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

Five Bears thoughts prior to Eagles kick

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Losers of three straight, the Chicago Bears (3-7) head into high cotton on the road at the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) on Sunday.

Here are five things to watch and think about ahead of Sunday’s tilt.

1. The continued development of Mitch Trubisky….  Each week, the Bears catch a glimpse of the traits that made Trubisky the second overall pick in last April’s draft. In last week’s loss to Detroit, his fourth down scramble and subsequent dart to Dontrelle Inman put the team in position to attempt a possible game-tying field goal.

Trubisky will be challenged on the road against a stingy Eagles defense. His ability to maintain his composure and play through adversity should make him better in the long run.

2. Can the Bears absorb the loss of Leonard Floyd?…Floyd had developed into a better all-around defender in year two, and his absence depletes a unit already shy of impact players.  Though his sack numbers were down, Floyd’s speed and range made him a player offenses had to scheme against.  READ MORE

Bears enter free agency with big needs, lots of $

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As NFL free agency kicks off, expect the Chicago Bears to be active in search of difference makers to help erase the memories of a 3-13 season.

Here are five names to remember that the Bears may target:

1. Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay. Glennon is a tall (6-6), lanky drop-back passer with an above average arm and quick release. Hidden in the shadows with Tampa Bay as the backup to Jameis Winston, Glennon actually started for parts of his first two seasons in the league, playing adequately behind a woeful Tampa supporting cast. He lacks mobility, but can step up in the pocket and sidestep pressure. High percentage passer best in play-action scheme that maximizes a strong running game. Glennon will probably be overpaid and a short-term bridge for whatever team gets his signature on a contract.

2. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo. Gilmore is a former first-rounder who has been steady, not spectacular during his tenure with the Bills. He picked a good time to hit free agency based on a 2016 season where he intercepted five passes and displayed some characteristics of a lockdown corner. Gilmore is a smooth athlete with good size and quick feet. He isn’t afraid to offer run support. Gilmore will upgrade the deep patrol immediately, but he figures to carry a steep price tag.