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Trubisky’s Elite Accuracy, Jaye Howard On Bears Free Agency, Quarterback Turnover, and Other Bullets

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Mitch Trubisky hasn’t even signed his official rookie contract, and he’s already dropping dimes in a Chicago Bears uniform:

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:


Luis Medina

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