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Bears' Anthony Miller: Missing out on valuable reps
Coach Matt Nagy suggested Miller's absence due to an ankle injury could impact his chemistry with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, Dan Wiederer of The Chicago Tribune reports. "The biggest challenge is the timing with the quarterback," Nagy said Wednesday. "That's the No. 1 challenge."
Miller's role in the slot isn't in any danger, but the accumulation of missed practice time could impact his involvement early in the season. He was held out of offseason practices while recovering from shoulder surgery, and now has been out for almost two weeks with the ankle sprain. Miller still has time to get ready for Week 1, though it doesn't help that the Bears play in the NFL's Thursday opener against Green Bay on Sept. 5.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Anthony Miller: Sits out another practice
Miller (ankle) missed another practice Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Miller hurt his ankle during practice Aug. 10 and now seems in danger of missing the entire preseason. His role as Chicago's primary slot receiver isn't in question, so his only real concern is to get healthy for Week 1 against the Packers on Sept. 5. Miller was efficient with his opportunities as a rookie in 2018, producing 423 yards and seven touchdowns on 54 targets (7.8 YPT) despite dislocating his left shoulder five or six times throughout the year. He returned from offseason shoulder surgery to practice without any limitations at the start of training camp.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Tarik Cohen: Could have simplified role
Coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that he may have asked Cohen to do too much late last season, Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun-Times reports. "I do feel like there was a time -- probably later in the season -- where we probably gave [Cohen] a little bit too much,'' Nagy said. ''And when you mentally drain them, it pulls them back physically.''
Nagy seems to be referring to what he asked of Cohen from a mental standpoint rather than the number of snaps or touches he gave the running back. In addition to his primary role as a passing-down back, Cohen poached some carries from Jordan Howard on early downs, took snaps lined up in the slot or out wide, and even returned punts and a couple kickoffs. The 24-year-old still should handle all those functions to some extent, but he may face less of a burden if the Bears get a healthier season from slot receiver Anthony Miller (ankle), as well as some pass-catching contributions from backfield additions David Montgomery and Mike Davis. Part of the pressure on Cohen last season was a product of Howard's shortcomings in the passing game and Miller's repeated struggles with a dislocated shoulder. Things appear less promising from a fantasy perspective, as improved balance on offense could cost Cohen some touches compared to last season.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Josh Caldwell: Lands in Chicago
Caldwell signed a contract with the Bears on Monday.
Caldwell joins Chicago's roster after having spent time with the Chiefs earlier this offseason. The undrafted rookie out of Northwest Missouri State will work to make the most of his opportunity with the Bears and carve out a depth role.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Quiet performance
Mizzell netted minus-1 yard on four carries in the Bears' preseason loss to the Giants on Friday.
After posting 35 yards on four touches in the preseason opener, Mizzell followed that up with a very uninspiring performance. He'll continue to battle with Ryan Nall and Kerrith Whyte for the No. 4 running back spot as the preseason moves forward.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Kerrith Whyte: Finds end zone
Whyte rushed six times for 10 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 32-13 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday.
Rushing for fewer than two yards per carry certainly won't help him in his quest to make the 53-man roster, but with Ryan Nall and Taquan Mizzell both having lackluster performances as well, Whyte should still find himself competing for the No. 4 running back role as the preseason continues.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Tanner Gentry: Catches three passes
Gentry caught three passes for 31 yards in the Bears' preseason loss to the Giants on Friday.
After shining in the 2018 preseason, Gentry followed up his zero-catch performance of last week with an efficient but unspectacular follow-up effort. He's currently buried on the depth chart, and it appears that he faces long odds of cracking the 53-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Javon Wims: Leads team in receiving
Wims caught five passes for 64 yards in the Bears' preseason loss to the Giants on Friday.
Wims was one of the only Chicago players to have an impressive outing in the team's second preseason contest, and he was also the most-targeted wide receiver on the team. Although he doesn't project to be a starter, he's currently fifth on the depth chart and competing for a spot on the 53-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Ryan Nall: Posts 12 touches in loss
Nall rushed seven times for 23 yards while adding four receptions for 21 yards in the Bears' 32-13 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday.
Despite seeing the most work of Chicago's backup running backs for the second week in a row, Nall only posted four yards per touch. With the top three spots on the depth chart spoken for, he'll continue to battle for the No. 4 spot with Taquan Missell and Kerrith Whyte.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Tyler Bray: Underwhelming performance
Bray completed six of 13 passes for 53 yards in the Bears' preseason loss to the Giants on Friday.
For the second game in a row, Bray completed fewer than half of his passes while teammate Chase Daniel continued to be very efficient. It's looking like Bray will likely settle in as the third quarterback on Chicago's depth chart.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Chase Daniel: Another efficient performance
Daniel completed 12 of 18 passes for 103 yards in the Bears 23-13 preseason loss to the Giants.
For the second week in a row, Daniel completed at least two-thirds of his passes while third-stringer Tyler Bray completed less than half of his attempts. It's looking like there's not much competition, as Daniel is the clear favorite to be Mitchell Trubisky's backup.... See More ... See Less
Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Opportunity knocks
With Elliott Fry having been let go, Pineiro is now the Bears' only placekicker, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Coach Matt Nagy relayed Sunday that the Bears want to give Pineiro added opportunities to make kicks in practices and games as Week 1 approaches. "The next two games will be great for him to get out there and get some reps," Nagy noted. With Sunday's development, Pineiro now has a great opportunity to seize the team's kicking job, but there's still a chance the Bears could make a move down the road, especially if Pineiro struggles at all in the coming days/weeks.... See More ... See Less
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