Leading off the Chicago Bears’ “Meet The Rookies” video series is Mitch Trubisky:
This is Trubisky from a different perspective, as he, members of his family, and former coaches describe his rise from being Ohio’s Mr. Football as a high school senior to becoming the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The next step for Trubisky is making the leap from highly touted draft pick to starting quarterback.
With that in mind, let’s move on to today’s Bullets:
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times weighs in with his thoughts on the Bears after their offseason of training. With all eyes on the quarterback position, Jahns sees starter Mike Glennon as a mixed bag. In one light, Glennon is a pro’s pro and the kind of leader this team – with so many moving pieces – needs at this point of its rebuilding process. On the other hand, Jahns says Glennon “looks like a work in progress” – which is to be expected with him (and several other key pieces of the offense) learning a new system.
- On the other end of the quarterback spectrum, Jahns sees backup quarterback (and No. 2 overall pick) Mitch Trubisky as a quick learner. The Bears have thrown a lot in Trubisky’s general direction, including tweaking his footwork and getting him reps taking snaps from under center. Still, Jahns reports that there are times where Trubisky looks the part of a first-round pick. And that might be the most important development of this offseason.
- Speaking of being under center, whether it’s Glennon or Trubisky, whoever is taking snaps under center looks to be in good hands:
These were the top pass blocking centers in the NFL in 2016. pic.twitter.com/nO8QKyYM5I
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 19, 2017
- Over at ESPN Chicago, Jeff Dickerson dives into the Bears’ offseason moves, but pauses at the team’s decision not to make an attempt at re-signing Alshon Jeffery. Dickerson lists this non-transaction under “Move I Didn’t Like” and describes it as a “head-scratcher” after spending as much as they did in overhauling the quarterback position. Instead, the Bears re-allocated their funds to bring on a slew of receiver targets including Kendall Wright, Victor Cruz, and Markus Wheaton to fight over a few spots on the depth chart. It’s a calculated risk for a rebuilding team, making this angle one of the things to keep a close eye on as training camp develops.
- With the offseason training program in the books, the next step for the Bears and the NFL’s other 31 teams is surviving “Nervous Season” – the six-week hiatus mandated by the collective bargaining agreement in which players aren’t allowed at team facilities until training camps begin. The breather between the end of mandatory mini-camps and training camps can be seen as a gift and a curse. Over at CSN Chicago, Chris Boden asks if the Bears can win the part of the season in which players could see their physical readiness levels, among other things, slip during their time off.
- It’s a long read, but worth your time in the wake of Father’s Day weekend as Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune writes about how Mitch Trubisky was shaped and groomed by his father, Dave, over the years.
- As part of a series which is supposed to serve as a guide to finding a team to root for in 2017, Adam Rank makes an argument for why you should root for the Green Bay Packers. Pass.
- The Supreme Court says the government can’t refuse to register trademarks that are considered offensive, which is a ruling that is seen to help aid the Washington Redskins in their own legal battle over the team’s name.