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Trubisky’s Comfort Level, Virtual Reality, Promotions, Aaron Rodgers Improving, and Other Bullets

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The Human Joystick is getting a workout early in camp:

But he’s not the only rookie with the spotlight on him this summer…

  • Mitch Trubisky has a growing level of comfort as he gets his legs under him in his first NFL training camp. So much so, he says he is comfortable with the Bears’ plans for him, writes Larry Mayer of the Chicago Bears’ official website. “I have to respect the plan that they have in place, and I have to believe in that, so that’s what I’m doing. We’ve got a great quarterback room. Mike, Mark (Sanchez) and Connor (Shaw) have really all been helping me with everything I need—the mental side of the game as well as preparation going into practice and staying on top of the plays and all that.”
  • If you feel Trubisky has a lot of learning left to do, you’re not alone. The Bears need to be careful with how they develop their latest first-round pick and need to make sure they do it properly on all fronts. Slow playing his development on the field while also giving him the proper support in the quarterbacks room is a good way to start.
  • While Trubisky gets his feet wet at his first camp, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times talks to several Bears second-year players who shared details on the skills they sharpened in their first offseason as professionals. Making that leap from Year 1 to Year 2 will be important for these players, but also for the progress of the team. Cody Whitehair and Jordan Howard established themselves as quality starters, but others like defensive end Jonathan Bullard, safeties Deon Bush and Deiondre’ Hall, and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski each could make major strides that could lead into increased playing time.
  • The Bears are using virtual reality to help advance the growth of their quarterbacks, and it’s an outside-the-box idea I’ve been intrigued by for a while. This group needed some additional help because the team is trying to divide camp reps between four quarterbacks – including three who weren’t with the team last year. With the CBA limiting time on the practice field, VR could be something that helps aid the Bears’ signal callers in an unexpected way.
  • Jeremy Langford isn’t the only starter-turned-reserve who could be pressing for playing time. Hroniss Grasu will need to prove to be versatile in 2017, writes Bob LeGere of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Grasu was a third-round pick in 2015 who made eight starts at center as a rookie and looked to be in a position to start in 2016 before a season-ending ACL injury. Cody Whitehair turned in a stellar rookie season as a starter at center in Grasu’s place, which has led to Grasu playing guard during OTAs and early in camp. The Bears have 14 offensive linemen in camp, including six new additions from this offseason. However, the team will likely carry just seven on the active roster.
  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweeted about several promotions handed out by the Bears over the weekend. Former pro scouting director Champ Kelly (who was approached by the Miami Dolphins for a job in their front office) was promoted to assistant director of player personnel. Additionally, Biggs reports that Chris White (pro scout), Scott Hamel (area scout), Brendan Rehor (combine scout) were also promoted.

  • A fun nugget from Sunday’s practice.


Luis Medina

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