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NBC Sports Chicago to provide extensive, multi-platform coverage of Bears Training Camp '18

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NBC Sports Chicago to provide extensive, multi-platform coverage of Bears Training Camp '18

 

Coverage begins Thursday, July 19 with Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy, and Mitch Trubisky’s LIVE press conferences beginning at 12 NOON CT!

Expanded Cross-Platform Coverage to include Daily Training Camp Reports, a remote edition of “SportsTalk Live,” In-depth Social Media content, Podcasts, and much more!

Chicago, IL (July 12, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE home of the #AuthenticFan – is ready to deliver extensive multi-platform coverage of Chicago Bears Training Camp 2018 LIVE from Bourbonnais, IL beginning next week featuring massive digital coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com, along with extensive camp coverage on the network’s signature linear programs SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado & In the Loop presented by GMC, plus - full-blown social media coverage on all social platforms, in-depth training camp discussions on the popular “Under Center” Podcast, and much more!

** Coverage kicks off on Thursday, July 19 LIVE at 12 NOON CT as NBC Sports Chicago will carry the Bears Report Day/Opening Press Conference featuring General Manager RYAN PACE, new Head Coach MATT NAGY, and quarterback MITCH TRUBISKY, among others. (NOTE: Live stream also available to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app)

Among NBC Sports Chicago’s team of Bears experts features JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz), John ‘Moon’ Mullin (@moonmullinNBCS), and veteran WSCR AM 670 “The Score” personality and host of NBC Sports Chicago’s Bears game day coverage Laurence Holmes (@LaurenceWHolmes), who will provide fans with in-depth training camp insight via the network’s daily “Postcards from Camp” presented by Buffalo Wild Wings segments, which will be featured daily on every NBC Sports Chicago platform, including the network’s dedicated Bears section at NBCSportsChicago.com/Bears.

In addition to extensive daily camp coverage/discussion on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado & In the Loop presented by GMC, fans can look forward to a special, one-hour LIVE from Bourbonnais remote edition of SportsTalk Live on Tuesday, July 24 at 6:00 PM featuring host David Kaplan (@thekapman), a panel of Bears/NFL experts, along with additional special guest interviews. (NOTE: Live stream also available to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app)

Additional coverage highlights…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA:
  • Live look-ins throughout training camp featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s team of Bears experts to be featured on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) via Twitter/Periscope (@NBCSBears).
  • Twitter (@NBCSBears) coverage to also feature live tweets for all key press conferences, players/coaches interviews, ‘question of the day,’ polls, debates, and much more.
  • Fans will be able to find full training camp coverage including breaking news, notable quotes, and expert analysis on Facebook, Twitter (@NBCSBears) and Instagram (from ‘NBCSChicago’).
  • Training Camp “Sights & Sounds” moments will also be provided via Snapchat (‘NBCSChicago’), along with additional photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ through Instagram and Instagram Stories
  • Additional digital/social media coverage to be provided via NBC Sports Chicago Bears contributor Bryan Perez (@BryanPerezNFL)
  • PODCASTS: Throughout training camp, fans can look forward to multiple editions of NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “Under Center PODCAST” featuring Stankevitz, Mullin, Holmes, and additional special guests. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
     

NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago will be announcing its Bears regular season multi-platform coverage details in the coming weeks.

Is Jordan Howard underrated in fantasy football?

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Is Jordan Howard underrated in fantasy football?

Jordan Howard has accomplished some pretty amazing things to start his career. Most notably, he's the only running back in Chicago Bears franchise history to finish his first two seasons with more than 1,000 rushing yards, including 1,313 yards as a rookie, good for a team rookie record.

Still, Howard has been the target of criticism this offseason because of his questionable set of hands. He was plagued by a case of the drops last season and he's been labeled as a guy who can't catch the ball heading into 2018. Combine that with the player nipping at his heels -- Tarik Cohen -- and the overwhelming theory advanced by analysts is that he'll give way to Cohen on passing downs.

This presumption has made its way into the world of fantasy football, too. Howard is rarely if ever mentioned as one of the first running backs that should be drafted this summer and in a recent player vs. player showdown on Pro Football Focus, 49ers starter Jerick McKinnon was selected as a more appealing fantasy starter in 2018.

It’s close, but I give the nod to Jerick McKinnon. Howard’s troubles in the passing game are very real and it’s clear the Bears want to focus on that more this year. Meanwhile, McKinnon was handed a fat contract and has little competition when it comes to carries.

McKinnon, a career backup, was signed by San Franciso to be Kyle Shanahan's feature running back. He has a real chance to be a stud in fantasy circles, but should he be valued over a guy like Howard who's proven to be a contender for the NFL's rushing crown?

All of this offseason chatter will serve as great motivation for Howard who has to prove, first and foremost, that he can be a three-down back for coach Matt Nagy in the Bears' new offense. If he has a consistent training camp as a receiver and carries that momentum into the preseason and regular season, those fantasy players who draft McKinnon or another less-proven player over Howard will long for a redo.

15 Most Important Bears of 2018: No. 8 - Eddie Goldman

15 Most Important Bears of 2018: No. 8 - Eddie Goldman

Eddie Goldman is entering the final year of his contract this season and in order to cash in on a big payday, he'll need to stay healthy and make good on his top-tier potential. 

If he does, he'll become a very wealthy man and the Bears defense will have an even better year than its top-10 finish a season ago.

Goldman, 24, came to Chicago via the second round of the 2015 NFL draft and quickly became a household name among Bears fans. He started 12 games that season and finished with a surprising 4 1/2 sacks, a total that was more productive than his college scouting report predicted. He was pegged as a breakout star for 2016, but injuries ultimately derailed his second season. He played only six games that year (started five) but still flashed a surprisingly productive set of pass-rush traits; he finished 2016 with 2 1/2 sacks.

This past season represented something of a mixed bag for Goldman. He started 15 games and quieted some of the injury concerns that started bubbling around him, but his production dipped. He managed only 1 1/2 sacks. That said, he set a career-high with 27 tackles, nearly doubling his output as a rookie.

Still, Goldman wasn't a dominant force in 2017. He finished the year ranked 69th among interior defenders with a 76.3 grade from Pro Football Focus. Despite being healthy and available, it was the lowest season grade of his career from PFF.

Nose tackle is arguably the most critical position for any defense running a 3-4 scheme. It's no exception in Chicago. Goldman will set the table for linebackers Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith and the more bodies he can consume or attention he can draw from offensive lines, the more room second-level defenders will have to work. It's not just about filling up the stat sheet for Goldman. If he clogs running lanes and collapses the pocket consistently, he'll be worth every penny of a big contract extension despite lacking numbers.

The Bears need Goldman to bring his A-game in 2018, especially as a pass rusher. Chicago resides in arguably the most talented quarterback division in the NFL and for the defense to make those quarterbacks uncomfortable, Goldman has to apply pressure up the middle. He's proven he can do it, as evidenced by his rookie year production. But he's been on a steady decline in this area of his game since then and there's no room for more regression in 2018.

Players entering contract years tend to bring extra motivation to the field and there's no reason to expect anything less from Goldman. If he can combine his rookie year production with last season's availability, he could end up with the most well-rounded year of his career en route to leading the Bears' defensive line on a late-season playoff push.