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Bears claim OL Eric Kush, DB Cre'Von LeBlanc off waivers

Bears claim OL Eric Kush, DB Cre'Von LeBlanc off waivers

The Bears trimmed their roster to 53 on Saturday, but there will be more moves coming after the team claimed a pair of players off waivers.

General manager Ryan Pace claimed Rams center Eric Kush and Patriots cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc. No players the Bears cut to get down to 53 players were claimed by another team.

Kush, who will turn 27 next week, was a sixth-round pick by the Chiefs in 2013. He appeared in three games as a rookie, including one start, and was waived by Kansas City before the start of the 2015 season. He made brief spots in Tampa Bay, Carolina and Houston in the early months of the 2015 season, but was subsequently cut by each team. He was claimed off waivers by the then-St. Louis Rams in November 2015, and appeared in six games.

LeBlanc went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent but was released Saturday. The Bears were able to get an extended look at LeBlanc during their practice scrimmages against New England prior to their preseason game in August.

The Bears will need to make two corresponding moves to make room for Kush and LeBlanc and get the roster back to 53 players.

A third move would need to be made if the Bears wound up signing free agent Josh Sitton, who reportedly will meet with the team. Sitton, a three-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Packers on Saturday.

Trubisky: 'I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns'

Trubisky: 'I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns'

The Chicago Bears are counting on Mitch Trubisky to have a breakout season in 2018. His rookie year was strong, but for the Bears to emerge as a playoff contender, the second-year passer must enjoy a Jared Goff-like advancement.

There's no doubting the talent Trubisky possesses in his right arm. And with a plethora of new weapons at his disposal, his production should make him appealing to fantasy football owners. But he may do more than just throw touchdowns.

"I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns and some passes, that would be cool," Trubisky said at Halas Hall after Wednesday's OTAs. "The sky's the limit with this offense, just the creativeness that these coaches bring, there's going to be a lot of fun plays. We get the base ones down first and hopefully, we can have some fun trick plays."

Trey Burton was signed in free agency to provide a weapon for Trubisky at tight end, but he may end up throwing a few passes before the year is out. He was on the quarterback end of the famous Super Bowl LII touchdown pass (the Philly Special) to Nick Foles and spent time at quarterback as a freshman at the University of Florida.

Don't forget about Tarik Cohen, either. He attempted two passes in 2017, completing one for a touchdown (21 yards) to Zach Miller.

Trubisky is the kind of rare athlete at quarterback who an offensive coordinator can legitimately devise a few trick plays for, adding just another wrinkle in the new-era of Bears offensive football set to launch in September.

Trubisky believes Bears will stand for national anthem

Trubisky believes Bears will stand for national anthem

Mitch Trubisky met with reporters after OTAs on Wednesday and addressed the NFL owners' unanimous approval of a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field while it's performed. If they don't want to stand, they can remain in the locker room or teams will be subject to fines.

The Bears avoided the media firestorm around the national anthem last season. No one on the roster kneeled. Instead, teammates locked arms and Trubisky believes it will be more of the same in 2018.

"I’m just proud of how our team handled last year. It's in the past and I believe we’ll all stand on the field together this year," Trubisky told reporters at Halas Hall. "It is what it is. I think it’s all about eliminating distractions for the team and for the audience. Just represent yourself and the organization in the right manner.”

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Trubisky is the unquestioned leader of the Bears, only one year removed from Mike Glennon's proclamation that this was his team. Now, with a new coach and elevated expectations, Trubisky must weather the off-field issues that naturally come with a leadership role.

No off-field issue is bigger than a comment by the President of the United States, which happened Thursday in response to the national anthem policy during in an interview on "Fox and Friends".

“Well, I think that’s good. I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms. But still, I think it’s good," Trump said. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” 

This is an issue that isn't going away anytime soon. Fortunately, Trubisky appears ready to shoulder the heavy burden and potential strain a social issue like this can bring to a locker room.