Player News - Bears

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The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs expects Marquess Wilson (foot) to open the season on reserve/PUP.

Wilson re-broke his left foot at minicamp last week and underwent surgery earlier this week. He's going to be sidelined for months. If Wilson does end up on PUP, he won't be eligible to return until after Week 6. With Wilson sidelined, Biggs expects Josh Bellamy to be next man up as the No. 4 receiver.
Jun 22 - 10:29 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Bears and franchise player Alshon Jeffery "(continue) to talk about a long-term contract."

It's been looking like Jeffery will play under his one-year tender, but the sides haven't hung up the phone for good. Per Fowler, "if a deal happens, it will be late in process." July 15 is the deadline.
Jun 21 - 1:33 PM

Bears coach John Fox said he is "expecting good things again" from Jay Cutler.

Cutler posted a career-best 92.3 quarterback rating last season, but the Bears finished bottom-12 in both points scored and total offense. Fox does not put those offensive struggles entirely on Cutler's plate. "Alshon [Jeffery] wasn’t healthy the whole season. Kevin White did not play," Fox said. "I’m not knocking any of the guys that did play, but a lot is always made of the quarterback, and his supporting cast is critical." Even with Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte gone, Cutler's weapons will be better this year if both Alshon and White can stay healthy. Basically going undrafted, Cutler carries some underappreciated upside.
Source: MMQB
Jun 20 - 9:26 AM

Per the Chicago Sun Times' Adam Jahns, Kevin White "looked like a work in progress" at OTAs and minicamp.

It's to be expected with the spring work being White's first football action since this time last year. According to Jahns, White dropped too many passes, but appeared to settle down more in minicamp when Alshon Jeffery showed up to the team. White will be one of the more fun players to track this summer and preseason after seeing no game action as last year's No. 7 overall pick.
Jun 17 - 9:46 AM

Bears signed TE Tony Moeaki to a one-year contract.

The Bears have been searching for help for a thin tight end group, but Moeaki will only provide it until he suffers a soft-tissue injury in camp. He's a major long-shot to crack the 53-man roster.
Jun 16 - 2:50 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs expects the Bears to employ a "shared backfield" this season.

Biggs says "most consider" Jeremy Langford the "odds-on favorite" to be named the starter ahead of Week 1, but Ka'Deem Carey and fifth-round pick Jordan Howard may both be involved. Biggs notes that Bears coach John Fox "consistently used a backfield by committee" during his time with the Panthers and Broncos. "It's a situation where the coaches look for a hot hand and ride it," Biggs wrote. Langford's versatility gives him an early edge, but Howard's powerful north-south style may prove a superior fit in scoring situations. Carey is a jack of all trades, but master of none and likely to settle in as Chicago's No. 3 back.
Jun 16 - 11:32 AM

Updating a previous item, Bears DE Ego Ferguson suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee before he was placed on injured reserve last season.

It was previously unknown what type of knee injury Ferguson suffered back in October, but now it's come to light that it was a pretty severe one. Torn patellar tendons are extremely tough to come back from. Just ask Victor Cruz. Ferguson is expected to participate in training camp but will be prone to setbacks. He was the 51st overall pick out of LSU back in 2014.
Jun 15 - 3:09 PM

Marquess Wilson re-broke his left foot at minicamp on Tuesday and could start the season on reserve/PUP.

Wilson initially broke his left foot in a Week 13 practice last season and required post-season surgery. He was just easing back into action. Coach John Fox conceded Wilson is in serious question for Week 1. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, 2016 is shaping up as a potentially lost season for Wilson. He was the favorite for No. 4 wideout duties behind Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, and Eddie Royal.
Jun 15 - 1:33 PM

Bears UDFA TE Ben Braunecker earned reps with the second-team offense at OTAs.

Braunecker received the largest signing bonus ($10,000) in the Bears' undrafted rookie class and posted the top SPARQ score among Combine invitees in this year's tight end group. He averaged 17.7 yards per catch in his final year at Harvard. Nicknamed "Bronk," Braunecker reportedly made "some nifty catches downfield" in OTAs and showed "good speed and hands." Braunecker is worth rostering in deep Dynasty leagues behind shaky starter Zach Miller, who was out of football 2012-2014 and turns 32 in October.
Jun 13 - 5:27 PM

Franchise-tagged WR Alshon Jeffery reported to Bears mandatory minicamp on Monday.

Jeffery ruffled a few feathers by skipping OTAs, but he's ready to resume his role as Chicago's top wideout. There hasn't been much progress in contract talks and it's anyone's guess if Jeffery will have a new deal before the July 15 deadline. Jeffery finished eighth in receiving yards per game last year (89.7) but only suited up for nine games while battling a slew of injuries.
Jun 13 - 12:00 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said Kevin White has looked "strong and fast" at OTAs.

The No. 7 overall pick in last year's draft is trying to make up for lost time after White missed his rookie campaign with a stress fracture in his shin. Dickerson called the possibility of pairing White with franchise-tagged WR Alshon Jeffery "exciting," and we'd have to agree with that. Getting Jeffery and White back healthy will be a boon to Jay Cutler's touchdown-throwing outlook.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 8:27 AM

Free agent TE Tony Moeaki worked out for the Bears on Thursday.

The Bears are looking for tight end depth behind starter Zach Miller. Moeaki appeared in 11 games for Atlanta last year, tallying three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. The 29-year-old Illinois native has only exceeded 500 receiving yards once since entering the league as a third-round pick in 2010. Former Packers TE Ryan Taylor also worked out for the Bears on Thursday.
Jun 9 - 3:33 PM

Bears signed No. 72 overall pick DE Jonathan Bullard to a four-year contract.

The Bears have now signed their entire draft class. Bullard played some defensive tackle at Florida but the Bears view him as a five-technique end in base packages. He could play significant snaps as a rookie.
Jun 6 - 3:25 PM

Bears LT Charles Leno said he wants to "repay" the team's faith in him.

"They believed in me. Now I’ve got to repay them," Leno said. "I know if I’m confident in my technical abilities — which I am and I’m still growing — I know I can play against anybody." Leno struggled last year, but he is still just 24. While he may continue to be a liability in the short term, the Bears obviously believe Leno can develop into a capable starter on the blindside.
Jun 6 - 10:44 AM

The Bears are looking for Jeremy Langford to improve on third downs.

Langford led all NFL running backs in drops (8) last season and pass blocked poorly. "The first thing is get into my routes better and be able to separate from linebackers a lot better," said Langford. "The most important part is catching the ball in traffic." Langford has also emphasized gaining yards after contact by widening his feet to improve his balance. Langford totaled 279 yards on 22 catches as a rookie.
Jun 5 - 10:49 AM


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