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Don’t Forget About the Other Guys and Other Bears Bullets

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Happy Re-Opening Day to North Side baseball fans. I’m fueled by Verbena, the adrenaline that comes from watching playoff hockey at a packed barn while in person, and the vibes that come with watching the Cubs win both games I saw in San Diego. Giddy up!

•   Mark Grote of 670 The Score asks…

•   … and my answer is essentially: Whichever ones are catching passes from Justin Fields. Don’t get it twisted, friends. There isn’t a player who intrigues me more than the Bears’ first-round quarterback. But there are 89 other players on the summertime roster. Many of whom will play an integral role in whatever happens this season. And it goes beyond the players who are top of mind.

•   For instance, will Marquise Goodwin or Damiere Byrd make a positive early impression? Being new guys among the pass-catchers can’t be easy. How will someone such as tight end J.P. Holtz look? He appears to be TE3 to start summer. You can throw a dart in the offensive lineman room and hit someone battling for a gig.

•   Can we count Andy Dalton as being among #TheOtherGuys?

•   Defensively, what will Eddie Goldman look like after a year off? The development for someone like 2020 Day 3 pick Trevis Gipson is something worth keeping tabs on as the summer progresses. After all, it sure would be nice to develop a pass-rusher behind Khalil Mack instead of using precious cap space on one every offseason. I’m curious to see how things shake out among the cornerbacks after Jaylon Johnson. I mean, someone’s gotta unlock Teez Tabor‘s talent … right? Duke Shelley and Kindle Vildor made noise in a pinch last year, but both have a clear path toward starting if either can break out. Does Desmond Trufant make good on a one-year “prove it” deal? Many questions, some of which will begin getting answers during training camp.

•   It’s weird to not be thinking about kickers when thinking about players trying to make a name for themselves in camp. But I’m cool with the kicking mechanism of Cairo SantosPat O’Donnell, and Patrick Scales being unquestioned at the top of the depth chart. At least, that’s how I feel right now.

•   Akiem Hicks was reportedly given an opportunity to seek a trade earlier in the offseason, but nothing came to fruition. But things could change this summer. Trading Hicks feels like a sub-optimal end game. Especially when parting ways with a tight end with a limited role (Jimmy Graham, $7M) is an option that can clear a chunk of cap space. Ideally, the Bears ride this out and Hicks gets one last hurrah in a contract year. But the NFL is a business, one where “business decisions” can take precedent (even when they’re unpopular and tough to swallow).

•   With Justin Fields and Andy Dalton ahead of Nick Foles on the QB depth chart, I understand why there is clamoring to jettison the roster’s QB3. But cutting Foles would cost the Bears to *lose* salary cap space. Chicago would need to trade Foles. According to OverTheCap.com’s calculations, a post-June 1 trade of Foles would create $4 million in cap space. And for what it’s worth, the Jets sure seem to make sense as a partner.

•   The NFL’s preseason schedule is officially official:

 

•   I hope Kyle Long gets a real shot at playing a healthy season:

•   For your listening pleasure:

•   I love that we’re already doing this:

•   ICYMI — College football’s playoff system could be in line for some changes. Perhaps things would’ve had a different ending last year had this playoff taken place:

•   The Bulls’ injury luck is just THE WORST:

•   Remembering some happier hockey times:



Author: Luis Medina

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