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Bears Bullets: Howard’s Potential Sophomore Slump, Sanchez’s First Impression, More

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It’s not like we’re counting down or anything, but:


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The Chicago Bears will start on the first Sunday of the NFL season. You can check out their entire schedule here, if you’re feeling up to it. But first, they’ll resume their offseason climb with the latest round of OTAs, which begin today …

  • And then there was three. The Bears waived Connor Shaw on Tuesday morning, leaving Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez, and Mitch Trubisky as the only quarterbacks in the room. For what it’s worth, Mike Glennon told Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com that Sanchez is already making a good impression at Halas Hall. “He brings a lot to the quarterback room and he brings experience. He brings humor. He brings a lot of things,” Glennon said. “I think all of us quarterbacks really enjoy having Mark around.”
  • To his credit, Sanchez seemed to have a good relationship with Cowboys rookie sensation Dak Prescott in 2016. Perhaps there will be another budding bromance with Trubisky in the months to come.
  • With Sanchez, Glennon, and Trubisky around, Connor Shaw was seen to be expendable and was waived by the Bears, who made the announcement (along with the signing of Victor Cruz) official this morning.

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  • One player who could help ease the pressure on the quarterbacks is Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard. However, Jon Ledyard of FanRagSports wonders if a sophomore slump is on deck for the team’s most valuable offensive player in 2016. Ledyard weighs the scenarios that could help or hinder Howard’s progress in 2017. If Howard (and the interior line in front of him) can stay healthy, another 1,000-yard season should be on the horizon. However, there will be more of a stiff challenge with defenses focusing in on stopping Howard and making the Bears’ new quarterback and receivers make the big plays.
  • Over at Bleacher Report, Chris Roling goes about identifying the Bears’ five most-improved position groups. The Bears’ new-look secondary is at the top of the list, adding three free agents who could step in as starters right away. An entirely new group of quarterbacks headlines a revamped offense, but the Bears also added two new tight ends and three free agent wide receivers. Only time will tell how much of an improvement the new blood brings to the Bears, but the amount of turnover could turn out to be beneficiary for the rebuilding roster.
  • Undrafted free agent Tanner Gentry could be among the sleeper picks to make some noise in the Bears’ group of receivers. However, he has ditched a traditional receiver’s number (83) for a single digit (9). Meanwhile, new Bears wideout Victor Cruz will wear his familiar No. 80, according to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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  • Happy 74th Birthday to Bears legend Gale Sayers, who we hope is doing better after an offseason of somber news. Check out Sayers’ reflection on his record six-touchdown game, as he weighs in on each of his scores and more:

 


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Luis Medina

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