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NBC Sports Chicago to provide extensive multi-platform coverage of Bears Training Camp 2019

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NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago to provide extensive multi-platform coverage of Bears Training Camp 2019

   

Chicago, IL (July 24, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to deliver extensive multi-platform coverage of Chicago Bears Training Camp 2019 from Bourbonnais, IL beginning tomorrow (Thursday, July 25) featuring massive, in-depth digital coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app (NOTE: fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.).  NBC Sports Chicago’s training camp coverage is presented by St. Xavier University.

 

In addition, on Monday, July 29 at 6:00 PM CT, fans can look forward to a special Bourbonnais remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado 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)

 

Among the daily training camp digital offerings to be delivered via the network’s dedicated Bears section (NBCSportsChicago.com/Bears) and the “My Teams by NBC Sports” app, NBC Sports Chicago’s team of Bears experts - featuring JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) and John ‘Moon’ Mullin (@moonmullinNBCS) - will provide fans with a number highlighted segments including “Making the Cut,” which will focus on key position battles, “Long Shots,” a look at some of the under the radar players fighting for a roster spot, along with press conference highlights, interviews with Bears players and coaches and much more.

 

Additional coverage highlights…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA:
  • Live, on-site analysis segments throughout training camp featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s team of Bears experts to be featured on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter/Periscope (@NBCSBears).
  • Twitter (@NBCSBears) coverage to also feature live tweet coverage for all key press conferences, along with players/coaches interviews, ‘question of the day,’ polls, debates, and much more.
  • Training Camp “Sights & Sounds” moments featuring photos/quick video offerings via ‘NBCSChicago’ to be provided through Instagram and Instagram Stories.
  • PODCASTS: Throughout training camp, fans can look forward to daily editions of NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “Under Center PODCAST” featuring Stankevitz, Mullin, 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 2019 Bears regular season multi-platform coverage details in the coming weeks.

 

 

NBC Sports Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as Chicago Bears postgame coverage, local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform, NBCSportsChicago.com, the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.  

 

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Bears LB coach says Leonard Floyd is doing everything team has asked of him

Bears LB coach says Leonard Floyd is doing everything team has asked of him

Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd's success will be defined by how many sacks he records each year. Maybe it's unfair to judge Floyd based on one statistic, but considering Chicago's draft investment in him (ninth overall pick in 2016), sacks -- and a lot of them -- were the expectation.

Floyd's most productive season as a pass rusher came in his rookie year when he totaled 7.5 sacks. He's managed just 8.5, total, over the last two years (26 total games). It's been more of the same from him in 2019, as he has just three sacks entering Week 15's game against the Packers.

The Bears picked up Floyd's fifth-year option last offseason, which means his cap number will jump from just over $5 million this season to more than $13 million in 2020. It's a hefty price to pay for a player who doesn't get to the quarterback, but linebackers coach Ted Monachino said this week that no player on Chicago's roster can do what Floyd does for the defense.

“There’s only one guy in our building that can do the job that Leonard is asked to do, and that’s Leonard Floyd,” Monachino said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s playing at as high a level as I’ve ever had a ‘Sam’ [linebacker] play. I couldn’t ask any more of him.

“He wears a lot of hats throughout the game. He’s in coverage in base. He’s in coverage in sub. He’s a rusher in base. He’s a rusher in sub. He does it all for us. I do wish for him, and I think it would help all of us if he got some sacks, and we didn’t have to answer the same question once a month. But I do believe he’s playing at as high a level as any ‘Sam’ in our league.”

Monachino's assessment of Floyd's game is certainly fair, but it still doesn't change the fact that he hasn't become the kind of player the Bears were envisioning back in 2016. He was supposed to be John Fox and Vic Fangio's 'Von Miller.'

Instead, Floyd's Pro Football Focus pass-rushing grade ranks 89th among edge defenders in 2019. 

The Bears have the option of rescinding Floyd's fifth-year option this offseason, and with Chicago's tight salary-cap situation, it's a choice they may be forced to make. 

But Floyd has a chance to make a strong final impression on GM Ryan Pace over the final three games of this season, and with the Packers up next, there's a chance he'll do just that. Of his 18 career sacks, 7.5 have come against Green Bay.

"I feel great in the position I’m in," Floyd said this week. "I’m playing for a great organization. I got a lot more left in me.”

The Bears need Floyd to be their 'Von Miller' on Sunday, and for the rest of the season, to turn their near-impossible quest for the playoffs into reality.

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Bears to activate Akeim Hicks off IR on Saturday

Bears to activate Akeim Hicks off IR on Saturday

The return of Akiem Hicks is upon us.

In a widely expected the move, the Bears activated Hicks off injured reserve on Saturday. Hicks is be eligible to play Sunday against the Packers.

Hicks suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 5 against the Raiders. He hit IR on Oct. 15, where players are required to spend a minimum of eight weeks before returning, per NFL rules.

The Bears defense hasn't been the same with Hicks out, and during his absence, linebackers Danny Trevathan (elbow) and Roquan Smith (torn pec) have both gone down with injuries.

Simply put, Hicks is a much-welcomed return for the Bears.

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