Player News - Bears

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ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson expects Jacquizz Rodgers to be involved in the backfield competition.

Sophomore Jeremy Langford is tentatively expected to be the starter following the departure of Matt Forte, but he will face competition from rookie Jordan Howard, Ka'Deem Carey and apparently Rodgers, who Dickerson says 'impressed' last season before landing on injured reserve with a broken arm. Rodgers might be able to carve out a small passing-game role, but the bulk of the work will come down to Langford, Howard and Carey.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 9:40 AM

The Bears cut Matt Slauson and inserted second-round pick Cody Whitehair at left guard in an effort to improve their line's athleticism.

It's believed new OC Dowell Loggains will implement more zone-scheme runs. In Whitehair and RG Kyle Long, the Bears now boast one of the most athletic guard duos in the league. "It’s, get to the second level and produce at the second level," OL coach Dave Magazu explained. "We can beat guys up, up front. But it doesn’t matter if you beat the hell out of the four down guys and the backer’s standing there and nobody can get to him."
May 22 - 11:03 PM

Coach John Fox suggested "whoever has a hot hand" will be the Bears' running back.

Fox has favored committee backfields dating back to his time with the Panthers and Broncos. Even in his first season with the Bears, he rotated Matt Forte and rookie Jeremy Langford the final month. Langford has been talked up as the "heir apparent" to Forte, but it'd be foolish to believe he'll take on Forte's full workload. Rookie Jordan Howard is a candidate to steal early-down snaps, and RBs coach Stan Drayton is dubbing Ka'Deem Cary a "wild card." It's a position battle to monitor closely this summer. Langford is currently being drafted as RB20 in MFL best-ball leagues.
May 20 - 12:18 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Bears and OLB Willie Young are discussing a two-year extension.

Young is due $2.5 million in the final year of his deal. This is quite a turnaround for Young, who requested a trade at the deadline last season. Not a traditional fit in a 3-4 scheme, Young found his footing down the stretch last year, recording 5.5 sacks over the final seven games. With Young, Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, and rookie Leonard Floyd all ready to rush the passer, the Bears' remade defense has a chance to take a big step forward.
May 18 - 6:54 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns said Charles Leno is the Bears' starting left tackle.

It makes sense after Chicago failed to add any competition of note. Leno struggled at left tackle last season, but the Bears seem to believe he can develop into a quality starter. "He plays much better on the left than right," offensive line coach Dave Magazu said. "A lot of that revolves around some of the things, technically, being more dominant on his right hand than his left." The Bears appear to have improved the interior of their line, but Leno remains a big concern.
May 17 - 10:55 AM

The Bears have instructed first-round OLB Leonard Floyd to eat "every couple hours" to put on weight.

"I’ve got prompts set up on my phone of times in the day that I’m supposed to eat," Floyd said. Bears coaches said over the weekend they are not concerned about Floyd's weight, but the strength and nutrition staff appears to disagree. While "Weightgate" makes for an interesting offseason story, it is unlikely to matter once the snaps start to count.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 12:59 PM

Bears DC Vic Fangio isn't concerned with first-round LB Leonard Floyd's weight.

GM Ryan Pace previously hinted that the team wanted Floyd to put on weight but it doesn't sound like he'll be asked to do that. Floyd checked in at 244 pounds at the Combine but will play lighter when he takes the field this season. "He’s going to weigh somewhere between 230 and 235. That’s just what he’s going to weigh," said Fangio. Floyd makes up for his relatively slight frame with superior length (6'6) and speed (4.60 forty time at the Combine).
May 15 - 10:54 AM

Bears third-round pick Jonathan Bullard played right end during rookie minicamp.

Bullard has experience at defensive tackle, but the Bears are viewing him as a five-technique end in base packages. Given the team's personnel, Bullard has a chance to see the field right away. Jarvis Jenkins joined the Jets this offseason while Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson are both coming off injuries. Mitch Unrein will also be in the mix, though he's better suited as a rotational player.
May 15 - 10:39 AM

Bears WRs coach Curtis Johnson said sophomore WR Kevin White reminds him of Andre Johnson.

Johnson coached Andre at the University of Miami. "They’re both big and physical and fast," Johnson said. "That doesn’t all go together sometimes. But when you see a big guy who is physical, fast and athletic, you just wonder how good this guy can really be?" The No. 7 overall pick last year, White missed his entire rookie campaign with a stress fracture in his shin, but he has been declared 100 percent healthy by GM Ryan Pace. With just Alshon Jeffery ahead of him in the pecking order, White should see plenty of targets this season.
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 12:03 PM

Bears OC Dowell Loggains said fifth-round RB Jordan Howard is a "change-of-pace back."

Howard will be changing the pace for Jeremy Langford. "Their skill sets are different," Loggains said. "We won't ask them to both do the same thing, but we'll find out what Howard does well and we'll play to that." A bruising, north-south runner, it is likely Howard plays a short-yardage role with Langford as the starter, but Howard taking on some early-down work is not out of the question. Coach John Fox has a long history of coaching backfield-by-committees, and we could be looking at another one in Chicago this season.
May 14 - 9:30 AM

Bears OC Dowell Loggains said Jeremy Langford needs to do a "better job" in the passing game.

Langford made some big plays as a receiver last season, but he dropped eight of 42 targets and struggled as a pass blocker. He needs to become more consistent in both areas if he has any chance of replicating Matt Forte's success. The good news is fifth-round pick Jordan Howard has little experience in the passing game, so the receiving work is Langford's to lose.
May 14 - 9:22 AM

The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns believes Harold Jones-Quartey is the favorite to start opposite Adrian Amos at safety.

An undrafted sophomore out of small-school Findlay, Jones-Quartey started four games as a rookie after being plucked off waivers early in September. Jones-Quartey held his own, but the Bears are likely hoping rookies Deon Bush (fourth round) and DeAndre Houston-Carson (sixth round) make a strong push for the job.
May 10 - 12:03 PM

Bears signed sixth-round S DeAndre Houston-Carson to a four-year, $2.481 million contract.

A talented ballhawk out of FCS William & Mary, Houston-Carson stands 6-foot-1, 201 and was voted co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association as a senior. The Bears have a void at the safety spot opposite Adrian Amos after releasing Antrel Rolle. "DHC" will be in the mix for that opening, along with fourth-round pick Deon Bush. Bush is seen as the early favorite.
May 9 - 4:18 PM

Bears signed fifth-round RB Jordan Howard to a four-year contract.

Howard, who struggled with pass catching and picking up the blitz for Indiana, is a one-dimensional, two-down grinder. He's a straight-line runner who tries to bruise his way downhill. He could eventually form a tandem with second-year pro Jeremy Langford, but Howard could max out as a special teamer as a rookie.
May 9 - 2:18 PM

Bears signed fourth-round LB Nick Kwiatkoski, fourth-round S Deon Bush, fourth-round CB Deiondre' Hall, sixth-round S DeAndre Houston-Carson and seventh-round WR Daniel Braverman to four-year contracts.

The Bears traded up for Kwiatkoski, who was productive for West Virginia before turning in a strong Combine performance. Kwiatkoski is a strong tackler who also holds his own in coverage. Versatile, he could get some rookie snaps on defense.
May 9 - 2:18 PM


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