doink https://t.co/kcEhIC0O09
— 75 (@Ky1eLong) May 13, 2019
- Sometimes, I crack myself up:
The Detroit Lions https://t.co/XCpaZ7ijwY
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) May 13, 2019
- An old friend finds a new home:
The Saints are signing FB Mike Burton, per source. The former Lions and Bears fullback tried out during rookie minicamp this weekend.
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) May 13, 2019