Player News - Bears

Date: Team: Pos:

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he is "giddy" about Tarik Cohen.

The coach struggled to contain his excitement when talking about the sophomore playmaker. "He runs every route the right way. He catches most balls. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes," Nagy said. "He's a player that, for me, you get giddy about." Nagy had already promised to use Cohen all over the formation, and it does not sound like the running back has done anything to temper that excitement during the offseason program. If he stays healthy, Cohen should better his touch total (140) from a year ago.
Source: Bears.com
May 17 - 9:32 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said sophomore TE Adam Shaheen "fits our offense really well."

A second-round pick last year, Shaheen managed just 12 catches as a rookie, but his new coach seems to see potential. "He's bigger than I originally thought he was. ... He has very natural hands," Nagy added. "Now it's just a matter of how fast is he going to learn it." Signed to a four-year deal with $18 million guaranteed this offseason, Trey Burton is the clear No. 1 at tight end, but Shaheen could carve out a role behind him.
Source: Bears.com
May 17 - 9:22 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Allen Robinson (ACL) is "ahead of the game" in his rehab.

Nagy added the team feels great about where Robinson is in his recovery, but they will not rush their new No. 1. "He's been doing great in meetings. He's answering every question in the meetings," Nagy said. "He's out here focused, doing everything that we want him to do." At worst, Robinson should be ready to go by training camp.
Source: Bears.com
May 17 - 9:13 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said RG Kyle Long (neck, shoulder, elbow) is "doing really well."

Coming off surgery to his neck, shoulder, and elbow, Long was surprisingly active at the start of OTAs, and Nagy seemed to suggest he would return to normal activities during the offseason program. Long has played just 18 games the last two years, but he remains one of the better guards in the league. Getting him back healthy would be a big boost.
Source: Bears.com
May 17 - 9:09 AM

Bears signed second-round WR Anthony Miller to a four-year contract.

Second-round C James Daniels, fourth-round ILB Joel Iyiegbuniwe, fifth-round DE Bilal Nichols, sixth-round OLB Kylie Fitts and seventh-round WR Javon Wims have also signed their rookie deals. Extraordinarily productive at Memphis, Miller sat out most of the offseason after suffering a Lisfranc injury in the Tigers’ bowl game, but he looked full strength at his Pro Day with a crisp 6.65 three-cone time and 39-inch vertical, running 4.5-flat in the forty. Old for a rookie, Miller turns 24 in October. He still profiles favorably to Sterling Shepard, who also entered the NFL "old."
May 10 - 7:47 PM

Bears declined WR Kevin White's 2019 team option.

This was an easy decision. The option would have paid White $13.9 million next year, and White has appeared in just five career games since going No. 7 overall in 2015. He's healthy this offseason and trained with Mitch Trubisky earlier in the year. White figures to enter 2018 as the No. 4 receiver.
May 2 - 2:27 PM

Bears signed LSU CB Kevin Toliver.

Toliver (6’2/192) turned pro after spending three years in Baton Rouge as a part-time starter, all told spreading four tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups, and two interceptions across 31 games (18 starts). A disappointment as a former five-star recruit, Toliver never met expectations at LSU due to knee and shoulder injuries and a reported lack of maturity. Toliver is a talented project with elite size, but his history of underachievement is a significant red flag.
Apr 29 - 8:49 AM

Bears signed Old Dominion DE Olubunmi Rotimi.

Rotimi (6’3/273) was a three-year starter at ODU, manning defensive tackle his first two seasons before shifting to end as a junior and senior. He logged 26.5 career tackles for loss and 19 sacks, earning honorable mention All-Conference USA in 2017. Unfortunately, Rotimi tested as a lowly seventh-percentile athlete at his Pro Day, running a painful 5.05 forty. Rotimi is a long shot to become more than a rotational end-tackle tweener.
Apr 29 - 8:46 AM

Bears signed Indiana CB Rashard Fant.

Fant (5’10/179) made 36 starts in the Hoosiers’ secondary, setting a school record in pass breakups (58) and logging five career tackles for loss and five interceptions. He earned second-team All-Big Ten in both 2016 and 2017. Smallish but speedy and tenacious, Fant is a slot corner prospect with special teams value.
Apr 28 - 8:49 PM

Bears selected Georgia WR Javon Wims with the No. 224 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Wims (6’3/215) was a one-year starter for the Bulldogs after transferring from JUCO, leading the team with a 45/720/16.0/7 receiving line as a senior. Wims ran a respectable 4.53 forty at the Combine but struggled in other drills, managing 28th-percentile SPARQ results. Wims offers plus size, is a natural ball tracker, and has reliable hands, but his lack of explosive athleticism suggests Wims will have to transition to a possession role in the pros. He’s a long shot to become more than a low-end No. 3 receiver.
Apr 28 - 5:41 PM

Bears selected Utah DE Kylie Fitts with the No. 181 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Fitts (6’4/263) made 23 starts in an injury-plagued three-year stint with the Utes, logging seven sacks and four forced fumbles as a redshirt freshman in 2015, then missing all but two games in 2016 with a broken foot, and missing four games last year due to various injuries. Healthy for the Combine, Fitts showed his athletic prowess with 82nd-percentile SPARQ results, including 4.69 speed and elite agility scores. As Fitts hasn’t produced consistently in three years, he is an NFL projection as an edge player with big upside but a low floor.
Apr 28 - 3:51 PM

Bears selected Delaware DT Bilal Nichols with the No. 145 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Nichols (6’4/306) made 21 starts on the Blue Hens’ defensive line, logging 16.5 career tackles for loss with 10.5 sacks and ten pass breakups. He was named a first-team FCS All-American in 2017. Nichols turned NFL scouting heads with 76th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine, running a sub-five-second forty (4.95), pumping 29 reps on the bench, and measuring in with long arms (33 3/8") and big hands (10 ¼"). Nichols is a raw interior D-Line prospect with intriguing developmental upside.
Apr 28 - 2:13 PM

Bears selected Western Kentucky LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe with the No. 115 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Iyiegbuniwe (6’1/229) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting two years for the Hilltoppers, tallying 22.5 career tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Named first-team All-C-USA by the conference’s coaches in 2017, Iyiegbuniwe tested as an above-par 52nd-percentile athlete with 4.6-flat speed in Indy. Iyiegbuniwe is undersized without a clear position, but he has a run-and-chase weak-side linebacker skill set and can also rush the passer. He’ll likely focus on special teams initially.
Apr 28 - 12:51 PM

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said rookie C James Daniels will start out competing at left guard.

The Bears declined LG Josh Sitton's option, leaving an immediate opening for Daniels. Daniels offers plus mobility and can play anywhere on the interior, but he's currently projected to start alongside LT Charles Leno with Cody Whitehair at center, Kyle Long at right guard, and Bobby Massie at right tackle.
Apr 28 - 11:26 AM

Bears traded up with the Patriots to select Memphis WR Anthony Miller with the No. 51 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Chicago gave up the No. 105 pick and a 2019 second-rounder. Miller (5’11/201) was a 2 ½-year starter for the Tigers, tallying a career 238/3,590/15.1/37 receiving line with otherworldly production in his final two years (95+ catches, 1,430+ yards, 14+ TDs). PFF College charted Miller at No. 4 in yards per route run (3.47) among draft-eligible receivers, and No. 3 in yards per route run (3.43) from the slot. Miller sat out most of the offseason after suffering a Lisfranc injury in Memphis’ bowl game, but he looked at full strength for the Tigers’ Pro Day with a crisp 6.65 three-cone time and 39-inch vertical, running 4.5-flat in the forty. Old for a rookie, Miller turns 24 in October. He still profiles favorably to Sterling Shepard – who also came out "old" -- and even drew a handful of aggressive pre-draft comparisons to Antonio Brown.
Apr 27 - 8:30 PM


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