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Bears bulk up 3-4 middle, draft Florida State DT Goldman

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Bears bulk up 3-4 middle, draft Florida State DT Goldman

When Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman was a high school standout in Washington, D.C., he had ample occasions to see the Dallas Cowboys play his hometown Redskins. One Cowboys player in particular became the player he sees as his model.

Fittingly perhaps, after the Bears selected him with the No. 7 pick, 39th overall, of the 2015 draft’s second round on Friday, he is now on the same NFL roster as that player — nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff.

“I know you haven’t seen him lately, but I still remember the days he was with the Cowboys,” Goldman said at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

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“[Ratliff] hardnosed. He’s so physical. I believe one time he was mic’d up in a game and one thing he kept saying is ‘they aren’t going to win the physical part of the game.’ That’s a thing I try to pride myself on, is being physical. He came up in big moments, too.

“That’s one thing I noticed about him. He’d get sacks in tight fourth-quarter games, that stood out to me.”

Goldman now projects to compete directly with Ratliff and a handful of applicants for work at nose tackle in the Bears’ emerging 3-4. At 6-4, 334 pounds, Goldman immediately becomes the biggest Bears defensive lineman and a prototypical nose tackle, something the Bears currently do not have. Ratliff is 34, missed five games last season with different injuries and has not played all 16 games in any of the last three seasons.

Coach John Fox laid out the expectations for his nose tackles during this week’s minicamp:

“Obviously hold the point,” Fox said. “You’re good on defense when you’re good up the middle. I think we’ve got some good candidates there… Basically a block-eater inside that’s tough and doesn’t get knocked off the ball.”

The defense rotated multiple players in at the nose-tackle spot during this week’s veteran minicamp but none with the mass and force of Goldman.

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The Bears want more than a block-eater in the middle and Goldman had six sacks over Florida State’s last two seasons.

“I can give you a little finesse now and again,” Goldman said, laughing. “But for the main part, I’m a tough, hard-nosed type of guy.”

He doesn’t take offense at being characterized as a run-stuffer. Just the opposite, in fact.

“It’s accurate and I like it,” Goldman said. “I’m a good pass rusher as well. I can stuff the run and then on third-and-long I can get after the passer.”

 

Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

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Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

If Mitchell Trubisky has the kind of break out year in his second season under Matt Nagy that Bears fans are hoping for, he should have no problem cashing an OVER 26.5 passing TDs ticket for bettors who want to back him.

Per Bet Chicago, Caesars is rolling out division props and they set Trubisky’s touchdown pass total for 2019 at 26.5 and his pass yard total at 3,744.5.

While both those marks would be career highs for Trubisky, this number will surely be seen as a slight by the hometown fans and continue to add to the polarizing nature of the quarterback formerly known as the Pretty Boy Assassin.

In Chicago, and if you’re team Mitch, this number is ridiculously low and you’re probably already pounding the over.

Outside of Chicago, and with some analytical support, there’s a lot of doubt about Trubisky’s future as a viable option as an NFL starter, so I’d guess the Pro Football Focus crowd is probably gonna take the under.

We rolled out some props of our own on the Under Center podcast last week including:

Will Mitch Trubisky pass for 10 or more touchdowns than Craig Kimbrel has saves? (Including playoffs for both)

26.5 regular season passing touchdowns probably gives Kimbrel the edge, but it’s right in range. 

And that Trubisky – Kimbrel prop prompted this bold response from our own Bears insider JJ Stankevitz:

I don’t think I’m in the 40 club with my guy JJ, but the OVER certainly feels like the move here. At least it better be if the Bears are gonna make any sort of NFC North title defense. 

 

Former Bear Greg Olsen randomly walks into marriage proposal, catches whole thing on video

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Former Bear Greg Olsen randomly walks into marriage proposal, catches whole thing on video

Scenario: you're walking down the street and randomly walk into a marriage proposal. What do you do?

For former Bear and current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, the answer was to capture the magical moment on video. 

Olsen was in Nashville this week to give a keynote speech at a healthcare conference. While walking back to his hotel on Thursday, he randomly stumbled into a marriage proposal. His first response: hit record on his phone and capture the whole thing on video.

"Did she say yes? I got it on video, dude," Olsen said emphatically. "I'm going to send it to you!

"She said yes and I got it all on video, and you don't even know me, but I'm going to send it to you."

The couple, according to the Panthers, is Max Harvat and Brooke Hartranft. The two were visiting Nashville for the week, but Harvat didn't necessarily plan the proposal. It was as much of a sporadic moment for him as it was random for Olsen.

"Oh my god, you're my hero," Harvat said to Olsen after the proposal.

As it turns out, Harvat grew up a Panthers fan. However, he had no idea that Olsen was the person recording the proposal in the moment, only happy that someone caught it on video. When he stood up, he realized who the mystery man was.

“When I stood up, I looked over and I started having a mini heart attack," Harvat said to panthers.com. "I was like, ‘I’m 90 percent sure that’s Greg Olsen from the Panthers!’

“I'm a huge Carolina fan. I was like, ‘Oh my God, you're telling me that Greg Olsen just recorded the whole thing?’ I was so excited. It was amazing."

The moment wasn't just special for Havrat and Hartranft, though.

"It's the best thing I've ever witnessed," Olsen said in the video.

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