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Projected lineups for Eddie Jackson’s charity softball game

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Projected lineups for Eddie Jackson’s charity softball game

Eddie Jackson is hosting a charity softball game this Saturday, June 15th at Schamburg Boomers stadium at 5:05pm. It’ll be offense vs defense so let’s take an early look at what these lineups might look like for both teams.

Defense

1. Eddie Jackson

Has home run hitting ability in the leadoff spot and a flair for the dramatic. This rising star puts the pressure on the opposing pitcher from the very first pitch. Plus it’s his game, so of course he’s batting first.

2. Kyle Fuller

Tied for the NFL interception lead in 2018, Fuller’s combination of speed, instincts and film study  at the top of the lineup helps set the table for the big bats.

3. Akiem Hicks

As Ed O’Bradovich said at the 100 year celebration this past weekend, Khalil Mack “is a man-eater, but (Akiem Hicks) is the man who makes it happen.” It’s long been said you put your most important hitter in the 3-hole.

4. Khalil Mack

The quintessential cleanup hitter. Who else would you want in this spot?

5. Danny Trevathan

Provides world champion protection behind Mack in the likely event that the opponent tries to pitch around #52.

6. Roquan Smith

Just when an opponent think they’ve gotten thru the heart of the lineup, the 2018 rookie who came up just shy of Brian Urlacher’s franchise tackling mark is there to “break a man,” as he said right after his Bears intro press conference.

7. Ha-Ha Clinton Dix

Sliding this new addition into the 7-hole takes some of the pressure off of him to make an immediate impact, while also trapping pitchers into thinking they might get a break against a guy who has shown big play ability in the past.

8. Bilal Nichols

One of the most underrated players in the entire league is perfectly fine lurking at the bottom of the order. A second cleanup hitter, he’s happy consistently performing and making his teammates better. Everyone in this lineup knows how valuable he is.

9. Leonard Floyd

Still in a bit of a prove it spot, but if he consistently plays the way he’s shown shown flashes of, he could not only be dangerous in this spot, but he could climb up the lineup pretty quickly.

10. Prince Amukamara

Veteran who knows he’s there to do a job and turn the lineup over. His speed and ball skills make him a threat.

11. Buster Skrine

Another newcomer, let’s see what he’s got at the bottom of the order.

Offense

1. Taylor Gabriel   *Anthony Miller

We can all agree there’s no reason for Miller, a guy who dislocated his shoulder multiple times to be swinging a bat amiright?? Miller has the Willie Mayes Hayes swag you want from the leadoff man when healthy tho.

As for ‘Turbo’ Taylor Gabriel, of course you’re putting a guy who’s been clocked at 23 mph at the top of the lineup.

2. Tarik Cohen

Perfect spot for the swiss army knife of the offense. Could lay down a bunt and beat it out, move the runner, or even hit one to the gap and clear the bases.

3. Mitch Trubisky

The obvious spot for the leader of the offense and Akiem Hicks’ pick (outside himself) to win the home run derby part of this event. Let’s just hope he breaks out the punky QB headband and sunglasses look again this weekend.

4. Kyle Long

The most veteran member of the offensive line is there to protect the QB. Whether or not he’s even in the lineup, if anyone goes high and tight on # 10, better believe they’ll answer to #75.

5. Cody Whitehair

Some more muscle in the middle of the order. Has made it clear he’s good with moving around the lineup if the coaches think it’s best for the team.

6. Allen Robinson

Based on what we saw in the playoff game, he could be on his way to putting up big numbers anywhere in the batting order. Definitely a guy you want up late with the game on the line.

7. Charles Leno

Flies under the radar at one of the most important positions in football. If a pitcher thinks he’s in the clear after getting past Robinson, Leno will be there to throw a big block into that thinking.

8. Trey Burton / Adam Shaheen

When healthy, they provide some pop towards the bottom of the lineup. Let’s have Anthony Miller ready as the designated runner if these guys can get on base.

9. Bobby Massie

The ultimate team guy as he showed by signing a team friendly deal to stay in Chicago much earlier in the offseason than he had to.

10. James Daniels

As the new man in the middle on the offensive line, the burden falls on him to turn the lineup over and set the table for the speedy top of the order.

11. Mike Davis

Good spot to start for this new addition. Could easily see him towards the top of the lineup if he produces the way Matt Nagy & company thinks he can.

The defense has been ahead of the offense for pretty much the entire Pace/Nagy regime. But if Matt Nagy is involved, there’s sure to be no shortage of hidden ball tricks, squeezes and other trick plays with awesome names, so I might have to give a slight edge to the offense in this game.

Robbie Gould named kicker on Bears All-Time Team

Robbie Gould named kicker on Bears All-Time Team

The Bears named Robbie Gould their all-time kicker as they continue to announce each position group leading up to this weekend’s 100 year celebration.

The team announced its Centennial Scrapbook All-Time Team Defense on Monday, featuring Dick Butkus at middle linebacker over Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. The offense will be announced on Wednesday. 

Tuesday’s All-Time Team: Special Teams featured Gale Sayers at kick returner, Devin Hester at punt returner, Gould at kicker and Bobby Joe Green at punter. 

The fan base’s clamoring for a reunion with Gould, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, has waned a bit over the past month. He still has yet to sign the franchise tag from the 49ers and he requested a trade leading up to April’s NFL draft, to which John Lynch & Kyle Shanahan collectively acknowledged with a “that’s cute.” 

Meanwhile the Bears kicking competition currently features Eddy Pineiro, Elliott Fry and Chris Blewitt. And…it’s…going? 

As for Robbie, his latest social media update has him apparently training on an indoor track with the support of an inspirational quote from a guy I admittedly had to look up.

So this is what we know. 

The Bears have acknowledged the obvious - that Gould, a player who has been pretty transparent about his desire to return to the Bears, is the best player in franchise history at a position they desperately have to fix this coming season. 

We also know that the kickers and Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor are supposed to talk on Wednesday to give everyone a gauge of something kicker competition related at the latest OTAs. 

Depending on how that goes, let’s all take a minute to remember how the past month had been pretty quiet on the Robbie reunion front. That was nice.  

Cousins wants to be Vikings QB for “next decade”

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Cousins wants to be Vikings QB for “next decade”

Kirk Cousins wants to be the Vikings QB for the next decade.

And all of Chicago rejoices.

Cousins was singing the praises of rookie lineman Garrett Bradbury, the team’s first round draft pick who will reportedly get the chance to win the starting center job, when he painted a scenario that would have Bears fans rushing to sign on the dotted line with the collective force of Khalil Mack’s one-handed knockout of Riley Reiff.

“I told (Bradbury), ‘I’d like to work together for about the next decade,’ ” Cousins said according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I just tried to set that vision for him and say, ‘You be the guy here for the next decade and let’s not have to worry about having anybody else snap for the quarterback.’ ”

The Bears sacked Cousins six times in two games last season, so someone just let Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman know to blow past Bradbury so quickly that they won’t wrinkle his game day wardrobe.

“He tucks his shirt in every day,” Cousins said. “I think that sends a message right there. He is ready to work. I respect that.”

That’s where everything went wrong in a Vikings' Week 17 collapse with everything on the line against the Bears - a team-wide dress code violation.

It’s good enough news for the Bears that the Vikings are stuck with Cousins for two more years for the rest of his fully guaranteed 3-year $84 million contract. But the idea of making it a full decade?

Yeah, we like that.

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