Bears Fantasy News
Matt Forte to see increased role in passing game
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:54am
RB Matt Forte says new HC Marc Trestman told him he’s watched a lot of film of Forte running a lot of different kinds of routes and that the Bears plan to incorporate a lot of them into their offense. That’s left Forte with “challenging” work to do to prepare himself for a return to a more versatile offensive role.
“It’s easy to learn what you do, but to actually have to learn the concepts of what the receivers are doing and why I have to run this route to get that guy open … it makes it more difficult, but also more intriguing as a player,” Forte said, via Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. “I have to learn more than what the ‘H’ does. I’ve got to learn what the ‘F’ does, (and) where he lines up because I may have a situation where I line up as a receiver. I have to learn the receivers’ routes as well.”
An increased role for Forte as a receiver out of the backfield fits with what we’ve heard about shorter drops and quicker throws from the Bears offense this season. It also sounds better than what the team was trying in 2012, although the talk out of Bears camp this year sounded a lot better than the offense looked in 2011. The proof will come in a few months, likely with a healthy serving of Forte as receiver in the mix.
Through five seasons, Forte has averaged 3.56 receptions per game, which yields almost 57 catches when prorated over a full, 16-game season. We have him conservatively projected to catch 54 passes for 471 yards and 1.5 TD, and that makes him the #9 RB in PPR formats. There's some upside here if Forte sees a jump in his per game targets.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:11pm
Marshall figures to be one of the top 5 fantasy WRs in 2013, provided he's healthy.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:15am
“I just wanted to learn from someone different and do things different,” Jeffery said. “Plus, he’s a Pro Bowl player. I want to see what it takes.”
When he arrived at Fit Speed, Jeffery weighed in at 225 pounds with a body fat percentage of 11 or 12 percent. When he checked out a few weeks ago, Jeffery weighed 219 pounds with eight percent body fat.
“Alshon made tremendous strides,” said Matt Gates, Fit Speed’s co-owner and director. “He’s a really good kid, a really hard worker. He doesn’t say much, but I like that.”
Keep Jeffery in mind as a sleeper as a starter opposite Marshall in the Bears offense, which should get a shot in the arm with the arrival of sharp offensive mind Marc Trestman as head coach.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:06am
The diligent side of tight end Martellus Bennett — quarterback Jay Cutler’s new big weapon — has emerged during the Bears’ voluntary minicamp, erasing any concerns about how his eccentric, outgoing personality would blend into the Bears locker room.
‘‘He’s a student,” Bears tight end coach Andy Bischoff said Thursday after the third day of minicamp. ‘‘He’s writing everything down. He’s asking questions. He wants to be coached. Really, in every possible way, he’s been a joy.’’
After a hot start (5.0-62-1.0 in the first three games), Bennett only cracked the 50-yard mark once in the next eight games, and failed to find the endzone during that span. He finished the season with two TDs in his final five games. Ever since they traded Greg Olsen away, the Bears have struggled at TE. Bennett should immediately start in Chicago. We liked him more in New York, but he could surprise for the Bears if Jay Cutler sends enough passes his way. At this point, he looks like a mediocre TE2.
Jordan Cameron slated to start for Browns
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 10:13pm
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski and OC Norv Turner know tight ends, with Chud having played the position at the University of Miami and the two of them coaching Pro Bowlers Antonio Gates and Kellen Winslow. They've identified Jordan Cameron as their starter for 2013, with Kellen Davis and Gary Barnidge playing reserve roles. Expect Cameron to take a big step this year and have plenty of production in this tight-end friendly offense.
Browns sign big slot receiver David Nelson
Monday, April 8, 2013, 10:48pm
Nelson caught 61 passes for 658 yards and five TDs in 2011 before tearing his ACL in Week 1 in 2012. HC Rob Chudzinski's offense is TE-friendly, so if Nelson ends up getting some snaps at the "move" TE position, he will have some upside. Jordan Cameron and Kellen Davis currently sit atop the TE depth chart in Cleveland.
TE Jordan Cameron likely to start for the Browns
Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 11:41am
If he starts, Cameron will be a sleeper in Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense, though he'll need to improve his 47.6% Catch % (2nd-lowest among TEs with at least 36 targets).
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Jeffery averaged 2.4 catches for 37 yards and 0.3 TDs in 10 games in his rookie season.
Giants sign TE Brandon Myers
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 10:56am
Myers agreed to sign with the Giants after a visit today, a person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed.
Myers replaces Martellus Bennett, who left for the Bears on the first day of free agency. The 27-year-old had 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns last season with the Raiders. The Giants liked Myers (6-foot-3, 256 pounds) so much, they didn't let him end his visit without agreeing to a deal.
The Giants sounded like they might move forward at tight end with former fourth-round pick Adrien Robinson or a draft pick, but Myers is an intriguing addition to work with quarterback Eli Manning and veteran tight ends coach Mike Pope.
Add Myers to the long list of semi-reliable TEs that will be available in the middle or late rounds. He was 9th in standard formats (6th in PPR) in 2012 and is heading to a good situation in New York. In the last five seasons, the top Giants tight end has averaged 2.7-36-.33, which isn't bad considering that we're talking about Kevin Boss (2008-2010), Jake Ballard (2011) and Martellus Bennett (2012). That works out to 5.6 fantasy PPG, which would have equated to #14 TE numbers in 2012. Myers is a better receiver than any of those players and his weakness (only 4 TD catches in 2012) should be offset by Eli Manning's propensity to throw to his tight end in the redzone. Giants TEs have averaged 5.0 TDs per season, so Myers should be able to build on that given his skill set. He looks like an upside TE2 in standard formats and a low-end TE1 in PPR formats.
Bears sign Martellus Bennett for four years
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 5:00pm
Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:35am
Ex-Bears WR Johnny Knox looks like he’s in game-shape when he appears in the dimly-lit entrance of a Chicago hotel restaurant Wednesday morning.
Except the always lean receiver walks with a limp, and he struggles to sit or stand comfortably, the lingering effects of a devastating hit he endured at Soldier Field 13 ½ months ago.
Yet Knox counts his blessings and not his challenges, even as he exclusively tells the Sun-Times that his football career is over.
“As an athlete, you don’t want to give up, you want to keep on fighting. That’s how I’ve always been,” Knox says. “But it’s been on my heart for a while. I know how my body feels, and I know I’m not going to be the same and perform at the ability that I used to.
“So I’m moving on and going forward.”
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 12:00pm
Although Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall remains on crutches following arthroscopic hip surgery, he said he plans to mentor second-year wideout Alshon Jeffery this offseason and will begin training with him on Monday in South Florida.
"I'm excited because this kid has the potential to be an All-Pro one year," Marshall said of Jeffery Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "If he just changes some little things, the way he approaches the game as far as physically and mentally, he's going to be a beast. Because he has that dog in him, he has that in him, that you want in a receiver ... a guy who is going to make plays for you.
"For me, I always started training the week after the Super Bowl, and he's going into his second year so it shouldn't be a problem for him. As I'm getting a little older, I have to change the way I attack it. Starting off, our routines will be a little different, but just getting him with the right people, nutritionists, trainer, chiropractors and all that stuff. (It's about) showing him the other side of the business, showing him it's not just about coming to work and going on the field. There is so much more to the game that will allow you to be successful if you just do it. I'm excited to have this position."
Jeffery's PPG (6.1) equates to the #45 WR, so he had WR4 value on a per game basis. He has some upside in 2013 given the changes in Chicago and Marshall's investment in him.
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 11:14am
Young was one of the biggest proponents of the Chicago Bears hiring Trestman to replace Lovie Smith. Trestman was the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator for 1995 and '96 with Young at quarterback.
"I'm excited about it," Young said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I'm excited for Marc. And I stand by everything I said before. He's ready to do this.
"Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, player or coach, but I'm hopeful that Jay Cutler decides that this is a great opportunity for him and will put the time in and the effort. I think he will. I think he has in the past but he'll really get the fruits of it if he does the boring things for the next three or four months. And he'll emerge as a much more disciplined quarterback. He's already good, and he'll be great. I hope that's the biggest change you'll see."