The NFL rookie life begins today for the Bears’ five draft picks, 13 undrafted free agents, 38 unsigned rookies, nine free agent veterans, and two returning first-year Bears.
And this will be their home for the weekend:
Take it all in today, rookies.
The grind starts tomorrow.
And it doesn't stop.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 12, 2017
And in case you’re curious, this is what this weekend’s mini-camp roster looks like, per Adam Hoge of WGN Radio:
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) May 12, 2017
- One of the more interesting names invited to this weekend’s rookie mini-camp is Denard Robinson, a player who has long exhausted his rookie status. Robinson dazzled fans as the University of Michigan’s quarterback will try to make Chicago his next playing destination. Robinson is a four-year pro who played four years at running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013-16. He played 55 games (13 starts), gained 1,058 yards, and scored five touchdowns on 263 carries. He’ll join a crowded backfield that will feature a rookie he’ll see this weekend – Tarik Cohen.
- Speaking of Cohen, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the fourth-round pick and his teammate, Jordan Morgan, each signed four-year rookie contracts on Thursday.
- Over at the Chicago Tribune, Rich Campbell offers up five things to watch at rookie mini-camp, which runs through Sunday. Naturally, all eyes will be on quarterback Mitch Trubisky all weekend long, but one of the more interesting storylines will be seeing how tight end Adam Shaheen operates early with the step up in competition.
- To that end, Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times writes about Shaheen with the perspective of the coaches and coordinators who had to gameplan to stop him.
- We’ve previously discussed Cameron Meredith’s 2016 season as a breakout, especially considering he owned the NFL’s best double-move last season, but Pro Football Focus’ Daniel Cohen can see a bigger season on the horizon for a player who led the Bears in receptions and receiving yards. PFF notes that quarterbacks had a 100.1 passer rating when targeting Meredith in 2016, Trubisky (and Mike Glennon) would be wise to get to know where to find Meredith out in pass patterns.
- For Jordan Howard to be at or near the top of these two leader boards says a lot about him and the interior offensive linemen clearing the path:
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 11, 2017
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 12, 2017
- Over The Athletic, Dan Durkin writes about Eddie Jackson as a rookie who could potentially stop the rotating door of safeties. The Bears have not previously been fearful of giving a rookie safety playing time early in his career, and Jackson has the kind of cover skills that no other safety on the roster currently has. He’ll have to work through injury concerns and prove to be healthy, but he’ll have ample opportunity to get a firm grasp at a starting role.
- In case you missed it, defensive lineman Will Sutton was waived by the Bears on Thursday. Sutton is the latest draft pick by former GM Phil Emery to be shown the door by the Ryan Pace regime. Mark Potash of the Sun-Times has an updated list of which Emery products are still around.
- And finally, Mitch Trubisky proved to be a man of his word when rolled in to training camp:
Ryan Pace made Tru promise he'd drive his car, formerly grandma's car, to Halas Hall. The kid kept his promise. pic.twitter.com/Lxil2nJkiB
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 11, 2017