Happy Father’s Day to those of you who are celebrating today. Here’s hoping your day is a relaxing and enjoyable one as we mark one more Sunday without football off the calendar.
- Akiem Hicks is a lot of things, especially to a Bears defense that needs his production along the defensive line. One thing Hicks isn’t at this point of his career is a ring chaser. Hicks has no regrets choosing the Bears in free agency, leaving the New England Patriots behind. In fact, Hicks said one of the reasons he choose the Bears was because of the rebuild that was underway – which allowed him to set some career highs while playing his best ball. However, Hicks believes the lack of team success might have cost him a shot at a Pro Bowl. According to Pro Football Focus, Hicks was the 15th best player among interior defensive linemen. He could make a case for Pro Bowl status, and maybe he’ll make it after a second straight strong season. Perhaps he could get some help from his team with a few extra wins in 2017.
- Kendall Wright enters his one-year “prove-it” deal with the Chicago Bears as one of the most highly motivated players in camp. Wright is playing with an additional chip on his shoulder after his departure from the Tennessee Titans. Over at Windy City Gridiron, Patti Curl writes that Wright is right to be miffed about the end of his time in Tennessee. Wright saw his snaps decline, as did his movement in the offense. Thus, his production in the offense took a hit too.
- Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times takes a glance at where the Bears stand after their offseason training program. It’s hard to tell how much the team has improved at this point, but the Bears have reason to be optimistic, or at minimum, intrigued by the upside of what lies ahead. There are young players who have turned heads and veterans who have much to prove in training camp, and I can’t wait to get to that point of the offseason.
- Over at the NFL Network, insider Ian Rapoport has the story behind how Jeremy Maclin found out he was being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Maclin has since signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
- The Minnesota Vikings released a statement over the weekend regarding wide receiver Michael Floyd, who reportedly violated terms of his house arrest by drinking. Floyd was arrested in December 2016 after being found asleep behind the wheel of his car, and had a blood-alcohol level of .217. He was then cut by the Arizona Cardinals before finishing the season with the New England Patriots.