Bears set training camp schedule

Under new head coach Matt Nagy, the Chicago Bears return to a morning practice schedule. That was one of the chief takeaways when the Bears announced their 2018 training camp workouts.

With John Fox in command, the club routinely practiced in the afternoon or late morning. However, Nagy’s schedule mirrors former head coach Lovie Smith’s, as the Bears will hit the practice fields early in the morning at 8:15am.

The Bears report to Bourbonnais, IL and Olivet Nazarene University on July 19, two weeks ahead of their appearance in the annual Hall of Fame game on August 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. The club continues workouts until August 11 when they conclude the Bourbonnais portion of training camp with a evening practice.

Admission to camp is free but, once again, the Bears will require fans to request tickets through the team’s website. READ MORE

Bears go defensive on day three of NFL Draft

Bears fourth-round pick, OLB Joel Iyiegbuniwe of Western Kentucky.

Bears fourth-round pick, OLB Joel Iyiegbuniwe of Western Kentucky.

The Chicago Bears went the defensive route Saturday as the NFL Draft concluded. With picks in each round (four through seven), the Bears chose defensive players on three of the four picks.

Surprising many observers, the Bears selected speedy and athletic outside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe of Western Kentucky with their fourth-round (115th overall) pick. The 6-1, 230 pound Iyiegbuniwe was unheralded throughout the draft process, but ran well at the NFL combine and at his pro day, raising interest from scouts.  His tape confirmed a run and hit prospect who is willing to throw his body around and displays the suddenness to impact at the next level.  Iyiegbuniwe was a tackling machine with the Hilltoppers, collecting 117 overall stops, including 11.5 for loss.

The defensive trend continued in the fifth and sixth-rounds. The Bears chose underrated DT Bilal Nichols from Delaware. Nichols 2017 season wasn’t as impressive as 2016, but the Blue Hens shifted defensive schemes and asked Nichols to occupy blockers in a “read and react” strategy rather than attack.  The 6-4, 300 pound Nichols is at his best where he can utilize his initial get off and quickness to attack upfield. He demonstrated those traits in the post-season, earning favorable reviews at both the Shrine game and Senior Bowl.  He’ll be counted on in Chicago to replace the departed Mitch Unrein, who signed in free agency with Tampa. READ MORE

Bears supplement offense with adds of Daniels, Miller

WR Anthony Miller, Memphis

WR Anthony Miller, Memphis

The Chicago Bears added Iowa C James Daniels and Memphis WR Anthony Miller during Friday night’s second-round of the NFL Draft.

Daniels was acquired with the original selection of Chicago, the 39th overall pick.  The two-year starter is a skilled technician with sound movement skills and hand placement.  A plug and play lineman, he can lock onto defenders and drive them backwards, yet is solid in pass protection, mirroring defenders. Daniels projects to center but has the versatility, should the Bears prefer, to slide over to Guard.

One of the top centers in the collegiate talent pool and expected to go in the first round, Daniels gives the Bears the flexibility to mix/match with Cody Whitehair.  Better positioned at guard, where he can utilize his full skill set and power, Whitehair would make an excellent mentor for Danels. READ MORE