How important is a clean pocket for a rookie quarterback? Just ask Carson Wentz:
Carson Wentz was a different quarterback when he had time to throw pic.twitter.com/9f81cXucmS
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 6, 2017
We recently discussed factors that could lead to Mitch Trubisky starting as a rookie in 2017. And while I think the best option would be to sit him and allow him to learn the nuances of the game in a low-pressure situation on the sidelines, it could turn out to be a best-case scenario until the team shores up some of its issues at offensive tackle. Still, the numbers posted by Wentz and Dak Prescott above are nothing to sneeze at when it comes to rookie quarterback production.
- In addition to an apparent need at offensive tackle, the Bears will need to add play in order to get the most out of Trubisky. Over at Bleacher Report, Chris Roling ranks the Bears’ top playmakers in a list of the 10 most important contributors for the 2017 season. Running back Jordan Howard and wide receiver Kevin White are the only two skill position players who make the cut, while the defense receives a lot of attention as several players in that group have much to prove in the coming year.
- Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel previews the Chicago Bears from a Green Bay Packers perspective, with the big takeaway being the rebuilding Bears transitioning from the failed Jay Cutler era, while taking a big risk betting on Trubisky’s future. It’s a calculated risk, as Cohen notes that the Bears don’t seem to be in a rush to push Trubisky on the field – allowing free agent addition Mike Glennon be the quarterback of the present while grooming Trubisky for the future.
- Sam Darnold, a quarterback who could be draft eligible in 2018 and is projected to be some franchise’s savior, might not declare for next year’s NFL Draft. While at Nike’s The Opening Football camp where Darnold was visited and worked out, Daniel Jeremiah reports that several sources indicated that USC’s star quarterback could play another two seasons on campus. It’s probably way too early to tell what direction Darnold will go after the conclusion of the college football season, which isn’t going to start for another month. However, it’s worth noting that Darnold staying in school is reason enough to pump the breaks on projecting that the quarterback draft class of 2018 will be loaded. – a sure-fire franchise quarterback might not be in that draft class either. We simply don’t know enough at this point of the year to know what that particular future looks like.
- On the defensive side of the ball, JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago writes about how that group wants to take up more responsibility in the upcoming season. Vic Fangio’s defense could be in a better position to do that this season with the free agent additions of Quintin Demps, Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper, Jaye Howard, and John Jenkins – each of whom have at least four years of NFL experience under their belt before joining the Bears this offseason. Chicago’s defense was young across the board last year, especially after injuries and suspensions forced some of the team’s more inexperienced players to play a more prominent role than might have been otherwise expected.
- Off the field, Cre’von LeBlanc – who was one of the few Bears rookie defenders who excelled in 2016 – is giving back to the community that raised him. Over at the Chicago Bears’ official website, Larry Mayer has the details of how LeBlanc is spending his time off before returning to the gridiron.
- Based on the emoji used in the tweet below, I feel as if Peanut Tillman knows he was snubbed:
— NFL (@NFL) July 4, 2017
— Charles Tillman (@peanuttillman) July 4, 2017