QB Thoughts, TE Hype, What Socially Distanced Fans Look Like, and Other Bears Bullets

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QB Thoughts, TE Hype, What Socially Distanced Fans Look Like, and Other Bears Bullets

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A friend text me this morning to celebrate the 16th anniversary of our meeting in the dorms at SIU Carbondale. Sixteen years of friendship is a long time. So if you have a long-time friend you haven’t reached out to recently, I’d suggest you do that. Who knows … it might even make their day.

•   This is quite the development:


•   The Kansas City Chiefs are practicing in front of fans today. And as far as I can tell, the Chiefs are the only team to have done this at this point of camp. The defending Super Bowl champs are using today as a test run to see how to operate with fans in the stands. As one might expect, fans attending today’s event are seated in a spread-out fashion and required to wear masks. If things go well, perhaps the Chiefs can go through with their plan to host games at Arrowhead Stadium at 22 percent capacity.

•   I’m not holding my breath, but I’ll leave myself open to the possibility of outdoor stadiums hosting games at some point this season. In recent weeks, I’ve seen highlights of overseas baseball games with spread out fans in the stands. So long as all safety precautions are taken (and taken seriously by spectators) there’s a non-zero chance it can happen. Maybe I’m clinging to the tiniest bit of hope – it wouldn’t be the first time – but seeing the Chiefs take necessary measures in an attempt feels like a good start.

•   This tweet from Windy City Gridiron’s Robert Schmitz got me thinking:

•   I’ll be honest: I”m a bit lost, too. For starters, it’s a real drag that we’re not going to get eyes on Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles before the season opener. Between closed training camp and canceled preseason games, opportunities to judge the QB competition for ourselves with our own eyes are non-existent. So that stinks. Even if we had eyes on the situation, I’m not sure how I’d feel. We’re just four practices into this thing. I don’t feel great about the situation, but I’m not sure how I was supposed to feel. Can you really feel something after four padded practices? Or would that be considered jumping to conclusions?

•   Signing Jimmy Graham as a free agent and drafting Cole Kmet with the first of their two second-round picks were controversial moves in some circles. But to the Bears’ credit, they certainly went above and beyond to rebuild the tight ends room. With Graham and Kmet at the top of the depth chart, it’s fun to see that they’re both rubbing off on each other:

•   I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the Cole Kmet hype train to leave the station. Choo-choo!

•   Seeing two rookies on the Bears offense take off would be fun. With that in mind, I find myself intrigued by JJ Stankevitz’s (NBC Sports Chicago) latest Rookie Watch update. Some love for fifth-round receiver Darnell Mooney, whose speed could be a game-changer. More importantly, it sounds like he’s carving out a niche beyond being fast. QB Mitch Trubisky said of Mooney: “We’re putting him in different spots and seeing how much he can handle. He’s doing a good job of separating himself and running the routes and being on the quarterback’s timing.” Being fast is important. Speed kills in the NFL. But that Mooney is doing the right thing on routes gives me hope that he can contribute quicker than we might otherwise expect from a fifth-round pick.

•   I’d like to call him Chicago’s very own Air-Rob for the next 4-5 years, if you catch my drift:

•   Danny Trevathan opens up on something he clearly thinks is important:


•   Goooooooooooood:

•   High school football is back. Kinda:


•   An update from Canada:

•   If you didn’t catch the big Illinois news last night, mobile registration for sportsbooks in Illinois is back for a few weeks (TBD after that), so if you’ve been looking to start sports betting, the details are here. There’s also a deal at DraftKings for tonight’s Cubs-Sox where you can literally get 100-1 odds on a $1 bet on either team. Thanks for checking it out, and for understanding that this is pretty critical to our revenue picture at BN right now.

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Author: Luis Medina

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