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Bears address safety — again — with Penn State's Adrian Amos

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Bears address safety — again — with Penn State's Adrian Amos

For the 12th time in the last 14 drafts, the Bears used a draft choice on a safety (and that doesn’t include free-agency signings). It’s a pattern that has to end sometime.

In the meantime, the Bears used their fifth-round pick on Penn State safety Adrian Amos, who started 38 straight games for the Nittany Lions. He’ll immediately compete with Brock Vereen, last year’s fourth-round pick, for playing time. Like Vereen, who played extensively at cornerback through his career, Amos worked at cornerback early and switched.

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“I played corner most of my career then moved over to safety and I’ve been getting better and better at safety, especially over the past year playing safety,” said Amos, who becomes one of the Bears’ bigger safeties at 6-foot-0, 214 pounds.

“I’ve played every position on the field — every skill position on the defensive side of the field, except for ‘Mike’ linebacker. I have experience playing the nickel position, the dime position, both safeties and both corners. I think my versatility, in that I can come in and you can find somewhere for me to play on the field.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.