Ryan Pace's first draft as Bears general manager was seen as a positive one. Sunday night we took a look back at the six players Pace selected and how they'll fit in moving forward on Bears Draft Recap.
In the video above, Chris Boden, Jim Miller and Dave Wannstedt give their opening remarks on Ryan Pace's decision to play the board and, for the most part, go with the best player available rather than addressing specific needs.
Here, our three Bears analysts discuss how Kevin White fits into John Fox and Adam Gase's offensive scheme.
And lastly, out analysts look at where second-round pick Eddie Goldman will make his biggest impact on the Bears' defensive line.
New play-by-play voice for the Chicago Bulls Adam Amin joins Laurence Holmes and JJ Stankevitz to discuss his dual roles going forward for the Bulls and football voice for the Bears. They dive into what will become of the 2020 Bears and Amin's love of the classic game, Tecmo Bowl.
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(1:30) - Calling Bears and Bulls games for Chicago
(7:30) - For the love of Tecmo Bowl
(13:28) - Fans are stuck on who the Bears will be in 2020
(19:05) - What can Mitch Trubisky be in 2020
(27:40) - Announcing football and basketball
(36:10) - Announcing with no fans involved in games
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July and August are fun months for football fans. It's the time of year when we predict season records and evaluate which teams have the best starting lineups. But all of those predicted wins and the depth chart breakdowns rarely come to fruition because of one harsh reality in the NFL: injuries.
The teams that are the best prepared to deal with injuries, those with good depth, are the ones that often stay in the playoff mix the longest. For the Bears, their depth at inside linebacker was a critical factor in their ability to stay afloat in 2019. Nick Kwiatkoski's impressive play off the bench (for both Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan) resulted in a big payday from the Raiders in free agency. But now that he's gone, does Chicago have anyone to replace him?
The answer could lie in Joel Iyiegbuniwe, the former 2018 fourth-round pick. It'd be a huge leap of faith by the Bears, considering Iyiegbuniwe has played just 27 snaps on defense over the last two seasons (including a whopping three in 2019, per Pro Football Focus). We simply don't know who he is as a pro despite his strong college tape as a rangy linebacker who packs a punch.
Consider this fact: The Bears haven't added an inside linebacker in free agency or the 2020 NFL draft. It's just Iyiegbuniwe and Josh Woods. Maybe Barkevious Mingo? His fit is on the edge, but he could probably log a few snaps inside at this point in his career too.
The Bears' depth will be tested this season, especially with the unpredictability of COVID-19. Backups will be more important than they probably ever have been, which is why a player like Iyiegbuniwe has to rise to the occasion and give the Bears another talented and ascending option at linebacker.