Eddie Royal - WRPosted 6/22/15 12:03am ET
The Chicago Bears will be counting on a group effort from WRs Kevin White, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson to make up for Brandon Marshall's lost production. WR Alshon Jeffery is expected to fully takeover as the No. 1 receiver in Chicago.
Huddle Up: In 2014, Royal came through with his best season in terms of catches (62) and receiving yards (778) since his rookie year of 2008, but a new offense awaits in the Windy City and anticipating any kind of usable fantasy production is tough in standard-size leagues.
Kevin White - WRPosted 6/19/15 6:46pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (undisclosed) should be available for training camp July 30, according to head coach John Fox. White missed all of minicamp with an undisclosed medical issue.
Huddle Up: Let's hope so as the seventh-overall pick already is running behind as he seeks to nail down the starting spot opposite Alshon Jeffery.
Daniel Thomas - RBPosted 6/18/15 7:21pm ET
Free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Thomas, the 2011 second-round pick who deeply disappointed with only 1,480 yards and a 3.6 average in four years in South Beach joins a suddenly crowded mix behind starter Matt Forte, joining free-agent acquisition Jacquizz Rodgers, 2014 fourth-round pick Ka'Deem Carey and rookie fourth-rounder Jeremy Langford. It's now wait and see to which back -- if any -- emerges as a clear-cut handcuff to Forte.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 6/16/15 10:36pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett participated in minicamp practice Tuesday, June 16, after skipping the first three weeks of organized team activities. Bennett told reporters he expects to be at training camp on reporting day in late July.
Huddle Up: You might've have forgotten that Bennett was fantasy's fifth-ranked tight end last season with a career year (90-916-6) in which he led all TEs in receptions. He has a new offense to learn though, but it's a TE-friendly one, and he could see even more looks now that target-monster Brandon Marshall was traded to the Jets.
Kevin White - WRPosted 6/16/15 10:56pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (undisclosed) did not practice at minicamp Tuesday, June 16. Head coach John Fox said White is day-to-day, but he did not disclose White's injury.
Huddle Up: The seventh overall pick has been running with the second team even prior to Tuesday and clearly has some catching up to do to secure a starting role. Monitor his progress over the summer.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 6/15/15 5:10pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett is expected to participate in minicamp this week after skipping organized team activities in previous weeks. Bennett has wanted a new contract.
Huddle Up: Bennett doesn't have quite as much leverage with a new coaching staff in Chicago, but he's still a valuable member of the offense and has made it clear he's unhappy with his current level of compensation. Now it's time to get to work learning the new offense.
Kevin White - WRPosted 6/13/15 12:09am ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White spent most of his time with the second-team offense during OTAs.
Huddle Up: Even as the seventh-overall pick, White is facing a major leap adjusting to the pro game having had only one standout major-college season. The good news is that there are still three months remaining before the season opener -- plenty of time for White to secure the starting job opposite Alshon Jeffery.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 6/11/15 11:12pm ET
Chicago Bears coach John Fox is not sure whether TE Martellus Bennett will be at mandatory minicamp when it opens Tuesday, June 16. If he does, he could be fined roughly $24,000 per day. Bennett has skipped voluntary OTA workouts this offseason as he pushes for a raise from the $4.9 million base he's scheduled to earn in 2015.
Huddle Up: Almost lost in the Bears' lost 2014 season is that Bennett hit career highs across the board with 90 catches, 916 yards and six TDs to finish fifth among all fantasy TEs. With a new coaching staff and a new offense to learn -- one which knows how to utilize TEs (see Thomas, Julius) -- Bennett already has fallen behind, and it's a situation to pay heed to next week to see if the situation escalates.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 5/28/15 4:20pm ET
Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte will attend training camp despite his desire for a contract extension that Chicago has declined to offer. Forte is attending organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Forte certainly knows his 30th birthday -- and the perceived defining age for NFL RBs -- arrives in December, but until further notice, there's no reason for any kind of 2015 concern over fantasy's fourth-ranked back last season.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett is not participating in organized team activities since he is looking for a new contract.
Huddle Up: There was talk of Bennett being traded prior to the draft, but he remains a Bear--at least for the short term. Missing out on reps with a new coach and new offense isn't likely to help him start quickly if the hope is to capitalize on the 2015 season to secure a new contract.
Kevin White - WRPosted 5/11/15 11:12am ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White has spent time at all three receiver positions during rookie minicamp.
Huddle Up: The more White can do to get on the field, the more valuable a weapon he'll be for the Bears--and the more productive fantasy asset he'll be as well.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 5/10/15 6:59pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has some familiarity with offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase and Cutler met when Cutler was still an NFL prospect, and Cutler was still with the Denver Broncos when Gase came to Denver. 'I feel comfortable with him. We have a good relationship so far and we're just going to keep working to get better,' Gase said.
Huddle Up: Cutler did toss a career-high 28 TD passes to go along with 3,812 passing yards -- the second-best single-season mark of his nine-year career -- but the key for Gase will be getting the QB to make better decisions as Cutler has averaged an unsightly 22.2 turnovers per season since coming to Chicago in 2009.
Kevin White - WRPosted 5/7/15 1:18pm ET
Chicago Bears first-round draft choice WR Kevin White has agreed to terms with the team on a four-year, $16.5 million contract that includes a fifth-year option.
Huddle Up: White, the second WR selected in this year's draft, has the skills and potential step in for Brandon Marshall opposite Alshon Jeffery, but don't shocked if he takes a bit to adjust to the pro game having only had two seasons -- and one standout campaign at that -- playing major-college football.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 4/30/15 12:11am ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett could be on the move since the Bears are entertaining trade offers for him, according to sources. Bennett is looking for a new contract from the Bears or from any team that acquires him.
Huddle Up: In a draft that's not particularly strong at tight end Bennett could find himself switching teams over the weekend. Given his fantasy success the past couple of seasons, it's a situation definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 4/30/15 4:17pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte said he has talked with general manager Ryan Pace about a contract extension but will not be receiving a new deal at this point. Forte said he will not hold out because of his contract and will play under his current contract but would prefer a new deal.
Huddle Up: This has all the makings of a non-issue by the time training camp rolls around, and expect a new deal for Forte at some point as he's one of the few true reliable pieces the Bears have.
Kevin White - WRPosted 4/30/15 9:32pm ET
West Virginia WR Kevin White was selected seventh overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: With a hometown draft crowd cheering them on, the Bears picked up an immediate replacement for the traded Brandon Marshall in the rapidly rising White and keeping a talented arsenal intact for Jay Cutler. Alshon Jeffery now becomes the Bears' no-doubt No. 1 WR and White, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson will serve as strong complements.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 4/28/15 11:14pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was not present for the team's commencement of their voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 28. Forte was also absent for the beginning of the offseason program and could be hinting at a holdout as he pursues an extension before the final year of his contract.
Huddle Up: Nothing really new here, and Forte's keeper-league owners need not start worrying unless the RB starts missing mandatory gatherings.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 4/26/15 1:37pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett has not participated in the voluntary offseason program, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Bennett is signed through 2016 and is scheduled to earn nearly $10 million so there hasn't been any real indications of contract unhappiness, but it's not doing the TE or the Bears' new coaching staff -- which also has been without disgruntled RB Matt Forte in workouts -- any favors in this offseason of change.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 4/14/15 11:31pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte didn't make a big deal out of his absence during the team's voluntary offseason program. Forte stressed the voluntary aspect of the workouts and said he'll be present when it counts.
Huddle Up: Normally, this wouldn't be much of an issue, but the Bears are installing a new offense this offseason so Forte will be best served by staying up to speed and at least attending the mandatory workouts.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 4/13/15 11:07pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was not present for the start of the offseason workouts Monday, April 13, according to sources. Forte is entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a new contract.
Huddle Up: Ah, the time-honored tradition of veterans in a contract year holding out to get their deal re-worked. There are likely to be no ramifications for Forte, but the Bears do have a new coaching staff and new offense so it might take him a little longer to get up to speed if his holdout stretches into training camp.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/26/15 4:55pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler seemed to lack confidence last season, according to head coach John Fox. 'I think maybe he got to the point where he lacked confidence a year ago. To build that back up, it's going to take time, daily. It takes trust, like any relationship.'
Huddle Up: We'll see what Fox and new OC Adam Gase can do with Cutler, who threw a league high-matching 18 interceptions and lost six fumbles but did notch Chicago career-highs with 3,812 passing yards and 28 TDs.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/26/15 11:28pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.
Huddle Up: Having an open competiion is perfectly understandable given Cutler's continued and maddening inconsistency nine seasons into his career, but Clausen isn't exactly the most threatening of threats with 11 starts, five TDs, 10 interceptions and a 60.2 rating so far in his five-year career.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 3/24/15 4:20pm ET
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall could be in line for a breakout season in 2015, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles said he thinks Marshall remains a 'top-flight receiver.' 'He understands the game. He's a student of the game. He understands when he has small guys on him. He can get vertical when he needs to get vertical. He's a sharp route runner. He has great hands. He knows how to block. He brings a work ethic and he brings a fire to us that we need on the other side of the ball,' Bowles said.
Huddle Up: Partly due to injury and missing three full games, Marshall hit eight-year lows in targets (106), receptions (61) and receiving yards (721) this past season. He's certainly capable of a decent stat uptick, but given the Jets' QB situation and the toll he's paid as a physical WR, his 100-plus catch, 1,300-yard days likely will remain on hold.
Dante Rosario - TEPosted 3/19/15 11:21pm ET
The Chicago Bears re-signed TE Dante Rosario to a one-year deal Thursday, March 19. The financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Rosario will return for a third season in Chicago, but he remains well off the fantasy radar with only 16 receptions for 129 yards and no scores backing up stud starter Martellus Bennett.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/11/15 8:55pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will remain the starting quarterback in 2015, according to general manager Ryan Pace.
Huddle Up: Couldn't find a taker, or maybe a replacement they felt was an upgrade, so Cutler returns to a Bears offense that gave away Brandon Marshall in the offseason. That alone could lead to more "I just ate a lemon" expressions from Cutler this season.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 3/10/15 1:59pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall passed his physical, and the trade sending him to the New York Jets will become official Tuesday, March 10.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Marshall is all clear after his scary rib and lung injuries late last season and he can pair with Eric Decker in giving the Jets an actually potent 1-2 WR punch. Now about that QB situation ...
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/10/15 1:59pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is fully expected to be the starting quarterback in 2015, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking. One source was adamant that there was 'absolutely zero truth' to recent reports that Cutler was being actively shopped for a potential trade.
Huddle Up: Reading between the lines, here's betting the Bears and their new regime weren't exactly bowled over by any of the offers they received for Cutler -- and with no suitable Plan B in place anyway -- they'll forge ahead with the up-and-down QB.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/7/15 10:29am ET
If the Chicago Bears decide to try and trade QB Jay Cutler, one NFL source said Friday, March 8, that the Tennessee Titans are the only realistic destination in terms of a trade. If Cutler is on the roster Thursday, March 12, a $10 million guarantee for 2016 kicks in.
Huddle Up: Cutler played his college ball in town for Vanderbilt, and the Titans aren't exactly rock-solid at the quarterback position with Zach Mettenberger atop their depth chart. If the Bears are giving Cutler away at the same rock-bottom price they sold off Brandon Marshall, it's above that makes sense for Tennessee--and immediately helps the fantasy prospects of Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 3/6/15 12:48pm ET
The Chicago Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets pending a physical, according to a league source. It is believed the Bears will receive a fifth-round pick in return.
Huddle Up: Marshall, the nine-year vet and five-time Pro Bowler, is on the move again as he'll be traded for the third time in his career when the league year opens Tuesday. The 30-year-old WR is coming off an eight-year-low 612 catches and 721 receiving yards in an injury-addled season that was cut short by fractured ribs/punctured lung but Marshall will further upgrade the Jets' WR corps which added Eric Decker a season ago. Still, unless Geno Smith can take some strides forward or the Jets address their QB situation, Marshall's fantasy value will take a hit. Meanwhile, this move also appears to signal the end of Percy Harvin's brief stay in the Big Apple.
Jimmy Clausen - QBPosted 3/6/15 4:27pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen re-signed with the team Friday, March 6. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Not the big QB news out of the Windy City that we're all waiting for, but good news for Clausen, whose only start last season with the Bears resulted in a concussion. Overall, the former second-round pick of the Panthers finished 26-of-48 for 223 yards, two TDs and an interception last season and now owns a 1-10 career record as a starter.
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