The Bears' First Public Training Camp Practice is EIGHT Days Away and Other Bullets

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The Bears’ First Public Training Camp Practice is EIGHT Days Away and Other Bullets

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The heat index is supposed to be off the charts in Chicago today. So do yourself a favor and hydrate if you’re going to be outside. And while you’re out, go check on a parent, grandparent, and/or great-grandparent if you have the opportunity to do so. Summer in Chicago is the best, but you don’t need to be a superhero trying to conquer this heat. Enjoy responsibly, friends.

  • At this time last year, we were set to watch Anthony Miller open eyes as a rookie receiver in camp. Fast forward to this time next year and it’s possible that we’ll be talking about a second-year receiver who enters camp after a breakout season. Take some time to browse through this thread for more:

  • It’s maddening to think about how Mitch Trubisky left so many opportunities on the field last year. And it’s even more painful to think about the players negatively impacted by Trubisky’s inaccuracy and streaky play. What makes it so frustrating is that when Trubisky is on, everybody eats. But when things aren’t going smoothly, it’s as if we’re watching a different quarterback under center. If Trubisky can find consistency this season, he’ll be better for it (and so will his teammates).
  • The Bears’ first open practice is in eight days. Get pumped!
  • I am currently in one of my favorite times of the year, as I map out which open training camp dates I plan to attend. I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible this summer.
  • How crazy is the kicking competition going to be at Bourbonnais? We know it’s going to be intense between Elliott Fry and Eddy Piñeiro. But for the first time in a long time, I can envision Bears fans migrating to the fields where the special teams gang is participating. It’s going to be a circus, but I’m sure Chicago’s decision-makers wouldn’t have it another way. (OK, sure. They’d rather have locked in a reliable kicker by now. But it hasn’t happened, so they’re making the most with what they have at the moment.)
  • A mic’d up Charles Leno Jr. has thoughts on the hottest song of the summer:

  • Baseball allows for some access in spring training, but open training camp practices in football is unlike anything any other sport offers up. It’s a nice alternative to paying up for a preseason game featuring lineups you won’t see when games of consequence take place. And it’s probably a more preferred alternative to braving the winter elements to be at Soldier Field in December. The centralized location of Bourbonnais (give-or-take 56 minutes from Chicago, a shade more than 2 hours from Rockford, as well as Peoria, 2.5 hours from Springfield) allows for more fans to have access than when camp was in Platteville, Wisconsin. As the Bears (and the NFL) prepare to celebrate their centennial seasons, they should take some time to thank their lucky stars that training camp has grown to become the spectacle it is today.
  • Out in Denver, Vic Fangio’s words make me hope the Bears never ditch their current training camp digs:

  • If anything, I wish the Bears had *MORE* training camp practices. Give the people more, especially now that the team is looking as good as it has in a long time.
  • Stop and think about this for a moment: We’ll be breaking down stuff from the Bears’ first preseason game at this time three weeks from now. Let’s go!
  • Kyle Fuller is really coming into his own:

  • Remember when Fuller went from being on the roster bubble to a first-team All-Pro corner? Think about how it was just two summers ago when Fuller was fought from the bottom of the depth chart, leap-frogged several cornerbacks, and jumped into the starting lineup just before his career took off. Now, think about how it all started for him during training camp 2017. I wonder if there is anyone on this roster who can make those kinds of improvements and have a major breakout.
  • Familiar faces in new places:

  • The newest Bull can shoot from the perimeter and throw down at the rim. And now that he is away from a cursed Knicks franchise, a breakout for Luke Kornet is sure to be on the horizon:

  • This rant is NSFW, so put your earphones in for this one:


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.