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Miller: Bears should consider WR Gordon in supplemental draft

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Miller: Bears should consider WR Gordon in supplemental draft

Bears general manager Phil Emery may have the opportunity to bag more groceries for the Bears July 12.
There is not much fanfare, but the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft is scheduled for this Thursday. The Supplemental Draft is pretty straight forward. Im not going to bore you with the process, but the supplemental draft uses a weighted, three step, semi- lottery system to determine draft order. Organizations simply email a draft card to the league office as notification with the player name and round of their selection. The team highest in the round to select a player receives the spoils. Its pretty simple, resulting in the team losing that round selected in next years NFL Draft.
The Bears, like most teams, should be interested in Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon is 6-foot-4, weighs 225 pounds with not much playing experience, but a ton of talent. Pro Football Talk's Evan Silva recently reported an NFC source grading Gordon as a third round selection.
I recently discussed Gordon with an AFC scout who said, Hes the total package..rare guy. He is a better athletetalent then Kendall Wright and its not that close. Hes a better athlete than (Justin) Blackmon.
This is now two scouts who have Gordon rated as the superior athlete when compared to his former Baylor teammate Kendall Wright, who was drafted in the first round by the Tennessee Titans this past April.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Blackmon with the 7th overall pick in the first round.
Gordon will have the opportunity to increase his stock, holding his pro-day tomorrow as reported by Tony Pauline of SI.com.
Gordons athleticism might prompt Phil Emery to at least think about selecting him in the second round. With Brandon Marshalls history of off-the-field issues, the Bears could nicely pad the pillow by selecting Gordon to be groomed alongside second-round pick Alshon Jeffery. Although Gordon has fallen through the cracks, transferring from Baylor to Utah and then, according to Pauline, tried to transfer back to Texas to attend Stephen F. Austin, only to run out of money.
Pauline also added most teams would rather groom a young draft pick under their own coaching rather than a one and done situation Gordon is in.
Gordon for the most part is a good kid and a quick learner coming from a one parent home in Houston. There is some marijuana usage in Gordons past, but he would not be the first player, nor will be the last, to encounter this issue for teams not to consider him.

Eddie Jackson says the Bears defense has to 'make a statement game' against Saints

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Eddie Jackson says the Bears defense has to 'make a statement game' against Saints

The Bears defense gave up a season-high 24 points in the Week 5 loss to the Raiders. The bye week that followed meant they had to stew on that performance for an extra seven days.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson admitted the defense “didn’t hold up” in an interview on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score on Tuesday morning. It sounds like they are fired up to not have a repeat performance against the Saints.

“We want to get that bad taste out of our mouths,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately, we had to wait for a bye week.

“Now we got to make a statement game here at home.”

That statement game will have to come without stud defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. Hicks got injured in the loss to the Raiders and is expected to miss significant time.

Jackson talked about what Hicks’ absence will mean to the defense.

“That’s a tough loss for us,” Jackson said. “The style of play Akiem brings is hard to fill. Right now we’re doing a good job holding up with guys coming in and stepping up, but at the end of the day that’s Akiem. His resume speaks for itself. What he does speaks for itself. Film, everything. It’s a tough loss, man. We’re hoping to have him back real soon for playoffs or the end of the season. It really hurts us, but we ride with him. He still comes around. He’s still engaged and meetings and things like that.”

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Will the Bears face the Saints without Drew Brees AND Alvin Kamara?

Will the Bears face the Saints without Drew Brees AND Alvin Kamara?

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees isn't expected to play Sunday at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears as he continues to rehab his thumb injury. Teddy Bridgewater has thrived in his absence, completing over 69% of his passes for 1,089 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions in five games (four starts).

But the engine that makes the Saints offense go is RB Alvin Kamara, who tweaked his knee against the Jaguars Sunday. He was dealing with an ankle injury heading into the game, too, and played his least amount of snaps of any game this season.

New Orleans worked out RB Travaris Cadet Monday which at least signals some concern on the team's part that Kamara may not be able to play.

According to ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett, Kamara's status won't become clear until Thursday or Friday.

The Bears defense is more than capable of stopping New Orleans' offense with or without Kamara in the lineup, but their job will be much easier if the dynamic third-year pro is held out. Through six games this season, Kamara's totaled 373 rushing yards, 276 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

If Kamara can't play Sunday, the Saints will unleash a heavy dose of RB Latavius Murray, who Chicago is very familiar with after facing him five times while he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Murray's run for 214 yards and two touchdowns in his career against Chicago, but doesn't offer nearly the kind of game-changing ability that Kamara possesses. 

We'll have more on Kamara's status as the week progresses.