Bears, Knox keeping a dream alive


Bears, Knox keeping a dream alive

Dreams are the last things to die sometimes, so no defeat, no dropped ball, no missed tackle will ever compare to the blow delivered by the head coach that a player will no longer be part of a team.

Its tough, coach Lovie Smith said on Sunday after the first large cluster of roster cuts were made. We all dream about making that game-winning play at the end, or just being on an NFL team. Thats the dream of everybody that comes here."

For some, it is the first time in their sports careers that they have been told they werent good enough. For some it will be the last time because only occasionally does the chance come for leaving entirely on ones own terms.

Some of them, you have to cut that dream short a little bit, Smith said. Its hard telling him that, but thats a part of it. Eventually they are going to tell all of us that they are going to go a different direction. We all realize that.

Johnny Knox may realize that as well, but the Bears were not making that decision now, placing the injured wide receiver on the physically unable to perform list. Knox still walks with a slight hitch, the result of a gruesome back injury suffered in the Seattle Seahawks game last December.

But he is still holding onto hope of returning to the Bears, even this year, or next. And the Bears, to their credit, are not raining on the parade.

Most definitely, Knox said of plans to play again. It could be six weeks into the season, or later in the season. But well all see.

I do believe Ill be back on the field. It could be this season, next season, who knows? But Im going to keep striving to get better and get back on the field.

Trubisky: 'I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns'

Trubisky: 'I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns'

The Chicago Bears are counting on Mitch Trubisky to have a breakout season in 2018. His rookie year was strong, but for the Bears to emerge as a playoff contender, the second-year passer must enjoy a Jared Goff-like advancement.

There's no doubting the talent Trubisky possesses in his right arm. And with a plethora of new weapons at his disposal, his production should make him appealing to fantasy football owners. But he may do more than just throw touchdowns.

"I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns and some passes, that would be cool," Trubisky said at Halas Hall after Wednesday's OTAs. "The sky's the limit with this offense, just the creativeness that these coaches bring, there's going to be a lot of fun plays. We get the base ones down first and hopefully, we can have some fun trick plays."

Trey Burton was signed in free agency to provide a weapon for Trubisky at tight end, but he may end up throwing a few passes before the year is out. He was on the quarterback end of the famous Super Bowl LII touchdown pass (the Philly Special) to Nick Foles and spent time at quarterback as a freshman at the University of Florida.

Don't forget about Tarik Cohen, either. He attempted two passes in 2017, completing one for a touchdown (21 yards) to Zach Miller.

Trubisky is the kind of rare athlete at quarterback who an offensive coordinator can legitimately devise a few trick plays for, adding just another wrinkle in the new-era of Bears offensive football set to launch in September.

Charlie Tilson gets another chance with White Sox after Leury Garcia hits the DL


Charlie Tilson gets another chance with White Sox after Leury Garcia hits the DL

Charlie Tilson is finally back in the major leagues. And this time, he’s hoping he can stick around for more than one game.

Tilson, currently ranked as the White Sox No. 15 prospect, was brought up from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, joining the active roster after the team placed Leury Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

Tilson, a Wilmette native and New Trier High School product, came over to the White Sox from the St. Louis Cardinals in a midseason trade in 2016 and got a hit in his first big league at-bat. But in the same game, he suffered a season-ending hamstring injury while trying to make a diving catch in the outfield. The following spring, he suffered another serious injury, a stress fracture in his foot, and was forced to sit out the entire season.

He missed out on an Opening Day roster spot this year when Adam Engel outperformed him during spring training. But the White Sox hope Tilson will be able to provide some production in an outfield that has struggled in that department this season. Engel, even after a four-hit night on Wednesday, is batting just .212. Trayce Thompson is hitting well under .200. And Avisail Garcia and Nicky Delmonico are dealing with their own significant injuries as Leury Garcia joins them on the DL.

Tilson batted .248 in 39 games at Charlotte this season prior to Thursday’s call-up. He had three hits in Wednesday night’s loss.