It’ll be a brief set of Bullets today as I prepare to stand up in a wedding for my friend/avid TYL reader Joe. I hope that a shoutout here counts as an appropriate wedding gift.
- An expanded look at Dick’s Sporting Goods’ jersey sales report shows that Mitch Trubisky is the only NFC North player in the top-15 over the last 30 days. You’ll have to go down to No. 18 to find another player who throws down in the Bears’ division. That distinction goes to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Minnesota Vikings singal caller Kirk Cousins follows at No. 20, with Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers rounding out the NFC North quarterback jersey sales leaderboard. I’d be totally OK if that’s how the NFC Standings looked at season’s end.
- Also, Bears jerseys are the seventh-highest-selling in the last 30 days. Good stuff, Bears fans. Way to show your support.
- We can talk all we want about the offense – and we will, trust me – but this defense should not be overlooked:
The #Bears defense allowed the fewest yards after contact per rushing attempt in 2017.
More to come in 2018? pic.twitter.com/0peLyGhNYZ
— PFF CHI Bears (@PFF_Bears) June 22, 2018
- Speaking of defense, standout cornerback Prince Amukamara dropped in on some lucky high school students visiting the Museum of Science and Industry. Lucky, because it’s cool meeting pro athletes when you’re a high schooler. Also lucky because the Museum of Science and Industry is one of my favorites. It’s been a while since I’ve visited, and this might have pushed me closer to clearing some time in my schedule to take a trip.
- Wrong football team, Tom:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) June 22, 2018
- Over at 247Sports, Kevin Boilard offers up a look at the best free agents still out there on the open market. It’s understandable if you’re not thinking about free agency this time of year. Much of the heavy lifting in this area was done back in March with some additional signings coming here in there in April. Among the biggest names that still don’t have a team include wide receiver Dez Bryant (once the subject of Bears-related rumors) and safety Eric Reid (who made sense as an alternative after the team didn’t come up with Morgan Burnett).
- Future Hall of Famers Antonio Gates and Adrian Peterson are out without NFL jobs right now. Neither is a fit for the Bears, but we’ll keep an eye out on where they go because their respective reputations are too good to be without work in 2018.
- If the Bears were going to make a late-summer free agent splash, you’d have to think it would come at a perceived position of weakness. Perhaps someone like former Colts Johnathan Hankins to shore up the defensive line or Washington pass rusher Junior Galette to add depth to a defensive weak link.
- An interesting nugget from Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, who notes that Ryan Fitzpatrick is lined up to start at least three games for the 11th straight season. While Jameis Winston’s pending suspension will have him back in time to play the Bears in Week 4, Fitzpatrick joins the likes of Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan in being the only quarterbacks to start at least three games since 2008. That’s a group that features five Super Bowl winners, three league MVPs, and some dude who went to Harvard.
- Because you care, here are the training camp reporting dates for all 32 NFL teams:
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) June 21, 2018