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Bears could use a quarterback like the XFL's standout passer

Bears could use a quarterback like the XFL's standout passer

The XFL is two weeks into its inaugural season, and there's one player who's standing head and shoulders above the rest as a viable NFL prospect at the game's most important position.

Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker has taken the league by storm. His three touchdown passes in Week 1 set the table for another impressive performance in Houston's Week 2 victory over the St. Louis Battlehawks, and looked every bit the part of a dual-threat playmaker that's quickly become the modern-era prototype.

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Walker tossed another three touchdowns while looking like the best player on the field (and in the entire XFL) for the second week in a row. Whether his game can translate to success on the NFL level is a big unknown at this point. He spent two seasons on the Colts practice squad without seeing any regular-season action.

Walker's early-season success is a great example of how developmental leagues like the XFL can serve as a feeder for the NFL at positions of need. Quarterback is no exception, especially in Chicago where Mitch Trubisky is in the most uncertain offseason of his career. 

This isn't to suggest that a player like Walker is appealing enough to be the guy GM Ryan Pace adds to the roster as potential competition for Trubisky. But as a possible QB3 behind Trubisky and an established veteran added in free agency? It isn't the worst idea in the world, especially after seeing the kind of playmaking ability he has when given a chance to get on the field.

XFL players can make the jump to the NFL after the 2020 season concludes. The championship game Is scheduled for April 26.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Discussing the Bears' offseason and where do the Bulls stand once the quarantine is over

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Discussing the Bears' offseason and where do the Bulls stand once the quarantine is over

Laurence Holmes, David Haugh and Anthony Herron join Kap on the panel.

Bleacher Report says the Bears had the worst offseason in the NFL. The guys disagree but are they really that much better with Nick Foles on the QB depth chart? Plus, would they be better going on a deep playoff run with Foles or tanking for Trevor Lawrence?

It’s the anniversary of the Cubs-White Sox trade that brought Sammy Sosa to the Northside. Was that the greatest trade in Cubs’ history? The guys are split.

Yahoo! Sports senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill joins Kap. Vincent doesn’t think Scottie Pippen is still one of the 50 best players in NBA history which is just plain crazy. Plus they talk about the potential changes in the Bulls’ front office and Vincent reveals just how close he thinks they may be to becoming one of the best teams in the East.

00:37 - Bleacher Report says the Bears have had the NFLs worst offseason

5:50 - Rather make NFC title game with Foles or Tank for Trevor?

8:30 - How should NFL front offices handle The pre-draft process?

13:13 - What was The greatest trade in Cubs history?

19:52 - Vincent Goodwill joins to talk Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

21:15 - Is Scottie Pippen still a top-50 player?

25:20 - What changes will the Bulls make in their front office?

27:00 - How far away are the Bulls from contending

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NFL Power Rankings: Bears drop 5 spots after offseason moves

NFL Power Rankings: Bears drop 5 spots after offseason moves

The Bears have been relatively aggressive in free agency (and the trade market) this offseason with the additions of Jimmy Graham, Robert Quinn and Nick Foles, and while the veteran acquisitions are expected to improve the 2020 Bears, they haven't moved the needle nearly enough in the post-free agency NFL Power Rankings on NFL.com.

In fact, Chicago dropped five spots and into the bottom tier of the league.

No. 22: Chicago Bears (previous: No. 17)

The Bears did what everyone expected, bringing in a veteran name brand to compete with Mitch Trubisky. That veteran is Nick Foles, the former Super Bowl MVP who endured a nightmarish (but very lucrative) one-season stint with the Jaguars. Trubisky will likely enter training camp as the presumed starter, but holding off Foles will be much more difficult than fending off Chase Daniel was a year ago. Put it this way: There's a very good chance Foles ends up starting more games next year than the former first-round pick hypothetically ahead of him on the depth chart. The Robert Quinn signing was ... fine. The move to bring in 33-year-old Jimmy Graham, who did next to nothing with Aaron Rodgers throwing him spirals, makes you wonder if GM Ryan Pace will ever figure out the tight end position.

If there's any good news, it's that the Bears aren't the lowest-ranked team from the NFC North. That distinction belongs to the Lions, who check-in at No. 28.

The Packers remain the class of the division at No. 5, while the Vikings rank 14th.

The Bears' ranking seems a little harsh considering Chicago was a borderline playoff team in 2019 with nothing that resembled a competent NFL offense. Now, with Foles on the roster, there's at least a veteran insurance policy and proven winner ready and able to right the ship (which may come as soon as Week 1). And Quinn's presence opposite Khalil Mack will give the Bears one of the most lethal pass-rushing tandems in the league, which wasn't the case in 2019 with Leonard Floyd operating as Mack's running mate.

Chicago's additions appear to outnumber the roster's subtractions, which should at least keep them hovering around a wild-card team in the power rankings.

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