Without Matt Forte (knee) the Bears turned again to rookie Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey but with considerably less impact than the pair provided last weekend in St. Louis.
Langford shackled by a penetrating Denver Broncos 3-4 scheme that limited him to 25 yards on 13 carries, using more frequent blitzing then their norm with the intention of getting to Langford before he could turn his shoulders and turn north-south.
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“Their defense did a great job,” Langford said. “I have to give it to them. At the same time, we just made a couple mistakes that we have to get better at.”
Quarterback Jay Cutler utilized Langford again in the passing game but was not as accurate as he had been in the St. Louis game and Langford was not able to make a couple of adjustments that Forte likely would have.
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Langford, targeted six times, catching three for just 17 yards, was slow to adjust his route on a second-quarter Cutler pass into the end zone, with the ball thrown outside and Langford not getting turned from his inside look. Langford also failed to use his footwork to position himself for a jump at a slightly high Cutler throw on a fourth-and-goal attempt in the fourth quarter than went incomplete.
Carey provided some pop in the run game with bursts of nine and six yards as part of his 27 yards in the first half and was effective before suffering a concussion in the third quarter. Carey finished with 32 yards on his nine carries.
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After producing one-liners as amusing as “I’m looking to do the exact opposite of work,” in his reality TV debut, Jay Cutler was at it again.
The former Bears quarterback had more gems to offer in the second episode of his wife’s reality show, “Very Cavallari.” Cutler’s general apathy towards, well, everything continued.
In one of the more unintentionally funny lines of the show, Kristin Cavallari, Cutler’s wife and the star of the show, said Cutler has no game. Keep the giggles to yourselves, Bears fans.
She wistfully talked about how much fun the couple used to have early in their relationship until Cutler cut her off and said “You decided to go to bed at 8:45 every night.”
“He can be a little s*** sometimes, but he makes me laugh,” Kristin Cavallari said of her husband on the show.
That line might be something Bears fans can relate to.
While the show has plenty of your standard reality show drama, Cutler’s scenes are a humorous change of pace. The way things are going, Cutler could be in for a bigger part. In the meantime, maybe Bears fans will skip around until Cutler appears on camera.
Who knew? Bears fans, Kristin. All Bears fans knew.
Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith won't be reporting to Bourbonnais with the rest of the team's rookie class Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence won't be considered a holdout until veterans are required to report on July 19.
Smith is among several top-10 picks without a contract but is the first who will grab headlines. Chicago's training camp starts earlier than most this year because of their participation in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4. The extra week of camp makes Smith's contract status less concerning, even if it spills into the first few practices.
Still, we aren't too far removed from Joey Bosa's lengthy contract dispute with the Los Angeles Chargers that centered around offset language and his signing bonus.
Generally speaking, teams want offset language in rookie contracts as protection in the event they decide to cut a player in his fourth season. If the contract doesn't include offset language, the player is entitled to all of the money in that fourth season from his original team while also eligible to sign elsewhere. Teams don't want to pay that money while the player wants the ability to double dip.
This is one of the few issues that can result in a holdout now that the rookie wage scale is in place. Smith, most likely, isn't arguing over dollars. Instead, it's about contract language, which can get dicey.
We'll know more about how far apart the Bears and Smith are on his contract come July 19, when this disagreement will officially become a holdout.