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NFL Draft Profile: Miami OT Ereck Flowers

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NFL Draft Profile: Miami OT Ereck Flowers

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.

Ereck Flowers (OT), Miami

6’6” | 329 lbs.

Projection:

1st round, No. 9 overall (New York Giants)

What scouts are saying:

"Flowers has good size and short area foot quickness, but he also features some lower body tightness and struggles to get proper depth quickly to consistently meet edge rushers. Some of Flowers' pass protection issue may be difficult to overcome. On the hand, his strength as a run blocker and ability to uproot his man and get them turned is undeniable. " - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"Shows quickness and balance getting to the second level when run blocking. Broad shoulders and a wide base to cover a large area in pass protection and drive defenders off the ball in the run game." - Rob Rang & Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com

Video analysis provided by NBC Sports and Rotoworld NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Bears add interior line depth, agree to terms with former Ravens and Titans DL Brent Urban

Bears add interior line depth, agree to terms with former Ravens and Titans DL Brent Urban

Monday afternoon, CAA Football announced that the Bears and DL Brent Urban have agreed to terms on a contract:

Urban, 28, was a fourth round selection of the Ravens in the 2014 NFL Draft and spent the first five years of his career in Baltimore, starting 16 games for the team in 2018. At 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, Urban profiles as a wide-framed, run-stuffing interior lineman, but is probably no more than a depth signing at this point. The Bears front seven was shredded by Latavius Murray on Sunday to the tune of 119 yards on 27 carries, and Akiem Hicks is still expected to miss at least another seven weeks with an elbow injury.

In 45 career games, Urban has 52 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss, as well as five passes defended. He appeared in four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2019 (only playing on 16% of their defensive snaps) before being released on Saturday.

The Bears will have a chance to right the ship against a bumbling Chargers team this Sunday at Soldier Field.

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Matt Nagy on critics: says “friends” won’t pull Bears down, but Bears having trouble putting on “horse blinders and earmuffs”

Matt Nagy on critics: says “friends” won’t pull Bears down, but Bears having trouble putting on “horse blinders and earmuffs”

Sifting through the rubble that was the Bears’ 36-25 pounding by the New Orleans Saints… 

Matt Nagy said Sunday night with some forcefulness that his advice to his players was to don “horse blinders and earmuffs,” his way of saying to tune out all outside forces when things turn difficult. Neither he nor his players seem able to do that very well.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson got into a Twitter spat after the game with a follower who gigged the wide receiver for talking trash with his team trailing by 20 points. Tarik Cohen did a Twitter-scoff over Saint players poking fun at the running back’s short stature.

And then there was Nagy himself, who ended his post-game press conference by starting off the podium before glaring at this writer, who had shaken his head (privately, to myself, back a few rows from Nagy’s lectern) a couple times while taking notes on some of Nagy’s more puzzling utterances.

Nagy angrily asked, “You all right?! You all right?!” or something like that. He really wasn’t asking about my health or well-being.

The head coach of an NFL team taking umbrage at a couple of small head-shakes, with no idea what any issue might have been, doesn't set an impressive example.

Nagy’s message Monday was head-scratching. “You [media] guys are friends,” he said. “I look at you all as friends. I don't see you as critics.”

Then, in the next breath, a different tack with his “friends:” “First of all, you will never pull me down,” Nagy said. “That's No. 1. Never. You won't do it. Second of all, you'll never pull our team down. It doesn't matter what we're going through. It'll never happen. Not under my watch. That's just not how we roll.”

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