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Ryan Pace: Bears tight end Trey Burton ‘ready to go’ for training camp

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Ryan Pace: Bears tight end Trey Burton ‘ready to go’ for training camp

The lingering questions about Trey Burton’s health were mostly answered Sunday when Ryan Pace met with reporters ahead of training camp.

The Bears tight end had sports hernia surgery earlier this offseason after a mysterious groin injury kept him out of the wildcard loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. After missing organized team activities and minicamp to recover, Burton is set to return in Bourbonnais, Illinois as originally forecasted.

  

He was the team’s most reliable receiver in terms of availability during the regular season, leading all Bears skill position players in snaps played. His 860 plays on the field were the sixth most of any tight end in the NFL and represented 80 percent of  the team’s offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

Still, his receiving production was underwhelming for many Bears fans, who had higher expectations than 54 catches and 569 yards for the offense’s top tight end.

It took Mitchell Trubisky a few weeks to develop a strong connection with Burton, but his 126-yard game against the New England Patriots in Week 6 proved to be the exception for his 2018 season.

Now that he’s back on the field, Burton can resume strengthening his rapport with his young quarterback to take another step forward in 2019.

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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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