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Bears CB Draft Preview: Competition coming for Tim Jennings

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Bears CB Draft Preview: Competition coming for Tim Jennings

CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin goes position-by-position as the Bears approach the 2015 Draft, taking a look at what the Bears have, what they might need and what draft day could have in store.

Bears pre-draft situation

Landing Antrel Rolle was a priority and signing the veteran safety represented a major upgrade even with Rolle’s best years behind him. Ryan Mundy was the Bears’ second-leading tackler last season and tied with Kyle Fuller for team honors with four interceptions. Between Mundy and Rolle, with Brock Vereen in the pipeline, the Bears have perhaps their best combo of experience and talent in the deep secondary in a decade.

Fuller was a certified hit with the No. 14 pick of the draft, flashing early with interceptions in the win at San Francisco and quietly playing beyond his rookie year and already is viewed as a foundation block in the secondary.

[DRAFT PREVIEW: Offseason moves lower LB need level]

“The way he played instinctually, as well as the physical skills, I saw a guy that improved as the season went on,” said coach John Fox. “He’s a guy that we’re excited about, have a good grade on, and looking forward to working with him looking forward.”

Less secure is the spot opposite Fuller, where Tim Jennings had eight pass breakups but went without an interception for the first time in seven years. “I think Tim will tell you the same thing: I don’t think he had one of his better years a year ago, No. 1,” Fox said. “I think he can play outside and play inside as far as experience. I think our biggest thing is to get him to perform better than he did a year ago.”

If he doesn’t, the Bears have added both depth or a possible replacement. They re-signed promising nickel back Demontre Hurst and corner Al Louis-Jean to two-year extensions and Alan Ball for one year.

Jennings was given a four-year deal worth $22.4 million, half of it guaranteed, coming off his second straight Pro Bowl season. But he turns 32 in December and will be under some roster pressure throughout this offseason.

[DRAFT PREVIEW: OL Rebound in 2015 a must but not via draft]

Bears draft priority: Low

The level of need, as with certain other positions (DL, OL), doesn’t completely mean that the Bears have what they need in this position cluster, only that it is well off the “critical” list it was on last year before the Bears secured Fuller. The Rolle signing projects to make Fuller a better corner as well as improve the entire back end of the defense.

The Bears can be expected to grab a corner or safety if a surprise is still on their board in Round 3. The ages of Jennings and Rolle aren’t a concern, and Rolle in particular is in that class of safety reminiscent of Gary Fencik and Shaun Gayle who were effective deep into their careers based on savvy and style of play.

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Keep an eye on ...

Quinten Rollins, Miami (Ohio)Relatively inexperienced but physical (5-11, 195) MAC defensive player of the year.

Eric Rowe, UtahLikely gone by the end of Round 2 but has ideal size (6-1) for CB.

P.J. Willliams, Florida State: Big (6-0, 195) physical corner likened to Charles Tillman.

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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