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Bears LT Jermon Bushrod missed the "majority" of the offseason program with a back injury, but is healthy for camp.

It's notable because Bushrod had a bit of an injury-plagued 2014, missing time with knee and ankle issues. He missed only two games, but had missed zero contests over his previous four seasons. Bushrod turns 31 next month, and is an all-important cog as the Bears attempt to pull their offense out of the gutter.
Jul 30 - 10:33 PM

Matt Forte said he's looking forward to running the ball more in 2015, and that "catching 100 balls is not my goal as a running back."

New coach John Fox is installing a more run-heavy offense, and Forte is on board. "If you’re running the ball and you can run it effectively you get to control the clock and keep other offenses off the field," Forte said. "If we can control the game, control the pace of the game, and grind out tough yards and score, then that’s what we’re going to do." Forte may be relishing his more traditional role for 2015, but it's significantly dimmed his star in PPR leagues.
Jul 30 - 4:06 PM

Coach John Fox downplayed Kevin White's shin injury Thursday.

White's shin has been nagging for a while and Fox won't reveal exactly what is wrong. "He is day to day. It is not a long-term thing. It's a shin. Something that shouldn't be long-term," Fox said.
Jul 30 - 12:34 PM

Bears CB Tim Jennings pleaded guilty to reckless driving in order to resolve his January 2015 DWI charge.

Jennings was pulled over while going 100 mph on a Georgia highway. The cops said his breath smelled of alcohol, but Jennings said he stopped drinking 10 hours earlier and was rushing to a parent/teacher conference. The plea means he will only serve 12 months' probation and must complete 40 hours of community service. It's unclear if the NFL will step in here since Jennings avoided a guilty plea on the DWI charge.
Source: TMZ.com
Jul 30 - 12:10 PM

Kyle Long opened Bears training camp at his customary right guard position.

There was spring speculation that Long might kick outside. The Bears consider Long the strength of their offensive line, however, and don't want to fix something that ain't broke. From left to right, the Bears' front five projects as LT Jermon Bushrod, LG Matt Slauson, C Will Montgomery/Hroniss Grasu, RG Long, and RT Jordan Mills. It can be an above-average line if the players stay healthy.
Jul 29 - 9:12 PM

Bears OLB Lamarr Houston (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp.

Houston will be brought along slowly, but the Bears expect him to be ready for Week 1 after not placing him active/PUP. Willie Young (Achilles') and ILB Jon Bostic (back) have also been cleared for camp.
Jul 29 - 4:17 PM

Bears placed WR Kevin White (shin) on active/PUP.

White has been battling the shin issue for a while now, as he also sat out all of minicamp. It doesn't sound overly serious, but White is missing important time with the offense. The Bears want him to get his conditioning up before sending him in to compete with Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal for snaps.
Jul 29 - 3:17 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes this could be Martellus Bennett's final season in Chicago.

Bennett led all tight ends with 90 catches last season, but is unhappy with his contract. He's promised to report for training camp, but is headed into his age-28 season. He's due an eminently reasonable $5.085 million in 2016, but the Bears may decide to move on if they don't believe Bennett is worthy of an extension. Bennett's unique personality hasn't always endeared him to coaching staffs the way it does fans.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 1:26 PM

ESPN Chicago projects Eddie Royal and Kevin White as starters entering training camp.

We'll be keeping tabs on which receiver aligns opposite Alshon Jeffery in two-wide sets. Although there have been exceptions, new Bears coach John Fox has something of an aversion to leaning too heavily on rookies, and Chicago invested a $15 million contract with $10 million guaranteed into Royal this offseason. Marquess Wilson is also in the mix for early-season snaps.
Jul 23 - 12:26 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace believes WR Marquess Wilson has the ability to play outside and in the slot.

Wilson got most of the snaps at Z-receiver during OTAs. He’ll enter training camp ahead of No. 7 overall pick Kevin White, but should ultimately back up at all three receiver spots. Coach John Fox’s history of slow playing rookies gives Wilson a chance to open the season opposite Alshon Jeffery.
Jul 11 - 4:28 PM

Matt Forte only had three games with 20 or more carries last season.

He had six games with 20-plus carries in 2013. Forte made up for his lack of rushing attempts by hauling in 102 catches, the most ever for an NFL running back. Chicago finished 27th in rushing yards despite posting the league's 16th-highest yards per carry (4.1). Forte should see a bigger rushing workload with fewer targets under new OC Adam Gase. The 29-year-old has rushed for 1,000 yards in four of his last five seasons and remains firmly on the RB1 spectrum.
Jul 8 - 9:35 AM

Bears OLB Jared Allen will be fighting for snaps at training camp.

Allen will be playing outside linebacker for the first time in his career at age 33. He's also coming off an unproductive season and has talented pass rushers in front of him (Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, Sam Acho). Allen, an every-down 4-3 end for the majority of his career, will likely be a sub-package player in Vic Fangio's 3-4.
Jun 23 - 10:41 AM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the Bears have "big plans" for new slot receiver Eddie Royal.

Now 29, Royal has always lacked for love in the fantasy community, but has generated hype all offseason. Coming off a 62/778/7 campaign for the Chargers, the only time Royal was better was his 2008 rookie season, where he caught passes from Jay Cutler in Denver. Royal has 15 scores over the past two years. With the Bears doing everything in their power to rein Cutler in, dump offs to Royal should come early and often. He could be a sneaky-valuable WR4.
Jun 22 - 3:31 PM

Bears coach John Fox likes what he's seen so far from second-round NT Eddie Goldman.

"He’s picking up the defense," said Fox. "There are some movement things Ed knows that you have to know ... He’s working at it hard and he’s a big square body." Goldman was mostly known as a run-stopper at Florida State but GM Ryan Pace thinks he deserves more credit for his pass rushing. "He can collapse the pocket. He's got a strong power to bull rush ... That's going to help out a lot." Goldman is the favorite to anchor new DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense.
Jun 21 - 12:43 PM

Jarvis Jenkins is a leading candidate to start at defensive end following the release of Ray McDonald.

That speaks more to the Bears' lack of depth than it does Jenkins' talent. Jenkins was one of the worst defensive ends in football last season, grading out as PFF's 45th-ranked 3-4 defensive end. Even if the 27-year-old starts, he won't be a difference maker. Cornelius Washington and Will Sutton figure to be Jenkins' main competition at right defensive end.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 8:28 AM


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