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    The Chicago Bears returned to practice Wednesday at Halas Hall to prepare for Saturday’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field. Here are three things we learned afterward from players. 1. The Bears removed linebacker Roquan Smith from the physically unable to perform list. A day after Smith requested a trade from the Bears because of stalled contract negotiations, the team announced it took him off the PUP list, where he had resided since the first day of training camp. His placement on the list meant he wouldn’t be fined for not participating in practices as he waits for a new contract from the Bears. Smith has staged a “hold-in,” which allows him to attend meetings and train at Halas Hall while not practicing. He has been at most practices but was not spotted Wednesday. It’s unclear whether the Bears removed him in case of a trade or so they could fine him for sitting out after he released a bold statement to NFL Network on Tuesday saying the Bears didn’t value him and “refused to negotiate...
    When the Chicago Bears made their way onto the field for Tuesday’s Family Fest practice at Soldier Field, they were greeted by some of the familiarities of home. A steady breeze blew in off Lake Michigan. The skyline looked majestic above the stadium’s north side. Hordes of excited Bears fans filled the morning with welcome enthusiasm. And the grass? Well, the grass was the way Soldier Field grass too often is. Trampled. Patchy. Chewed up. Veteran kicker Cairo Santos was dismayed if not even a bit surprised or rattled. “Especially with it being the week of our first game of the (preseason),” Santos said Wednesday. “I’ve seen better. It’s just what we have to deal with.” Defensive end Robert Quinn was alerted a little while later of Santos’ less-than-glowing review of the Soldier Field grass. “If he’s just realizing that,” Quinn said with a big smile, “I mean … I think it’s a little late. That’s just part of Soldier Field.” Santos wasn’t complaining or experiencing any sort of personal revelation. This will be his third consecutive season calling Soldier...
    The Chicago Bears returned to practice Wednesday at Halas Hall to prepare for Saturday’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field. Here are three things we learned afterward from players. 1. Robert Quinn said he would like to see Roquan Smith stay with the Bears but ‘it’s his business.’ A day after requesting a trade because of stalled contract negotiations, Smith wasn’t spotted at Bears practice. But Smith’s dispute with general manager Ryan Poles over a potential extension remained a topic of conversation. Teammates Robert Quinn and Darnell Mooney said players would love to have Smith remain in the building. But they also expressed an understanding of why Smith applied pressure to the Bears with a statement announcing he wanted a trade. “You see that all the time with players trying to put the heat on the organization just trying to get a deal done,” Mooney said. “It’s nothing that I can do or anything, so I’m just looking from far away.” Quinn recalled watching defensive tackle Aaron Donald hold out when both were with the Los...
    The Chicago Bears open the preseason in three days against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field. Linebacker Roquan Smith won’t be in uniform as he continues his hold-in — now with a trade request. Smith’s situation, naturally, is the top question in Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag. How will the Roquan Smith situation be resolved? — Stan K., Cedarburg, Wis. My crystal ball is in the shop getting a tune-up for the regular season, so I can’t use it to answer this question. I will say that as often as a trade request results in an actual trade, there are just as many instances — probably more — when a trade request is simply a tactic in a protracted negotiation. If I had to venture a guess, I think the Bears will wind up reaching an extension agreement with Smith. Trading Smith right now would be especially difficult. In a more typical situation in which a player requests a trade, the team might grant the player and his agent permission to seek one. That would involve the agent calling...
    The Chicago Bears held their fourth practice in full pads Saturday morning at Halas Hall, and for the first time this summer they went live with tackling, leading to an injury on the first snap. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry had to be helped off the field, unable to put weight on his left leg after linebacker Nicholas Morrow and free safety Eddie Jackson tackled him on a wide receiver screen that was stopped near the line of scrimmage. The team ran one more live play and that was it for tackling on the day during a practice in high heat and humidity that lasted about 1 hour, 50 minutes. Here is more about Harry, the depth at wide receiver and three more things we learned. 1. The Bears suddenly were short on wide receivers after N’Keal Harry suffered what could be a left ankle or foot injury. Byron Pringle, signed to a one-year, $4.125 million contract, was sidelined for the first time this summer. Coach Matt Eberflus revealed Pringle has a quad injury and will be out for some time....
    Getty Head coach Matt Eberflus of the Chicago Bears looks on during training camp at the PNC Center at Halas Hall on August 02, 2022 in Lake Forest, Illinois. The Chicago Bears could be spending extended time at training camp without at least two of the wide receivers vying for starting roles in the offense this year. The Bears held out three of their receivers — Byron Pringle, Dante Pettis and third-round rookie Velus Jones Jr. — from camp practice on August 6 due to injuries. While head coach Matt Eberflus told reporters after practice that Jones’ injury is something that is considered “day-to-day,” he indicated the veteran Pringle could miss some time. “Pringle [has] not timetable to return, but his is going to be a bit longer. He has a quad ]injury],” Eberflus told reporters after practice. “You guys saw [second-round rookie cornerback Kyler] Gordon and Velus were out, [but] that’s just day-to-day. They’re with the trainers. They’ll be back when they can.” According to Chicago Tribune reporter Dan Wiederer, the Bears also had another one of...
    After a day off, the Chicago Bears resumed practice in pads Friday at Halas Hall. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and several players spoke with the media afterward. Here are four things we learned. 1. Tight end Cole Kmet said practice was one of the hardest in which he has participated. Kmet said the tempo, speed and physicality — and the expectations from coaches that players move quickly from drill to drill — added up to a practice that players had to grind through. His teammates agreed. “Today was a day, for sure,” wide receiver Darnell Mooney said. “I was laid out in the locker room after today.” “You definitely felt it today,” safety Eddie Jackson said. “Me and coach Alan (Williams) were on the sideline, talking like … ‘You can do two things. You can either tap out and stop and cry and complain. Or you can just step up.’ And when you get through stuff like that, that shows what good teams are made of.” Getsy said coaches set out to challenge the players’ conditioning from the start Friday,...
    When cornerback Jaylon Johnson reached the end of the Chicago Bears offseason program in June, he knew exactly what this new era at Halas Hall is supposed to be about. The feeling-out process with the coaching staff had progressed, and players had a clear understanding of their bosses’ demands. Coach Matt Eberflus had made it a point since the spring to set a tone, later asking his veteran leaders to demonstrate how he wanted his teams to practice and play. So by the time Johnson pulled back up Football Drive in Lake Forest for the start of training camp, he understood Eberflus’ approach. “It really kind of takes things back to the fundamentals and just playing football hard and playing football the right way,” Johnson said. “I thought (the coaches) established a good sense of tough-nosed football. And I wouldn’t say our last staff didn’t. I just think (this staff’s) emphasis is a lot more.” For Eberflus, there’s a way winning football is meant to be played — at full speed and with maximum effort at all times. That philosophy...
    The Chicago Bears completed their fifth practice of training camp Monday and will take things up a notch when they return to the field Tuesday at Halas Hall. The team is less than two weeks from its preseason opener Aug. 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, continuing to piece things together and looking for leaders and playmakers to emerge. As the camp grind continues, here are three things we learned Monday. 1. The Bears will practice in full pads Tuesday and Wednesday. Per league rules, the Bears had an opening to practice in pads for the first time Monday. But coming off Sunday’s day off, coach Matt Eberflus opted to ease his players back before turning up the intensity with consecutive padded practices. “I would rather ramp up into it,” Eberflus said. “I think it’s better for the players to get them back into the swing of things and then put the pads on. It’s an exciting time.” Eberflus has been emphatic since the spring about his need to evaluate players in padded situations with much more contact allowed. So...
    The Chicago Bears remain a major work in progress as training camp hums along. On Saturday, the team held its fourth camp practice at Halas Hall, continuing to sort through roster battles and pushing forward toward next week when pads will come on. Here are three things we learned from Saturday’s action in Lake Forest. 1. Rookie Kyler Gordon is eager to take on a leading role as the defense’s top slot corner. Gordon was the Bears’ top draft pick in April, selected at No. 39 in Round 2. And it has been clear from the outset that the Bears have been impressed with his feel for the game, ability to change direction and playmaking skills. After four camp practices, Gordon seems to be setting himself up for a role in which he might play outside in the Bears’ base defense while sliding into play nickelback in sub packages. The rookie not only has accepted the challenge of playing in the slot, he has raised his hand to do so. “That’s a big deal when players want to do what...
    The Chicago Bears completed their third practice of training camp Friday in Lake Forest with plenty of notable moments occurring on the field and in the news conferences afterward. Here are three things we learned from the proceedings. 1. Jaquan Brisker’s instincts and ball skills continue to show up. When fellow rookie defensive back Kyler Gordon intercepted a pass from Justin Fields in the red zone on the first team rep of practice, Brisker made a mental note. “Yeah,” Brisker said with a wide smile, “I pay attention. Once he got that first one I was like, ‘I gotta get one now. I gotta get one.’ ” Brisker later made a red-zone pick of his own, disguising his coverage and then making a decisive break on a Fields pass to tight end Cole Kmet near the goal line. “Cole crossed my face,” Brisker said. “So I just took my eyes to his hips. And then once I saw him getting ready to catch the ball I jumped in front of it. Made sure I caught the ball and just took...
    Ryan Poles was introducing himself to Chicago, trying to ingratiate himself to an edgy but still hopeful Bears fan base. It was only Poles’ first week on the job back in January. Yet he was intent on giving the masses a glimpse into his values and beliefs as the new general manager of one of the NFL’s charter franchises. “What am I about and what’s my philosophy?” Poles said from center stage of his official introduction at Halas Hall. “We are going to build through the draft. We’re going to acquire young, fast and physical football players. We’re going to be selective through free agency. And we’re going to connect evaluation with valuation. “We’re going to have a relentless approach to fix our weaknesses. We’re going to have self-awareness of who we are. We’re going to solve problems with open communication and candor. And we’re going to consistently put players in positions to succeed.” There it was, a mission statement of sorts, Poles’ compass for gradually rebuilding the Bears into a championship contender. He acknowledged it would take time but...
    The Chicago Bears held their second practice of training camp Thursday morning at Halas Hall, the first open to the public with a strong crowd on hand for the action. The 90-minute practice moved quickly with the most notable absence being inside linebacker Roquan Smith, who is on the physically unable to perform list. He spent some time with his position group during individual drills and could be seen chatting with teammates. Here are three things we learned. 1. The Bears are going to work through a variety of combinations on the offensive line. They probably didn’t figure three rookies would be working with the first team on Day 2 of camp. But that is where they found themselves Thursday after center Lucas Patrick was escorted off the field by a trainer following an unknown injury. Sixth-round draft pick Doug Kramer was plugged in to replace Patrick. Fifth-round pick Braxton Jones rotated at left tackle with Riley Reiff, and the Bears gave Ja’Tyre Carter, a seventh-rounder, some reps at right guard. Suffice to say that isn’t how the team plans...
    Chicago Bears players reported to training camp Tuesday at Halas Hall, readying for a six-and-a-half week lead-up to Week 1. The team will hold its first camp practice Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, general manager Ryan Poles, coach Matt Eberflus and a handful of players spoke with reporters. Here are three things we learned. 1. The Bears are turning over every stone to stabilize a questionable offensive line. On Monday, Poles signed veteran guard Michael Schofield to a one-year deal. On Tuesday, the first-year GM announced the signing of 33-year-old offensive tackle Riley Reiff. Reiff, a first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2012 who has also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals, immediately figures into the Bears’ competition at tackle and has the versatility to play on either side. Both signings are an indication Poles is not resting in efforts to upgrade the line in front of quarterback Justin Fields, who expressed his happiness with the moves. “It’s definitely going to help our team,” Fields said. “Especially the younger guys — just teaching them the ropes on...
    Getty LB Roquan Smith is expected to hold out at training camp this year. The Chicago Bears are set to be without top linebacker Roquan Smith for training camp. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Smith is not going to participate in the team’s camp, which kicks off for veterans on July 26, because he is unhappy with what he has been offered in contract extension talks. Per Rapoport, “Smith has not yet received an offer he would remotely consider.” #Bears All-Pro LB Roquan Smith will not be participating in training camp when veteran report tomorrow, sources say, because of his contract situation. Smith has not yet received an offer he would remotely consider, thus he’ll wait. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 25, 2022 Smith, 25, has established himself as one of the top young linebackers in the NFL. He has amassed over 100 tackles in each of his first four seasons, and he had over 300 tackles and 30 tackles-for-loss over the last two seasons. The only other LB to do that in NFL history is Hall...
    The North Carolina woman who sued the Chicago Bears and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. last year voluntarily dismissed her complaint earlier this month, according to Mecklenburg County court records. On Oct. 14, Joann Blakney filed a civil complaint that accused Edwards of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and the Bears of negligent supervision and defamation relating to an altercation at a Charlotte, N.C., hotel on Oct. 17, 2020. The Bears filed a motion to dismiss their case, but Blakney withdrew her complaint before the team’s motion was to be heard in court this month. A Bears source said the team did not attempt to reach a settlement with Blakney. Edwards also did not attempt to settle, according to his agent, Peter Schaffer. Blakney also dismissed complaints against Bears vice president of security John Tarpey and Stanford Hotels Corporation employees Paul Horner and Jeffrey A. Burton, court records show. Criminal charges against both Edwards and Blakney from the October 2020 incident are still pending, according to the Mecklenburg County district attorney’s office. Blakney’s attorney, Arcangela Mazzariello, said...
    The Chicago Bears picked up former first-round pick N’Keal Harry in a trade with the Patriots in a low-risk move to find a boost for the WR corps. Justin Fields needed more targets for the 2022 season and the Bears just got him an especially intriguing one. According to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport, Chicago traded to acquire Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry. It’s a move that could pay off hugely or turn out to be a whole lot of nothing. Bears trade for N’Keal Harry is low-risk, high-rewardHarry was the No. 32 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. He was a dominant college receiver with a 6-foot-4, 225-pound stature. He was supposed to come in and give Tom Brady an imposing target for years to come. Things just didn’t turn out the way the Patriots had hoped. As a rookie, he caught just 12 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. His catch rate was just 50 percent. His production got marginally better in Year 2 with 33 catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns...
    Getty Dan Orlovsky predicts Bears quarterback Justin Fields is in trouble this coming season. Former quarterback Dan Orlovsky played 12 seasons in the NFL, spending seven of those with the Detroit Lions. Orlovsky also played for the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, primarily serving as a backup and/or third-string QB. He started 12 games and played in 26, completing 58.2% of his passes for 3,132 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions over his career, per Pro Football Reference. After retiring in 2017, Orlovsky joined ESPN as an analyst and has remained with the network for the last five years. In that time, he has had more than one hot take on Chicago Bears‘ second-year quarterback Justin Fields. His latest comments about the Bears’ 23-year-old signal-caller have raised eyebrows yet again. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Orlovsky: Fields Has ‘No Shot at All’ in 2022The Bears have had one of the most low-key offseasons of any NFL team,...
    During his final weeks, as a stream of family members, friends and former sports media colleagues came to his bedside at Lake Forest Hospital, John “Moon” Mullin remained full of resilience, positivity and gratitude. One after another, each visitor left inspired by Mullin’s strength and impressed with his grace. From the day he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2019, Mullin set his mind on fighting his battle with a positive attitude, beginning a push to squeeze the most from whatever time he had left. He was still intensely engaged in that quest until the end. “He remained unfailingly positive,” said Dan Pompei, a former Chicago Tribune sportswriter and currently a writer for The Athletic. “From the very start, his head was in the right place in terms of his priorities and his approach to a life-threatening illness. He recognized this as a period of growth for him. … And he somehow found his way to a better place.” Mullin, a longtime Chicago sports reporter, died Sunday at age 74, according to Pompei. A graduate of Notre Dame...
    The offense rebounded with a better showing during the second of three mandatory veteran minicamp practices Wednesday, with quarterback Justin Fields making some sharp throws and avoiding turnovers that plagued him the day before. Here are three things learned at Halas Hall. 1. Tight end Ryan Griffin envisions the Bears building a ‘cold-weather’ team. The 10-year-veteran, who signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract in April, seemed to describe the kind of offensive system that would rely on good tight ends. “You can see in our roster makeup we’re a younger team,” Griffin, 32, said. “A lot of hungry guys. Hardworking guys. And I think our vision is a hardworking, tough-nosed, cold-weather football team, and I pride myself on being a part of some of those teams. I’m happy to be here and try to get this thing right.” How is the offense going to come into shape? “Seems like we’re going to be physical, we’re going to run, we’re going to be well-conditioned and we’re going to pound,” he said. “And we’re going to run sideline to sideline and hopefully...
    The Chicago Bears kicked off their mandatory minicamp Tuesday at Halas Hall — the final piece to the first offseason for a new regime — and it was another bumpy performance for the offense with cornerback Jaylon Johnson and rookie safety Jaquan Brisker coming away with interceptions. Here are four things we heard and saw. 1. Robert Quinn was a no-show. Since the voluntary offseason program opened in April, coach Matt Eberflus has been mindful to thank players just about every time he has spoken about the development of the team. When mandatory minicamp kicked off Tuesday morning at Halas Hall, there was one significant absence. Quinn, the outside linebacker who set a franchise record with 18 ½ sacks last season, was not in attendance after choosing to take a pass on the voluntary portion of the offseason as well. Quinn, the highest earner on the roster at $12.9 million, is subject to a fine for each day he misses. “We’re not talking about that as an organization,” Eberflus said. “We hoped he would be here. (GM) Ryan (Poles) and...
    Coach Matt Eberflus was quick to point out the Chicago Bears spent the spring mixing and matching players at a variety of positions when asked about Braxton Jones appearing with the starters at left tackle earlier this month. Indeed, the Bears were shuffling the lineup at a couple of spots, but Eberflus and the Bears surely understand why particular attention is paid to the offensive line, the area general manager Ryan Poles talked about improving when he was hired. If you’re handicapping the field at left tackle before the team opens training camp July 26, the day veterans will report to Halas Hall, Larry Borom and Jones are the leading candidates. Borom, a fifth-round pick last year, spent the offseason program at both tackle positions, and Jones has emerged as an option. “I’ll be honest with you, I was definitely a little bit surprised,” Jones said of his reaction when he was told to run with the starters. “That surprise went away quick. It was thrown on me and it’s time to go. It has been something that’s really good...
    The Chicago Bears wrapped up their offseason program with a short practice Thursday morning at Halas Hall. Bears coach Matt Eberflus talked with the players beforehand about his expectations for their downtime over the next six weeks, saying he wants them to spend time with family, be safe and mindful and get their bodies ready for training camp. “Training camp’s not to get in shape. You should already be in shape,” said Eberflus, who expects to spend time with his family, read, play golf and reflect on potential challenges in the season ahead. Here are three other things we learned as the Bears head into their break. 1. All Bears players wore No. 41 at practice to honor the late Brian Piccolo. The practice fields at Halas Hall were a sea of navy, white and orange No. 41 jerseys as the Bears remembered Piccolo, who died of cancer 52 years ago Thursday at age 26. At a team meeting in the morning, Eberflus shared the story of Piccolo and teammate Gale Sayers, who were the NFL’s first interracial roommates. Their...
    The Chicago Bears were back at practice Wednesday at Halas Hall after the NFL stripped them of Tuesday’s practice for violating league rules that prohibit live contact. Along with explanations from players and coach Matt Eberflus about those violations, here are four things we heard as the Bears wrap up their third week of organized team activities. 1. Rookie Braxton Jones took first-team reps at left tackle. Eberflus said early on that they planned to test players at different spots on the offensive line during offseason practices, and he showed that Wednesday. The Bears started practices in May with Larry Borom at left tackle and Teven Jenkins on the right side. But Borom, who started eight games at right tackle as a rookie last season, was back on the right side Wednesday. Jenkins, a 2021 second-round pick, took reps at second-team right tackle while Jones got experience with the first team. “We’re just trying to find the best combinations of people, especially when you’re looking at the offensive line,” Eberflus said. “Who’s the best five guys out there so we...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields was seen hitting home runs at Wrigley Field during Cubs batting practice. Could he be a two-sport star? This is not a question to be taken literally, of course. Fields is committed to football, as he should be considering the Bears are in the midst of a rebuild. Fields was a highly-touted shortstop back in high school in Georgia, and while he didn’t play baseball in college to focus on his football career, Fields was recruited to the diamond during his time at Ohio State. After thinking over the matter, he opted not to take the Kyler Murray route and play both sports. Fields decision to play football clearly worked out, as he was drafted in the first round by the Bears, and is now their starting quarterback making millions of dollars on his rookie deal. But that doesn’t mean he can’t take some hacks. Bears quarterback Justin Fields casually destroyed this baseball at Wrigley pic.twitter.com/EzS0B2Jtqo — Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 9, 2022 Bears: Justin Fields hit bombs at Wrigley Field Fields is an...
    Getty Akiem Hicks had some telling comments about his time with the Chicago Bears. Akiem Hicks has spoken. Less than a week after signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl defensive lineman met with the media for the first time, and he had some telling comments about his time in the Windy City. A third-round draft pick for the New Orleans Saints (89th overall) in 2012, Hicks spent his first three years with the Saints until he was traded to the New England Patriots three games into the 2015 season. He signed with the Bears in 2016, becoming an instant fan favorite for his hard-nosed play and boisterous leadership on the field. He started 77 games for the Bears over his six seasons with the team, racking up 247 total tackles (51 for loss), 88 QB hits, 31.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in that span, per Pro Football Reference. Now that he’s playing alongside Tom Brady again (they made it all the way to the AFC...
    FRISCO, Texas -- Marion Barber III, the former Dallas Cowboys running back who is fourth in franchise history with 47 rushing touchdowns, has died, the team said Wednesday. He was 38.Barber played a final season with Chicago in 2011 after spending his first six years with the Cowboys. He had issues with mental health after his career.Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Wednesday they made a welfare check at an apartment "believed to be leased" by Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.The Cowboys, who have their headquarters in Frisco, said they were "heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III." Forever in our hearts. #MarionTheBarbarian ➝ https://t.co/07O772UDK9 pic.twitter.com/MlAlmGOWAT— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 1, 2022"Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down," the team said. "He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates."Barber's father, Marion Barber Jr., played seven seasons with the New York Jets in the 1980s.pic.twitter.com/Va9RUr4kLU— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 1, 2022The younger Barber was third on Dallas' career list...
    What would a 49ers’ season opener at the Chicago Bears mean? Look beyond an enticing matchup of quarterbacks Trey Lance and Justin Fields. It would be a weekend bonanza for San Francisco sports fans, because the Giants are in town at the same time to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The NFL officially will unveil this season’s schedule at 5 p.m., but a 49ers-Bears opener is being reported by Danny Parkins of Chicago’s WSCR-AM 670. He did not specify if the game would fall on either Sunday, Sept. 11 or Monday night, Sept. 12. On Friday through Sunday of that same weekend, the Giants will visit the Cubs in a three-game series, their only meeting in Chicago this season. Football-wise, all eyes will be on the 49ers’ and Bears’ quarterbacks from the 2021 draft class. Lance was the No. 3 overall draft pick last year, and he’s projected to take over the 49ers’ quarterback reigns after starting two games as a rookie understudy to Jimmy Garoppolo. Fields was the No. 11 pick, and he went 2-8 as the Bears’...
    The Chicago Bears held their second day of rookie minicamp Saturday in Lake Forest. The 11-man draft class continued to learn the ropes amid a pack of 69 players that also included 16 undrafted rookies under contract and a horde of tryout players. Here are four things we learned. 1. Offensive lineman Ja’Tyre Carter continues to honor the memory of his late brother. Carter, one of three seventh-round picks, arrived at Halas Hall this week with wide eyes. He is from a one-stoplight town in White Castle, La., and journeyed to the NFL through Southern University in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision. So when he pulled into Bears headquarters for rookie minicamp, it was an experience. “Crazy,” Carter said. “It was a sight, man. Just coming from where I come, small school in high school and college, it was a lot to take in.” An offensive tackle at Southern, Carter is beginning a transition to guard and will have to fight the next four months to earn a roster spot. He said he pushes himself every day in honor of...
    The Chicago Bears’ new draftees and dozens of undrafted free agents and tryout prospects gathered in the Walter Payton Center on Friday in Lake Forest for the first practice of rookie minicamp. The rookies got their first taste of NFL learning, and coach Matt Eberflus said his staff threw a lot at them to see what they could retain. “For us, it’s more about can you function as a pro — mentally first,” Eberflus said. “Can you get the schemes and then the formations, the motions down, and then can you operate and make the play? “And then can you listen to instructions? Can you practice the right way? Because you’ve got to be able to stay on your feet and practice the right tempo and do things the right way, and I think guys did a good job with that.” After media sessions with Eberflus and several Bears rookies, here are four things we learned. 1. Jaquan Brisker said he brushed off a controversial comment a Bears scout made on draft night. After the Bears drafted Brisker with the...
    Good morning, Chicago. Moderna on Thursday submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine for kids younger than 6. It’s a welcome development for parents who have faced long waits to vaccinate their youngest children. A North Aurora mother with an immunocompromised infant told the Tribune: “It’s like … society has moved on and has made the kids feel like, well, ‘If they die, they die.’” An infectious disease specialist at Lurie Children’s Hospital estimated that it could be several weeks before the FDA makes its decision, as it moves through its normal steps for evaluating vaccine trials. Meanwhile, the waiting continues. “It seems like for families with children in this age group,” another parent told the Tribune, “it’s been dangled in front of us and then taken away so many times.” Here are the top stories you need to know to start your day. COVID-19 tracker | More newsletters | Puzzles & Games | Daily horoscope | Ask Amy | Today’s eNewspaper edition Fight over Chicago’s ward boundaries could leave ‘People’s...
    Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles seemed pretty relaxed Tuesday afternoon. Two days before Poles’ first NFL draft as a GM, he expressed confidence in his team’s preparation. “The hay is in the barn,” Poles said. “When you go into draft day, it’s a little bit more calm than everyone thinks. It’s a little more quiet.” Poles said he’s satisfied with the way the Bears draft board has come together and how his scouts, coaches and front-office talent evaluators have met to sort through the hundreds of prospects the team will consider selecting. And even in a heightened role as the man responsible for making each selection, Poles didn’t seem to be feeling much pressure. “The responsibility of making the pick? Yeah, it’s bigger,” he said with a smile. “But at the same time, you rely on the work everyone put in to make the right decision. And that was the cool thing about doing a lot of these mock-up drafts. We feel comfortable with the way this thing is going to play out.” With the draft set to begin...
    The Chicago Bears, under new coach Matt Eberflus, wrapped up their April minicamp Thursday afternoon at Halas Hall. Overall it wasn’t an eventful week, but the team got important work done on the field and in the classrooms as the 2022 reboot continues. Here are four notable things we learned this week. 1. Quarterback Justin Fields has a long way to go to generate momentum in the new offense. The Bears’ media policy prevents us from sharing much detail from Thursday’s closed practice, but rest assured it wasn’t the finest hour for Fields or the passing offense. An abundance of sloppiness offered a loud reminder that this is a major work in progress. Yes, this was a small collection of April practices under a new coach and offensive coordinator. The Bears are installing a new offensive system with an incomplete stable of playmakers. Thus no major conclusions should be drawn from a handful of erratic moments on a spring Thursday. Still, the Bears’ long-term prospects are tied tightly to the speed of Fields’ development. And this week was a reminder...
    Aaron Rodgers was on hand for the Bucks vs. Bulls playoff game and NBC Chicago delivered a powerful jab on him via Twitter.  The rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers isn’t only limited to the gridiron. These two teams hate one another and people all over the Windy City despise Aaron Rodgers for all the emotional pain he’s provided them over the years. Therefore, the city as a whole will always take any chance possible to take a shot at the future Hall-of-Famer. This was exactly the case on Wednesday night, as Rodgers was on hand to watch the Milwaukee Bucks suffer a tough loss to the Bulls. Aaron Rodgers enjoying another postseason L pic.twitter.com/B9PGuasYv7 — Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) April 21, 2022 NBC Chicago trolling Aaron Rodgers will infuriate Packers fans NBC Chicago just had to remind Rodgers and the Green Bay faithful about the heartbreaking loss to the San Francisco 49ers in January, didn’t they? The Packers had the No. 1 seed in the NFC and they looked primed to go on a Super Bowl run....
    Turnover at Halas Hall is so expansive that not only is running back David Montgomery learning a new playbook from a new coaching staff, but by the time the Chicago Bears fill out a 90-man roster for the offseason, nearly half of his teammates will be new. It’s a lot for Montgomery to work through as he enters the fourth and final year of his rookie contract after the Bears traded up to draft him in the third round in 2019. Some of Montgomery’s traits probably make him a good match for the scheme offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is installing, much of it based on what Getsy learned in Green Bay. Remember, the Bears targeted Montgomery in 2019 because they deemed him a better fit for Matt Nagy’s offense than Jordan Howard, the running back who was in place from the previous coaching staff. The key for Montgomery is to use the 2022 season to convince the decision makers he’s the right fit for the new system, something Howard didn’t do despite rushing for 3,370 yards and 24 touchdowns in...