Caleb Williams Around Town, More on Justin Jefferson Extension, and Other Bears Bullets

bears qb Caleb Williams with Cole Kmet at Wrigley field
bears qb Caleb Williams with Cole Kmet at Wrigley field

Let’s try and make Monday a little less crummy with some football talk.

  • The Chicago Bears are set to have their mandatory minicamp this week. It’ll be interesting to see if the team gets full attendance or if there will be some no-shows. Beyond that, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini gave her followers on X/Twitter a wink-and-a-nod…
  • … and it was a conveniently timed one, too, as it came just before the announcement of a Justin Jefferson extension agreement with the Minnesota Vikings. With that in mind, keep your heads on a swivel.
  • The Justin Jefferson extension, with words from from JJettas himself:
  • I was hoping the Vikings would screw this up somewhere along the way. They didn’t. Kudos to them for not fumbling the bag at the last minute, I guess.
  • Bears General Manager Ryan Poles was put to task in some circles for investing in defensive backs (Kyler Gordon, Jaquan Brisker) with his first two picks drafting for this franchise. A year later, Poles drafted a third Day 2 defensive back (Tyrique Stevenson) to help fortify that group. Between the Justin Jefferson and Amon-Ra St. Brown extensions with the Vikings and Lions, respectively, plus the enviable depth that the Green Bay Packers can throw out there with their wideouts, those early Poles selections are aging well. Here’s hoping he continues to draft corners and safeties because stud receivers aren’t going the way of the Dodo.
  • Wide receivers who could be in the market for an extension now that the Jefferson deal is in the books: Ja’Marr Chase, Brandon Aiyuk, CeeDee Lamb, Tee Higgins, Keenan Allen, and DJ Moore. Those last two are very much on our mind because they are Bears. And the rest are worth keeping tabs on because each of their next deals could ultimately impact what guys like Keenan and DJ get.

  • Random thought of the day: “Today feels like a good day to write a post centering on Bears players who could be in line for an extension of their own.” We’ll see if I can follow through on that front later.
  • Chicago Bears NFL Draft Grade Caleb Williams
    Apr 26, 2024; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears first round draft choices Rome Odunze (left) and Caleb Williams (right) pose for photos at a press conference at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

  • It looks like Caleb Williams, Rome Odunze, and other Bears rookies had a whale of a weekend. (NBC Sports Chicago)
  • The Cubs are 2-0 (1.000 winning pct.) when Caleb Williams shows up to Wrigley Field. They are 27-29 (.482) when he doesn’t. I’m just saying … the math is what it is at this point.
  • Here is something wonderful that I think is worth sharing:
  • I see things like this and remember how there was a vocal subset of fans and analysts slandering Caleb Williams. It was pretty gross. Then you see stuff like what I share above with Williams showing up to a teammate’s camp … unannounced … with no media following and you wonder how the trash conversations began in the first place. I’ll get off my high horse now. But this was nice to see.
  • OK, let me add this before we move on: Seeing Caleb Williams in this light and remembering the derogatory things that were said about him online should serve as a reminder to be aware of who you’re getting your information from and why they’re putting it out there because a lot of grifters are making money by drumming up outrage and sideswiping people who don’t deserve it. Don’t get it twisted. I’ll never tell you how to fan. But the best I can do is to suggest to be mindful of where you’re getting your information from because knowledge is power.
  • More camp trips for Bears players:
  • If the Bears don’t get another defensive end to start opposite of Montez Sweat, it’ll be DeMarcus Walker getting the first crack at a larger role. The 29-year-old defensive lineman’s versatility and ability to play inside and out is a strength. But I’m not sure if this team can fully tap into it if Walker is entrenched as its *OTHER* starting defensive end. Walker had a strong end of the year starting at defensive end in place of Yannick Ngakoue, collecting 2sacks, 4 tackles-for-loss, and 7 quarterback hits. That’s a 17-game pace of 8 sacks, 17 TFLs, and 30 QB Hits.
  • OK, so DeMarcus Walker putting up that type of stat line feels far-fetched. But maybe it isn’t. After all, those numbers are similar to the 7-sack, 10 TFL, 16 QBH season Walker had with the Tennessee Titans in 2022 before signing with Chicago as a free agent in March 2023. Maybe Walker can provide a suitable in-house alternative until the Bears can adequately address that position group in the 2025 NFL Draft.
  • Way to go, Simone!
  • Bears football is coming in 97 days:

  • The Chicago Cubs are still a mess. But at least Nick Madrigal has been sent down to Triple-A Iowa.
  • Over at BN Bulls: Chennedy Carter had some, uh, things to say about Caitlin Clark after their incident that went down during this weekend’s game between the Chicago Sky and Indiana Fever.
  • The Stanley Cup Final is set. Our friends at BN Blackhawks have details in today’s set of Bullets.
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    Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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