Bears Hosting Four RBs for a Tryout, QB Threads, CB Locks, and Other Bears Bullets

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Bears Hosting Four RBs for a Tryout, QB Threads, CB Locks, and Other Bears Bullets

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Playoff baseball is one of my first loves. We’ll see how much I love it after today’s games end.

•   ICYMI: The Bears hosted running back Lamar Miller for a visit on Wednesday. But he wasn’t alone:

•   Chicago elevated rookie Artavis Pierce to take Tarik Cohen’s spot on the active roster after Cohen landed on season-ending IR. And while Head Coach Matt Nagy might show public support for the rookie, the Bears are understandably searching the waiver wire for much-needed depth. Maybe they should’ve made a serious run at Leonard Fournette after all.

•   A fun nugget I stumbled across while cross-checking Miller’s time with the Dolphins on Pro Football Reference: Bill Lazor was the offensive coordinator in Miami in 2014. That’s when Miller put up his first 1,000-yard rushing season, scored nine total touchdowns. In fact, Miller racked up 2,643 scrimmage yards and 19 total touchdowns in those two seasons. Miller averaged 4.8 yards per rush at the time. I doubt Miller can turn back the clock and be the type of back he was during his age 23 and 24 seasons, but that prior history could get him far enough to get checked out by the Bears.

•   The Bears’ injury report has a bunch of names on it, but only one injury that gives me moderate concern:

•   Seeing Sherrick McManis on the injury report is a bit bothersome. The longest-tenured active member of the Bears is a key piece of the special teams unit and a suitable nickel defender at cornerback and/or safety when needed in a pinch. However, the Bears have so much depth in the secondary that they seem equipped to battle with what they have. In the end, the most notable thing here is that Tashaun Gipson (neck), David Montgomery (wrist) and Josh Woods (ankle) were full participants despite being nicked up in their own way after Sunday’s win in Atlanta.

•   Some positive news on the COVID/NFL front, mixed in with a bit of caution:

•   I’ll feel better about the Bears’ encounter with the Falcons (who had their own COVID case late last week) once Saturday rolls around. Getting through that 3-5 day period without a positive test would be the best development to happen this week. One of the biggest concerns going into this season was transmission of the virus from one team to another. If that hurdle can get cleared, football on-lookers will breathe a sigh of relief.

•   No one better question Tashaun Gipson’s Mavericks fandom. Because if you can’t randomly name-drop Robert Pack, then you’re not a real fan. More from the Bears safety (whose INT secured the Bears’ 3-0 start) via the team’s official site.

•   If you’re not familiar with Joe’s quarterback threads, this is a good place to start:

•   Speaking of quarterbacks, the Colts released Chad Kelly from their practice squad to re-sign Krishawn Hogan. Where one might see a player set to embark on the journey of free agency, I see an opportunity for the Bears to sign a player who used to be with their next opponent and a chance to gather all the information about their game plan that can be picked from an ex-player’s brain.

•   I miss Eddie Goldman:

•   Good luck throwing outside against Jaylon Johnson and Kyle Fuller:

•   Oh, look — another player getting a contract extension whose name isn’t Allen Robinson:

•   Look who’s back …

•   … and with content, too:

Author: Luis Medina

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