Mitch Trubisky hasn’t even signed his official rookie contract, and he’s already dropping dimes in a Chicago Bears uniform:
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) May 22, 2017
OK, throwing a dart through a tire swing isn’t the same as threading the needle down the seam between a linebacker and a safety, but accuracy was a noted strength for Trubisky at North Carolina, where he completed 68 percent of his passes and threw just six interceptions while starting as a junior.
I can’t wait to see how accurate Trubisky is when he is throwing to receivers with hands this summer.
- Turnovers are bad, but roster turnover? A year after Bears quarterbacks tossed the fourth most interceptions in the NFL, CSN Chicago’s Chris Boden writes about how quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone is dealing with a different type of turnover – roster turnover. The Bears have a completely new quarterbacks room with first-round draft pick Mitch Trubisky, as well as free agents Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez replacing the trio of Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Barkley (Connor Shaw is the lone returner). While Dowell Loggains is burdened with finding the right amount of snaps to prepare Glennon to start from the get-go and develop Trubisky for the long haul, Ragone – who is in his second season in this position with the Bears – has to keep peace in the room. And that won’t be an easy task considering the challenges on the horizon.
- Speaking of challenges, the next one facing Kyle Long could be a position change – his third new position in as many seasons.
- On the other side of the ball, defensive lineman Jaye Howard tells Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times he can still be a dominant player. Howard, who had a strong three-year run with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013 to 2015, recently signed a one-year deal with the Bears in free agency. Add Howard to the pile of players signed in free agency to one-year prove-it deals. He joins cornerback Prince Amukamara, linebacker Alex Scearce, edge defender Dan Skuta, defensive lineman John Jenkins, and wide receiver Kendall Wright as free agents trying to rebuild their value with the Bears in 2017. It’s noteworthy that four of the five aforementioned players are on Vic Fangio’s side of the ball.
- For what it’s worth, Howard says he wanted to be a Bear last year, telling Finley: “It’s funny how that works. I wanted to be here last year. A year later, I’m here. The thing is, I’m just trying to stay here.” Howard signed a two-year deal worth $12 million to stay with the Chiefs in 2016, but was released this offseason after making just five starts.
- Tight end Zach Miller is getting healthier, saying recently he was close to 100 percent. When he’s healthy, he was one of the NFL’s most productive tight ends in 2016:
Bears TE Zach Miller is reportedly close to 100%. He had one of the safest pair of hands in the NFL last year. pic.twitter.com/XCEvhYWF16
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 22, 2017
- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is stepping away from the team and will take some time after his eighth eye surgery. Zimmer, who has gone eight procedures since Nov. 1, 2016 after suffering a detached retina, is expected to return to the team in a few weeks. You can read GM Rick Spielman’s statement from the Vikings here. We send our best to coach Zimmer in hopes for a speedy and healthy recovery.
- NFL analyst Gil Brandt ranks the five teams that had the best offseasons – a list that doesn’t include the Bears. Four of the five teams are in the AFC, and two of those are in the same division. Naturally, the team having the best offseason is also the defending Super Bowl champions. Talk about the rich getting richer…
- You can see why Stephon Gilmore was a hot commodity in free agency … and why it was disappointing when the Bears couldn’t come to an agreement with the top-notch cornerback who eventually signed with the New England Patriots:
"What do you think, should we throw into Stephon Gilmore's coverage?"
"Nah, probably not." pic.twitter.com/woi2zAPbFt
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 21, 2017