Go Get Camp Tickets, Heed Eberflus' Warning, Steelers Game as Fields Turning Point, and Other Bears Notes

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Go Get Camp Tickets, Heed Eberflus’ Warning, Steelers Game as Fields Turning Point, and Other Bears Notes

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Heads up! Bears training camp tickets are now available through Ticketmaster. They’re free … and can be accessed via this link from the team. Good luck! And I can’t wait to see you out at Halas Hall.

  • We’re just 20 days removed from the end of mandatory full-squad minicamps. And only 21 days away from the first open training camp practice. Hopefully, the next three weeks see the Bears smooth out some off-the-field issues that have popped up over the last three weeks. ICYMI: Receiver David Moore was reportedly arrested in Texas on July 4. This news comes weeks after linebacker Matthew Adams was arrested on firearm possession. Moreover, it is the third off-field incident this offseason involving a new Bears player, as wideout Byron Pringle also had a legal matter after a reckless driving arrest. Ugh. Three unnecessary arrests is three too many.
  • I don’t necessarily care that these are low-level free agent signings on one-year deals. Or that they aren’t high-profile names seen as building blocks for the future. But I do care about setting a bad precedent. It’s not like I can blame GM Ryan Poles for the these issues. It’s not as if Moore, Adams, or Pringle had lengthy arrest records before arriving in Chicago. There weren’t bright red flags strongly hinting not to sign these players. But at some point, the GM needs to make it known that this is unacceptable. This is a learning moment for the first-year GM. And I hope the lessons are made clear and obvious sooner (and not later).

The summer for these guys is gonna be important. And the message I said after practice to them was to come back lean, fit, and strong. Obviously, I left them with ‘get your track shoes on’ – like I started my first press conference – because we’re going to be running once we get to training camp. Training camp’s not to get in shape, you should already be in shape. You should be ready to go for training camp, because we’re blowin’ and goin’ from Day 1. And then just to be safe. Be careful who you hang around and be mindful of that, and where you are. And to be safe during the vacation, this little time-off break we have before training camp.

  • Be careful, safe, and mindful of your surroundings. It’s the little things. The carelessness that led to each of these arrests bugs me. I realize players aren’t perfect. They’re human. And humans make mistakes along the way in their lives. But c’mon, man.
  • OK, how’s this for a palate cleanser?
  • A pleasant surprise: Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton gives the Bears 2017 NFL Draft class a “C” grade. Generally speaking, five years out is the best time to grade drafts fairly. Even still … Moton gives the Bears a better grade than I probably would’ve if given the assignment. Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen providing All-Pro performances in 2018 really boosts this class. And despite Mitchell Trubisky falling short of the expectations that come with being the second overall pick (and first QB taken in his class), he still had a Pro Bowl and led the team to two playoff appearances in three years. And yet, I’ll always remember that draft as one that was full of missed opportunities. Even if you take Patrick Mahomes off the table, missing opportunities to draft all-world receiver Cooper Kupp (instead of Adam Shaheen) and All-Pro defensive back/return ace Desmond King (instead of Jordan Morgan) still stick in my craw.
  • Eddie Goldman joins the list of ex-Bears currently on the Falcons. The others: Damiere Byrd, Eddie Goldman, Germain Ifedi, Nick Kwiatkoski, Cordarrelle Patterson, Teez Tabor, Elijah Wilkinson, and Damien Williams. On top of that, Atlanta is also home to Ryan Pace, Phil Emery, Dave Ragone, Charles London, Michael Pitre, Ted Monachino, and Jon Hoke. Sheesh. That Week 11 Bears-Falcons tilt in Atlanta is fixin’ to be one heckuva reunion.
  • This is a conversation that really happened hours before Aaron Rodgers’ first tattoo was showcased online:

“I didn’t see a lot of pro-style football in his college tape. And if you’re short you have to be able to make up for it some way, somehow, and personality doesn’t do that. I didn’t think he was a great athlete. This guy is kinda like a pocket quarterback that is short and with small hands, that’s what I worry about.”

  • Ah, well, now McAdoo gets to see that personality first-hand when Panthers camp kicks off later this month. Good luck dealing with that drama, Ben.
  • Oh, this should be good:
  • Chris Sale is an absolute menace:
  • It’s that time of the year, friends:

Author: Luis Medina

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