Sarah Fuller Makes History, QB Stock Watch, Alternate Options, Back From the Bye, and Other Bears Bullets

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Sarah Fuller Makes History, QB Stock Watch, Alternate Options, Back From the Bye, and Other Bears Bullets

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Happy Game Day! It feels good to type those words again.

•   Indeed, the bye is over. The Bears are back. So is Mitchell Trubisky. There are some injury concerns we’ll be monitoring for updates later. But overall, I’m ready to get back at it.

•   The football story of the weekend played out during Saturday’s Vanderbilt-Missouri game when Sarah Fuller dropped a successful squib kick to start the second half to the game between the Commodores and Tigers:

•   With the squib, Fuller became the first woman to play college football in a Power-5 conference game. That’s a pretty big deal. It wasn’t a splashy debut, but it was a darn cool moment in history. One that could impact future generations:

•   Elsewhere on the college scene, all eyes were on quarterbacks because [ gestures everywhere]. And frankly, it was a mixed bag. At minimum, it was a reminder that one shouldn’t pin their hopes and dreams on a college quarterback fixing everything. There are so few good ones on campus. And the best ones are most likely out of the Bears’ current draft range. This isn’t to say hope isn’t on the horizon. All it takes is one to change a franchise’s fortunes. However, Saturday was a sobering reminder that there’s no guarantee that the Bears (or any quarterback-needy team) can find a slam-dunk fix in college. Nevertheless, we’ll keep searching.

•   My affection toward Alabama’s Mac Jones continues to grow:

•   Kyle Trask continues to look good at Florida:

•   And in case you forgot, there isn’t a better college quarterback than ticked-off Trevor Lawrence:

•   On the other side of the quarterbacking spectrum:

•   Jacob Infante, who does wonderful work at Windy City Gridiron watching and observing the prospect scene, has six quarterbacks among the top-50 draft-eligible players. That’s certainly good news if you’re a Bears fan. Because even if the team declines to take a quarterback (again), it could land a stud player at a premium position because quarterbacks will be pushed up on the board.

•   Dueling perspectives on the Bears’ future situation from The Athletic this week. Robert Mays lists the Bears as a logical suitor who should trade for Sam Darnold. It makes sense. Darnold has post-hype sleeper written all over him. He so clearly needs a fresh start if he’s going to start reaching for his potential, and the Jets will likely give it to him because they’re probably taking Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Should the Bears retain GM Ryan Pace and/or Head Coach Matt Nagy for another season, Mays views the Bears as a fit.

•   Meanwhile, teammate Dane Brugler believes that North Dakota State’s Trey Lance “is the quarterback expected to be within striking distance” among draft picks. From Brugler’s perspective, going into the draft and pulling Lance is a fitting choice.

•   Not to be left out of the discussion, Brugler also highlights Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater as a possible first-round Bears target should they desire to go elsewhere in their quarterback pursuit. Slater has first-round buzz and Chicago has needs along the offensive line. I can see a fit here.

•   If Daniel Jeremiah is saying this about Slater, then he has my full attention:

•   An old friend is back in a familiar role:

•   I imagine this means Nick Foles will be unavailable tonight. Foles was doubtful to play because of hip/glute injuries. Kyle Sloter remains the Bears’ practice squad quarterback for the time being.

•   Keep an eye out on No. 92 tonight, he’s fun:

•   For your listening pleasure:

•   Ah, yes. Another story of a team liking Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft … but not enough to draft him. Welcome to the party, Bruce Arians. Please use the available hand sanitizer around the house. The keg is out back.

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Author: Luis Medina

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