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Sittin' by the phone: McCown ready to go

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Sittin' by the phone: McCown ready to go

So there was Josh McCown, dozing off a little last Sunday night during the Bears-Houston Texans game (the Bears offense did some of that as well). Jay Cutler had gotten whacked by Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins and was out of the game at the start of the second half.

And then my phone rang, said McCown, back for the second time as Bear quarterback. I knew Jay had gone down and I watched most of the second half, but towards the end of the game I started getting tired and my phone rang and kind of started the ball rolling from there.

McCown's agent Mike McCartney had been in touch with the Bears as a matter of professional course during the season. McCown had worked out for the New York Giants shortly after his release by the Bears after preseason but the relationship with McCown and the Bears was very good and his addition was seamless.

McCown had learned more about Chicago than just its offense during his time with the Bears last season.

That its cold here, said the Texas native, laughing. Its different this time around just because I was in camp with these guys. I know the guys a little bit better.

But I think just from the standpoint of I think I learned that you need to stay ready. You never know whats going to happen. For whatever reason or whatever week this is, this was the week and its not only here there were other teams that had guys go down. Its just staying ready and being ready to go.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Zack Collins hits a pair of homers

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Zack Collins hits a pair of homers

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Zack Collins hit two home runs as part of a three-hit day. He drove in two runs, scored two runs and walked once in a 10-4 loss. Collins now has seven homers on the campaign with an ungodly .421 on-base percentage. He's batting .326 over his last 25 games. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and a walk, and Jordan Guerrero gave up four runs and walked five in four innings.

Class A Winston-Salem

The Dash lost both games of a doubleheader, 10-5 and 7-0. Luis Alexander Basabe, Alex Call and Gavin Sheets each picked up two hits on the day.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had a hit and scored a run in a 2-1 loss.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had a hit in a 2-1 win.

Charles Leno, Jr. on Harry Hiestand: 'He's getting us better'

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Charles Leno, Jr. on Harry Hiestand: 'He's getting us better'

Chicago Bears left tackle Charle Leno, Jr. has outplayed expectations after joining the team as a seventh-round pick in 2014. General manager Ryan Pace rewarded Leno for his play with a four-year, $38 million extension last offseason, committing to the former Boise State product as the Bears' blindside protector for the immediate future.

Leno joined his teammates at the team's annual Bears Care Gala on Saturday and said new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand is going to make him and his linemates better.

"We love Harry, let's just get that out of the way," Leno told 670 the Score's Mark Grote. "Harry is a great coach. I saw what he did for guys that he coached in college and the guys that were before us here in Chicago. He's getting us better."

Hiestand's efforts at Notre Dame produced four first-round picks: Zack Martin, Ronnie Stanley, Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. He brings a no-nonsense coaching style back to Chicago, where he last served under Lovie Smith from 2005-2009. 

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Leno enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017. His 80.4 grade from Pro Football Focus was the best of all Bears linemen and his highest overall mark over the last four years. He finished 15th among all tackles graded by PFF last season.

Regardless, Leno still has to impress his new coach just like every other offensive lineman on the roster. The Bears haven't added any competition for Leno, but his fate as the team's long-term answer at left tackle could be decided by Hiestand.