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Bears positioned well to add depth through later rounds of draft

Bears positioned well to add depth through later rounds of draft

The Bears made a big move on Friday night, trading up in the third round to select Iowa State running back David Montgomery.

The Chicago front office was prioritizing selecting a RB with their first pick of the draft at No. 87 overall, but clearly they felt comfortable enough with their evaluation of Montgomery to move up to No. 73 to nab him.

To get Montgomery, the Bears moved their No. 87 and No. 162 overall picks—third and fifth round selections respectively—to the New England Patriots to get their guy. The entire Bears organization is no doubt excited with the pick, but franchise QB Mitch Trubisky took to Twitter to express his excitement over the pick.

With the trade the Bears are now armed with four more picks in the 2019 draft--including two seventh round selections that are 16 picks apart--on top of their seven picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. They are positioned quite well for the future, but NFL.com actually gave the Bears the highest possible grade for their first round despite not having a (first round) pick.

Two of Chicago’s 2020 draft picks are conditional picks, one coming as part of the Khalil Mack  trade and another as part of the trade sending Jordan Howard to Philadelphia.

Bears GM Ryan Pace has certainly held true to his word so far. Earlier in the week he talked about still feeling a tremendous amount of pressure to “nail this draft” despite not having any first or second round selections.

Pace said, “I feel like with fewer picks and with later picks, the onus is on us as scouts to hit on these picks, and to keep this momentum that we’ve got.” With the aggressive move to trade up and get Montgomery, Pace and co. have kept true to their vision and should be set up well to add depth as we move through the later rounds of the draft.

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Bears to don throwback helmets Sunday against Giants

Bears to don throwback helmets Sunday against Giants

The Bears are throwing it back to the past this weekend at Soldier Field.

The Bears will rock 1960s throwback helmets Sunday when they take on the New York Giants. The helmet is navy blue and features a white "C" logo and gray facemask, whereas the current helmet has an orange "C" and white facemask.

A look at the throwback lid:

The Bears donned those helmets from 1962-72 during the playing days of  Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, now Hall of Famers. They won the 1963 NFL Championship along the way.

“I think a lot of Bears fans remember the ‘60s, especially the ’63 championship team winning at Wrigley against the Giants with those ‘Cs’ on our helmet,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said. “And of course Butkus and Sayers and all the great memories they provided. That small change I think means a lot to people.”

As 2019 is the Bears' 100th season as a franchise, they've been honoring a different decade at each home game. The Bears have also installed seven-foot tall bobbleheads around Chicago each week featuring players from that week's celebratory decade.

Unsurprisingly, this week's game will celebrate the 1960s, with Butkus and Sayers represented in life-size bobblehead form:

The Bears will give out bobbleheads of Butkus and Sayers to the first 20,000 fans who arrive at Sunday's game.

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Mitch Trubisky practiced in full on Thursday

Mitch Trubisky practiced in full on Thursday

As Chicago continues to analyze Mitch Trubisky’s hip and figure out if his benching was actually injury related or performance related, the injury report from practice makes it seem like he should play on Sunday.

Trubisky was a full participant in practice on Thursday, just as he was on Wednesday. Back-to-back full practices would seem to indicate he should be full go for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

If not, then chaos will ensue.


As for the rest of the injury report, offensive lineman Bobby Massie was not limited with his back injury while linebacker Isaiah Irving was limited with a quad injury.

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