I recently learned that refrigerated Kit-Kat bars are an elite candy. They aren’t at the top of the list like frozen Reese’s Cups, but they need to be in the discussion of great candy options.
• Admittedly, it makes me a little itchy to think about how Bears receiver Allen Robinson still doesn’t have an extension, as we sit here in late June. But I’m reminded things could be worse. Imagine the Bears and Robinson being in a public tussle like the one going on between the Jets and Jamal Adams.
— Jakson (@JaksonVelasquez) June 22, 2020
• “You coming to Dallas?” “I’m trying, bro.” Alrighty then, Mr. Adams. Should a trade not be executed by the time training camp opens in July (fingers crossed), this viral moment will certainly lead to see interesting conversations between Adams, his teammates, coaches, and others in the organization.
• Adams has demanded a trade, doing so while commenting on a fan’s Instagram post: “It’s time to move on. Let it go. Appreciate you guys. No hard feelings. Nothin but luv.” Seriously, that’s a thing that happened. The Jets would like to sign Adams to an extension, but the two-time Pro Bowler (and 2019 first-team All-Pro) appears to want a deal that surpasses Eddie Jackson’s market-setting deal from earlier in the offseason. Meanwhile, New York is probably OK settling in with Adams playing on the fourth year of his rookie deal and even the fifth-year option in 2021 before coming to an extension. Where this situation goes from here is to be determined. But whatever happens, I imagine much of it will continue to play out in public. So get your popcorn ready.
• No, I don’t envision the Bears being the team that trades for Adams. Admittedly, it would be awesome to have to All-Pro caliber safeties at the peak of their powers roaming in the secondary ready to pick off an Aaron Rodgers pass at a moment’s notice. But between the trade capital that would need to be sent to the Jets, Adams’ contract demands, and the Bears’ cap situation, it’s not a realistic scenario. It’s one that is fun to think about, though.
• Because filling space can be a challenge in the dog days of content producing, Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report suggests the Bears should consider trading Jimmy Graham before the 2020 season. I’m not even sure that is a possibility. Before the trade deadline? Sure. But things have to be going poorly for the Bears to make this a possibility. If things aren’t going well, the odds Graham has any trade value are low. But if Graham is going well, he has a no-trade clause that he can wield at any time. And if Graham was playing well, why would the Bears want to trade him? Maybe it’s a possibility if rookie Cole Kmet and someone below him on the depth chart are thriving in their roles. Then I could see a swap that gets the Bears from out of Graham’s deal. But still. Not a thing right now.
• My answer is 2,021:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 22, 2020
• Cordarrelle Patterson racking up 2,021 all-purpose yards would be a career best, surpassing his rookie-year production of 2,020 yards. There’s a high bar to clear, but who’s to say he can’t do it? Last year, he was an under-the-radar breakout candidate who figured to have his hands in everything. Signing an all-purpose threat was cool, but not using him to the best of his capabilities falls on the coaching staff. Do better, and Patterson will play better. And since we already know he is an All-Pro returner and special teams contributor, it’s not as if he hasn’t earned additional roles.
• Give Patterson all of the snaps. Running back. Wide receiver lined up on the boundary or in the slot. Give him all of the roles. Quarterback? Why not? Remember when Patterson was open to being a solution at tight end? That’s a team player who wants to do everything he can to make something great happen. So give him the opportunity already!
• Bring it on!
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— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) June 22, 2020
• Pretty cool that the Bears’ rookies used Zoom video sessions to reach out and help the community.
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• A reminder that we’re still working through a pandemic: Kansas State’s football team has shut down team workouts after 14 players tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Wichita Eagle. So while the NFL continues to operate as if it is business as usual, we’re starting to see waves of positive test cases as football workouts pop up this summer. This will be worth monitoring.