Player News - Bears

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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

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said coach John Fox "seems impressed" by WR Marquess Wilson.

Along with Eddie Royal and Alshon Jeffery, Dickerson identified Wilson as a player who showed well during the Bears' offseason program. No. 7 overall pick Kevin White, on the other hand, has been relegated to running with the twos. White has the talent to win a big role in the Bears' offense early, but Fox's reluctance to start rookies could mean Wilson earns more targets than expected this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 9:32 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson identified WR Eddie Royal as a player who stood out during the Bears' offseason program.

Signed to a three-year deal with $10 million guaranteed this offseason, Royal is expected to have a big role in a Bears offense which has lacked a true slot receiver the last several seasons. A repeat of the 90 targets Royal saw in San Diego last year is not out of the question.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 9:26 AM

Bears signed DB Sherrod Martin, formerly of the Jaguars.

Martin, 30, appeared in 13 games for the Jaguars last season, making two starts and playing 139 snaps. He'll compete for one of Chicago's final roster spots.
Jun 18 - 3:41 PM

Bears signed RB Daniel Thomas, formerly of the Dolphins.

"Fumbling Dan" finds a home after participating at Bears minicamp as a tryout. The Bears had little-to-no experienced depth behind Matt Forte. Thomas has a career 3.6 YPC to go with 13 TDs and six fumbles. The former second-round pick would do well to make it to final cuts with the Bears, where he'll be competing with Jacquizz Rodgers and youngsters Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey.
Jun 18 - 2:48 PM

Jay Cutler said first-rounder Kevin White is competing for the Bears' No. 4 receiver job.

This could clearly be a case of the Bears not handing the rookie anything, but Cutler mentioned Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, and Eddie Royal as his top three receivers. White has also missed time at minicamp with an undisclosed injury, though coach John Fox wouldn't give any more info. It doesn't sound serious. This is just a bit of caution for re-drafters looking for White to explode on the scene year one. Wilson was a training camp star before getting hurt last year.
Jun 17 - 12:50 PM

Free agent RB Daniel Thomas is participating in Bears minicamp on a tryout basis.

Thomas has gotten cursory looks from the Cowboys and Lions this offseason, but hasn't generated much interest since his Dolphins contract expired. The Bears would be an ideal landing spot for him personally due to a shallow depth chart, but he's proven time and again he has little game despite the big name.
Jun 17 - 12:02 PM

Jay Cutler said he doesn't see why Alshon Jeffery can't be a true No. 1 receiver.

"He makes big plays for us, he knows the offense, he's a big target, and I think more importantly that's the guy he wants to become," Cutler said. "He wants to become the No. 1 everyday out here." With Brandon Marshall out of town, that's just the role Jeffery will fill in 2015. He's expected to play the Demaryius Thomas spot in new OC Adam Gase's offense. A true dominator at the catch point, Jeffery is a fantasy WR1 as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 9:26 AM


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