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Charles Tillman wrote a letter to his younger self and it will hit you in the feels

Charles Tillman wrote a letter to his younger self and it will hit you in the feels

Grab a pocket pack of tissues for this one.

Bears icon Charles Tillman released an emotional tell-all article on The Players' Tribune Thursday.

He starts off discussing how often he moved around as a kid with his dad in the Army and little things like learning cursive before delving into growing up in Germany and learning to communicate through sports.

It then moves on to the NFL Draft and coming up through the Bears with Lance Briggs, then jumping to the Super Bowl and what it was like to cover Calvin Johnson and Marvin Harrison.

Tillman even provides a fascinating take on how being a new dad affected his play on the field because he was so tired and stressed.

It was refreshing to hear a player talk like that. In everyday life, you hear all the time about first-time parents being exhausted and stressed, but now one of the most elite athletes in the world — whose job is exclusively in the public eye and his performance is dissected weekly by millions — is saying the same thing.

He discusses how he got past that stress and at this point, you're nearly halfway through the article and it's easy to think this is just like any other athlete's story.

But then Tillman gets serious and the story turns heart-wrenching.

The man affectionately known as "Peanut" takes us into the hospital room as he and his wife are told their young daughter, Tiana, may not make it through the night.

Tillman recounts the gripping tale behind how his family very nearly fell apart and how they climbed back to where they are today.

Give it a read. It's a fantastic snapshot into the career of one of the best Bears players ever, but also into the life of one of the truly great people to ever put on the orange and navy.

Snap counts: Has Javon Wims passed Anthony Miller on depth chart?

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Snap counts: Has Javon Wims passed Anthony Miller on depth chart?

Coming into the 2019 season, Chicago Bears second-year WR Anthony Miller was pegged as a potential breakout player on offense, and for good reason. He flashed plenty of playmaking ability as a rookie and if it wasn't for a shoulder injury that limited him for most of the 2018 season, his impact on the field and in the box score likely would've been much greater.

But in Week 1's loss to the Green Bay Packers, a curious stat emerged: Miller was out-snapped by fellow second-year wideout, Javon Wims.

In fact, Miller only appeared in 22% of the Bears' offensive plays (16 snaps) compared to 29% for Wims (21 snaps).

A five-snap differential is hardly enough to say for sure whether Wims has moved ahead of Miller on the depth chart, but the fact they're even that close is notable. Wims' usage may be a result of Trey Burton missing the game -- he offered a similar big-bodied target for Trubisky, but we don't know that for sure.

It's certainly something to monitor, especially if Wims and Miller have the same or similar snap distribution in Week 2. Wims was the Bears' most impressive offensive weapon in 2018's preseason and showed even more development this summer. 

Depth at wide receiver is a really good problem for the Bears to have, assuming Matt Nagy figures out how to use them all the right way. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case in Chicago's 10-3 loss in Week 1.

 

WATCH: Every David Montgomery carry from Week 1

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WATCH: Every David Montgomery carry from Week 1

Chicago Bears rookie RB David Montgomery made his NFL debut Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers and despite all of the excitement surrounding the third-round pick from Iowa State, his impact on the game was minimal.

The Bears ultimately lost, 10-3, largely because of the playcalling. The running game was never established by Matt Nagy and Montgomery was limited to just six carries for 18 yards. He did add one catch for 27 yards.

Montgomery became the talk of the preseason after bursting onto the scene against the Carolina Panthers. He totaled 46 yards and a touchdown in the summer's first exhibition game, flashing bellcow traits along the way. Montgomery was shelved for the remainder of the Bears' preseason schedule and the theory (or hope?) was he'd be unleashed against Green Bay.

It never happened, but he still gave fans just enough of a glimpse of his exciting potential against the Packers. Take a look: