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Kyle Long Protects Glennon at Wrigley Field, Ex-Scout’s Mock Draft, Tight End Needs, and Other Bullets

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What if I told you the first ball Mike Glennon threw as a Chicago Bears quarterback wasn’t a football?

Glennon threw out the first pitch (albeit one that was a little high and wide) at Friday’s Cubs-Pirates game. He’s lucky his catcher had a good catch radius, or else it would have gone straight to the backstop. Hopefully, Glennon has better success and accuracy when he’s slinging the pigskin in 2017.

But until then, here are Saturday’s Bullets:

  • Glennon touched on a variety of topics a his afternoon at the ballpark was captured by The Athletic’s Jon Greenberg, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, CBS Chicago’s Chris Emma, and Jeff Arnold of the Chicago Sun-Times. And you’ll want to read each of these to get a full scope of what Glennon is feeling during this early stage of his Bears career. Glennon will be thrown a bunch of new things in the coming weeks as he moves into a new house, works with a new set of coaches, digs into a new playbook, and attempts to connect with a new group of offensive skill position players. He’s already been working with Cameron Meredith and Markus Wheaton at Deerfield High School, which is a positive sign considering each receiver’s potential importance to the team’s offense. Glennon said he has been paying attention to the Cubs’ championship celebration ceremonies and is eager to get on the field and make memories of his own. Of course, the Cubs’ title-winner wasn’t built overnight, so Glennon and his teammates have some building to do over the next few years if he wants to replicate that whole process.

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  • A smattering of boos from fans left Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long a bit miffed:

  • So Glennon’s first throw in Chicago came at Wrigley Field, while Long’s first protection of his quarterback came online. Just how you draw it up in the playbook.
  • Moving on, I found Greg Gabriel’s mock draft interesting because his past work as someone who helped put drafts together as a scout and scouting director. The Bears’ former scouting director (who sees a path to the team drafting a quarterback in the first round) put together a mock at Pro Football Weekly, despite not being a fan of mock drafts. Staying true to his analysis, Gabriel sends a quarterback to the Bears in the form of Clemson star Deshaun Watson. Gabriel believes quarterback is still a position of need for the Bears, adding that the team would be out of luck if it waited until the second round to draft a quarterback. Watson is one of four quarterbacks Gabriel has pegged to go within the first 12 picks of the first round.
  • Over at the Chicago Sun-Times, Patrick Finley warns about five players the Bears shouldn’t draft in 12 days. Among them are quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has the unfortunate task of having to shake off Jay Cutler comparisons whenever he gets his shot in the pros. Because of their many needs, there aren’t too many players the Bears should simply stay away from in this draft. However, running back is a position of strength, so a player like LSU’s Leonard Fournette or Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon wouldn’t make much sense. And as Finley points out, the Bears aren’t in a position to redshirt a high-ceiling player with an injury history such as Washington cornerback Sidney Jones after consecutive losing seasons under head coach John Fox.
  • Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune previews the available tight ends in the draft, which happens to be a position of depth in this class. However, the Bears’ future at the position seems a bit cloudy. Wiederer believes tight end is a position of need, and there isn’t much of an argument against that. Bears tight ends struggled to make plays in the passing game and didn’t make much of an impact as blockers. The invested significant money into free agent Dion Sims to team with returning starter Zach Miller, but the players behind that duo leaves much to be desired. Add that to Miller’s age and injury history, the Bears would be wise to add to the position group.

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.