One of my favorite John Fox-isms was when he would discuss the starting quarterback position as someone who raises all ships. And while I’m not sure if the Cubs going 5-2 since the Bears chose Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft is more causation or correlation, I’m certain Fields’ arrival has lifted all boats around town. And if the trickle-down effect is the town’s sports teams playing better, then so be it. Gonna need the Blackhawks and Bulls to step it up, though.
• I like this guy:
— Khalil Herbert (@JuiceHerbert) May 5, 2021
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 6, 2021
• Chicago’s re-shaping of its running backs room pleases me. It has everything a modern group is supposed to have. A bell-cow at the top of the depth chart (David Montgomery), a backup who can give the starter a breather (Damian Williams), and a multi-purpose (multi-positional?) playmaker (Tarik Cohen). But it also brings in Khalil Herbert, who can be someone who eats at some of Williams’ snaps if his development goes swimmingly. Herbert could also snag some snaps from Cohen here and there. The way this room has been put together, no one should get overworked.
• Let’s not forget about Artavis Pierce or Ryan Nall. The Bears like Nall enough to retain him this offseason. And they liked Artavis Pierce enough to roster him last year. But both have their work cut out for them after the additions of Williams and Herbert.
• Free than anything, I want to see how Matt Nagy uses his new backfield stable. There’s depth, versatility, speed, and playmaking ability. In other words, there is no reason to force Justin Fields or Andy Dalton to throw it 50 times per game. Or even 40 times, for that matter. There is real potential to strike the kind of winning balance this team needs.
• Considering my desire to add depth at the edge defender position until I’m bud in the face, I was selfishly bummed when I saw Chris Rumph II go to the Chargers in Round 4. I thought the Bears could’ve had a neat story line in Defensive Line Coach Chris Rumph Sr. coaching his son in Chicago, while also filling a potential need. Nevertheless, I’m happy for the young Duke product and his pops. There’s something about a solid father-son story that makes my day. Larry Mayer has more, via the Bears’ official website.
• For your viewing pleasure:
Here were his thoughts:⬇️⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0yB3MSJkWM
— Braggs In The Stands (@BraggsInStands) May 5, 2021
• And for your listening pleasure:
Justin Fields film breakdown with Nate Tice – strengths, weaknesses & NFL comparisons https://t.co/bT51p3FcWh
— The Athletic Chicago (@TheAthleticCHI) May 4, 2021
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) May 5, 2021
• Who had the most accurate mock drafts? Not Mel Kiper Jr., per the USA Today. But, as a reminder, mock drafts are less of an exercise in accuracy and more about finding a grasp on certain scenarios, highlighting team needs, and presenting possibilities and fits for teams and players alike. Until next year, old friends.
• The Lions are moving on from a 2018 second-round pick:
The #Lions are waiving RB Kerryon Johnson, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 5, 2021
• Kerryon Johnson averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 10 games as a rookie in 2018, gaining 641 rushing yards in the process. In 24 games since, Johnson has amassed a grand total of 584 rushing yards and averaged just 3.5 yards per attempt. Johnson trending the wrong way gives the Lions reason enough to cut ties before the Auburn product reaches the conclusion of his rookie deal.
• On the other hand, Detroit must like what it sees in Frank Ragnow in order to give him the biggest contract in league history for a center:
On his new deal, #Lions C Frank Ragnow gets:
$25.5M fully guaranteed at signing
$42M total guarantees
$13.5M per year in new money
All are new highs for the center position, with the previous highes per-year average eclipsed by $1 million.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 6, 2021
• Happy birthday to the last Bear to score an offensive touchdown in the Super Bowl:
🙌 2x Pro Bowler
🙌 NFL receiving yards + TD receptions leader (2004)
🙌 860 catches + 11,438 receiving yards
🙌 Signature 🏀 TD celebration pic.twitter.com/aZXcdGZuUC
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) May 5, 2021
• Sure, I get it from a legal perspective. But taking this stance is kinda cold-hearted:
NFL sent this memo to teams today regarding injuries sustained away from team facilities: pic.twitter.com/oj1WieNrnc
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 5, 2021