Bears training camp chatter: Day 2 in pads


Bears training camp chatter: Day 2 in pads

Sorting out the Bears after two days of practice in full pads...
-- Defensive tackle Henry Melton, who has run back an occasional kickoff in practice, was a first-time punt returner Sunday. The one-time running back fielded his one punt flawlessly and under a little extra pressure.
"I told them I was going to go out and catch one and they told me they hadn't dropped one on the ground yet," Melton said, laughing. "I told them I wasn't going to be the first, and I didn't even take one in practice."
No official depth chart has been released but the early guess is that Devin Hester still has a little job security...
-- Safety Chris Conte had to leave for a time in Saturday's practice after feeling light-headed. He, Major Wright and rookie Brandon Hardin, all third-round picks from the past three drafts, represent the youngest, least-experienced area of what is expected to be a top defense.
"We're all just learning," Conte said. "The rookies are doing well, but they've got a lot to learn. We're all just trying to get better and make this defense as good as we possibly can be"...
-- Special teams suffered a rare blocked punt when rookie tight end Evan Rodriguez whiffed on a block... Brandon Marshall continued to put on a receiving clinic, connecting with Jay Cutler repeatedly on routes to all areas of the field...
It was Chris Williams' day with the No. 1 offense but coaches on several occasions gave J'Marcus Webb the last play of the first-unit session. Webb then put in his shift with the 2s and will be back with the 1s when practice resumes on Tuesday...
After more than 10,000 fans attended Saturday nights practice, the sidelines were packed again Sunday with another crowds estimated in the 10,000 range...
The Bears next practice on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. after an off day Monday.

Predicting the value of Roquan Smith's rookie contract with Bears

Predicting the value of Roquan Smith's rookie contract with Bears

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith remains unsigned, a situation that prior to the rookie wage scale would've been cause for concern. With contracts now based on slotting, or where a first-round pick is selected, there's little reason or room for agents to haggle over terms. A holdout isn't expected.

There have been some exceptions to this general principle, however. Joey Bosa, who was selected with the third pick by the Chargers in 2016, held out until August 29 over offset language and his signing bonus. So, while a holdout for Smith is unlikely, it's not impossible.

Assuming he agrees to a contract on time, here's what the terms of his deal should look like, according to CBS Sports:

2018 Cap Number: $3,349,485
Signing Bonus: $11,517,940
Four-year value: $18,477,168

If the numbers are correct, Smith will have the 17th-highest cap hit for the Bears in 2018, according to Spotrac. By comparison, Danny Trevathan has a $7.15 million cap hit this season.

Drafting well is critical for long-term success. If a general manager misses on first-round picks, the cap consequences mount over time. Consider Kevin White, the seventh-overall pick in 2015. He has zero touchdowns in his pro career but has a $5.27 million cap hit this year. Leonard Floyd, the team's first-rounder in 2016, has a $4.30 million cap hit and Mitch Trubisky, last year's second pick overall, is $6.59 million. Pace's four first-round picks, when counting Smith's expected deal, are four of the top-17 paid players on the payroll even though none of them have the production to back it up.

Smith, however, is as close to a bust-free prospect as the Bears have drafted in Pace's tenure. He was considered one of the best pure football players in the entire 2018 draft class and will start immediately alongside Trevathan as a rookie, assuming he's under contract in time to contribute in Week 1.

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

The time has come to start counting down to the release of Madden 19. The most popular football video game franchise of all-time is set to release in early August and as is a tradition with the weeks leading up to the game appearing on store shelves, leaks about features and player ratings have started.

Here are the highest rated Bears players in this year's edition:

Adrian Amos leads the way with an 88 rating, followed by Akiem Hicks (85) and Allen Robinson (85). 

Chicago's offense received a 75 overall rating, which should result in a significant challenge for Bears fans trying to score virtual points later this summer. The defense, however, will be stout, coming in with an overall rating of 81. Amos and Hicks have a lot to do with that.

Ratings are subject to change due to injury. Madden 19 is scheduled for release on August 10.