Comeback Seasons, OTA Battles, Roschon Signs, Rookies Ready to Fight, and Other Bears Bullets

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Comeback Seasons, OTA Battles, Roschon Signs, Rookies Ready to Fight, and Other Bears Bullets

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This is the time of year when I struggle to come up with something punchy as a lead-in ahead of Bullets. Bummer. I’ll try again tomorrow.

  • As is the case with earlier minicamps, the thing I’m rooting for most right now is player health. Get through this stretch of OTAs healthy and I’ll be a happy camper. Last year, depth offensive lineman Dakota Dozier went down with a minicamp injury that put an end to his season before it could even get going. None of that this year, please.
  • Not only have we gotten two encouraging health updates regarding Darnell Mooney, but it also sounds like one of Justin Fields’ favorite targets is ready to take his game to another level. If Mooney is looking for inspiration, he should look no further than Jackson (whose revenge season in 2022 after a down stretch prior to that was remarkable to see in real-time).
  • Side note: Looking good, Darnell:

  • On the one hand, I’m doing my best to not read too much into practice photos. But on the other hand, I know Bears Twitter (myself included) can’t help ourselves. So … shoot out to Bill for offering this up for our consumption:

  • The trench-watchers are going to have a field day this summer. Particularly when trying to get a feel for what the interior line will look like this upcoming season. I hadn’t thought about Dieter Eiselen as a center option, but I’m willing to add him to the mix behind Cody Whitehair and Lucas Patrick. Eiselen could conceivably join Ja’Tyre Carter and Doug Kramer as depth options the Bears will take a long look at this spring and summer. Trying to sort that stuff out now could make it easy for defined roles later this summer.
  • Keep in mind that we saw Larry Borom and Teven Jenkins move all around in the lead-up to training camp. Both players spent time at both tackle spots before eventually settling into the positions they spent most of their time at in 2022. Borom settled in at right tackle to start the year, while Jenkins ultimately landed a spot where he’d thrive at left guard. In other words, now is the time to try stuff out. And if it sticks, then keep it rolling. If it doesn’t, there are still minicamps and other offseason activities to work through things.
  • As Chris Emma (670 The Score) points out, it was during OTAs last year when Braxton Jones got his first taste at left tackle — a place he’d play all 1,034 offensive snaps last year. Again, don’t expect roles to be hashed out on May 23. But these are the first steps toward players carving out their niche in 2023.
  • Josh Schrock (NBCS Chicago) offers up five important position battles to keep tabs on at OTAs. It is worth highlighting that 4 of the 5 positions Schrock mentions have at least one rookie vying for a gig. We’d be keeping an eye on these spots even if it wasn’t served to us on a silver platter. But there’s no such thing as having too many reasons to be on the lookout for rookie draft picks Tyrique Stevenson, Noah Sewell, Gervon Dexter Sr., Zacch Pickens, and Roschon Johnson.
  • DJ Moore has been tabbed as the Bears’ most dangerous new addition by Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox. And with good reason, I might add. The Bears were needing to add someone with Moore’s talents and accomplishments. Not only should he make Justin Fields better, Mooney, Cole Kmet, and Chase Claypool should also benefit. Same can probably be said for Chicago’s multi-headed backfield featuring D’Onta Foreman, Khalil Herbert, and Roschon Johnson.
  • Oh, hey! Roschon signed his rookie deal:
  • I’ve been chewing on this for a minute and want to share expanded thoughts later: Why is D’Onta Foreman RB1 on ESPN’s Bears depth chart? Is that a prediction? Projection? Something else? I don’t feel strongly one way or another about it. But I am curious.
  • Even though things are off to a solid start for Kevin Warren in his new role as Bears president, an ESPN report from Pete Thamel has Warren facing scrutiny for fumbling the bag when it comes to the Big Ten’s TV rights deal.
  • This is FUN:

  • Glenn Schembechler, the son of legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, gave an apology for what was deemed “flippant behavior on Twitter” that occurred before his resignation. In addition to his UM experience, Schembechler had scouted recently with the Raiders and had stops in Washington, Kansas City, and Chicago. ESPN’s Heather Dinich notes that Schembechler spent 10+ years working with the Washington Football Team, which has long had issues throughout its organization. Go figure.
  • You never know what you’re going to see at a baseball game:

  • Boo! Hiss! We want our Connor Bedard sneak peek:

  • May has been so problematic for the Cubs, who have done more damage to their postseason odds this month than any team that is actually trying to play professionally in MLB. (BN Cubs)
  • Aye! Congrats to the Nuggets for sending LeBron packing (because my GOAT wouldn’t get swept in a Conference Final):

  • Also: This means the Nuggets have made the NBA Finals more recently than the Bulls. I wish having former Nuggets executive Artūras Karnišovas running the Bulls made me feel better about their future.

Author: Luis Medina

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