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More to Williams' game than just catching passes?

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More to Williams' game than just catching passes?

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 3:50 p.m.

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com Bears Insider Follow @CSNMoonMullin
Dennis McKinnon was once asked to name the most memorable play of his career. The 85 Bears receiver and punt returner didnt hesitate, and it was neither a catch or a return.

It was a de-cleater, a block that takes a defensive player completely off his feet and lands him some distance away. McKinnons was delivered to none other than New York Giants legend Lawrence Taylor.
Roy Williams has visions of doing exactly the same thing. And for all of the doubting and dissecting he has endured since taking over Johnny Knoxs starting job, he understands that Chicago will love a wide receiver who not only catches passes, but also plants defensive players when hes not busy on pass plays.

I really do understand that, said Williams. People dont understand it right now but I try to keep a smile on my face. But I want to play ball. Im a ballplayer. Im a run blocker. Running the ball is going to help us win games, so Im not only going to run my routes; Im going to make my blocks.

Hopefully people are going to love me and that comes off of my play and not love me because I have personality or whatever. Theyre going to love me because No. 11 is doing his thing.

Class touch

A number of Bears will be wearing red-white-and-blue accessories Sunday in honor of the tragedies of Sept. 11 a decade ago. The NFL, normally rigid about adherence to uniform uniformity and whats permissible, has OKd the gestures, as it did with pink uniform elements last year as a way to heighten breast cancer awareness.

The team provided all media members with a 9.11.01 9.11.11 ribbon to wear to mark the remembrance.

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Looking ahead to Sunday, theres a lot going on so Im not Tweeting constantly about whats going on but fire off any in-game queries to me on @CSNMoonMullin.

And if youve got thoughts during and after the game (who doesnt?), use BearsPGL on twitter and your comments could appear on the show and in our Bears PGL Interactive chat. Ill be visiting with Jim Miller, Dan Jiggetts and Howard Griffith back in our studios and going over some of the intricacies of the day.

Duly noted

Besides Marion Barber being out with his calf injury, wide receiver Sam Hurd (ankle) and defensive end Corey Wootton (knee) are listed as questionable despite both registering full participation in practice.

Players coming off recent injuries for the Bears all are listed as probable: Anthony Adams (calf), Kahlil Bell (knee), Lance Briggs (knee), Chris Conte (head), Kellen Davis (back), Patrick Mannelly (calf) and Craig Steltz (hip).

The Falcons officially listed center Todd McClure (knee) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (knee) as out. All other injured players participated fully in practice Friday and are listed as probable.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Raiders prepping to set the market for Tom Brady in free agency

Raiders prepping to set the market for Tom Brady in free agency

If the Bears have any interest in signing soon-to-be free-agent quarterback Tom Brady this offseason, they may have to be willing to commit beyond just the 2020 season for him.

According to longtime NFL writer Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., the Las Vegas Raiders are prepping to offer Brady a two-year, $60 million deal.

It's a steep price to pay regardless of Brady's resume largely because of his age; he'll be 43 at the start of next season. It's highly unlikely Ryan Pace would be interested in a multi-year deal for a player as close to the end as Brady, but the market will ultimately dictate what needs to be offered by teams who are serious about acquiring TB12.

If Brady wants to play beyond 2020 and is looking for a commitment from a team that extends into at least the 2021 season, his list of potential suitors is likely to shrink. But all it takes is one club willing to meet his asking price, and with Raiders coach Jon Gruden's affinity for established veteran quarterbacks, it seems like a logical match for both sides.

The Bears are expected to be aggressive in the quarterback market this offseason, whether it's via trade for someone like Bengals veteran Andy Dalton or in free agency with players like Marcus Mariota (Titans) and Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) presenting as attractive options.

Former second overall pick Mitch Trubisky has largely been a disappointment over his first three years in Chicago and is facing a make-or-break season in 2020. There's a chance he won't even begin training camp as the starter, depending on who the Bears court in free agency and the promises they make in order to sign him.

NFL free agency could be ‘potential chaos’ for available quarterbacks

NFL free agency could be ‘potential chaos’ for available quarterbacks

A plethora of NFL quarterbacks are set to hit the open market in the next few weeks in Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Philip Rivers, Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill, Marcus Mariota and Case Keenum.

With at least nine in-demand signal-callers, the NFL could see a quarterback shakeup unparalleled in recent NFL history. According to NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, there may be “more butts than seats.”

“In this looming game of quarterback musical chairs, I still don’t think we know whether when the music stops, there’s gonna be more butts than seats, or more seats than butts,” Florio said on NBC Sports’ PFT Live. “And there’s a chance that there’s gonna be a team that is left — because they wanted too long to have something lined up — they’re gonna be left looking around saying ‘Who the hell’s our quarterback for 2020?’”

Based on that list of quarterbacks, teams that could have a QB vacancy to fill this winter include the Patriots, Cowboys, Saints, Buccaneers, Chargers and Titans. There are nine quarterbacks on that list, though Mariota and Keenum may be viewed more as backups by prospective suitors. Therefore, you could have six teams in need of a quarterback and seven on the open market.

The former figure could increase if teams like the Bears or Raiders look to upgrade the quarterback position in free agency. In that case, perhaps there are more “chairs” than “butts” this offseason, meaning some teams may find themselves without a starting quarterback entering the NFL draft.

In that scenario, a team may be inclined to trade for a QB, such as Bengals’ Andy Dalton. How this chaotic situation plays out will determined in the coming weeks, but what’s already certain is this offseason’s free agency could be a frenzy.

“We’ve never had anything even close to this, by way of potential chaos for quarterbacks in free agency and really through the draft,” Florio said. “Who knows how it’s all gonna play out? There’s gonna be a major, major shakeup, potentially. It’s gonna be somewhere between nothing changes and complete and total chaos, but I think it’s gonna be closer to complete and total chaos.”