Spicy chicken nuggets aren’t just back at Wendy’s, I would go as far as to say they are better than I remember. Unfortunately, it isn’t ideal to have spicy chicken nuggets for lunch on back-to-back days. Guess I’ll have to find something else to stuff my face with this afternoon.
- Earlier today, the Bears waived rookie receiver Emanuel Hall. There was plenty of hype surrounding the Missouri product leading into the draft, so much so that it looked to be a steal when he spurned offers from other teams to sign in Chicago. I’m curious to see what Head Coach Matt Nagy says about what prompted the move at this point in the summer, as well as what the team’s next transaction could be. Stay tuned.
- A crowded wide receivers room has one fewer prospect within its walls, but is still as busy as before. Hall’s departure leaves Allen Robinson II, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Cordarrelle Patterson, Javon Wims, Riley Ridley, Jordan Williams-Lambert, Marvin Hall, Tanner Gentry, Taquan Mizzell Sr., Thomas Ives, and Joe Walker hanging around. The Bears could conceivably carry as many as seven receivers on its Week 1 roster. That seems like a lot of receivers, doesn’t it?
- Robinson, Gabriel, Miller, and Patterson are virtual roster locks. Wims and Ridley feel safe. At this point, we’re already at six receivers on a 53-man roster. Could Williams-Lambert, Hall, Gentry, Mizzell Sr., Ives, or Walker do enough over the next three preseason games to make an impression and earn a roster spot? The player who probably has an edge at this point is Marvin Hall, who has special teams experience going back to his time with the Falcons, has flashed during training camp, and scored a touchdown in the preseason opener. Let’s keep an eye on him.
- If you wanted to think outside of the box, moving Taylor Gabriel to a team that needed receiver help might be something worth considering. Hey, don’t give me that look! Every summer brings a surprising move that gives NFL fans pause and leaves them doing the confused head-tilt thing. But long story, short: I wouldn’t recommend it.
- Mark Potash of the Sun-Times caught up with Gabriel, who talked about the adjustments he is making in his second year with the Bears and how much he is enjoying his time in Chicago. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky posted a 94.1 passer rating when targeting Gabriel last season, so he should probably hang around for at least another year with the Bears.
- Should Chicago decide to fill the roster spot vacated by Emanuel Hall with a defensive player, I will be curious to see which offensive players take advantage of the opportunity.
- In answering questions from fans, Larry Mayer’s choice of Khalil Mack for training camp MVP was a no-brainer. But it is worth noting that receivers Allen Robinson II and Javon Wims impressed him and stood out for the right reasons.
- If Bears receivers are doing well, does that mean the quarterback is also doing good things? I’m asking for a friend…
- I’ll be looking forward to this:
The #Bears return to practice today at Halas Hall. We will hear from QB Mitchell Trubisky following practice.
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) August 13, 2019
- Chris Emma (670 The Score) sees opportunity on the horizon for Kerrith Whyte Jr, because his speed burst and ability to bounce a play outside. It will be harder to make a living running east-west in the NFL than it was in college, but Whyte certainly has a spark to his game. For what it’s worth, Whyte’s head coachspoke glowingly about the rookie running back who is part of a busy backfield.
- Deon Bush is opening eyes, just as his rookie contract expires:
"Don't forget about @deonbushlive2." 😤@LaurenceWHolmes [& @aminajadeTV] with some high praise for the @ChicagoBears DB's performance in their first preseason game. #Bears100 pic.twitter.com/uLOG5QXlQn
— Stadium (@Stadium) August 13, 2019
- I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there has been a ton of praise for Bears defensive backs throughout the summer. Remember, Chuck Pagano, the defensive coordinator they hired to replace Vic Fangio, was a long-time secondary guru.
- We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?
It shows how far the Bears have come that finding negatives with the group is much harder then it was in the past. @RobertZeglinski discussed that and more on the team with @Josh_Frydman on Monday's Sports Feed, which you can see in full here: https://t.co/LsmyRtgApk pic.twitter.com/1DtuyfZwsz
— @CLTVSportsFeed (@CLTVSportsFeed) August 13, 2019
- This is spectacular:
I didn’t know I needed this in my life until right now. https://t.co/tsexoHvF1x
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) August 13, 2019
- Coming later tonight:
On the next episode of #ChiFansInTheStands…Tuesday August 13th @ 830pm!
We have Luis Medina (@lcm1986) of @BN_Bears & @BleacherNation joining the show to talk about the end to Bears Camp & Preseason Week 2 vs the Giants! We might even talk a little Cubs Pennant Race Baseball! pic.twitter.com/bucvQVHp7x
— Chi Fans In The Stands (@ChiFansInStands) August 12, 2019
- This isn’t football related, but two of my favorite people linked up on a podcast:
My latest episode of Everyone is Stupid Except Me is up, and my guest is @jwyllys. We talked baseball journalism, his wife’s amazing cooking, their choice to foster and adopt their four children, and a ton more. https://t.co/ZiUgGRNNkD
— Ryan (@RyanQDavis) August 12, 2019
- Speaking of podcasts, the latest episode of Talkin’ Toros is a treat because we’ve got a schedule to talk about:
New ep! @SouvenirCity @lcm1986 and @Mphelps11 talk schedule release, Wendell Carter’s potential breakout season ahead, the NBA All-Decade team, and share our favorite MJ moments in episode #23.https://t.co/2fxdT6DFPihttps://t.co/flkjJqwbQx #Bulls #bullsnation
— Talkin' Toros (@TalkinToros) August 13, 2019
- While basketball is on our mind, let’s check out the Bulls’ schedule for the upcoming season:
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) August 12, 2019
- And since schedules were being dropped yesterday, MLB (for some reason) shared its 2020 slate in the middle of the dog days of summer. Seriously:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) August 12, 2019