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Chicago Bears: Sleeper Team To Watch in 2014?

The offseason presents a ray of sunshine across the NFL landscape. Each team is presented with a clean slate and a golden opportunity to fill various holes through the draft and free agency. It’s no wonder that nearly every year about half of the teams that made the trip to the postseason the previous year fall short of returning to the NFL’s tournament. The Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans came into 2013 widely regarded as legitimate Super Bowl contenders and finished the season with just six wins—combined. The Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens also managed just 16 combined wins after each making the playoffs with a 10-6 record in 2012. Meanwhile, San Diego (improved from 7-9 to 9-7 in 2013), New Orleans (7-9 to 11-5), Carolina (7-9 to 12-4), Philadelphia (4-12 to 10-6) and Kansas City (2-14 to 11-5) took their place as the five new teams to punch their tickets to the playoffs last season. So which non-playoff teams from 2013 wi…

Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass dishes on events in Ferguson

Football is great, but it’s not the only thing in life. Sometimes larger issues in society have to come to the forefront and nothing can help that along like a professional athlete not being afraid to speak his mind.
So it goes with Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass. Bass grew up near Ferguson, Missouri, which has become the epicenter of a number of hot-button political issues incuding racial tension and police militarization in recent weeks in the wake of the police shooting of teen Mike Brown.
Here’s what Bass told Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated about Ferguson over the weekend:
“As a community Ferguson isn’t a bad place to grow up. It’s not the east side, with the gang violence and the killing… There’s a lot of diversity now, with white and black people living side by side. The police stayed white, though.”
#Ferguson update 5: For 1st time ever, @Amnesty International deploys human rights team in US http://t.co/nfGDw7wgBq pic.twitter.com/op8oHttydI
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim…

Santonio Holmes Contract, Phil Emery Does it Again

As most people are now well aware of, the Chicago Bears signed WR Santonio Holmes on Saturday. Now, the details as to what the contract entails have been officially released.
Low-risk move: WR Santonio Holmes’ deal with the Bears is 1-year at the veteran minimum of $855,000, none of which is guaranteed.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 19, 2014

One-year, at the veterans minimum of $855,000 with no money guaranteed.  The Bears were able to sign Holmes with the lowest risk possible, and it was a good move. This is why the Bears chose to not go after Earl Bennett again, because he felt he was worth more and refused a pay cut.
Phil Emery, time and time again, has shown to be more than capable in the front office. It almost makes you forget of the Jerry Angelo days. Just another smart and safe signing by Emery & Co.

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Bears’ Kyle Fuller is day-to-day

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller is considered day-to-day after injuring his ankle this past weekend during their preseason game against the Jaguars. Bears CB Kyle Fuller is day-to-day with a right ankle injury, the team says. — Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) August 18, 2014 var ACE_AR = {Site: ’898551′, Size: ’468060′, CallType: ‘IFRAME’}; Loading… ZergNet The post Bears’ Kyle Fuller is day-to-day appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

Santonio Holmes has no excuses

This is it for Santonio Holmes.
He’s 30 years old and given his injury history and sketchy character record, he’s most likely on his last chance in the NFL. He’s in danger of booting himself out of the league similar to Plaxico Burress, Terrell Owens and Chad “OchoCinco” Johnson.
In this offense, Holmes has the perfect opportunity to reinvent himself and prove to everybody he can be a productive team player. At best, Holmes is the fifth option in the Bears offense but that completely plays to his advantage.
Defenses are going to have to help over the top with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Just a team’s top two corner will not be enough as the star receivers will see safeties in the picture as well.
Martellus Bennett will draw attention from a team’s best cover linebacker and the occasional safety up the middle. Matt Forte out of the backfield still garners more receptions than Holmes so he will see more attention.
This means Holmes gets the third and sometimes even fourth bes…

Chicago Bears: Jordan Lynch Saved by New Practice Squad Rule?

Considered a long shot to make the Chicago Bears roster due to a position switch, was fan favorite Jordan Lynch saved by new NFL practice squad rules?
Marc Trestman able to keep more projects in cupboard
As rule changes go, it’s not exactly a momentous one but for the right coach it can mean all the difference.  So when the NFL decided to increase the size of team practice squads from eight players to ten, Bears head coach Marc Trestman may have cracked a bit of a smile.  Those two extra slots, small as they may seem, could allow him to be a little more selfish on deciding which players he will try to keep around as pet projects.
One name that of course jumps out to fans is Jordan Lynch.  The former Northern Illinois quarterback and Heisman finalist is a local fan favorite.  Many would love to see him go from undrafted free agent to making his hometown team.  Unfortunately thanks to a position switch to running back, he fell behind on the learning curve that limited his chances of making the roster in

Marc Trestman not concerned with Santonio Holmes’ baggage: ‘People change’

The Chicago Bears’ newest receiver, Santonio Holmes, comes with some well-known baggage, but the team is hoping it’s all in the past.

Head coach Marc Trestman is of the belief that a leopard can indeed change his spots, given the right environment.

“We spent time with him,” Trestman said Monday, via the Chicago Tribune.

“I mean, people change. They get into new venues, new environments. You’re out for a while, you get a good, hard look at where you are not only in your work life, as well as other aspects of your life.”

Bears sign a very solid kick returner

The Chicago Bears announced on Monday night that they signed Darius Reynaud, a former West Virginia standout. At the NFL level, Reynaud has played for the Vikings, Giants, Titans, and Jets. Reynaud has appeared in 48 regular-season games, and he has returned 102 punts for 985 yards (9.7 ypr) and two touchdowns. He also has […]
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Chicago Bears part ways with two special teams players

The Bears have waived punter Tress Way and long snapper Chad Rempel. Both were in open competition but this move signals the end of the battles.
The team will now turn full-time to rookie punter Pat O’Donnell and long snapper Brandon Hartson. The Bears also agreed to terms with kick returner Darius Reynaud and cornerback Peyton Thompson.
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Bears Sign KR Darius Reynaud

The Chicago Bears announced the signing of KR Darius Reynaud Monday night.
LM: #Bears have signed RS Darius Reynaud & CB Peyton Thompson and waived P Tress Way & LS Chad Rempel.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 19, 2014

Reynaud, 29, actually worked out for the Bears back in April, but never received an offer from the team. This move comes after the Bears released veteran return man Eric Weems, who fumbled a return last week.
Last year, Reynaud appeared in nine games for the Jets and totaled 430 kick return yards and another 135 punt return yards.
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Bears Waive P Tress Way & Release LS Chad Rempel

 
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have placed P Tress Way on waivers, which clears the way for sixth-round pick P Pat O’Donnell to be the team’s punter this year.

Chicago also released LS Chad Rempel.

O’Donnell was the odds-on favorite to win the job, so this news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Way, 22, signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma back in 2013. He later signed a future/reserve contract with Chicago in early January, but has yet to appear in an NFL game.
Rempel, 31, signed with the Bears back in April. Before that, he played for the Toronto Argonauts during the 2012 season and even spent time Bears HC Marc Trestman in 2009.
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Holmes Should Take Down Bears Number 3 WR Role

USA Today reports that Bears third wide receiver Marquess Wilson will be sidelined at least 12 to 14 weeks with his broken collarbone, which gives veteran receiver Santonio Holmes a chance to be more than just an injury replacement for a couple weeks. Chicago signed Holmes on Saturday.
The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.Fantasy Spin:Holmes will still compete with fellow receivers Josh Morgan and Eric Weems for the Bears’ No. 3 wide out job. If the 30-year-old has anything left in the tank, Holmes should run away with the job. Holmes struggled to stay on the field the last two seasons in New York, playing just 15 games and catching 43 balls for 728 yards with two touchdowns.

Before drafting you need to see Bears QB Jay Cutler’s fantasy ranking

Halfway through the preseason, things are starting to come into shape; it’s becoming clearer who is going to flourish, who is going to struggle and who might be soon be replaced. That’s important information heading into fantasy football drafts.
In order to get a jump on the competition, it’s time to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking each position, with updates from now until the start of the regular season based on stories from camp, performances in preseason games and in-depth research.
To keep things rolling, let’s look at the most-important position in football for a final time. To see the top-32 quarterbacks for 2014 fantasy football, CLICK HERE.
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Chicago Bears: Purpose of Santonio Holmes Signing Revealed

Fans were left to wonder what exactly the Chicago Bears were expecting from Santonio Holmes.  Recent breaking news gave them their answer.
Marquess Wilson expected to miss half the season for Bears
Initial estimates in regards to how long receiver Marquess Wilson would be out after suffering a fractured clavicle in training camp sat somewhere between six and nine weeks.  That would’ve put his return somewhere around the Bears’ bye week.  Unfortunately, new reports have surfaced that the second-year man may actually need 12-14 weeks before he’s cleared to play again in 2014.  Only now with this new information has it become clear why Chicago elected to sign veteran receiver Santonio Holmes.  At first it made little sense unless he was just a tryout for the remainder of the preseason.  Few saw him accepting the role of a temporary stopgap.  With Wilson likely gone for half the season, it’s obvious the Bears needed to fortify their receiver depth and Holmes was the best option.
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Bears WR Marquess Wilson to be out until midseason

Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson is expected to miss at least half the regular season due to his broken right collarbone.
According to a USA Today report, Wilson broke his collarbone in three seperate places. He is expected to miss 12-14 weeks and should start the season on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
After Wilson went down with his injury the Bears quickly signed free agent Santonio Holmes to a contract. Holmes should have no problem claiming the No. 3 job until Wilson returns.
Holmes had just 43 catches for 738 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games over the past two seasons while dealing with injuries.