If you’ve been wondering what Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky would look like in his new threads, look no further:
— Mitchell Trubisky (@Mtrubisky10) May 20, 2017
It won’t be long until Trubisky is suited up in his uniform on gameday, though he is still the Bears’ only unsigned draft pick. Maybe the deal top pick Myles Garrett agreed to will move things along …
- More on Trubisky, whom Lance Zierlein believes will be one of this draft’s class slow starters. Zierlein lists five early draft picks destined to have slow starts to their careers, with Trubisky near the top of the list. The NFL.com draft analyst believes that Trubisky could disappoint fans who believe he should start right away if thrust into early action. And while Trubisky was Zierlein’s top-rated quarterback in this draft class, expectations should be low for a player with just one season under his belt as a starter.
- Keeping reasonable expectations might turn out to be a theme in 2017. Marc Sessler ranks the six teams most likely to end playoff droughts in 2017 … and the Bears aren’t one of them. This isn’t a surprise by any stretch, but it serves as a reminder the Bears’ six-year run without a postseason appearances is the tied for the seventh longest in football and could rise up the charts depending on how the teams above them on the list perform in the season to come.
- Some good news on the injury front from tight end Zach Miller, who told Mike Berman of NBC Chicago his foot injury is close to 100 percent healed, and will take it slow in this week’s OTAs. Miller’s broken foot put him on injured reserve last year, hindering a Bears passing offense that lacked firepower – especially at his position. There is a bit more competition this time around, with free agent Dion Sims and second-round pick Adam Shaheen. However, it’s worth noting that Miller was Pro Football Focus’ eighth best tight end in 2017 despite limited action.
- Quarterbacks probably aren’t going to like throwing against the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary in 2017:
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 20, 2017
- And to think, there was a time where Tony Jefferson (who signed with the Ravens in free agency) seemed to be a free agent fit for a Bears team that lacked playmakers in the secondary. It’s not as if the Bears stood pat at the position, eventually addressing the need by signing free agent Quintin Demps – who was Pro Football Focus’ 12th best safety in 2016. But the younger Jefferson, 25, was a better potential long-term solution than Demps, who turns 32 in June.
- Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson is happily retired. His nine-year career featured 731 catches, 11,619 receiving yards, and 83 touchdowns in 135 games. It will certainly lead to enshrinement into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame. However, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press reports Johnson believes he was “not treated the way I should have” by the Lions, but didn’t offer up specifics. Even still, Johnson seems to have found peace in retirement, especially in his charity work including a bowling event that will benefit pancreatic cancer research, a foundation that rewards scholarships to graduating football players, and even a refugee meal distribution. It’s good to see Johnson making the most of his post-NFL life.
- Hope springs eternal for your fantasy football playoff hopes, and it’s possible a Bears player could lead your team to glory. This five-round fantasy mock draft has running back Jordan Howard going 12th overall. Depending on the size of your league, he is a back-end of the first-round pick or early second-rounder. Either way, Howard is very likely to be off the board early in 2017.
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