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Bears' Jeremy Langford planned for this game 'all my life'

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Bears' Jeremy Langford planned for this game 'all my life'

Running back is one of those positions where a rookie can come in and make an impact right from game one. Unlike offensive line and some other positions, you can know right away if you have something with a young tailback.

The Bears have something in Jeremy Langford, who anchored the offense with 72 rushing yards, 70 receiving yards, a touchdown and a crucial two-point conversion.

Langford had been planning for this game “all my life,” he said. “Monday night football… . I’m truly blessed to be in this situation and the coaches trusting me.”

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One week after a deflating late-game pass drop in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the fourth-round pick of the Bears in the 2015 draft became the latest rookie to explode on the NFL in his first significant action. “That was my whole point, to make up for that last game,” Langford said. “You want to forget about those plays and have the coaches trust me and have [Jay] Cutler trust in me, and he did.”

Langford didn’t start; Ka’Deem Carey opened at running back and Langford entered late in the first possession. He and Carey combined for 25 carries for 100 yards, Langford with 18 for 72 and Carey seven for 28. Langford also caught three passes for those 70 yards, 31 coming on a layout diving catch in the first half.

Compare that to the first starts of the NFL’s current five leading rushers:

Player First start Carries Yards
Adrian Peterson 2007 19 103
Devonta Freeman 2015 30 141
Chris Johnson 2008 15 93
Todd Gurley 2015 19 146
Doug Martin 2012 24 95

It's also worth mentioning that Matt Forte rushed 23 times for 123 yards in first first NFL start in 2008.

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“He’s dual-purpose,” said coach John Fox. “He can catch. The catch he made on the ‘go’ route – wide receivers have a tough time on that catch. He’s explosive. He can take short runs into longer runs. I thought he had a great night.”

USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

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USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

Could Carli Lloyd become the next big multi-sport athlete?

Lloyd, a star soccer player and two-time World Cup champion with the U.S. women's national team, attended Philadelphia Eagles training camp this week. The 37-year-old lined up for a few field goals, drilling a 55-yarder along the way.

NFL teams took notice of Lloyd's kicking prowess. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol TV, Lloyd said she's received some inquiries following her kicking demonstration.

“I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking," Lloyd said. "Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Lloyd is a legendary soccer player, so one shouldn't be surprised at her kicking prowess. However, her accuracy is extremely impressive, especially considering that she was kicking through skinny/non-NFL regulation uprights.

Following the double doink that ended their 2018 season abruptly, the Bears' offseason has been defined by their kicking vacancy. Even though Lloyd said she's strictly a soccer player, perhaps the Bears should give her a call. Maybe they already have?

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

Don’t call the Bears third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts a “dress rehearsal,” because neither team is treating it that way.

Matt Nagy has been clear about how he feels about playing his starters in the preseason, and injury concerns are leading the Colts to follow the trend.

With Andrew Luck injured, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is their de-facto starter, so head coach Frank Reich plans to sit him too, according to The Athletic.

Third-string quarterback Chad Kelly is expected to get the start, with former undrafted free agent Phillip Walker to follow.

The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2017. He connected on just under 70 percent of his passes in the first two preseason games but is averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt.

Nicknamed “Swag” Kelly, he’s known as somewhat of a gunslinger, which could make for a more exciting preseason opponent under center.

He hasn’t had a turnover yet this preseason, but the Bears defense will be looking to nab his first.

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