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The Bear’s Den, March 2, 2019

The Bears looking at kickers, running backs, offensive linemen and others at this year’s Draft Combine

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Chicago’s 2004 first round pick Tommie Harris #91 runs out onto the field during the introductions before a game against the Indianapolis Colts on November 21, 2004 at Soldier Field 
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Wood: Jordan Howard’s 2018 Struggles Get “The Data Treatment” - Da Bears Blog - It’s no secret that Jordan Howard struggled in 2018. DBB’s Andrew Dannehy detailed those struggles in a column a few weeks ago. Despite getting 250 carries – 6th most in the NFL – he didn’t reach 1,000 yards thanks to a dismal 3.7 yards/attempt, the 4th worst average of the 23 running backs who averaged at least 10 carries per game.

O’Gorman: The 2019 Safety Dance (including Adrian Amos) - Our Turf Football - Many free agent safeties are hoping the market for their position is stronger this year than last. OTFB’s Dayna O’Gorman takes a look at this season’s Safety Dance.

Emma: Notre Dame’s Alex Bars A Potential Buy-Low Candidate In NFL Draft - 670 The Scorer - Alex Bars has a strong rapport with Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

Mayer: Nagy’s top challenge avoiding complacency - - After the Bears won the NFC North in coach Matt Nagy’s first season, he anticipates that his biggest challenge entering Year 2 will be “to make sure that there’s no complacency and our guys realize that we’re now the hunted.”

NFL Sets 2019 Salary Cap at $188.2 Million and the Bears Are Really Up Against It - The NFL’s salary cap is going up again, but the Bears are still in a tight spot. Ken’s Note: Again, this is not cap hell. We have two guys to sign, if they go stupid high then we are going to end up doing something else. There are TONS of options that can be done here,

Eyeing Potential Bears Free Agent Targets: Kicker Matt Bryant - Bleacher Nation - Matt Bryant is one of the NFL’s best kickers, but he turns 44 in May and a ton of his success has come playing indoors.

Medina: The Bears Met with a Harry Hiestand Protégé at the Combine, Because of Course They Did - Bleacher Nation - Alex Bars’ 2018 season was cut short due to a knee injury, but he could be a late-round sleeper option for the Bears in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Finley: The Bears need a kicker and Cole Tracy is the most prolific in NCAA history - Chicago Sun-Times
Cole Tracy's 97 career field goals and 502 total points are the most in NCAA history.

Finley: Why Bears' Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky 'can start playing ball' in Year 2 - Chicago Sun-Times - Year 2 is when the leap happens, the manifestation of familiarity between a quarterback and play-caller.

Wiederer: NFL combine storylines - The Matt Nagy-Mitch Trubisky rapport, Robbie Gould's reality and the defense's quest for 'synergy' - Chicago Tribune - There are a handful of notable Bears storylines percolating at the NFL scouting combine this week in Indianapolis. So just what's next for coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitch Trubisky? What happened to that possible Robbie Gould reunion? And what was hardest for Vic Fangio in leaving Chicago?

Campbell: Bears' Jay Rodgers named NFL defensive line coach of the year - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive line coach Jay Rodgers was named the NFL's 2018 defensive line coach of the year Friday at the scouting combine.

Campbell: 'It's not good enough, but the foundation is set': A sitdown with Bears coach Matt Nagy - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy joined the Tribune’s Bears podcast, Bear Download, on Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis and discussed a variety of subjects.

Bocker: Expect Bears Offense to Take a Big Step in 2019 - Chicago Audible Blog - From familiarity across the board to Mitch Trubisky continuing his progression, it is hard to envision a scenario in which the offense does not improve.

NFL Salary Cap Space - Over The Cap - Bears currently have $13,666,141 in cap space.

Daniel Jeremiah's Day 1 NFL Scouting Combine takeaways - - The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is underway, with offensive linemen, running backs and special teamers hitting the field Friday. NFL Network Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah goes in depth on the top prospects.

Jahns: Five takeaways on the Bears from NFL Scouting Combine - Sun Times - The Bears don't have first- or second-picks or much to money to spend in free agency this year.

Finley: Clayton Thorson argues Northwestern is a QB factory - Sun Times - Thorson has a chance to become the third Wildcats quarterback, alongside Trevor Siemian and Mike Kafka, drafted this decade.

Ellis: The market for Bears' nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan might be starting to take shape - NBC Sports Chicago - The market for Callahan is starting to take shape.

Stankevitz: The Bears' offensive line was not the problem with their run game in 2018 | NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' moves to retain their entire starting offensive line from 2018 show the team believes the issues it had running the ball weren't based in the five guys up front.

Mayer: Bears in position to win with young core - - As a division champion with 21 of 22 starters under contract, the Bears know that their key to future success depends on developing the young players already on their roster.


The 2019 salary cap will be $188.2 million – ProFootballTalk - The 2019 league year starts in less than two weeks and teams now know the exact salary cap figure they’ll be working with in free agency. The NFL has officially set this year’s cap at $188.2 millions, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The league had projected a cap figure “in the range of $187.

2019 franchise and transition tag, restricted free agent tender values set – ProFootballTalk - The NFL set the salary cap for the 2019 season at $188.2 million on Friday and they also set other figures that will come into play as teams make decisions ahead of the start of the new league year. The league has also set franchise and transition tag values for the coming year.

NFL Combine winners/losers: Justice Hill puts on a (brief) show - - The first prospects hit the field Thursday at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, with the offensive linemen and running backs going through workouts. Who stood out? Bucky Brooks spotlights winners and losers.

Jahns: Notre Dame receiver Miles Boykin excited by second-round grade - Sun Times - Miles Boykin was Notre Dame’s best receiver last season.


Detroit Lions, Romeo Okwara agree to a 2-year deal - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are bringing back one of their most savvy acquisitions from 2018.

NFL Combine: The best and worst offensive performances in Combine history - Pride Of Detroit - Sometimes players put on a show at the Combine, so we’ve put together the best and the worst.

Mike Zimmer considering hiring kicking coach - Daily Norseman - Only one other team has one

2019 NFL Combine Day 3: Jonah Williams scuffles, Packers meet top TEs - Acme Packing Company - If Jonah Williams had been in play at pick No. 12 for Green Bay, that might be over after Friday’s testing. Meanwhile, the Packers show interest in Noah Fant, Irv Smith Jr. and the top tight ends in the class.

The Packers have struggled drafting D-lineman early - Acme Packing Company - In the first three rounds of the NFL Draft since 2000, Green Bay has swung and missed on defensive linemen far more than it has hit.

NFL Combine 2019: Measurements for all offensive players - Acme Packing Company - Here are all the weigh-in results for every player on the offensive side of the football from Indy.


Infante: 2019 NFL Combine - Breaking down Day 1 of running backs, offensive line, special teams - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears certainly paid attention to the running backs in the first day of drills in Indianapolis.

Wiltfong: Bears meet with all the kickers at the NFL Combine - Windy City Gridiron - This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the state of the position in Chicago.

Sunderbruch: The Bears Defense Will Probably Regress in 2019 - Windy City Gridiron - It won’t necessarily be Chuck Pagano’s fault.


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