Six Points: Sunday's Bourbonnais Bears bullets

Six Points: Sunday's Bourbonnais Bears bullets

Here are six bullet points recapping Sunday's Bears training camp at Bourbonnais:

  • Good/Bad I: Defensive backs had four interceptions. But the quarterbacks and receivers were the victims. Prince Amukamara picked off a Mike Glennon-to-Deonte Thompson hookup. Mark Sanchez was victimized by DeAndre Houston-Carson and Kyle Fuller (the latter an attempt to Kevin White). Those three were in 7-on-7, or strictly wideout vs. defensive back isolation matchups. Mitch Trubisky had an 11-on-11 target to Rueben Randle intercepted by rookie Eddie Jackson.
  • Good/Bad II: There were also some impressive catches, so the DBs hardly went unscathed. Among those getting a rise out of the Sunday crowd was a Titus Davis grab on Deiondre Hall, undrafted rookie Tanner Gentry managed to victimize Quintin Demps, and Trubisky found Joshua Bellamy to beat Amukamara.
  •  Aw, Snap! Trubisky cut his fumbled snaps from three Saturday to one Sunday. This one came on an exchange with Cody Whitehair. For all fans in a panic over this development, don't. It's part of a learning process for a rookie who hadn't done it before, while trying to sort out play calls, routes, reads, and snap counts.
  • Grasu, Guard Too? John Fox has told the media not to be surprised if they see a player moved around a bit during the preseason. When we spoke with former third-round pick Hroniss Grasu on Friday, the strictly-center to this point was asked about trying his hand at guard, and he said he'd do whatever was asked if it helps him make the team. Eric Kush knows how to play both positions, and so does starting center Cody Whitehair. As Grasu reacclimates himself to trusting the knee he tore up nearly a year ago as he returns to full contact drills, we also saw him slide one spot over from his natural position on a few brief occasions Sunday.
  • Cam & Cruz: I wasn't able to attend Saturday's practice at Olivet Nazarene University, but in the three others I've seen, Cameron Meredith and Victor Cruz have been particularly impressive with their consistency catching the ball when matched up with defenders. Yes, it's what they're supposed to do. Meredith may end up being matched up this season vs. opponents' "shutdown" corner. This is a crucial camp for him to build on route-running, using his body to win battles, and get in sync with his new quarterbacks. But the hands have been impressive. Let's see what happens in preseason games. Cruz has been sharp in traffic and is quickly growing a rapport with fans when a play takes him towards the sidelines.
  • Sleek Tarik: As 5-foot-6 Tarik Cohen spins, pivots, disappears and dashes through and around defenders, he's produced the greatest number of "oohs" and "aahs" from the fans. He got stopped once Sunday, when Jonathan Bullard engulfed him at the line of scrimmage. Come to think of it, he was stopped a second time: when he attempted to chest-bump a charging Whitehair in the end zone after a catch-and-dash touchdown. Whitehair won. The crowd laughed. Cohen, fortunately, quickly popped back up.

Pat McAfee thinks Cam Newton is the move the Bears should be making this offseason

Pat McAfee thinks Cam Newton is the move the Bears should be making this offseason

Recently on the always-light-hearted, analytical-bending Pat McAfee Show, the former Indianapolis Colts player turned radio host weighed in on the Bears’ decision to keep Mitch Trubisky under center for the upcoming season. McAfee believes it’s time the Bears climb back into relevancy by replacing Trubisky with former-MVP Cam Newton:

If I was the Chicago Bears, I would be trying to get Cam Newton. What's the worst that could happen? He stinks? You guys stink anyways. 

With a “what do you have to lose?” mantra, McAfee believes that the Bears should swap out Trubisky for the Panthers' star. Newton is not a free agent, however; it's possible his time with the Panthers could be up,  as it's been heavily-rumored that they'll trade him away this offseason. Newton was sidelined most of the 2019 season with back-to-back injuries, first in his shoulder, then his ankle. If they trade away Newton, the Panthers could allot the money to rebuilding their team around one of the league’s best running backs, Christian McCaffery. 

2020 Senior Bowl: Jordan Love's 1st-round hype is real

2020 Senior Bowl: Jordan Love's 1st-round hype is real

MOBILE, Ala. — The Detroit Lions didn't gain any new fans after their questionable practice session (North team) on Day 1 of the 2020 Senior Bowl, but despite a lot of time warming up and working against air, there were a few prospect performances worth noting.

Utah State quarterback Jordan Love was the headliner, showing off his cannon of an arm in what was a clear display of starting-quarterback talent. Compared to fellow North team quarterbacks Shea Patterson (Michigan) and Anthony Gordon (Washington State), Love looked like the only quarterback who's capable of succeeding in the NFL. It wasn't even close.

Love has an effortless throwing motion. His passes are crisp, accurate and on a rope. Was he perfect? No. But he had the most impressive arm of the day. His first-round hype is very real and will only continue to build momentum as the week goes on.

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As for Patterson and Gordon? Bears fans need to temper their excitement for both of them. Patterson's quirky throwing motion looks labored and forced while Gordon's slight frame and underwhelming arm strength scream backup at best.

Tight end Brycen Hopkins (Purdue) had a quiet first practice. His opportunities to make plays were limited. But he'll need a strong finish to the week to maintain his standing as the top tight end at the Senior Bowl.

One player Bears fans should highlight as a name to watch is Michigan offensive lineman Ben Bredeson. He looked the part on Tuesday. He has strong hands and the kind of powerful playing style that tends to lead to success in the NFL. He showed pretty good feet, too. He has a chance to rise up the board if he stacks two more positive practices together.

On the defensive side of the ball, Syracuse edge rusher Alton Robinson flashed in drills. He showed a good first step and violent hands at the point of attack. He won several reps with ease. The Bears have to add pass-rush help in the middle rounds, and Robinson looks like a quality prospect worth keeping an eye on.

Ohio State defensive lineman Davon Hamilton had a nice day, too. He was almost unblockable at times and practiced with a level of intensity that scouts are certain to like. While not a need in Chicago, Hamilton looks like a player whose value could trump need come draft day. 

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