Chicago Bears: A Look Inside the Team’s Training Camp
The Chicago Bears were very successful in their first season with Matt Nagy as head coach. Chicago won the NFC North for the first time since 2011 and they finished with a 12-4 record. They faced the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round but lost on a missed field goal 16-15 as time expired.
The Bears hope they will make it further this season. They have not been to the Super Bowl since 2007. Chicago has the pieces in place to make a deep playoff run.
Mitchell Trubisky will be the starting quarterback and it will be important for him to take strides this season. Chase Daniel will be the backup and Tyler Bray will be the third quarterback on the roster.
Mike Davis will be the starting running back. He played last season with the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears traded away Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason. Tarik Cohen will be the second running back and he is very fast. Rookie David Montgomery will be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp.
Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Anthony Miller will be the top three wide receivers on the roster. Rookie Riley Ridley will be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp and he is the brother of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
Marvin Hall and Cordarrelle Patterson will be the other two wide receivers on the roster. Javon Wims, Tanner Gentry, Jordan Williams-Lambert, and rookies Emmanuel Hall and Thomas Ives will compete for a potential roster spot or two.
Trey Burton will be the starting tight end. Adam Shaheen will be the second tight end on the roster. Ben Braunecker and Bradley Sowell will compete for the other tight end spot on the roster. Rookies Dax Raymond, Ian Bunting, Ellis Richardson, and Jesper Horsted will look to make a name for themselves during training camp.
The projected starting offensive line will be Charles Leno Jr. at left tackle, Cody Whitehair at left guard, James Daniels at center, Kyle Long at right guard, and Bobby Massie at right tackle. Some of the key backups on this offensive line will be T.J. Clemmings (but he is currently on the PUP) list, Ted Larsen, rookie Joe Lowery, Rashaad Coward, and Cornelius Lucas. Rookies Alex Bars, Sam Mustipher, Blake Blackmar, and Marquez Tucker, and Jordan McCray will also look to make a name for themselves during training camp.
The Chicago Bears play a 3-4 defensive scheme and they had one of the best defenses in football last season. Vic Fangio was the defensive coordinator last season, but he is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Chuck Pagano is the new defensive coordinator for Chicago.
Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, and Bilal Nichols will be the starters on the defensive line. Roy Robertson-Harris, Abdullah Anderson, and Jonathan Bullard will most likely be the backups on the defensive line. Nicholas Williams and rookies Chuck Harris, Daryle Banfield, Jalen Dalton, and Jonathan Harris will look to make a name for themselves during training camp.
Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd will be the starting outside linebackers. Mack was one of the reasons why this defense was so scary last season. Linebacker might be the strength of this defense. They could stop the run, rush the passer, and force turnovers. Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan will be the starting inside linebackers.
Aaron Lynch and Isaiah Irving will be the backup outside linebackers. Nick Kwiatkoski and Joel Iyiegbuniwe will be the backup inside linebackers. Kyle Fitts, Josh Woods, and rookie Mathieu Betts will be some other players to keep an eye on during training camp.
Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara will be the starting corners. Buster Skrine will be the third cornerback on the roster. Sherrick McManis, Kevin Toliver, rookie Duke Shelley, Jonathan Mincy, and Michael Joseph will compete for the final two cornerback spots on the roster. Cornerback Rashad Fant is also on the PUP list.
Eddie Jackson will be one of the starting safeties. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will be the other starting safety when he returns from the PUP list. DeAndre Houston-Carson will most likely be the other starting safety on the roster. Deon Bush and rookie Doyin Jibowu will most likely make the roster at the safety position.
Tarik Cohen will be the punt returner. He will see some duties on kick off return as well, but Cordarrelle Patterson will be the main kickoff returner.
The Chicago Bears will begin training camp on Saturday, July 27. They will also have high expectations heading into this season. Therefore, Matt Nagy needs to keep his team focused week in and week out. Chicago will begin preseason play on Thursday, August 8 against the Carolina Panthers.
The Bears will kick off the 100th NFL season on Thursday, September 5 against the Green Bay Packers at home. It is one of the oldest rivalries in the NFL. These two teams also played each other in primetime on Sunday night last season in Week 1 in a memorable game.
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