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Marc Mariani, Jacquizz Rodgers among Bears cuts

Marc Mariani, Jacquizz Rodgers among Bears cuts

It may not fall entirely the heading of risky cuts, but the Bears on Saturday released wide receiver Marc Mariani, one of quarterback Jay Cutler’s most trusted targets, along with running back Jacquizz Rodgers, perhaps the Bears’ best special-teams contributor among running backs and the only Bears back with more than two years of NFL experience.

At the same time, decisions to keep tight ends Khari Lee and inexperienced Greg Scruggs, plus a fullback in Paul Lasike, underscored the Bears’ stated commitment to running the football.

Fox and Pace established last year that they were not wedded to “their guys,” whether draft picks or free-agency additions. They were not inclined to compound one issue by stubbornly sticking to it. And the mistaken perception that Fox disdains youth in preference of veterans was again contradicted.

All of last year’s six-member draft class made it through to the regular roster, with an asterisk for Kevin White, who was placed on the PUP list to buy time for his stress fracture to heal. The 2016 class was nine, and eight cleared the initial trims, with only seventh-rounder Daniel Braverman being cut but expected to be brought back on the practice squad.

Expect the 2016 Bears roster to remain fluid on through Week 1, the trading deadline and possibly beyond. Teams routinely are in constant search of upgrades and Pace has made it abundantly clear that the Bears would be aggressive once roster cutdowns made possible upgrades available from other teams’ castoffs.

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Other Bears roster cuts:

DeVante Bausby, CB: Had an opportunity and made some plays before injury setback and others (Jacoby Glenn, Deiondre' Hall) played better.

Daniel Braverman, WR: Little preseason game production after stellar days in camp. Nothing special on ‘teams, and slot receiver already deep.

Ben Braunecker, TE: Surprise find in minicamp but slowed by injury through camp; top candidate for practice squad.

B.J. Daniels, WR/KR: Bears wanted a kick returner but botched punt situation at Cleveland closed his small window.

John Timu, LB: Made enough plays last preseason but too many misses this year to beat out Jonathan Anderson.

Jason Weaver, OT: Youth and size make him a practice-squad gimme after some decent showings in camp and preseason.

Garry Williams, OT: Could play LT but Bears liked taller Mike Adams’ upside coming off back surgery.

Terry Williams, NT: “Swamp Monster” had moments this camp and last but too one-dimensional and not enough dominance vs. run to warrant keeping.

Khaled Holmes, C

Danny Mason, LB

Kevin Peterson, CB

Patrick Scales, LS

Shelley Smith, G

Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

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Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

If Mitchell Trubisky has the kind of break out year in his second season under Matt Nagy that Bears fans are hoping for, he should have no problem cashing an OVER 26.5 passing TDs ticket for bettors who want to back him.

Per Bet Chicago, Caesars is rolling out division props and they set Trubisky’s touchdown pass total for 2019 at 26.5 and his pass yard total at 3,744.5.

While both those marks would be career highs for Trubisky, this number will surely be seen as a slight by the hometown fans and continue to add to the polarizing nature of the quarterback formerly known as the Pretty Boy Assassin.

In Chicago, and if you’re team Mitch, this number is ridiculously low and you’re probably already pounding the over.

Outside of Chicago, and with some analytical support, there’s a lot of doubt about Trubisky’s future as a viable option as an NFL starter, so I’d guess the Pro Football Focus crowd is probably gonna take the under.

We rolled out some props of our own on the Under Center podcast last week including:

Will Mitch Trubisky pass for 10 or more touchdowns than Craig Kimbrel has saves? (Including playoffs for both)

26.5 regular season passing touchdowns probably gives Kimbrel the edge, but it’s right in range. 

And that Trubisky – Kimbrel prop prompted this bold response from our own Bears insider JJ Stankevitz:

I don’t think I’m in the 40 club with my guy JJ, but the OVER certainly feels like the move here. At least it better be if the Bears are gonna make any sort of NFC North title defense. 

 

Former Bear Greg Olsen randomly walks into marriage proposal, catches whole thing on video

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Former Bear Greg Olsen randomly walks into marriage proposal, catches whole thing on video

Scenario: you're walking down the street and randomly walk into a marriage proposal. What do you do?

For former Bear and current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, the answer was to capture the magical moment on video. 

Olsen was in Nashville this week to give a keynote speech at a healthcare conference. While walking back to his hotel on Thursday, he randomly stumbled into a marriage proposal. His first response: hit record on his phone and capture the whole thing on video.

"Did she say yes? I got it on video, dude," Olsen said emphatically. "I'm going to send it to you!

"She said yes and I got it all on video, and you don't even know me, but I'm going to send it to you."

The couple, according to the Panthers, is Max Harvat and Brooke Hartranft. The two were visiting Nashville for the week, but Harvat didn't necessarily plan the proposal. It was as much of a sporadic moment for him as it was random for Olsen.

"Oh my god, you're my hero," Harvat said to Olsen after the proposal.

As it turns out, Harvat grew up a Panthers fan. However, he had no idea that Olsen was the person recording the proposal in the moment, only happy that someone caught it on video. When he stood up, he realized who the mystery man was.

“When I stood up, I looked over and I started having a mini heart attack," Harvat said to panthers.com. "I was like, ‘I’m 90 percent sure that’s Greg Olsen from the Panthers!’

“I'm a huge Carolina fan. I was like, ‘Oh my God, you're telling me that Greg Olsen just recorded the whole thing?’ I was so excited. It was amazing."

The moment wasn't just special for Havrat and Hartranft, though.

"It's the best thing I've ever witnessed," Olsen said in the video.

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