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What you need to know from Bears camp: Mitch Trubisky steps up

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What you need to know from Bears camp: Mitch Trubisky steps up

1. Mr. Biscuit Cooks: There are some days it's difficult to differentiate between Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez and Mitch Trubisky. Friday wasn't one of those. While Glennon took some time to find a rhythm, the rookie was most consistent on a cool, windy day that seemed to emphasize the deep ball early. From a perfectly-placed bomb that went through Deonte Thompson's hands, to a dart while dashing to the sidelines to Tanner Gentry, to a zip through defensive line pressure to find 5-foot-6 Tarik Cohen, Trubisky's physical talents won the day.

2. Shaw Surgery: No, not another season-ender for Connor Shaw, but a follow-up to last summer's surgery on his broken leg. The fourth-string quarterback who's hand difficulty getting any snaps this first week, was experiencing discomfort from the second screw that was inserted in his leg in the operation, so he missed Friday's practice getting it removed. The first screw previously taken out.

3. Shaheen shines at the end: In early team drills Friday, Adam Shaheen couldn't shake Jonathan Anderson on a nice throw from Mark Sanchez, and later was stripped of the ball after a catch. But late in practice, the second-round rookie made a spectacular, falling, one-handed catch on a Mike Glennon throw, despite being covered fairly well by Quintin Demps.

4. What about White? Despite the varying interpretations on the viewing of his collegiate tape earlier in the week, receivers coach Zach Azzanni continues coaching Kevin White hard in individual drills. Not that it's different for Azzanni with everyone else. But on the field, White looks receptive, as he should be. It was a frustrating day for White in matchups when he was targeted. Once, he couldn't shake Prince Amukamara when targeted by Glennon in a seven-on-seven drill. Later, White got behind Marcus Cooper along the right sideline, but Glennon slightly overthrew him.

5. The Hurt Locker: Besides Shaw, Willie Young was just an observer for a second straight day with what John Fox characterized as a sore groin. Kyle Fuller was limited a third consecutive day by a sore calf. Safety Harold Jones-Quartey (ankle), outside linebacker Lamarr Houston, wideout Titus Davis and guard Kyle Long were among those doing work on the side with a trainer. Jeremy Langford remains out of sight with the ankle he rolled over a week ago.

6. Bears-apalooza: Good luck to all the fine folks making their way to Saturday's 3 p.m. Family Fest practice at Soldier Field, with Day 3 of Lollapalooza going on nearby in Grant Park. Build in enough time. What's looked like a promising rookie class to this point gets its first on-field action on the home turf.

Former CFL star Tre Roberson has chance to emerge in Bears' secondary

Former CFL star Tre Roberson has chance to emerge in Bears' secondary

The Chicago Bears' decision to release veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara has created a void in the starting lineup on defense, one that recent CFL free-agent signee Tre Roberson will be given a chance fill. The Bears are expected to add more candidates for the job over the next couple of months, but Roberson (who was courted by nine teams this offseason) will have his shot.

“I just feel real comfortable there,” Roberson told Bears All Access about why he chose Chicago. “When I came on my visit to the Bears, my workout just felt like I was at home. They made sure I was real comfortable in every aspect of the trip. I just feel like a great place to be is close to home. I’m from Indianapolis, so it’s not too far away.

"We’ve been to Calgary, so it’s a long way from home. So I just feel like it was the best place for me, and I feel like I can help the organization get to the next level, which is winning the Super Bowl.”

Roberson's two-year, $1.235 million deal is a low-risk, high-reward transaction for GM Ryan Pace. At worst, Roberson turns into a contributor on special teams and a solid depth cornerback. But if the Bears catch lightning in a bottle and Roberson emerges as a legitimate and reliable starting cornerback, his contract will turn into one of the biggest bargains in the league.

Roberson had 10 interceptions during his two seasons in Canada, including seven in 2019. He was considered the top CFL free agent making the jump to the NFL this offseason and was rewarded with the most lucrative contract a Canadian League star has received since Cam Wake.

Kyle Fuller and Buster Skrine (slot) have two of the three cornerback gigs locked up, and Kevin Toliver will likely get the first crack at replacing Amukamara (assuming the Bears don't add a veteran free agent this March). Even if they select a rookie early in the 2020 NFL draft, Toliver should have the first opportunity to prove he belongs in the starting lineup. He logged 175 snaps in 2019 and looked like an ascending talent.

By the time the regular season rolls around, however, it could be Roberson who goes from starting in Calgary to lining up as a starter in Chicago.

Taylor Gabriel says goodbye to Chicago in two-part Twitter post

Taylor Gabriel says goodbye to Chicago in two-part Twitter post

The Bears parted ways with wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, releasing him and cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday.

Gabriel, who played two seasons with the Bears, took to Twitter to thank the fans and the city of Chicago as a whole for his time with the squad. His kind message came attached to video clips of two of Gabriel's six receiving touchdowns as a Bear.

Over his two years and 25 games with the Bears, Gabriel racked up 96 receptions, 1,041 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

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