Player News - Bears

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Bears coach Matt Nagy said he is going to use Tarik Cohen all over the formation.

"He’s a run threat and then he can catch the ball in space in broken formations," Nagy said. "We’re going to teach him everything we can and move him around and do different things." After averaging 8.75 touches a game as a rookie, it sounds like Cohen will have a bigger role under the new coaching staff. Nagy has compared Cohen to Tyreek Hill, who he coached in Kansas City.
Apr 19 - 10:21 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Kevin White "has a big ceiling."

Nagy is setting a clean slate for the former No. 7 overall pick, saying it is up to White whether he can turn that upside into production. "He’s got to put time in the playbook. He’s got to put in the extra work after practice when he can," Nagy said. "And then when the game comes, he’s got to make plays." White has played five games in three seasons because of multiple injuries and did not show well in that limited action. He is a long-shot to develop into a quality contributor.
Apr 19 - 9:30 AM

Kevin White (shoulder) is participating in the Bears' offseason program this week.

White appeared in one game last season before missing the remainder of the season with a broken shoulder blade. He's appeared in just five NFL games since being the No. 7 overall pick in 2015 but is getting a clean slate under new coach Matt Nagy. With the additions of Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to go along with an expanded role for playmaker Tarik Cohen, there may not be a whole lot of room/snaps for White. But being under the radar may be best for White.
Apr 18 - 3:52 PM

Tarik Cohen is up to 190 pounds after packing on nearly 10 pounds of "all muscle."

We're getting into the part of the offseason where weight gains and losses become prevalent. Cohen weighed in at 179 at the Combine last year and was listed at 181 by the Bears. New coach Matt Nagy suggested some similarities between Cohen and Tyreek Hill last month, and the plan is to get Cohen more consistently involved this year. He should flirt with 10 touches per game.
Apr 18 - 1:46 PM

Bears re-signed restricted free agent CB Bryce Callahan to a one-year, $1.9 million contract.

He was tendered at the original-pick level. Callahan was the Bears' slot corner last season, playing a career-high 512 snaps. The Vikings had shown interest in him during free agency, but Callahan will settle in with Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara as Chicago's primary corners this season.
Apr 17 - 6:21 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy confirmed that Jordan Howard will be the team's "featured" back.

He'll lead the backfield, though Nagy said the team plans to use "multiple backs." Howard has averaged an impressive 4.6 yards per carry since arriving as a fifth-round draft pick in 2016, though he's been a sub-par receiver with 14 drops during that span. The 23-year-old won't lack for touches, though we suspect Tarik Cohen will see plenty of work on passing downs this season.
Apr 17 - 5:29 PM

Jordan Howard said the Bears told his agent the team has no plans to trade him.

Howard's name surfaced in trade rumors earlier this offseason—specifically his name came up in trade talks for Jarvis Landry. However, those discussions never gained much traction and it looks like the Bears will stand pat with Howard as their lead back. Howard has topped 1,000 yards rushing in each of his two seasons with 16 touchdowns during that span, though he's been a liability as a pass-catcher. We'd expect Tarik Cohen to see more work on passing downs in 2018.
Apr 17 - 1:53 PM

Bears signed WR Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract.

Fowler was nontendered by Denver despite career highs in 2017. He gives Chicago some depth at receiver after losing Cameron Meredith. Fowler will compete for slot reps behind Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel.
Apr 13 - 5:49 PM

Bears re-signed NT John Jenkins.

Jenkins spent the second-half of 2017 as a healthy scratch, appearing in eight games (one start). He'll return on a veteran minimum deal. Jenkins is run-stopping depth behind contract-year DT Eddie Goldman.
Apr 7 - 3:19 PM

Bears re-signed WR Josh Bellamy to a one-year, $1.907 million contract.

Bellamy was extended the lowest tender. Following the signings of Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, Bellamy shouldn't have to play offense much in 2018 after he played 437 snaps in 2017. He'll concentrate on special teams.
Apr 4 - 3:26 PM

Bears RG Kyle Long (neck, shoulder and elbow surgeries) expects to be ready for Week 1.

"If it were up to me, I’d be full go right now," Long said Tuesday. "I feel as if I am (ready to go), but there are certain things that are time-sensitive that we have to follow a certain timeline with -— the neck being one of them." Going on 30, Long has been limited to 18 appearances over the past two seasons.
Apr 3 - 3:54 PM

Bears RG Kyle Long is recovering from elbow surgery in addition to his neck and shoulder operations.

Beset by injury the past two years, Long is questionable for the start of training camp. 2018 will be Long's age-30 campaign. We would expect Long to be ready for Week 1, but his recent injury luck means the Bears must have a back-up plan in mind.
Apr 3 - 2:08 PM

Bears signed OG Earl Watford, formerly of the Cardinals.

A depth signing, Watford was one of the least-effective players in the league over the past two years in Arizona. He turns 28 in June.
Apr 3 - 2:05 PM

Bears re-signed RB Benny Cunningham.

Cunningham's visit to the Saints was enough to spur the Bears into action, retaining their core special teamer. Cunningham, 28 in July, will compete for Chicago's No. 3 running back job behind Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
Apr 2 - 5:14 PM

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham visited the Saints on Monday.

Cunningham is a special teams player and situational third-down back. Jeff Fisher's Rams used to play Cunningham ahead of Todd Gurley on passing downs.
Apr 2 - 5:01 PM

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