Ridley Does It for the Fam, Jagger Has Jokes, Cohen Is a Cheat Code, and Other Bullets

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Ridley Does It for the Fam, Jagger Has Jokes, Cohen Is a Cheat Code, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

Have you checked out BN Bulls lately? The NBA Draft is in the rear-view mirror, so now we’re pivoting to the free agency period. But before we get there, I found myself digging into some numbers that suggest one of the team’s top returning players is starting to reach his potential.

  • The “Meet The Rookies” documentary series is off and running with Riley Ridley:

  • I love the strong family bond Riley Ridley has with his brother Calvin. Some brothers tend to push hard in order to one-up each other, which is totally natural. But the Ridley brothers seems to push themselves to be better in order for the family name to look strong. I can dig it. Family is bigger than football.
  • Ridley is going to make a friend in Mitch Trubisky with sharp route-running and reliable hands. And if practice makes perfect, then I can only imagine what Ridley will do once he gets on the field for some meaningful action. The combination of family pedigree, prospect status, and motivation after being drafted later than expected should push Ridley into some bigger and better things starting in training camp.
  • From one Georgia product to another, I’m looking forward to seeing Leonard Floyd in action at Bourbonnais. After a slow start to 2018, we watched Floyd take off down the stretch last year and it has us dreaming of big things that could be coming down the pipeline. And to think, we’re not the only ones. Stud pass-rusher turned NFL analyst Willie McGinest tabs Floyd as one of the pass-rushing defenders who is set to have a breakout season in 2019. McGinest sees Floyd coming through with a career-best 11-sack season. Putting a player with double-digit sack potential across from Khalil Mack and in the same front seven as Akiem Hicks sounds like a dream for Bears fans and nightmarish for opposing offenses.
  • For what it’s worth, Floyd himself is ready for the breakout. The fun begins at Bourbonnais in 30 days with the first public practice.
  • Summer school’s film edition is in session:

  • Matt Nagy’s offensive concepts intrigue me. Perhaps it’s because I am enamored with the blend of Andy Reid’s West Coast features and Mark Helfrich’s spread package. Or maybe some of my intrigue is tied into the Bears not having an interesting offensive package since the days of Gary Crowton. Even though Jordan Howard ran like a man possessed, the Dowell Loggains era turned off Bears fans. Nagy’s offense could turn on a new era of Bears fans by putting something on the field none of us have seen before.
  • If you want to see how Nagy’s offensive concepts translate overseas, you’ll need to wake up extra early tomorrow. Tickets for the Bears’ game against the Raiders in London will go on sale at 4 a.m. (CT) tomorrow.
  • A reminder that Tarik Cohen is a cheat code:

  • Too soon, Mick:

  • Good name means good player, right?

  • Gotta find Kyle Long a worthy nickname. Anyone got suggestions?
  • I’m sharing this because this set of Cowboys predictions has them losing to the Bears, and that makes me feel good about things:

  • It’s not directly related to football, but Bob Ley — one of the best broadcast journalists in the history of the industry —  is retiring from ESPN:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.