The Bears are “optimistic” that WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) and TE Trey Burton (hernia) will be ready for the start of training camp, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Both players have missed offseason workouts while working back from surgeries. We’ll watch their participation early in camp
Bears TE Trey Burton had sports-hernia surgery earlier this offseason, HC Matt Nagy revealed on Wednesday. It's unclear if it was related to the groin injury that sidelined Burton for Chicago's playoff loss to the Eagles. Nagy said "the hope" is that Burton will be ready for the start of training camp in July. We'll keep an eye on him. Burton finished as PPR TE8 in his debut season with the Bears.
The Bears signed Missouri WR Emanuel Hall as an undrafted free agent. The #11 WR in our Pre-Draft Rankings, Hall is 1 of the best downfield threats in this WR class. He averaged 20.8 yards per catch over his 4 seasons at Mizzou, including 24.8 and 22.4 the past 2 years. Twelve of his 37 grabs in 2018 came 20+ yards downfield. Hall confirmed his elite speed by blazing a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at 6’2 and 201 pounds. He added a 43.5-inch vertical to earn a 99th percentile SPARQ score. The knocks against Hall: He didn’t run a wide variety of routes at Missouri, struggled with drops and missed 7 total games over the past 2 seasons with hamstring and groin injuries. As an undrafted free agent, he's a long shot to make a fantasy impact. But we’ll be keeping an eye on Hall this summer.
The Bears selected Georgia WR Riley Ridley in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Calvin’s younger brother never popped at Georgia, topping out with 43 catches, 559 yards and 9 TDs this past season. Even in a run-heavy offense, his market shares underwhelm: 17.8% of the catches, 17.6% of the receiving yards and 26.5% of the receiving scores. Those marks rank 39th, 43rd and 29th among the 48 WRs at this year’s Combine. Ridley doesn’t check the athleticism box either, registering a 15th percentile SPARQ score at 6’1 and 194 pounds. He is 1 of the better route runners in this class and shows well in contested situations. That makes him a pro-ready and relatively safe WR prospect, but nothing in Ridley’s profile points to him becoming a real difference maker for the Bears or fantasy squads. He’ll compete for targets with Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel behind Allen Robinson.
The Bears added Iowa State RB David Montgomery in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Montgomery is coming off 3 productive seasons for the Cyclones. He led the squad with 563 rushing yards as a true freshman and then broke out for 1,146 yards and 11 TDs in 2017. Montgomery bested those numbers this past season, racking up 1,216 yards and 13 scores. His career 4.7 yards per carry looks disappointing, but he played behind some bad offensive lines. Montgomery is a tackle-breaking machine on tape and ranked 4th in this RB class in Pro Football Focus’ 2018 Elusive Rating. He’s also adept in the passing game, totaling 71 catches over 3 college seasons and faring well in pass protection. Montgomery tested as a 36th percentile athlete at the Combine and won’t be a big-play back as a pro. But he has the size (5’10, 222 lbs.) and skill set to make it as a lead back. He joins free-agent addition Mike Davis and change-of-back guy Tarik Cohen in Chicago’s backfield. Montgomery has a shot to lead the way in touches this season.
Bears WR Anthony Miller says he dislocated his left shoulder 5 or 6 times last year, the 1st coming in Week 3. “Every time I tried to stiff arm, it would come out, or if I ran kind of crazy, it would come out. Really I was playing games with like one arm, making it happen," Miller said. He ended up playing in 15 games but was often limited. So he did well to post a 33-423-7 line as a rookie. Miller had surgery in January to repair a torn labrum and should be back by the time training camp gets going. “Chicago hasn’t seen how I can play yet,” he added. Miller's early ADP is sitting in the 13th round.
S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has signed a 1-year deal with the Bears. He'll take over the SS role vacated by Adrian Amos' departure for Green BAy. Clinton-Dix spent the final 9 games with Washington after Green Bay traded him away last season. He delivered top-10 fantasy scoring, at least his 3rd season in DB1 scoring range, depending on your format. Clinton-Dix should have another shot at solid IDP production with the Bears. Amos didn't post big stats last year but scored as a DB1 the season before over 13 games.
The Bears have signed WR Cordarrelle Patterson to a 2-year, $10 million deal. The former 1st-rounder has yet to reach 500 receiving yards as a pro but totaled 475 yards with the Patriots last year (247 receiving, 228 rushing). HC Matt Nagy figures to have some fun with C-Patt as a gadget player, but his biggest impact will remain on special teams. Patterson is unlikely to be a reliable fantasy play in Chicago.
The Bears have added free-agent RB Mike Davis. The former Seahawk was sneaky-good last year, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 112 attempts and posting a 34-214-1 receiving line. Pro Football Focus graded him 25th among 62 RBs -- notably 12 spots ahead of new teammate Jordan Howard. Howard has been the subject of trade whispers, although we're not sure Davis' addition is a precursor. We'll see.
Update: Davis' deal is for 2 years and $6 million with a max value of $7 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Bears S Eddie Jackson is active for today’s game against the Eagles. He arrived questionable after missing the previous 2 games with an ankle sprain
Bears TE Trey Burton (groin) is inactive for today's game against the Eagles. He was added to the injury report on Saturday, but we have no further details on his status beyond this week. Burton's absence leaves Adam Shaheen as Chicago's lead pass-catching TE. Note that Philly finished 4th in Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed to TEs this season.
The Bears have added TE Trey Burton to the injury report and deemed him questionable for Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a groin injury. We’ll check his status Sunday afternoon.
Bears S Eddie Jackson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles. He missed the past 2 games but returned for limited practices the past 2 days. We'll check his status Sunday.
Bears WRs Allen Robinson (ribs), Taylor Gabriel (shoulder) and Anthony Miller (shoulder) all practiced in full on Wednesday. Robinson sat out the season finale vs. Minnesota, while Gabriel and Miller exited early. But it looks like Chicago's WR corps will be at full strength for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Bears WR Taylor Gabriel suffered a shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Minnesota and is questionable to return. Chicago already lost WR Anthony Miller to a shoulder injury, and WR Allen Robinson is inactive with a rib injury.
Bears WR Anthony Miller injured his left shoulder in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Vikings and is questionable to return. He dealt with an injury to the same shoulder earlier this season. We'll update the rookie's status when we learn more.
Update: Miller has been ruled out. We'll see if he's able to play in next weekend's Wild Card game.
Bears WR Allen Robinson (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Vikings. Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller will serve as Chicago’s top 2 WRs and are both in the WR3 mix for fantasy lineups.
Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. New England is down to Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett at WR.
Bears S Eddie Jackson (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings. That would be his 2nd straight missed game. Without Jackson last week, the Chicago D still held the Niners to just 9 points and 279 total yards on the road.
Bears WR Allen Robinson (ribs) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Vikings after missing practice all week. His absence will leave Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller as Chicago’s top 2 WRs. TE Trey Burton could also see a boost in volume.
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