Our good friend Michael is getting married today and I’m honored to be going. Naturally, the groom and has one small request:
If you can't get me something off my Twitter registry (following @TheTenYardLine) because you already follow @TheTenYardLine . RTs of my tweet asking you to follow @TheTenYardLine are always appreciated.
Especially by @TheTenYardLine
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) June 15, 2018
If you’re reading this, you’re probably following us on Twitter. But you can always tell a friend to tell a friend. In the meantime, I guess I have to find him something nice as a gift, don’t I?
- Larry Mayer discusses rookies who will make the biggest impact in 2018, and that he has several to choose from suggests the Bears’ draft was alright. Roquan Smith is obviously going to jump off the page because of his status as a first-round pick, as well as the position he plays. But let’s also consider Anthony Miller, who is the offensive skill position player with the highest probability of making an early impact.
- Speaking of Miller, he earned a unique comp from ESPN analyst Matt Bowen. Miller was favorably compared to Doug Baldwin, and I can see some similarities in their games. With Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel drawing attention outside, Miller – much like a young Baldwin – can operate across the middle, make some tough catches, and move the chains. I find myself envisioning Miller making big plays while Trubisky is on the move, much like Baldwin does with Russell Wilson. If Miller can build that type of rapport with Trubisky, I can see that tandem following that path to success.
- Just in case you’re unfamiliar with Baldwin, here are some highlights:
- Yeah, sign me up for alllll that.
The best safeties in the NFL in 2017! pic.twitter.com/WzTLjl2HYy
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 16, 2018
- Adrian Amos being elite (or on the cusp of it) has me confused on how he was snubbed from PFF’s top-50 for 2018. No, I’m not ready to let that go just yet.
- Now, this is one heck of a find:
Mitchell Trubisky. 98-yard TD run. Grade 6. Watch him after the score. 🙏 🙏 🙏 pic.twitter.com/y57HHWZWsw
— Rep 1 Sports (@Rep1Sports) June 13, 2018
- Hey, if Jarrett Payton approves of the Bears’ new orange outfits then who’s to say anything to the contrary:
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) June 15, 2018
- If you couldn’t tell, we have found ourselves enamored with the Bears’ off-the-field contributions to the community. I’m a sucker for that stuff because it’s encouraging to see the player behind the facemask giving back. Over at the Chicago Tribune, Colleen Kane gets to know Joel Iyiegbuniwe, who has quite the set of roots in football and a set of off-field interests that include dabbling into the medicinal field. Beyond the football stuff, Iyiegbuniwe is an interesting guy who will be worth keeping an eye on moving forward.
- Jake Perper of BetChicago.com believes the oddsmakers are dissing the Bears by setting the team’s win total at 6.5. The Bears won five games in 2017 in a season where the head coach and offensive staff was on the outs and the injury bug bit hard throughout the season. The half-win is going to be a hangup for some wagerers, but I’m taking the over if I see that number when I’m in Vegas this summer.
- The World Cup is in full swing, but I can’t find myself into it without the draw of Team USA. But I’m always intrigued by crossover projects, such as Adam Rank’s all-time starting XI for the Bears and the rest of the NFC North. The athletes the Bears have been lucky to put on the field over the years could probably give any soccer team a run for its money. This franchise has been blessed with stellar runners (Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Devin Hester) and defenders (Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher) whose talents could probably translate well to the pitch.
- Well, this hurts to read: Ex-Bears quarterback Erik Kramer was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Kramer has come across tough times in recent years, including a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2015 that was part of a suicide attempt. I hope his family is safe and that Krame gets the help he seemingly needs to get his life on track.