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How big of an impact will Victor Cruz have on the Bears?

How big of an impact will Victor Cruz have on the Bears?

The Bears inked Victor Cruz to a one-year deal on Thursday, adding another receiver to an already crowded corps.

But it never hurts to add a veteran one to a young group, especially with a new starting quarterback.

Cruz is 30 years old and isn't the same Pro Bowl-caliber player he was before missing the entire 2015 season with a calf injury, but he surely has a lot left in the tank and can serve as a great mentor for the Bears receivers.

Just how big of an impact will he have on his new team? See what the SportsTalk Live panel had to say in the video above.

Anthony Miller asked for touchdown celebration ideas, so here's a list of them

Anthony Miller asked for touchdown celebration ideas, so here's a list of them

Lost in much of the Chase-Daniel-Will-Probably-Start-Tomorrow news, Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller tweeted this on Wednesday morning: 

Miller was, as you'll recall, the man behind this terrific canoe celebration: 

Considering he's caught touchdowns in 4 of his last 6 games, including the last two, this needs to be taken extremely seriously. So here are our suggestions for Anthony Miller's next touchdown celebration: 

Continue Your Westward Exploration 

Against Minnesota, Miller and Co. were canoing down the river. Have they landed? Where were they headed? The next chapter in this saga could be revealed on Thursday in Detroit. Pantomime hiking a great peak, or surveying your land from a distant cliff. Really tell the story the way it was meant to be told. 

Orchestrate an offensive symphony 

The lasting image from last Sunday's whoopin' might be the entire defense being conducted by Eddie Jackson, fresh of a pick-6:

Surely the offense wants in on that action. Stage your own performance, Anthony. Make it daring, make it bold. Bring in percussion and a heavy dose of woodwinds. 

Sit the entire family down for a Thanksgiving feast

This is my most realsitic suggestion. Ideally, Miller finds the end zone, sits down, and starts carving the football turkey. The rest of the offense takes a place on the ground at the table and shares a lovely meal together. 

Set up a FG unit and doink one off the upright, for old time's sake

I feel like this would now be funny because Cody Parkey is BACK and NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week. 

Literally any non-fortnite dance

It's so played out. 

Chase Chase Daniel

Get it? Because his name is Chase? And he'll be playing? This is admittedly my worst idea. 

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Mitch Trubisky officially doubtful as all signs point to Chase Daniel starting in Detroit

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Mitch Trubisky officially doubtful as all signs point to Chase Daniel starting in Detroit

The Bears designated Mitch Trubisky as doubtful to play Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions with a shoulder injury, as all signs point to Chase Daniel replacing him at Ford Field. 

Trubisky injured his right shoulder late in Sunday’s 25-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings when he awkwardly went to the ground and was illegally hit by safety Harrison Smith. The Bears did not hold a full practice with a short week leading up to Thursday’s game, but had the team held a full practice, Trubisky would not have participated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The Bears believe Trubisky could’ve played had their game this week been on Sunday, and not on an 88-hour turnaround from Sunday Night Football:

The Bears also listed tight end Adam Shaheen and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch as out for Thursday. Both suffered concussions Sunday. 

Daniel, who’s only thrown 78 passes in his NFL career, last started on Dec. 28, 2014 when then-Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had to miss a game against the San Diego Chargers at the last minute due to an issue with his spleen. Daniel completed 16 of 27 passes for 157 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in what wound up being a 19-7 Chiefs win. 

“The game is not fast to him when he plays,” coach Matt Nagy said. “The other thing with Chase that I've always appreciated is the fact that he prepares every game like he's the starter, if his time does come, he doesn't blink. 

“We ran into a similar situation where we had to make a decision with Alex several years ago. I think a matter of fact this one was literally hours before the game/the night before and Chase didn't blink. He went in and it was toward the end of the season and he did great with a bunch of backups against a playoff team in the San Diego Chargers back in the day. The confidence factor that he has, he's been with a lot of good quarterbacks. He has experience and you have trust.”

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