Several players on the new-look Chicago Bears needed fresh threads and new numbers, so here’s the rundown:
New numbers rollin' in. ?⬇ pic.twitter.com/3XtcIS5OH0
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 4, 2017
Did you catch them all? If not, here’s a brief rundown of the most notable changes:
- QB Mitch Trubisky (10)
- WR Kevin White (11)
- WR Markus Wheaton (12)
- WR Kendall Wright (13)
- CB Prince Amukamara (20)
Rookies Jordan Morgan, Adam Shaheen, Eddie Jackson, and Tarik Cohen don’t have new numbers yet. So, while I’m looking forward to seeing what those players pick, I’m also curious about what Trubisky had to give up to get 10 – a number he has worn since high school – from Wheaton, a four-year pro who has worn 10 since coming into the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Offensive lineman Kyle Long is the unquestioned leader of the Bears. And because of his role, he is the perfect candidate to talk to quarterback Mike Glennon after the Bears traded up in the draft to select a player who will be his eventual replacement. Patrick Finley caught up with Long, who shared his message to Glennon with Finley. “I saw Glennon, and I said, ‘Dude, there’s a reason you’re here. That’s all I can say. They don’t bring people in and pay them that kind of money for nothing. Get your competitive shoes on and get ready to kick some butt.'” Refreshing and encouraging words from one of the Bears’ most important players. Long also dives into an update on his offseason rehab and what he thinks of Jay Cutler’s future. So, you’ll want to check out Finley’s piece.
- Speaking of Cutler’s future, it will be in the FOX broadcast booth. This should be fun. I have a feeling we’ll be looking at Cutler differently in the booth than we did when he was on the field.
- In case you missed it, the Bears signed defensive lineman Jaye Howard to a one-year contract on Thursday. His presence projects to provide and upgrade in 2017.
- The latest in a series in which the Chicago Tribune plays catch-up with the position coaches of the players the Bears drafted in 2017, Dan Wiederer has a Q&A session with Tarik Cohen’s running backs coach at North Carolina A&T. Cohen has one of the most unique nicknames in football – “Chicken Salad.” You could guess how he received that moniker…
- In an ultra-early mock draft, Pro Football Focus has the Bears taking LSU edge rusher Arden Key with the fourth overall pick. As we know by now, mock drafts can be a crapshoot. However, they can also give us an early outlook at what to be watching for as the college football season develops in 2017. One thing to keep an eye on will be how the defense develops in the third year under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Specifically, a crew of edge rushers that has much to prove this coming season – especially Leonard Floyd.
- PFF also pegs the Detroit Lions as the most improved team in the NFC North after the draft. Detroit swapped out a pair of old offensive tackles for some younger, cheaper models. The team also added middle linebacker Jarrad Davis and cornerback Teez Tabor, each of whom could see significant playing time and could even start as rookies.
- The Houston Texans are denying reports that they were ignoring Jay Cutler’s phone calls after he hit free agency. During NFL Draft weekend, Ian Rapoport reported that Cutler’s calls to Houston went unanswered at the start of free agency. However, GM Rick Smith denied the report saying: “I don’t know why that was reported. That’s just not true. I will tell you that that is not true.” There was a time where the Texans seemed like an ideal fit for Cutler, but that ship seems to have sailed after the team traded a 2018 first-round pick as part of a package to move up in the draft and select Deshaun Watson. Further, it’s not as if Cutler would have been making the calls himself. That would be the job of his agent Bus Cook, who has other high profile clients. Ignoring Cook’s calls on one client knowing there are other important ones on your team (or ones you would like on your team in the future) wouldn’t be beneficial for those particular relationships. Of course, that’s water under the bridge now.