BOURBONNAIS, Ill. It was a homecoming of sorts on Monday, as wide receiver and special-teams standout Rashied Davis returned to the team that brought him into NFL.Davis made the Bears in 2005 as a cornerback, coming out of the Arena League to make an NFL roster as a 26-year-old rookie. He eventually made a switch to offense as a receiver, his position with the San Jose Sabercats, and was part of the Bears Super Bowl team in 2006.So when teammate Lance Briggs interviewed Davis on Monday, that experience came up.More or less.Briggs: One of my last fond memories of Rashied Davis was on our road to the 2006 NFC Championship. Do you remember that?Davis: No. Ive been hit in my head a lot.A little while later, Briggs brought up one of his last, not-so-fond memories of Davis, who was playing special teams in the second 2011 game between the Lions and Bears.Davis was on Detroit special teams and there was a good bit of shoving and post-whistle unpleasantness between former teammates.Briggs: Watching some of the special-teams plays, you were kind of a jerk when you played against us.Davis: Ive been known to be a jerk sometimes on the field. Off the field Im a different man on the field.It was all in good fun, and Davis at age 33 was grateful for an opportunity that opened suddenly on Sunday when Devin Thomas retired at age 25.Somebody walked off the field and didnt want the job, Davis said. I guess I wanted it.Davis wore No. 81 as a Bear. Right now that belongs to undrafted wide receiver Terrian Crump from Western Illinois, so I might be in an off-brand number.
Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.
According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.
The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.
For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.
Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.
The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night.
Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.
For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.