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Bears scout describes what attracted team to undrafted tight end Dax Raymond

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Bears scout describes what attracted team to undrafted tight end Dax Raymond

When the Bears take the time to make a mini-documentary about an undrafted rookie free agent, it’s a good sign the team expects him to stick around beyond training camp.

Utah State tight end Dax Raymond received some screen time in the “Meet the Rookies” series, which started Tuesday with Riley Ridley.

Raymond’s story focused mostly on his Mormon mission to Russia, the reason why he’s entering the NFL at 24-years-old, older than third-year running back Tarik Cohen.

But one of the Bears area scouts, David Williams, also appeared on camera to share a brief scouting report on the UDFA, providing a perspective we don’t often hear from on the outside.

“This is an individual who’s smart, he’s competitive and he’s versatile,” Williams said. “Guys at Utah State, you want to see them stand out relative to the rest of their Mountain West competition, and he’s a guy who really stood out from a receiving standpoint.”

Williams scouts the west coast for the Bears, helping to identify the likes of Kylie Fitts, Tanner Gentry and Ryan Nall.

Raymond appears to be next in line as an undrafted rookie free agent who Bears fans will get to know over the next few preseasons.

USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

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USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

Could Carli Lloyd become the next big multi-sport athlete?

Lloyd, a star soccer player and two-time World Cup champion with the U.S. women's national team, attended Philadelphia Eagles training camp this week. The 37-year-old lined up for a few field goals, drilling a 55-yarder along the way.

NFL teams took notice of Lloyd's kicking prowess. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol TV, Lloyd said she's received some inquiries following her kicking demonstration.

“I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking," Lloyd said. "Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Lloyd is a legendary soccer player, so one shouldn't be surprised at her kicking prowess. However, her accuracy is extremely impressive, especially considering that she was kicking through skinny/non-NFL regulation uprights.

Following the double doink that ended their 2018 season abruptly, the Bears' offseason has been defined by their kicking vacancy. Even though Lloyd said she's strictly a soccer player, perhaps the Bears should give her a call. Maybe they already have?

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

Don’t call the Bears third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts a “dress rehearsal,” because neither team is treating it that way.

Matt Nagy has been clear about how he feels about playing his starters in the preseason, and injury concerns are leading the Colts to follow the trend.

With Andrew Luck injured, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is their de-facto starter, so head coach Frank Reich plans to sit him too, according to The Athletic.

Third-string quarterback Chad Kelly is expected to get the start, with former undrafted free agent Phillip Walker to follow.

The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2017. He connected on just under 70 percent of his passes in the first two preseason games but is averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt.

Nicknamed “Swag” Kelly, he’s known as somewhat of a gunslinger, which could make for a more exciting preseason opponent under center.

He hasn’t had a turnover yet this preseason, but the Bears defense will be looking to nab his first.

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