Player News - Bears

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Bears coach Matt Nagy expects RG Kyle Long (neck, shoulder, elbow) to be "full speed" for training camp.

Long is recovering from three different surgeries but has been active during OTAs. Long has said he's been ready. Injury has limited Long to just 18 appearances over the past two seasons.
Jun 7 - 1:12 PM

Mitchell Trubisky said Kevin White is "really hungry" and showing "a lot of passion" this offseason.

"He wants to be coached," Trubisky said. "He wants me to communicate with him every play — what I see, what he sees. And we’re talking on the field and off the field [about] what he can do to get better." White expressed confidence to reporters earlier this offseason despite the Bears adding several new pass catchers, and it sounds like he is backing up those words on the field. While it is easy to write off White following three seasons in which he has played five games, he is at least worth watching in camp.
Jun 7 - 12:13 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he will "have some fun" utilizing Tarik Cohen.

This is at least the third time the new head coach has talked up Cohen this offseason. "You may look like you can run routes, but can you really run routes? He’s able to run routes," Nagy said. "You can’t just put him in the backfield and say to the middle linebacker, ‘Cover him.’ So we’ll try to do some things there. He’s an athletic kid who does a lot of things well." If coach chatter is to be believed, Cohen seems like a lock to better the 140 touches he saw as a rookie.
Jun 7 - 10:53 AM

Bears placed TE Zach Miller (knee) on the reserve/PUP.

Miller never had a realistic shot to play this year, but this officially ends his season. It seems like this was always the plan after the Bears signed Miller to a one-year deal on Monday. It is a classy move by the organization.
Jun 5 - 12:55 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he expects Taylor Gabriel to be more than a gadget player.

"He's able to do a lot of things we’ve done in the past, with jet motions and quick screens and some of the RPO stuff," Nagy said. "But what I'm happy with … is he has taken to the teaching that we’re giving him." While it might be tough for Gabriel to return consistent fantasy value in an offense with Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Tarik Cohen, and second-round rookie Anthony Miller also competing for targets, Nagy's history with Tyreek Hill at least offers a reason for optimism.
Jun 4 - 10:53 AM

Bears signed TE Zach Miller (leg) to a one-year contract.

It is a classy move from the Bears. Miller suffered a dislocated knee last season which required emergency surgery just to save his leg. He has undergone nine operations since the injury, and it appears highly unlikely he is able to play again. The deal will pay Miller $790,000 if he can play this season or $458,000 if he, as expected, cannot.
Jun 4 - 8:40 AM

Asked if he was prepared to use Jordan Howard as a bell-cow back, Bears coach Matt Nagy responded "in this offense, it’s more game specific, as to whether or not you need that."

Nagy did also say that Howard has "proven" he can handle that role. For his part, Howard said Nagy has already told him he's "going to be the main guy." Howard said Nagy has been on him to improve his pass catching, going as far as to throw to Howard himself during practice. Always inconsistent in fantasy because of his stone hands, Howard seems poised to be even more volatile this season.
May 31 - 2:54 PM

Bears OLB Leonard Floyd (knee) got in work during 7-on-7 drills this week.

Floyd was expected to be ready for the spring, but the Bears are easing him back into action following a late-season knee injury. He is expected to be 100 percent before training camp. The No. 9 overall pick of the 2016 draft, Floyd has recorded 11.5 sacks in two seasons, but he has only played 22 games. With little pass-rushing depth, the Bears need a healthy and effective season out of Floyd.
May 31 - 10:34 AM

Allen Robinson (knee) participated in Wednesday's OTA practice.

It's his first action with the Bears and since tearing his ACL last Week 1. The Bears were obviously being cautious with their new No. 1 wideout and free-agent prize, but this is encouraging nonetheless. Robinson should be full go for minicamp and training camp coming up this summer.
May 30 - 2:20 PM

Bears TE Adam Shaheen said he is more comfortable entering his sophomore season.

"It’s so much different for me this year, at least from a mental standpoint," Shaheen said. "And knowing what I needed to do physically this offseason and doing what I had to do, and then coming out here, even with the new offense it just feels a lot slower." Down to a "leaner" 270 pounds, Shaheen is expected to compete with Dion Sims for the in-line role in new coach Matt Nagy's offense.
May 29 - 9:35 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Dion Sims remains "a valuable piece of this puzzle."

It was somewhat surprising the Bears decided to keep Sims in March, when $4 million of his base salary guaranteed, but it sounds like Nagy is a fan. "The nice thing with Dion is that he’s a guy that’s proven to be a solid blocker," Nagy said. "He can be in there and be your Y-tight end, but yet he still has really good hands." Free-agent addition Trey Burton will be the focal point in the passing game, but Sims will compete with second-round sophomore Adam Shaheen for the in-line role.
May 28 - 9:32 AM

Bears RBs coach Charles London said the team is "committed" to working with and improving Jordan Howard in the pass game.

"That’s one area that both Jordan and I identified when I got here, that he wanted to get better at," London said. "And he’s put in the work." Howard is catching passes before, during, and after practice this spring, while London is working with him on "hand placement ... just his focus and concentration, hand-eye coordination and things like that." London has "seen progress." Howard was notoriously bad in the pass game his first two seasons.
May 25 - 12:47 PM

Kevin White said "anything" is possible for him this season.

Coming off yet another lost season and an offseason which saw the Bears make several additions at receiver, White was not in the talking mood on Wednesday. Even so, he offered a brief update on his health -- "Really good" -- and said he is still confident in his abilities despite the Bears declining his fifth-year option earlier this month. "Really don’t bother me at all," White said. "I believe in myself." White has played five games since being selected No. 7 overall in the 2015 draft.
May 24 - 9:47 AM

According to ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson, second-rounder Anthony Miller is "earmarked" for the slot receiver job.

Allen Robinson is working as the X with Taylor Gabriel at the Z spot. Robinson was signed to be Chicago's new No. 1 wideout, and Gabriel is expected to fill the big-play, deep-threat role in coach Matt Nagy's offense. The Bears traded up for Miller at No. 51 overall. It's not out of the question that Miller could be second on the team in targets as a rookie behind Robinson.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:10 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he is "giddy" about Tarik Cohen.

The coach struggled to contain his excitement when talking about the sophomore playmaker. "He runs every route the right way. He catches most balls. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes," Nagy said. "He's a player that, for me, you get giddy about." Nagy had already promised to use Cohen all over the formation, and it does not sound like the running back has done anything to temper that excitement during the offseason program. If he stays healthy, Cohen should better his touch total (140) from a year ago.
Source: Bears.com
May 17 - 9:32 AM


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