Down the stretch we come. Now that the Fourth of July is in our rear-view mirrors, there are no more holidays standing between us and the start of training camp. Let’s roll!
- The combination of good health, ample motivation, and a worthwhile quarterback pushing his buttons could lead to Kevin White having the breakout year he seems destined to have every year before injuries dash our dreams:
Mitch Trubisky and Kevin White were out there putting in work on the Fourth of July. pic.twitter.com/cjkh1hpcgj
— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) July 4, 2018
- For the record, it’s not the first time White has worked with Trubisky this offseason. Remember, White was among the teammates who visited Trubisky in California during the offseason.
- The Bears have given White nothing but positive reinforcement this offseason. A spring and summer’s worth of votes of confidence are probably doing wonders for a player who has had nothing go in his favor since being drafted with the seventh pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Of course, White has to put in the necessary work. But it looks like he’s doing just that, so here’s hoping all his hard work pays off.
- One of my favorite things about heading into camp this year is the reassurance that the Bears don’t need White to be the bonafide No. 1 wide receiver. Because as Lester Wiltfong Jr. of Windy City Gridiron points out, the Bears have a legitimate WR1 in Allen Robinson. From there, the rest of the wideouts in camp will fall in line behind the top dog.
- It also helps having an upgrade at TE1:
Burton has upside in Nagy’s playbook. Slot TE. Find the matchups. Inside verticals, quick game, screens. Current ADP of 121. And I think he can post Top 10 TE numbers in fantasy. https://t.co/E9n2IeeTH7
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) July 5, 2018
- Things I love seeing: The Bears have helped launch an initiative that encourages local high schools to host blood drives. Schools participating between May 26 and September 8 are eligible to win a pep rally with a current Bears player and a VIP event at Halas Hall. Good luck to all participants, who will – at minimum – at least raise awareness about the importance of blood donation.
- Luke Easterling of USA Today’s Draft Wire gives the 2014 first round a re-do, and has the Bears going in a different direction than what they did in the first place. Instead of selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, Easterling has Chicago choosing Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. I remember there being a loud contingent of Bears fans who wanted the team to take the Alabama linebacker, who has a few Pro Bowl appearances under his belt since being drafted by the Ravens.
- Frankly, if we were doing a Bears re-draft of that first round knowing what we know now, I’d probably have Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson, Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks, and West Alabama cornerback Malcolm Butler ranked just ahead of Mosley.
- Because re-drafts are the rage right now, check out Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report re-drafting the NFL if everyone was available to be selected in the first round of the draft. It’s a fun little exercise, for sure. I just don’t see the Bears taking Derek Carr with the hypothetical eighth overall selection in the draft. Not that he isn’t a talented quarterback. But with Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Andrew Luck on the board, it’s hard to pass on those players for someone who has been as inconsistent as Carr has been. Then again, I’d be awfully intrigued by drafting someone like Aaron Donald or J.J. Watt if I had the option to go somewhere other than quarterback.
- Ex-Bears QB Alert: Connor Shaw tells John Del Bianco of 247Sports that he’s had a “great transition” into the coaching game. Shaw, who spent some time with the Bears the last few summers, is now coaching tight ends at Furman. Best of luck to Coach Shaw as he gets his coaching career started on the right foot.