An earlier set of Bullets as I prepare to ride out back to Chicago after a few days with the boys in Michigan.
- Let’s have some fun at the Lions’ expense as I leave Michigan:
Decades of the NFL to the Lions like: pic.twitter.com/z6PX2QRGKp
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) August 18, 2019
One Pride. Zero Super Bowls. pic.twitter.com/PhoZq3tUk1
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) August 17, 2019
— OBVIOUS SHIRTS® (@obvious_shirts) August 18, 2019
- Preseason Week 3 is on the horizon and it’s just about time to start preparing for the regular season:
#Colts will do some game-planning similar to the regular season for next week's game against the Bears. They'll expect a much better outing from the offensive line.
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 17, 2019
- The third preseason game has long been touted as a dress rehearsal game for the regular season. Regulars usually play into the third quarter before they are removed from the game and battles among the key reserves take center stage. But because the Bears bucked tradition last year by not doing it, I’m not sure how they’ll go about attacking this game. My gut says Head Coach Matt Nagy will stay the course, continue to rest his starters, and get an extended look at players trying to make the bottom half of the roster.
- How the Bears handle their tight ends over the last two preseason games should be of great interest. BearReport.com’s Zack Pearson noted that Chicago’s tight ends didn’t get a single reception. Further, they weren’t even targeted. That’s a bit jarring. This could have been a game-planning move in an attempt to better evaluate their blocking, but I’ll need to re-watch tape to confirm if that’s the case. No matter what comes from my re-watch, figuring out who will join the position group behind Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen, and Ben Braunecker is one of those things that still needs to be decided.
- While discussing the deadlocked kicking competition, JJ Stankevitz (NBC Sports Chicago) brings up a good point about what it could have meant for the Bears to trade a fifth-round pick to the Ravens for Kaare Vedvik. Stankevitz notes the team has found starting-caliber players such as Adrian Amos, Jordan Howard, and Bilal Nichols in the fifth round. And if the Bears are going to pay big bucks for Eddie Jackson (he could be football’s highest-paid safety at this time next year), Mitch Trubisky (quarterbacks get paid big bucks these days), and even Cody Whitehair (it’s quiet now, but could still happen), they will need to continue hitting on lower-round picks.
- Offensive linemen play through things I wouldn’t imagine playing through:
#Bears LG Cody Whitehair is going through drills on the field. Has the middle and ring fingers on his left hand taped.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 16, 2019
- Seriously. Take a moment to think about how your day would go if you had two fingers on your hand taped together.
- There wasn’t much to write home about from PFF’s perspective.
- Kylie Fitts had a rough one:
- Happier times against the Giants:
KHALIL MACK AIN'T FAIR
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 2, 2018
- You love to see it:
— Greg Braggs Jr. (@GBraggsJr) August 17, 2019
- In addition to having fun with fans as part of his pregame warmups, Javon Wims’ performance against the Giants stood out. His roster spot is becoming more solidified as the summer goes on.
- An interesting statistical nugget:
19 days until NFL season …
We track ""Boom"" and ""Bust"" plays, those with an EPA of more than 1 or less than -1.
Among RBs with 50+ carries in 2018, Chiefs RB Damien Williams and Bears RB Tarik Cohen were the only ones in the top 10 in both Boom% and Bust%. #100NFLStats
— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) August 17, 2019
- I needed a good laugh:
John Fox is currently on TV ranting about how Mitchell Trubisky needs to be better, which is so rich I can't even process it.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) August 16, 2019
- Does Mitch Trubisky need to be better? Yes. Did John Fox do everything possible to put Trubisky in a place to get better when he was his head coach? Heck no. That’s why I had a hearty laugh when I saw this tweet cross my wires.
I went to the @BMWchamps as a fan today. Sat in a skybox next to WR Taylor Gabriel (a new/avid golfer – we read the greens as players putted on 18) @Mtrubisky10 & @PatODonnell_16 … fans in the skybox cheered & chanted “Biscuit” – a lotta love there for @ChicagoBears
— Peggy Kusinski (@peggykusinski) August 18, 2019
- Ex-Bear Dontrelle Inman is getting it in with Tom Brady:
— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) August 17, 2019
- A possible podcast for the ride home:
- Future ankle-breakers:
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) August 18, 2019
- This will be a long year if *THIS* gets called a penalty:
This was called unnecessary use of the helmet.. pic.twitter.com/hSeOVw7rlN
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 17, 2019
- Go get it, Peanut:
Happy Friday morning @thebeckleyfoundation and I are up early on the water getting ready for the row on September 2nd. #65dollarsfor65miles #cornerstonefoundation #beckleyfoundation #row4kids pic.twitter.com/O807N6G0o8
— Charles Tillman (@peanuttillman) August 16, 2019
- A great tribute:
We will wear this decal on our helmets this season in honor of Coach Darryl Drake. pic.twitter.com/bj6JZhH0aU
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 17, 2019