Player News - Bears

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The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks Markus Wheaton "has a better chance to start" than Victor Cruz or Kendall Wright.

Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are likely locked in atop the depth chart, but the No. 3 job is up for grabs. Wheaton was paid like a starter with $6 million guaranteed on his two-year deal, but he is coming off an injury-ruined season and has never been particularly consistent. Wright might be the best player of the three at this point, but he struggled to stay in the good graces of multiple coaching staffs in Tennessee and profiles more as a slot option, where Meredith excelled last season. Cruz may simply be done. No matter who wins the job in camp, this is not a spot to target in fantasy.
Jun 22 - 12:20 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson wrote Bears second-round TE Adam Shaheen "looked good" during the offseason program.

Offseason performances should be taken with a grain of salt, but it is promising Shaheen's head was not swimming as he jumps from Division II Ashland to the NFL. For what it is worth, GM Ryan Pace has said Shaheen is "projected to play early." He will have to beat out Zach Miller (foot) to earn significant targets, although it is far from a given Miller gets and stays healthy.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 9:59 AM

Over the past two decades, no first-round wide receiver who managed fewer than 20 receptions in his first two NFL seasons has become a success.

The list is comprised of five infamous busts -- Marcus Nash, Rashaun Woods, R. Jay Soward, A.J. Jenkins, and Yatil Green -- and, of course, Bears third-year WR Kevin White, who caught 19 passes in four games last season but has failed to play in his remaining 28 games possible. You can read more about the Bears' 2017 outlook in Evan Silva's Team Fantasy Preview at the link below.
Jun 16 - 11:47 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears WR Kevin White (leg) is "back to full speed."

White has missed 28-of-32 games since entering the league due to a fractured left tibia, fibular spiral fracture, and severe ankle ligament damage. He spent "months" after last season "working to align his stride" when running. However, White was on the field at minicamp and is reportedly running at full speed. Teammates were excited for White after he was able to sink his hips and explode out of a curl route in practice. Cameron Meredith is the favorite to lead the team in targets, but if White is healthy, he could emerge as the Bears' top receiver.
Jun 15 - 10:08 PM

According to ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson, "many would agree" fourth-round pick Tarik Cohen "has been among the most impressive performers" at OTAs and minicamp.

Dickerson says Cohen has "a real opportunity to carve out a role on offense" behind Jordan Howard. At 5-foot-7, 179 with 4.42 speed, Cohen is a stylistic complement to 230-pound Howard, who led all NFL running backs in dropped passes (8) last season. Cohen had 98 receptions in college and could cut into Howard's passing-game workload along with ex-Rams RB Benny Cunningham.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 1:19 PM

Mike Glennon thinks No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky is doing a "great job" picking up the offense.

"He works really hard at it. He asks questions," Glennon said. "He's done a really good job of learning the offense, understanding what we're trying to accomplish, and I think he does a great job picking that up for being a rookie." Glennon is the heavy favorite to start Week 1, but he is simply keeping the seat warm for Trubisky, who is likely to make rookie starts.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 11:16 AM

Jordan Howard wants to lead the league in rushing this year.

That should be the goal for every running back, but Howard actually has a chance to do it. From his first start in Week 4, Howard was third in the league with 1,246 rushing yards. That number was still 111 yards short of fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott's total, who played in one fewer game, but Howard certainly has No. 1 rusher upside in an offense which will likely lean on the run. Despite just one year of production, Howard is a locked-in RB1.
Jun 15 - 10:13 AM

Bears second-year OLB Leonard Floyd revealed it took him two months to recover from his late-season concussion.

Floyd was concussed twice as a rookie, in Week 11 and again in Week 16. Last year's No. 9 overall pick said he was in a fog until February. Floyd recorded seven sacks as a rookie and received plus pass-rush marks from Pro Football Focus. With veterans Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston extremely injury-prone in Chicago, the Bears are looking for Floyd to key their pass rush.
Jun 14 - 2:08 PM

Jordan Howard "expects a larger role in the passing game" this season.

Howard had eye surgery to correct his vision after managing 29 receptions on 50 targets last year and leading all NFL running backs in drops (8). Howard is also trying to get down to 225 pounds after measuring 6-foot, 230 at the 2016 Combine. Based on Howard's receiving inefficiency as a rookie and the Bears' offseason additions of passing-down specialist Benny Cunningham and fourth-round scatback Tarik Cohen, more targets may be hard to come by.
Jun 14 - 12:44 PM

Coach John Fox said Zach Miller (foot) is "going to cut it close" for the start of training camp.

Miller said he was "close" to full health in early June, but he's sitting out minicamp. Long injury prone, look for the Bears to play it slow with the 32-year-old. The Bears signed Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen in the second round. Miller is entering the final year of his contract and likely his last season in the Windy City.
Jun 14 - 10:28 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer expects RG Kyle Long (ankle) to open training camp on active/PUP.

Coach John Fox said Long did "explosive" work last week but remains "touch and go" to be ready for the start of camp next month. Long had major complications with ankle surgery and lost a ton of weight over the winter. He's back up to 310 pounds now and remains on track for the Week 1 opener.
Jun 14 - 10:26 AM

ESPN Chicago considers Mark Sanchez the "favorite" to open the season as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback.

We do not. With Sanchez sidelined by a knee injury, No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky has been operating as the second-team quarterback. It's extremely hard to believe that will not be the case come Week 1. No matter their readiness, teams have a difficult bordering on impossible time of keeping early-round quarterbacks buried on the depth chart. Trubisky should make 2017 starts.
Jun 6 - 4:41 PM

Bears TE Zach Miller (foot) said he is "close" to full health.

Miller was placed on injured reserve in November with a Lisfranc fracture. The injury comes with a long recovery, but Miller says he is "getting there." Even if he is a full-go for camp, the Bears cannot rely on the 32-year-old to last 16 games, a feat he has never managed. Likely with that history in mind, Chicago added Dion Sims in free agency before spending a second-round pick on Adam Shaheen. Both should steal snaps from Miller.
Jun 5 - 7:19 PM

Surgery has not been ruled out for Cameron Meredith's thumb injury.

Per Chicago Tribune reporter Dan Wiederer, Meredith is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks, which could interfere with the start of camp. It does not appear that surgery would lengthen the timeline. Barring a setback, Meredith should be ready for the preseason.
Jun 1 - 8:39 PM

Bears WR Cameron Meredith sprained his thumb in Thursday's OTAs session, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

Meredith will miss the remainder of the offseason program with what's being termed a "ligament" issue. Any hand injury can become a lingering affair for a wideout, but Meredith has nearly two months to get healthy. The Bears are counting on Meredith for a big role in their revamped receiver corps. He'll open 2017 in the WR3 mix.
Jun 1 - 6:54 PM


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