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.


South rises again during Senior Bowl practices

A strong group of athletic tight ends and an intriguing set of skilled position players highlight the South roster during this week’s Senior Bowl workouts in Mobile, Alabama.

In a twist from the normal workout schedule, John Fox and his Chicago Bears coaching staff, who are leading the North squad, will have an opportunity Thursday to work with the South team.

The change provides further opportunities for the Bears to observe and interact with approximately 50 additional players participating in this week’s workouts and game.

Here are five players who have stood out over the first two days of practices:

-TE Gerald Everett, South Alabama….Everett has elicited a buzz from scouts with his athletic movement and hand-catching prowess. A gifted receiver, Everett is elevating his stock by demonstrating  route-running and ability to get open. His frame portends more “H” back than inline blocker, but displays the demeanor to get physical. Added bulk would help. Riser. READ MORE