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Roquan Smith meets the media

Now that Roquan Smith has signed his contract, the Chicago Bears are making him available to the media.

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Now that first round draft pick Roquan Smith has signed his contract with the Chicago Bears, there’s only one bit of business left before all our focus can finally turn to the on-field action.

Roquan’s side of the story.

The Chicago Bears are having Smith meet the media today about noon, immediately following practice at Halas Hall. We’re not sure how much he’ll get into the specific language that caused the holdout, but the media will no doubt press the subject. There were numerous reports, rumors, and speculation made about his holdout, but we’ve never heard anything from Smith or from his representation, Creative Artists Agency.

Earlier today Pro Football Talk reported on some contract details that they discovered and we shared those right here.

I think it’s smart for the Bears to get Smith out there to clear the air after he missed all of training camp.

The Bears may ease Smith into the practice routine, or they may throw him right into the fire. Remember, he was getting first team reps during OTAs, so as long as he kept his face in his playbook and his ass in shape, his ascension to the 1’s will happen sooner rather than later.

This is your Open Thread for the day, so keep in mind the comment section is rated WCG-MA.

Here’s the full press conference from earlier today.

"It's an awesome feeling."

Smith: "It’s great being back out here with my guys."

Posted by Chicago Bears on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I know it’s been a while, so here’s a reintroduction to Roquan Smith from the Bears’ Meet The Rookies’ series.

Meet The Rookies: Roquan Smith

It's time to meet Roquan Smith A.K.A. “Mama, there goes that man!”

Posted by Meet The Rookies on Monday, June 25, 2018

That appears to be starting outside linebacker Leonard Floyd next to Smith, so does that mean he’s already getting some run with the 1’s?