2017 NFL Draft

Bears to use tutor approach for Mitch Trubisky's NFL orientation

Bears to use tutor approach for Mitch Trubisky's NFL orientation

Coming into this year’s draft with just 13 starts at North Carolina, Mitch Trubisky projects to have a slightly steeper learning curve if only because of experience. The Bears have a plan to address that with a slight staff tweak to intensify and accelerate the rookie quarterback’s development beyond this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone will devote additional coaching time to Trubisky, while offensive coordinator — and former quarterbacks coach — Dowell Loggains works with the offense and vets Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez in addition to Connor Shaw, who is coming off a broken leg last preseason and worked with Loggains with the Cleveland Browns in 2014.

NFL teams occasionally hire an additional assistant position coach for rookie quarterbacks, particularly when the head coach is not himself a former quarterbacks coach. Because of Loggains’ background, which included coaching Jay Cutler to his best NFL season (2015), working with Brian Hoyer and getting something out of Matt Barkley last year, the Bears did not expect to add staff for the care and feeding of the No. 2-overall pick (Trubisky).

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Trubisky will be tasked with learning NFL defenses, his own offense and technique modifications. He worked primarily out of the shotgun at North Carolina but has been working on taking direct snaps since January.

“It's been a seamless transition,” Trubisky said after his selection by the Bears. “I feel like working under center has helped me become even more consistent with my footwork and I felt like they were impressed and saw everything they needed to see, so I feel like being athletic is going to help that transition and continue to improve my feet, so it was good.”

The Bears ran 63 percent of their snaps out of a shotgun last season, albeit in part because of being routinely in catch-up, passing situations through their 3-13 season.

Bears sign two members of 2017 NFL Draft class

Bears sign two members of 2017 NFL Draft class

It's been a busy day at Halas Hall.

After releasing veteran wide receiver Eddie Royal and waiving three others earlier on Thursday, the Bears officially signed two members of their 2017 draft class.

The Bears announced they have signed running back Tarik Cohen and offensive lineman Jordan Morgan.

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Cohen, a fourth-round pick (119th overall) out of North Carolina A&T, rushed for 1,588 yards and 19 touchdowns, while adding 37 receptions for 339 yards and one touchdown in 2016.

Morgan, a fifth-round (147th overall) selection out of Kutztown, started every game for the Golden Bears in his four years with the team. Morgan was also coached by John Fox's staff at the Senior Bowl in January.

The only remaining unsigned Bears draft picks are quarterback Mitch Trubisky, tight end Adam Shaheen and safety Eddie Jackson.

Bears Talk Podcast: Ryan Pace goes all in with Mitch Trubisky

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Bears Talk Podcast: Ryan Pace goes all in with Mitch Trubisky

On the latest Bears Talk Podcast, CSN Bears PGL analyst Jim Miller checks in with Chris Boden to share his thoughts on the Bears drafting North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Later, CSNChicago.com's JJ Stankevitz and Scott Krinch catch up with Boden to weigh in on the latest with the Bears this offseason.

Listen to all that, and more, in the Bears Talk Podcast right here: