Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first set of training camp highlights:
- Mike Glennon doesn’t have eyes on the back of his head. If he did, he would see first-round pick Mitch Trubisky bearing down behind him and preparing to eventually take his job. Even if he did, Glennon would probably still be focused on the tasks at hand as he returns to life as a starter. Glennon is described as unfazed by Trubisky’s presence, writes Andrew Seligman.
- As if there was any doubt before training camp, Hub Arkush writes that the 2017 Bears are truly Ryan Pace’s team. The Bears GM has re-shaped the roster in his vision moving forward, and has done so with sweeping changes. The continuous roster overhaul continued this offseason, and the result could be eight free agents signed this offseason starting in Week 1. Seeing that there still aren’t enough long-term solutions at several key positions (tackle, wide receiver, cornerback, etc.) Pace’s team is still a work in progress – but at least we know the direction and who’s driving things over at Halas Hall.
- Sure, there’s pressure to win – especially after a 3-13 season. However, John Fox isn’t concerned about the pressure that comes with a potential make-or-break season in Chicago. Fox told WSCR 670-AM “I do this for the love of the game,” Fox told the Mully and Hanley show featuring Brian Hanley and David Haugh. “I don’t do it to be a head coach. I don’t do it to make money. It’s a passion.”
- Still, Fox would like to win. His teams have won division titles and conference crowns, but he is 0-2 in Super Bowls and would like to put a “1” in the win column sooner, rather than later because he knows he won’t coach forever.
- Kyle Long was one of Jay Cutler’s most vocal supporters. But with the Bears’ all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown throws retired and entering the broadcast booth, Long has moved on to preparing to protect Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky and the other quarterbacks in camp. In a video shared by the Sun-Times, Long says he’ll miss cutler, but seems to know that this could be a change for the better.
- One of the position groups whose training camp battles shouldn’t be overlooked is at return specialist. Bob LeGere tweets several young players were fielding punts, including rookies Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen, as well as returning young players Bryce Callahan and Daniel Braverman. Cohen doesn’t have much experience in that department, but Jackson has been a playmaker there since his college days. We’ll see how that shakes out as summer progresses.
- We can’t forget that college football is less than 30 days away from entering our lives, and PFF has the perfect player to deliver that message:
We are officially under 30 days…
Alabama's versatile DB reminds us there are just 29 days until the college football season is upon us! pic.twitter.com/6Iuwn9Oxvs
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) July 28, 2017
- No one teases their return to the coaching ranks like Jon Gruden. You would be hard-pressed to find a job he hasn’t been tied to in recent years. And each time he returns to a very comfortable and lucrative job at ESPN. But maybe things will be different this time? Gruden already has the rumor mill spinning regarding a potential return to coaching. With Fox potentially on the hot seat, other coaches already being rumored to be in play, and a young quarterback in tow, it might just be a matter of time until Gruden is somehow connected to the Bears.
- The trade between the Bills and Chargers that sent quarterback Cardale Jones from Buffalo to
San DiegoLos Angeles comes with various reactions. Jones reportedly cried tears of joy upon hearing the news, while the Bills are happy to make the move because it settles their quarterback position. Meanwhile, the Chargers add some much-needed depth behind veteran starter Philip Rivers.
- You can make an argument that John Urschel – a Ph.D. candidate at MIT – was the smartest man in the history of football. I say “was” because Urschel, who was entering his fourth year with the Baltimore Ravens and was in the mix to be the team’s starting center in 2017, retired on Thursday.
- And finally, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco seems to be having some injury problems. Perhaps Baltimore would be interested in the currently unemployed Colin Kaepernick as a security blanket? Flacco weighed in:
— NFL (@NFL) July 28, 2017