The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs says "don't be surprised" if TE Zach Miller doesn't crack the Bears' final roster. This actually makes plenty of sense. The Bears are rebuilding on offense and might not want to give snaps to an injury-prone 32-year-old. They also gave $10 million guaranteed to TE Dion Sims in free agency and drafted TE Adam Shaheen in the 2nd round of this year's draft. The team is also high on TE Daniel Brown, according to Biggs. This is a group to stay away from in fantasy drafts right now.
Bears RB Jordan Howard said he wants to shed a little weight for his 2nd season. He told the Chicago Sun-Times that he plans to play at "like 225 pounds" this season. He weighed 230 at the 2016 Scouting Combine and reportedly played last year in the 230s. We're not worried about slightly less weight hurting his power, and we'll see whether a streamlined Howard gains any speed. The biggest positive here is that Howard's already focused on his conditioning -- an area many players fail to grasp early in their careers. He's a top RB pick for 2017 fantasy football drafts.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith suffered a thumb ligament injury in Thursday's OTA session, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Meredith will miss the rest of spring workouts but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. As long as that's the case, this won't impact his 2017 fantasy outlook. Meredith led the Bears with 66 catches, 888 yards and 4 TDs last year and has a shot to serve as the #1 WR this season.
Bears WR Kevin White is "back to full speed," according to the Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell. White has missed 28 of 32 games over his first 2 NFL seasons with leg injuries. He spent the early portion of this offseason reteaching himself to run with proper alignment and technique, per Campbell. But White's now on to sharpening his route running. "We've been working on that hard, some of his breaking-point stuff," WRs coach Zach Azzanni said. "A lot of times when you're a big guy like that, stopping and change of direction is hard." White remains a major question mark but has tons of opportunity in 2017 on a Bears team without an established #1 WR. He's a fine shot to take at his current 12th-round ADP.
The Bears and WR Victor Cruz have agreed to a 1-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Chicago has a lot of names at WR but no sure things: Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Reuben Randle. There's opportunity here. But Cruz is 30 now and has struggled returning from his 2014 torn patellar tendon. We're not banking on him emerging as a fantasy factor in what figures to be a run-heavy Bears offense.
The Bears added North Carolina A&T RB Tarik Cohen in the 4th round of the draft. Cohen ran for 1,100+ yards in all 4 of his college seasons -- and 1,500+ in each of the last 2. He also totaled 97 catches over the past 4 years. Cohen boasts 4.4 speed and some of the nastiest cuts you'll see from a RB in this year's class. He goes just 5'6 and 179 pounds, so he'll never be a feature back at the NFL level. But Cohen could quickly carve out a change-of-pace role behind Jordan Howard.
The Bears nabbed Ashland TE Adam Shaheen with the 45th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Shaheen becomes the 4th player in NFL history drafted from Ashland. He dominated there, totaling 127 catches, 1,670 yards and 26 TDs over the past 2 seasons. Then he proved he belongs in the NFL by testing as a 68th percentile athlete for his position. The 6’6, 278-pounder clocked a 4.79-second 40 time — impressive for such a big dude — and was even better with a 121-inch broad jump and 7.09-second 3-cone. Shaheen joins QB Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago but is a long shot for 2017 fantasy value. We’ll see if the Bears hang on to TE Zach Miller after adding TE Dion Sims in free agency.
Bears GM Ryan Pace did the obligatory on Friday, calling veteran QB Mike Glennon his team's starter. "Mitch is here to develop," Pace said of the man he traded up a spot in Thursday night's 1st round to secure. We buy this more than the Texans saying Tom Savage will start in 2017. Glennon has at least had some NFL success and will make $16 million this year. Trubisky is clearly Chicago's future, though, and we'd still bet on him making starts at some point this season.
The Bears traded up 1 spot to #2 overall to select North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky. The 22-year-old sat behind Marquise Williams in his first 2 years at Chapel Hill and has just 13 college starts under his belt — the fewest for any 1st-round QB in the last 10 years. He was impressive in 2016, though, completing 68% of his passes with 30 TDs and just 6 INTs. The film shows nice accuracy and plenty of arm strength. Trubisky is also a plus athlete, registering a 68th percentile SPARQ score. The inexperience is the biggest concern, especially considering North Carolina ran a shotgun-heavy scheme. In Chicago, he could sit a year behind QB Mike Glennon, who signed what's essentially a 1-year deal with the Bears in free agency. Trubisky is a strong favorite to be under center by 2018, when he figures to be throwing to WRs Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.
The Bears have signed QB Mark Sanchez to a 1-year deal. The 30-year-old has settled in as an NFL backup, which is what he'll be in Chicago after the Bears handed QB Mike Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed. With Glennon, Sanchez, David Fales and Connor Shaw all under contract, it seems unlikely that Chicago will draft a QB with the 3rd overall pick next month.
The Bears have signed RB Benny Cunningham. The 26-year-old was decent in a backup role for the Rams over the past 4 seasons, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and totaling 93 catches. He's no threat to RB Jordan Howard's starting job in Chicago, but he could steal some passing-down work. Howard hauled in a subpar 58% of his targets as a rookie last year after mustering just 24 catches over 3 college seasons.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Kendall Wright. The former 1st-round pick spent his 1st 5 seasons with the Titans and displayed promise through 3 of them. Wright lost 11 games to injuries over the past 2 years, though, and totaled just 65 receptions over that span. He joins a Bears offense that ran Cameron Meredith primarily from the slot over the 2nd half of last season -- to surprising success -- and still has slot man Eddie Royal on the roster. Royal carries a $5 million salary for 2017, though, and the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that the team is is expected to release him. At this point, we'd slot Wright behind Kevin White and Meredith for fantasy -- in an offense unlikely to support 3 worthwhile fantasy wideouts. It's worth noting, at least, that Wright played under Bears OC Dowell Loggains when Loggains piloted Tennessee's offense in 2013. Wright produced career highs in receptions (94) and receiving yards (1,079) that season and ranked 20th among PPR receivers.
The Bears have added TE Dion Sims on a 3-year, $18 million deal, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. That's a hefty chunk of change for a guy with just 74 catches through 4 NFL seasons. Sims was never Miami's lead TE, though. The contract suggests the Bears see Sims as just that. TE Zach Miller is still on Chicago's roster, but he's 32 with a lengthy injury history.
The Bears have reached a deal with WR Markus Wheaton, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former 3rd-rounder disappointed in Pittsburgh, topping out with a 44-749-5 line in 2015. He was usurped by Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Cobi Hamilton this past year, finishing with just 4 catches. Wheaton is still only 26, but we've seen no reason to believe he'll emerge as a fantasy asset. Cameron Meredith and Kevin White remain the favorite to be Chicago's top 2 WRs in 2017.
USA Today reports that the Bears have agreed to a 3-year deal with former Bucs QB Mike Glennon, worth $14.5 million per year. Glennon started 18 games over his 1st 2 years with Tampa Bay, including 13 games as a rookie. He tossed 29 TDs vs. 15 INTs over those 2 seasons. But then the Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston 1st overall in 2015 and rendered Glennon no more than a backup. The money obviously casts Glennon as Chicago's starter for the foreseeable future. Moving from the Jay Cutler-Brian Hoyer-Matt Barkley combo of last year to Glennon doesn't look like a significant upgrade for Bears pass-catchers, though stabilizing the position can't hurt. The Bears are now expected to release Cutler, who will make for an interesting free agent.
The Giants have released WR Victor Cruz. It was a no-brainer move with Cruz set to count $9.4 million against the 2017 salary cap. It's possible that the G-Men bring him back at a cheaper salary, but it shouldn't be as more than a #4 WR. The 30-year-old Cruz hauled in just 54.2% of his targets and scored 1 TD this past season. He's a long shot to re-emerge as a fantasy asset.
Bears TE Zach Miller expects to be recovered by April from the fractured Lisfranc he suffered in his right foot this past November. "Everything's going great. I'll be ready when we get back in April," Miller said. "Everything's going according to plan, ahead of schedule. I've been through this exact rehab schedule before. I know what it entails and I've been able to bounce back and play at a high level before, and I'm comfortable with that." Miller suffered the same injury during the 2014 preseason and was placed on IR. He's never made it through a full 16-game season and will be nearly 33 years old when the 2017 season kicks off. Chicago needs to address TE this offseason.
Steelers WR Markus Wheaton underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Wheaton is looking at a 3-month rehab, which will spill over into the start of free agency. He'll hit the open market coming off an ugly 2016 season that saw just catch just 4 balls in 3 appearances.
The Bears defense will be without OLBs Leonard Floyd (concussion) and Pernell McPhee (shoulder) for today's game against the Vikings. Joining them on the inactive list are S Deon Bush (ankle) and CB Bryce Callahan (hamstring). CB Tracy Porter (knee), OLB Willie Young (knee) and CB Cre'von LeBlanc (knee) are active despite entering the day questionable.
Bears CB Cre'von LeBlanc (knee) is inactive for today's game against Washington. Slot CB Bryce Callahan (knee) is active. Neither is a big IDP factor, but losing any cover guys against a spread-out Washington pass offense could hurt.
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