ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Bears rookie ILB Roquan Smith and OLB Khalil Mack will not play the whole game Sunday night against the Packers. Mack, of course, recently joined the team after holding out through August. Smith arrived mid-August after an extended negotiation over his rookie deal, and then lost time to a hamstring issue. Each should show up some on the stat sheet and remains a potential full-season IDP stud. But it's tough to trust either new Bears defender in Week 1 IDP lineups.
Bears rookie ILB Roquan Smith left practice Tuesday because of "tightness" in his left hamstring, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. HC Matt Nagy said they took Smith out as a precaution and that he might return Wednesday. That would keep alive the possibility of Smith playing in the 3rd preseason game. Smith, of course, didn't join the team until Aug. 14 because of a contract impasse. He reportedly said before Tuesday's practice that "being in football shape" is the biggest challenge for him right now. We'll see how quickly -- and well -- Smith bounces back from this setback. We have knocked the rookie down our LB rankings a bit.
Rookie LB Roquan Smith has agreed to terms with the Bears, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith is the last unsigned draft pick -- Chicago's selection at #8 overall. We'll see if Smith's back in time to appear in the Bears' 3rd preseason game this Saturday at Denver. But even if he misses that one, the rookie should still have time to claim the starting ILB job next to Danny Trevathan and carry huge IDP upside.
The Bears grabbed Georgia LB Roquan Smith with the 8th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Smith should start right away inside the Bears' 3-4 defense and easily slide into a 3-down role. We'll see what that means for oft-injured LB Danny Trevathan. Smith should quickly become a big IDP factor with his blend of athleticism and play recognition.