Chicago Bears News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fansided: Cordarrelle Patterson: 2019 Fantasy Football Stat Projections
Cordarrelle Patterson has been an NFL enigma.
Even the most plugged in analysts never know what to make out of him from year to year.
When Patterson came into the league with the Minnesota Vikings in 2013, people expected big things. While Patterson hasn't disappointed as a kick returner, his production on offense have been hit or miss.
Leave it to Bill Belichick to figure out an even better way to utilize Patterson. Patterson spent 2018 with the New England Patriots and Belichick starting using him far more as a running back and lining him all over the field.
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Chicago Sun-Times: MAMA BEAR
irginia McCaskey shuffled into the building named after her late father and then the auditorium named after her deceased brother.
It was the Monday before the first game of the 2018 season, and the Bears' matriarch -- she's technically the secretary of the board of directors, a title that belies her impact on both the franchise and the NFL -- had been asked by coach Matt Nagy to address the team.
Se was nervous.
McCaskey couldn't remember the last time she spoke to the entire roster. Former coach Lovie Smith used to have her address the team's rookie class.
Windy City Gridiron: The Bear's Den, May 24, 2019
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Medina: Excuse Me, But What Do You Mean Brian Urlacher Isn't a Top-10 Player in Bears History? - Bleacher Nation - Brian Urlacher is a Hall of Famer, an all-time great, and deserving of a top-10 spot among the best Bears ever.
Hughes: Bears to Donate Million Dollars to Local Charities - Da Bears Blog - One of the great things about the partnership between Ted Phillips and George McCaskey has been their committment to charity.
Fansided: Tarik Cohen: 2019 Fantasy Football Stat Projections
In 2017, a tiny fourth round pick out of North Carolina A&T caught the fantasy world by storm with a breakout performance in week one against the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Tarik Cohen's rookie season was strong, but due to an anemic offense, Cohen's numbers plateaued and he didn't quite have the year many expected.
In 2018, fantasy owners that saw potential in Cohen and went back to the well due to a new offense with new Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy were rewarded handsomely with his selection.
Cohen increased his yards from scrimmage from 723 to 1169.
Chicago Sun-Times: Jets ask to speak with Bears' Champ Kelly for GM job: report
The Jets have asked for permission to interview Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly for their vacant general manager job, per NFL Network.
Kelly worked with Adam Gase, the Jets' head coach and current interim GM, both with the Broncos and Bears.
Kelly came to the Bears alongside head coach John Fox and Gase, then the offensive coordinator, in 2015 after spending seven years with the Broncos. He was the team's assistant director of pro personnel his last five seasons in Denver.
In July 2017, the Bears promoted him from pro scouting director to assistant director of player personnel.
Windy City Gridiron: Re-grading the 2016 Bears draft
The Athletic's Dane Brugler went back and handed out grades for the 2016 NFL Draft, which is the proper time to hand out draft grades; three years after the picks are made.
Immediate draft grades are silly, as these players have yet to play a snap as a professional, but everyone does them, and everyone reads them. While I'm a vocally against doing immediate draft grades, my curiosity to see what the experts have to say about the Chicago Bears' draft class leads me to search the interwebs as soon as possible.
Chicago Sun-Times: Chuck Pagano sees a lot of Ed Reed in Bears S Eddie Jackson -- and he's coached both
As he walked off the Bears' practice field Wednesday, Eddie Jackson laughed when he was asked if it was too soon to be playing football again.
"No," he said. "It's too long of a break from it."
After the best season of his career, albeit with a heartbreaking finish -- he earned first-team all-pro honors but missing the final two games of the regular season, and the team's playoff loss, with a high-ankle ankle sprain -- Jackson knows there's plenty of room to improve.
"Still getting better at tackling," he said. "Understanding the playbook -- it's a new defensive coordinator with [Chuck Pagano].
CSN Chicago: How can the Bears make Khalil Mack even better in 2019?
In the midst of Khalil Mack's All-Pro debut season with the Bears, then-outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley offered a thought of how his star pupil could be even better in 2019. With the benefit of a full offseason of OTAs and training camp, the Bears would be able to move Mack around more within their defense, which would present tougher challenges for opposing coaching staffs trying to gameplan for him.
Staley left for the Denver Broncos along with Vic Fangio back in January. But a new coaching staff has the same thought: There's more to what Mack can do than we saw in 2018.
Fansided: Analyzing the Bears schedule part 4: three games to end the season
The Bears schedule is much tougher this year and we have already covered a rough five-game stretch after their bye week, but the last three games of the year are not going to be an easy road either. Chicago will play two of their last three games on the road and their one home game will be what looks a huge Sunday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs and their high-powered offense. The schedule makers did the Bears no favors with their final stretch of games.
If the Bears are still fighting for a playoff spot at this point of the season they will have to be at their best if they want to get through this set of games.
Windy City Gridiron: What's the most embarrassing Bears jersey to own?
It happens every offseason.
The Chicago Bears draft a fresh class of rookies or signs an exciting free agent or two, and the NFL whips up a new batch of jerseys for fans to purchase. How many of you guys ran out to get a Muhsin Muhammad #87 in 2005, a Julius Peppers #90 in 2010, or a Kevin White #13 in 2015?
Muhammad's Bears' career was most memorable for his quote about Chicago being, "where receivers go to die." Peppers made four straight Pro Bowls, but after being released he ended up playing north of the border.
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Fansided: Chicago Bears: "Y" Bradley Sowell completes Matt Nagy's tight end room
Early into the Matt Nagy hiring, we hung onto every word as we searched for an image of what type of coach he was. One note that he consistently went to was his urge for three tight ends.
He told reporters that he was stressing to Ryan Pace the importance of signing Trey Burton. To Nagy, he is the perfect tight end who highlights a room of three roles. When Nagy has three tight ends to fill his three roles, he sees his room as complete and firing on all cylinders.
Da' Bears Blog: Enjoy the Holiday Weekend (and official start of the summer)
I don't have much interest in the beverage but I admire this man's procedural dedication.
And as always, PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. There is always a cab. Always a LYFT. Hell, there's almost always someone you can call to pick you up and take you home. Driving after even a few drinks simply isn't worth it. So please please please don't do it.