“My little boy is becoming a man,” Long said. “They’ve taken the training wheels off of Mitch’s little bike. So he’s going to be able to do some things creatively and get to showcase his skills a little bit more in an open range. We’re excited to see him.”
It would not take much for the Bears to ask Trubisky to do more than he did in 2017 under John Fox, who famously had the rookie quarterback throw the ball just seven times in a win against Carolina. Still, it is encouraging to hear from a player in the offense that new head coach Matt Nagy is willing to open things up.
Considering the backgrounds of both Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, expect the Bears to showcase a lot more spread-based concepts in 2018. With the added weaponry of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel, and Anthony Miller this offseason, Trubisky will likely be a priority streamer and sleeper candidate.
"There was a point in the offseason when there was trade chatter around Bears running back Jordan Howard, but no deal ever happened and coach Matt Nagy said that he is prepared to have Howard as the team’s featured back again this season," said Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
"Nagy and others have also spent some a good amount of time talking up Tarik Cohen‘s playmaking ability, however, and there are plenty of examples when plans in spring workouts are thrown out in the fall. One way for Howard to hold onto a big share of the job would be to do a better job of holding onto passes thrown his way."
Howard has been credited with 14 drops over the last two seasons, the story said. It's something he said he can improve on and he's "going to fix it." Cohen burst onto the scene last year but then seemed to be used less as the season went on, so the new coaching staff could make it a point to get Cohen the ball more, especially if the drops continue for Howard.
“There are a ton of similarities,” Burton said. “You look at Philly two years ago, the majority of our games we lost by less than a touchdown. If you look at Chicago last year as well, there’s a good amount of games that they lost. It’s just getting over that hump. You gotta be able to win the close games and here’s so many small detail things that happen in order for you to lose those games.”
Bears WR Anthony Miller is part of the offseason's offensive overhaul centered around providing Mitch Trubisky with explosive weapons heading into his second season as the team's starting quarterback. Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Miller will combine with a healthy Kevin White to give the Bears a formidable receiving corps capped off by tight end Trey Burton, one of GM Ryan Pace's big free-agent buys.
Miller knows any success he has will depend on the chemistry he builds with Trubisky, not only this season, but for years to come.
Miller is currently looking to build chemistry with Trubisky. So far, he said it's been going great and the two see and talk to one another every day. Miller is our No. 62 ranked WR and can be had in the later rounds of drafts.
Nagy told Dan Pompei of The Athletic that he estimates the offense in Chicago will have a 70–80 percent similarity to the one in Kansas City.
“It will be different in some regards, which is only fair to our coaches on offense and the ideas they have,” Nagy said. “But the identity is going to be the same. It will feel very similar to Kansas City’s. We’re in the lab now. That’s the fun part. All the coaches are giving their ideas and thoughts. Coach [Andy Reid] always said he had 51 percent of the say. So ultimately, he had final say. Now I have that. There are plays I liked that Coach [Reid] didn’t like, so now those plays are in.”
There has been some hype around the Bears offense this offseason. The key will be the progression of Trubisky, of course. But based on the names listed above, there is certainly some proven talent heading into the 2018 season.
The Chicago Bears have decided against matching the two-year, $9.6 million contract offer the New Orleans Saints made to wide receiver Cameron Meredith. The deal also contains $5.4 million in guaranteed money. According to Adam Schefter, the Bears passed on matching the offer due to concerns about Meredith's ACL and MCL injuries.
A healthy Meredith should play an important role in the Saints' offense, and he gets a boost playing with Drew Brees. The last time Meredith saw the field was in 2016—a season that saw the Bears trot out Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, and David Fales under center. Michael Thomas should continue his role as the Saints' No. 1 WR, with Meredith will likely competing for the No. 3 WR role with Willie Snead or Tommylee Lewis. Tedd Ginn currently mans the No. 2 WR spot.
Chicago Bears' restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith has signed a two-year offer sheet with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is worth $9.6 million (with incentives), and comes with $5.4 million in guaranteed money. The Bears have five days to match the offer or let Meredith walk.
Meredith missed all of last season with a torn ACL he suffered in the third week of the preseason, but he showed glimpses of potential during the 2016 season in which he caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers, as well as the 97 times he was targeted that season, led all Bears receivers.
Whether he stays in Chicago, or moves to New Orleans to play with Drew Brees, a fully healthy Meredith should be a top-two or two-three receiver on his team and will be someone to consider late in fantasy drafts this summer.
Glennon plans to sign with Arizona upon his release, freeing up the No. 2 QB spot in Chicago behind Mitch Trubisky. The Bears will be the 31-year-old vet's fourth team since entering the league in 2009. Based on the situation and the talent on offense, he would make for an intriguing QB2 in 2QB or superflex leagues if Mitch Trubisky were to miss any time.
Sam Bradford was brought into the fold earlier in the day, as the assumed new No. 1 QB in Arizona. Once Glennon is officially released by the Chicago Bears he can sign a new deal with Arizona. It's pretty wild that the 2018 free agency period hasn't even started yet, officially, but that Mike Glennon has a new team before he's been released by his "current" team.
With Bradford's injury history, this could turn out to be a significant backup QB signing—and one 2QB/Superflex owners should take note of.
The Bears just keep stockpiling pass-catching assets today. First, they brought in WR Allen Robinson and then tight end Trey Burton, now it appears they will also be adding Taylor Gabriel to the mix. QB Mitch Trubisky is looking like the biggest winner of this year's free agency period.
After letting WR Allen Robinson test the free agent waters, where he promptly signed with the Chicago Bears, the Jaguars aren't letting WR Marqise Lee go. Adam Schefter reports Lee will remain in Jacksonville on a four-year deal worth $38 million, with $18 million guaranteed.
With Robinson injured for most of last season, Lee stepped up to become the Jaguars' No. 1 WR and he led the team in targets (96) and catches (56). He finished the season as the No. 41 scoring receiver in PPR leagues last year, and should be on your fantasy radars as a WR2/WR3 option.
After news broke last night that the Bears intend to sign WR Allen Robinson, it appears they are adding another offensive playmaker in the form of former Eagles TE Trey Burton. Ian Rapaport reports that it's a four-year deal worth $32 million.
While he played second fiddle to Zach Ertz at the tight end position in the Eagles' offense, Burton still managed to lead the position in touchdowns with five. He has shown that if given the chance he can produce, as evidenced by his five-catch, 71-yard, two-touchdown game in Week 14 last season.
He easily becomes the Bears' top tight end and should be on your fantasy radars come draft day.
Enter new Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who served as Kansas City's play caller for the final four games of the 2017 regular season and the playoffs. Nagy is expected to bring along many of the concepts he learned in Kansas City under Andy Reid, meaning the first-year head coach should have a head start in understanding how to utilize a player with Cohen's unique skill-set.
"Well, No. 1, size-wise you see that and you say, 'OK, they're pretty similar, right?'" Nagy said at the NFL scouting combine. "And then you have the speed, the shiftiness, the moves, everything that they do. They're similar in the fact that you can move them around and do different things. As you see on tape, the one thing if you go back and look at simple numbers, you're going to see that Cohen can run the ball a little bit more from the backfield. Not that Tyreek can't.
"So they're different. So I don't think it is fair to compare them but I do understand why people compare them, and for me, I am very excited to coach both of them and look forward to working with Cohen."
As a rookie, Cohen finished No. 33 in PPR formats and No. 42 in standard leagues, but he wasn't dependable since his touches were all over the place. Nagy should rectify that. Since Jordan Howard isn't very adept as a receiver, look for Cohen to catch 60-70 passes and have a more consistent role in the offense.
Loggains was recently with the Chicago Bears, where he served as the team's quarterbacks coach for one season before being promoted to the role of offensive coordinator. He was named the OC in Chicago, replacing Adam Gase, who moved on to coach the Dolphins. The duo worked together in Chicago and are now reunited in Miami. Previous Dolphins OC, Clyde Christensen, has been reassigned to the role of director of football and player development.
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