Player News - Bears

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bears first-round ILB Roquan Smith did not report with the rest of the rookies on Monday.

Smith is one of 14 draft picks who have yet to sign a rookie deal. This is not technically a holdout because Smith is not under contract, but the rookie wage scale has made "holdouts" like this a rare occurrence in recent years. It is likely the two sides reach a deal before veterans report on July 19.
Jul 16 - 9:54 AM

Speaking Thursday, Bears RG Kyle Long said the coaching staff has "taken the training wheels off" of Mitchell Trubisky.

"My little boy is becoming a man," Long said. "Mitch -- they've taken the training wheels off of Mitch's little bike. So he's going to be able to do some things creatively and get to showcase his skills. We're excited to see him. He's a tremendous leader and somebody the guys look up to in the locker room." Ex-coach John Fox predictably shackled Trubisky as a rookie, only letting him go as far as game manager-type, but the new staff led by innovative minds, coach Matt Nagy and OC Mark Helfrich, plan to unleash their young passer. Trubisky flashed as a rookie and is a dark horse candidate to make a significant second-year leap.
Jul 12 - 5:27 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer writes the Bears have "high hopes" for SCB Bryce Callahan.

Unlike with Cameron Meredith, Chicago was not punished for giving Callahan, a former UDFA, just an original-round tender this offseason. Durability could explain why the Bears were unwilling to commit more to their talented slot corner, but DBs coach Ed Donatell is hopeful Callahan will play all 16 games this season. "With all athletes, there’s a little bit of a puzzle to get them through there," Donatell said. "Now I know him well. We’re going to get him there clean and then through all the games." With Callahan, Kyle Fuller, and Prince Amukamara, Chicago has the makings of a solid corner trio.
Jul 12 - 9:39 AM

Jordan Howard plans to improve his pass-catching this year.

Howard has impressed as a ball-carrier (back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons) since arriving as a fifth-round pick in 2016, but continues to disappoint in the passing game with 14 drops over his past two seasons. With Tarik Cohen now at the Bears' disposal, Howard could be in danger of losing significant snaps under first-year head coach Matt Nagy. "It started being a problem in high school, just not having my hands in the right position," said the former Indiana Hoosier. "I didn’t work on it that much in college because we didn’t really throw to the backs that much. But I’m going to fix it." Howard is still in play as a mid-range RB2, but Cohen's presence certainly lowers his ceiling.
Jul 10 - 3:18 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy expects RG Kyle Long (neck, shoulder, elbow) to be "full speed" for training camp.

Long is recovering from three different surgeries but has been active during OTAs. Long has said he's been ready. Injury has limited Long to just 18 appearances over the past two seasons.
Jun 7 - 1:12 PM

Mitchell Trubisky said Kevin White is "really hungry" and showing "a lot of passion" this offseason.

"He wants to be coached," Trubisky said. "He wants me to communicate with him every play — what I see, what he sees. And we’re talking on the field and off the field [about] what he can do to get better." White expressed confidence to reporters earlier this offseason despite the Bears adding several new pass catchers, and it sounds like he is backing up those words on the field. While it is easy to write off White following three seasons in which he has played five games, he is at least worth watching in camp.
Jun 7 - 12:13 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he will "have some fun" utilizing Tarik Cohen.

This is at least the third time the new head coach has talked up Cohen this offseason. "You may look like you can run routes, but can you really run routes? He’s able to run routes," Nagy said. "You can’t just put him in the backfield and say to the middle linebacker, ‘Cover him.’ So we’ll try to do some things there. He’s an athletic kid who does a lot of things well." If coach chatter is to be believed, Cohen seems like a lock to better the 140 touches he saw as a rookie.
Jun 7 - 10:53 AM

Bears placed TE Zach Miller (knee) on the reserve/PUP.

Miller never had a realistic shot to play this year, but this officially ends his season. It seems like this was always the plan after the Bears signed Miller to a one-year deal on Monday. It is a classy move by the organization.
Jun 5 - 12:55 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he expects Taylor Gabriel to be more than a gadget player.

"He's able to do a lot of things we’ve done in the past, with jet motions and quick screens and some of the RPO stuff," Nagy said. "But what I'm happy with … is he has taken to the teaching that we’re giving him." While it might be tough for Gabriel to return consistent fantasy value in an offense with Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Tarik Cohen, and second-round rookie Anthony Miller also competing for targets, Nagy's history with Tyreek Hill at least offers a reason for optimism.
Jun 4 - 10:53 AM

Bears signed TE Zach Miller (leg) to a one-year contract.

It is a classy move from the Bears. Miller suffered a dislocated knee last season which required emergency surgery just to save his leg. He has undergone nine operations since the injury, and it appears highly unlikely he is able to play again. The deal will pay Miller $790,000 if he can play this season or $458,000 if he, as expected, cannot.
Jun 4 - 8:40 AM

Asked if he was prepared to use Jordan Howard as a bell-cow back, Bears coach Matt Nagy responded "in this offense, it’s more game specific, as to whether or not you need that."

Nagy did also say that Howard has "proven" he can handle that role. For his part, Howard said Nagy has already told him he's "going to be the main guy." Howard said Nagy has been on him to improve his pass catching, going as far as to throw to Howard himself during practice. Always inconsistent in fantasy because of his stone hands, Howard seems poised to be even more volatile this season.
May 31 - 2:54 PM

Bears OLB Leonard Floyd (knee) got in work during 7-on-7 drills this week.

Floyd was expected to be ready for the spring, but the Bears are easing him back into action following a late-season knee injury. He is expected to be 100 percent before training camp. The No. 9 overall pick of the 2016 draft, Floyd has recorded 11.5 sacks in two seasons, but he has only played 22 games. With little pass-rushing depth, the Bears need a healthy and effective season out of Floyd.
May 31 - 10:34 AM

Allen Robinson (knee) participated in Wednesday's OTA practice.

It's his first action with the Bears and since tearing his ACL last Week 1. The Bears were obviously being cautious with their new No. 1 wideout and free-agent prize, but this is encouraging nonetheless. Robinson should be full go for minicamp and training camp coming up this summer.
May 30 - 2:20 PM

Bears TE Adam Shaheen said he is more comfortable entering his sophomore season.

"It’s so much different for me this year, at least from a mental standpoint," Shaheen said. "And knowing what I needed to do physically this offseason and doing what I had to do, and then coming out here, even with the new offense it just feels a lot slower." Down to a "leaner" 270 pounds, Shaheen is expected to compete with Dion Sims for the in-line role in new coach Matt Nagy's offense.
May 29 - 9:35 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Dion Sims remains "a valuable piece of this puzzle."

It was somewhat surprising the Bears decided to keep Sims in March, when $4 million of his base salary guaranteed, but it sounds like Nagy is a fan. "The nice thing with Dion is that he’s a guy that’s proven to be a solid blocker," Nagy said. "He can be in there and be your Y-tight end, but yet he still has really good hands." Free-agent addition Trey Burton will be the focal point in the passing game, but Sims will compete with second-round sophomore Adam Shaheen for the in-line role.
May 28 - 9:32 AM


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