Player News - Bears

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Bears OLB coach Brandon Staley said Leonard Floyd's "hands have come alive" as a pass rusher.

"I think that was always, to me when I got here, the missing piece with him," Staley continued. "I think that he still has got a long way to go, but he’s coming. You can see it." After missing 10 games in his first two seasons, health is the most important thing for Floyd, but he also seems to be becoming a more refined pass rusher. He did some boxing training to improve his hand fighting over the offseason, and he added an inside move to his repertoire. The Bears have serious questions at outside linebacker, but Floyd could paper over the cracks by reaching his potential this season.
Aug 16 - 11:10 AM

Bears agreed to terms with first-round rookie LB Roquan Smith.

Following a lengthy holdout, the Bears finally came to terms with the No. 8 overall pick on a four-year deal. It includes the allotted $18 million guaranteed by the CBA and $11 million in additional bonuses. Smith, the last of the first-rounders to sign for this upcoming season, had been holding out over contract language regarding revocation of guaranteed money if he were suspended for an on-field rules violation. An explosive off-ball linebacker who plays with more power than his size suggests, Smith missed just one tackle in all of 2017 and has immense value on passing downs. His presence alone immediately elevates the Bears' defense.
Aug 13 - 4:35 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports second-round WR Anthony Miller is locking down slot duties in camp.

Per reporter Rich Campbell, Miller has been as advertised, displaying route-running chops, strong hands and competitiveness at the catch point, all the while "overflowing with flair and confidence." Miller's hype started up in rookie OTAs and has continued unabated since. A lot will depend on Mitchell Trubisky's sophomore development, but Miller has a real chance at being a re-draft league factor.
Aug 13 - 2:16 PM

The Chicago Tribune believes it is "no longer accurate" to list Tarik Cohen as a running back, and that he "requires a slash" for running back/receiver.

Per reporter Rich Campbell, new coach Matt Nagy continues to line Cohen up everywhere to "maximize his speed, agility and explosiveness with the ball in his hands." Nagy's predecessor John Fox would dabble in such deployment before inevitably and frustratingly retreating. Even with their offseason reinforcements at receiver and tight end, the Bears still have a dearth of proven weapons. Cohen has a real shot at securing a Darren Sproles-type role. He's a legitimate factor in PPR leagues.
Aug 13 - 2:07 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports Bears OLB Aaron Lynch hasn't done "anything to earn a roster spot."

Lynch has been sidelined since the Bears' opening practice of camp, and he's been dealing with hamstring issues since April. It's basically been the worst-case scenario for a player who always had trouble with conditioning in San Francisco. The only thing saving Lynch's roster spot could be the Bears' lack of depth at edge rusher.
Aug 13 - 2:02 PM

Bears OLB Leonard Floyd hasn't missed a practice in training camp following his season-ending 2017 knee injury.

Floyd underwent surgery to repair MCL and PCL injuries. Per reporter Rich Campbell, Floyd has "reassured coaches and management" with his training camp performance. With little depth and firepower on the edge, the Bears badly need Floyd to stay healthy.
Aug 13 - 1:57 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports Mitchell Trubisky has remained "uneven" throughout training camp.

Per reporter Rich Campbell, Trubisky "averaged about two interceptions per day through the first 10 practices." Campbell passed along a "stay tuned" when commenting on how Trubisky might "command" new coach Matt Nagy's scheme. Trubisky has attempted just four passes through the Bears' first two preseason games, but should see more work against the Broncos on Saturday.
Aug 13 - 1:46 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Adam Shaheen will "be a big part of this offense."

With Dion Sims sidelined by a concussion, Shaheen got the start in the second preseason game and showed well, catching three passes for 53 yards. "We're trying to fine-tune some of his route-running skills and what he does versus specific coverages," Nagy said. "So for him to come out here and play well, that was good for him." It will be tough for Shaheen to earn fantasy value behind Trey Burton -- his production against the Bengals came with the second-team offense -- but he can still be a weapon for Chicago.
Aug 13 - 11:33 AM

Allen Robinson (knee) will play in the Bears' third preseason game on Saturday.

Recovering from an ACL tear, Robinson was held out of the first two games and has been getting rest days during camp. He is going to be a full go during joint practices with the Broncos this week, however, and get some snaps in the game on Saturday night. Currently the 22nd receiver off the board on average, Robinson is going in just about the right spot.
Aug 13 - 9:36 AM

Bears signed RB Knile Davis.

Davis played under coach Matt Nagy when he was the Chiefs' offensive coordinator in 2016. The 26-year-old went to training camp with the Steelers last summer but failed to make the 53-man roster. He gives the Bears some depth behind lead ball-carrier Jordan Howard and pass-catcher Tarik Cohen.
Aug 12 - 8:24 AM

The Chicago Tribune writes "it's difficult to say" when first-round LB Roquan Smith will end his holdout.

Smith is holding out over contract language about whether the Bears can recoup some of his guaranteed money if he is suspended for an on-field rules violation. Chicago Tribune writers Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer provided a great recap of the situation (linked below), but the biggest takeaway is no one really knows when this will end. Still, it would be a shock if Smith is not signed before Week 1.
Aug 9 - 9:02 AM

Bears OLB Aaron Lynch has yet to practice at training camp due to a hamstring injury.

This comes after Lynch missed time in the spring with an ankle issue. Conditioning has always been a question mark for Lynch, and the 49ers' coaching staff seemed fed up with him at times. He signed a one-year deal with the Bears in March but is no lock to make the team, especially if he can't practice. Edge rusher is a real weak spot in Chicago behind Leonard Floyd.
Aug 8 - 1:25 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Bears coach Matt Nagy said Taylor Gabriel's foot injury is "nothing serious."

Gabriel appears to be day to day. It's a safe bet that he will sit out Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals.
Aug 7 - 4:03 PM

Taylor Gabriel sat out Sunday's practice with a foot injury.

It doesn't sound like a major hindrance, though a prolonged absence would obviously cost Gabriel's important practice reps as he attempts to learn Matt Nagy's new offense. The 27-year-old flashed as a gadget player during his two-year stint in Atlanta, though he's not a must-own fantasy player by any measure.
Aug 5 - 12:42 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports second-round rookie Anthony Miller is "steadily building a case to be the Bears' starting slot receiver for Week 1."

Miller has been drawing raves in the early days of Bears camp. Even if Miller is anointed the Bears' slot man, beat writer Rich Campbell expects him to be moved all around the formation in new coach Matt Nagy's system. There are enough targets for the taking in the Bears' remade offense for Miller to offer re-draft fantasy value.
Jul 26 - 9:50 PM


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