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Jimmy Graham on Bears' signing: 'Chicago deserves a Super Bowl'

Jimmy Graham on Bears' signing: 'Chicago deserves a Super Bowl'

Jimmy Graham, the newest tight end on the Bears, is definitely motivated to soon play for Chicago.

In a teleconference Thursday with 670 The Score, Graham explained the reasoning behind signing a two-year, $16 million deal, crediting GM Ryan Pace's rebuild of the team.

Graham said the city deserves a Super Bowl — with the last one (Super Bowl XX) played in January 1986 — and believes now is the time to achieve that goal.

"You have a team that's hungry to win, hungry to improve and hungry to get back to the playoffs and make a chase at a ring," Graham told The Score. "That's what was attractive to me from what I saw on the outside."

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Graham, who became a superstar tight end for the New Orleans Saints earlier in his career, has never won a Super Bowl, and believes now is the time to do it. He was drafted in July 2010 by the Saints after the team won its first Super Bowl in February for the 2009 season. He got close earlier this year with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship, but the team lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Graham was then let go by the Packers.

The 33-year-old showed signs of decline last season, catching 38 of 60 targets for 447 yards — the lowest totals of his career since his rookie year. Despite that, Graham has five Pro Bowls under his belt and has proved to be a dominant threat in the red zone over his career. 

Chicago needs another "Super Bowl Shuffle". Can you help us out, Jimmy?

The Match: Peyton Manning uses new Bears QB Nick Foles to troll Tom Brady

The Match: Peyton Manning uses new Bears QB Nick Foles to troll Tom Brady

America got a taste of live sports on Sunday via The Match, a charity golf outing pitting Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The competition raised $10 million for coronavirus relief.

It also offered Manning the chance to take a friendly jab at Brady, long his competitor on the gridiron, using new Bears quarterback Nick Foles.

In a mid-match interview, Manning noted how it's difficult to get to Brady's head on the field. The former Colts and Broncos quarterback then named two potential caddies he could have brought to disrupt Brady's focus: his brother, Eli Manning, and Foles.

"Do you bring Eli? Could do that," Manning said. "Do you bring Nick Foles? Maybe."

"Cheap shot," Brady said in response, grinning.

The Philadelphia Eagles beat Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII two years ago, with Foles, a backup turned starter, leading the charge. Based on Brady's comment, Manning may have struck a nerve with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Foles got in on the fun on Twitter:

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2020 Bears Schedule: Will Gardner Minshew mania grip Jacksonville again?

2020 Bears Schedule: Will Gardner Minshew mania grip Jacksonville again?

The game

The Bears will make a late-season visit to Jacksonville on Dec. 27. The last time the Bears faced the Jaguars, Jacksonville prevailed 17-16 on Oct. 16, 2016, thanks to a late TD pass from Blake Bortles to former Fighting Illini wide receiver Arrelious Benn. Rest assured, there will be some extra motivation on the sideline this time around, as former Jaguars Nick Foles and Allen Robinson face their ex-teammates.

Player to watch

The Bears will be facing the man who replaced Foles as Jaguars starting QB last season, Gardner Minshew. In 14 games, he threw for nearly 3,300 yards with 21 TD and 6 INT, but Jacksonville ranked just 26th in the league in total scoring and limped to a 6-10 record. Entering his first full season as the unquestioned starter, Minshew will have DJ Chark as a top target after the wideout exploded onto the scene last season.

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Additions and subtractions

One defensive standout to keep an eye on is Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville’s best pass-rusher who had the franchise tag placed on him but has repeatedly demanded a trade. Whether or not a trade partner is found will be the biggest issue facing the team as they head toward training camp, whenever that may be. Jacksonville also added talented but injury-plagued tight end Tyler Eifert in free agency.

Key storyline

Since their tough loss in the 2018 AFC Championship game to the Patriots, the Jaguars have torn their roster to shreds as they move into the next era of their franchise. Standout players sent packing over the last year or so include Calais Campbell, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Marcell Dareus, and of course, Nick Foles.

New GM David Caldwell is nearly done purging the roster, and that means this Jacksonville team will be playing the long game and likely setting themselves up for a top pick in next year’s draft.

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