David Montgomery's Optimism, Roquan Smith is Poetic, Eddie Jackson is Back, and Other Bears Bullets

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David Montgomery’s Optimism, Roquan Smith is Poetic, Eddie Jackson is Back, and Other Bears Bullets

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So, there is going to be a movie about when Nike signed Michael Jordan. And it’s going to feature Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who I hope are as good in this as they were in Dogma (my favorite movie featuring the two star actors).

•   The NFL Draft is one week from TODAY, but this Deebo Samuel situation is stealing the spotlight. Especially with the Packers and Lions presuming to be in the hunt for the All-Pro receiver. But for what it’s worth, the oddsmakers at DraftKings aren’t counting the Bears out:

•   Of course, we remember when oddsmakers were installing Nick Foles as the favorite to be Indy’s QB1 after Carson Wentz’s summertime injury. And I don’t want to get too deep in the weeds remembering obsessive Russell Wilson watch. However, I do want to lay out there that these odds aren’t predictive. And oftentimes, odds are put out there in order to generate betting action. Nothing more, nothing less. Should the Bears inquire about Samuel? Absolutely. Should they risk it all to trade for him and the right to extend his contract with a top-of-the-market deal? That deserves a more lengthy conversation with ample nuance. But my gut feeling, based on how the Bears have operating this offseason, is that a Samuel trade to Chicago wouldn’t make sense. And yet, *gestures at the odds above* we’ve got this going for us.

•   This is going to bug me for a while:

•   Sigh. The trade compensation (in terms of picks) for a proven talent like Amari Cooper looked light at the time and feels like an absolute steal more than a month later. A Day 3 pick in exchange for a Pro Bowl receiver on a relatively team-friendly deal that has no guaranteed paper left on it felt like such a bargain. I don’t want to belabor the point, as I feel as if I did that when the move happened (so it wasn’t done in hindsight). Instead, I want to tip my cap to the Browns for jumping the market with a shrewd move before free agency could absolutely wreck things (as it often does). Wonder if Ryan Poles has second thoughts on letting that opportunity slide.

•   As for players on the Bears’ current roster, it was nice to see this bit of news about Eddie Jackson’s attendance:

•   Jackson was among the most high-profile non-participants on Day 1, and was joined by defensive linemen Robert Quinn, Mario Edwards, and Al-Quadin Muhammad (per the Tribune’s Colleen Kane). Voluntary minicamp attendance isn’t required. Hence, the use of voluntary and not mandatory ahead of minicamp. But I imagine with new coaches, schemes, and teammates, one might want to make a good first impression.

•   And it sounds like he did just that, which is good news for a guy with a clean slate:

•   Lovieball is back:

•   Meanwhile, David Montgomery has high hopes for the offense:

•   After all, it can’t be any worse than what it was last year. At least, that’s my hope.

•   This is poetic:

•   Roquan Smith is built different:

•   Assuming Matt Eberflus ventures away from the Matt Nagy style of doing things (as he should), then I don’t know if there is a Bears player more deserving than Roquan Smith to wear a captain’s “C” on his chest.

•   And, sure, extension talks might not be top of mind for him. But if the Bears are as into him as they claim to be, an extension shouldn’t be all that difficult to reach.

•   I just want to cram my eyeballs with Bulls stuff today:

•   UGH! I can’t wait to be tweeting about a Bears playoff game again. Their next postseason appearance is gonna be special. I can feel it in my bones.

•   This is fun:



Author: Luis Medina

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