Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:13am
“Did a lot of movement today,” Bears WR Kevin White said. “Left side and in the slot on the right side. Slot in the left. So a lot different than college. Just trying to get adjusted. First day. So it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. But I’m learning the system and trying to get better each and every day.
“There’s a lot of information to take for day one. Everything gets thrown at you at one time. So you’ve got to kind of relax and try to take it all in and just learn.”
One of White’s biggest supporters is Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who endorsed White after the wide receiver’s April pre-draft visit to Halas Hall.
“He was outstanding,” Gase said. “He could tell you exactly what the checks were, what him and the quarterback, what page they were on. It was pretty impressive when he came in the building. We really like what he brought to the table, and we look for specific routes, and when we see one or two things, we know they can do the entire tree, so his speed, his body control, the way that he bursts off the ball, all those things we really liked.”
White replaces Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the Jets. He has a capable quarterback in Jay Cutler, though he comes in as the clear #2 option to the already established Alshon Jeffery. Marshall averaged 8.2 targets per game last season, but that was with Marc Trestman calling the plays. Gase figures to call a more balanced offense. White is a great talent and should be a fantasy factor as a rookie — just don’t expect WR1-type targets with Jeffery in the mix.
Johnny Manziel is fresh out of a 10-week stay in a rehab facility. McCown is a stable veteran with a career completion percentage near 60. This wasn't difficult.
"We just look back to when he was in Chicago, when he had a pretty good supporting cast around him, and he was able to be more than functional. He had a very successful year," Pettine said on WKRK-FM, via the Beacon Journal. "When you build the team right, it minimizes the importance of the quarterback."
The problem here is that while in Chicago, McCown was throwing to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett and now he'll be targeting Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline and Rob Housler. That's a serious downgrade at all three positions. McCown didn't play particularly well with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans in 2014, there's no reason to believe that he's going to make a passing game go with Bowe, Hartline and Housler.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. No worries here.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Jeffery should be fine to face Detroit.
Enough is finally enough for the Chicago Bears.
After weeks of offensive futility, the team has benched starting quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of backup Jimmy Clausen prior to Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to two sources informed of the situation.
Cutler owners who are still alive are going to have to find another option this week, and Clausen isn't an attractive start. He has a career 5.2 YPA and it's a difficult matchup against the Lions. It's a downgrade for the entire offense, including Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. On the flip side, the Lions defense is still a very strong play in Week 16.
Alshon Jeffery is active as expected. Since the team's Week 9 bye, the Bears have targeted Jeffery 46 times in four games, and he has responded with 29 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns in that span (#10 WR numbers). Re-injury is the only concern this week. Jay Feely will handle the kicking duties with Gould out.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the receiver will play, even though he's dealing with a hamstring injury, according to a source.
Since the team's Week 9 bye, the Bears have targeted Jeffery 46 times in four games, and he has responded with 29 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns in that span (#10 WR numbers). Re-injury is the only concern this week.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jeffery is expected to play on Thursday night after an upgrade to “limited” on Wednesday. If he can’t play, Marquess Wilson would see a big increase in playing time.
Pro Football Talk reported Jeffery's absence was precautionary, according to Bears HC Mark Trestman. Jeffery was also limited on Monday.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. Jeffery should be fine for a great matchup against the Bucs.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Jeffery should be fine for a great matchup against the Bucs.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. This is probably a day of rest for Jeffery, but we’ll monitor his progress this week. Owners will want him available for a great matchup against the Buccaneers.
Wilson resumed practicing last week for the first time since breaking his collarbone Aug. 4 in training camp. He was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return.
“We saw it [in training camp] and we saw it in the spring,” said coach Marc Trestman. “He was ascending, was learning the offense, was involved in making plays out there for us, and we were excited about it. Him being up now, we’re optimistic that he’ll be in position to help us.”
WR Alshon Jeffery has caught only 13 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown during the Bears’ three-game losing streak to the Dolphins, Patriots and Packers. Said quarterback Jay Cutler: “We’ve got to find ways to get him the ball a little bit more and get him going. He’s kind of been a bit lost the last couple of games. We haven’t utilized him as much as we want to. He’s still an unbelievable receiver and hard to cover.” Jeffery hasn’t had a 100-yard game or a reception over 22 yards since the Bears’ Week 6 win in Atlanta. But of course he’s not the only one who isn’t making the types of plays he has in the past. Said Cutler: “That’s just kind of everybody right now. We’re not doing exactly what we should be doing. We’re not making plays on offense when we should be making them. It starts with me. I’ve got to play better. I’ve got to put these guys in positions to make some of these plays and give [Jeffery] more of a chance to do what he can do.”
This is easy to say, but the Bears' offense is in a funk right now and it's not like Cutler can snap his fingers and everything will be hunky dory. The Vikings are a fairly tough matchup for opposing wide receivers. We're not expecting a great day from the Chicago offense given its performance in recent weeks.
Roberto Garza C
Charles Leno OT
Shea McClellin OLB
Sherrick McManis CB
Jeremiah Ratliff DT
Trevor Scott DE
Matt Slauson G
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