Jimmy Clausen - QBPosted 8/24/14 10:26pm ET
The Chicago Bears released QB Jordan Palmer on Sunday, Aug. 24. QB Jimmy Clausen has won the backup quarterback spot.
Huddle Up: The 2010 second-round pick of the Panthers is the new "Josh McCown" in the Windy City, backing up Jay Cutler, who's missed at least 5 games in two of the last three seasons.
Santonio Holmes - WRPosted 8/20/14 10:22am ET
The Chicago Bears and WR Santonio Holmes reached agreement on a minimum salary benefit contract for Holmes that offers no guaranteed money. Holmes signed with the Bears on Saturday, Aug. 16, and the minimum level for a player of his experience is $855,000.
Huddle Up: Holmes was signed to be the Bears' WR3 following the injury to Marquess Wilson, and he represents a low-risk investment by the team. He's also insurance should one of the Bears' primary targets go down with injury.
Marquess Wilson - WRPosted 8/18/14 11:16pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson (collarbone) could be out until at least midseason after undergoing surgery to repair a broken collarbone, a person with knowledge of the injury said Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: In the meantime, Josh Morgan steps into the No. 3 role as newly signed Santonio Holmes gets up to speed. Neither figures to be a fantasy factor, though, unless Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery were to miss more than a few starts.
Shaun Draughn - RBPosted 8/16/14 9:46am ET
Chicago Bears RB Shaun Draughn was praised for his pass-catching ability by head coach Marc Trestman, who said that Draughn and rookie RB Ka'Deem Carey are competing for the primary backup job behind RB Matt Forte.
Huddle Up: At this point Draughn appears to be ahead of the rookie in the quest for the backup job to stud Matt Forte. While he looks good right now in pre-season action, he's never been impressive in the regular season. So you can't count out Carey.
Eric Weems - WRPosted 8/16/14 8:03pm ET
The Chicago Bears released WR Eric Weems.
Huddle Up: The signing of Santonio Holmes means the end of Weems' time in Chicago. Holmes is the leading candidate to emerge as the Bears' No. 3 WR, while Weems will try to catch-on elsewhere.
Zachary Miller - TEPosted 8/15/14 2:44pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Zachary Miller will miss time with potential ligament damage in his foot. X-rays were negative, but Miller is scheduled to undergo an MRI.
Huddle Up: Miller was hurt in Thursday night's preseason contest with the Jaguars, but this shouldn't have a fantasy impact unless starting TE Martellus Bennett were to go down soon as well.
Zachary Miller - TEPosted 8/15/14 5:27pm ET
The Chicago Bears placed TE Zachary Miller on the Reserved/Injured list Friday, Aug. 15 with a Lisfranc foot injury.
Huddle Up: That leaves journeyman Dante Rosario as the Bears' backup TE behind Martellus Bennett.
Jordan Palmer - QBPosted 8/15/14 5:27pm ET
The Chicago Bears could only keep two quarterbacks on the final roster, according to head coach Marc Trestman. 'We're going to leave everything open,' Trestman said.
Huddle Up: Jimmy Clausen was the second QB to play Thursday night, but it was Jordan Palmer who rallied the Bears to a pair of fourth-quarter TDs and a 20-19 win over the Jaguars. Stay tuned as much is still TBD.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 8/14/14 11:36pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (undisclosed) was shaken up during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 14, after being hit while he was down by Jacksonville Jaguars SS Winston Guy. Jeffrey was walking around on the sidelines after the incident.
Huddle Up: Jeffery appeared to take a shot to the rib area on the hit, which drew a personal foul, but further updates will be needed to clarify the exact nature of the injury. In any case, the Bears are dangerously thin at WR in back of Jeffery and Brandon Marshall with No. 3 wideout Marquess Wilson out with a broken collarbone.
Kyle Fuller - CBPosted 8/14/14 11:51pm ET
Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller's X-rays on his ankle were negative, a source familiar with the situation told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: It was a rough Thursday night for the Bears as the first-round pick and likely nickel CB was injured early covering a kickoff. We should know more Friday.
Zachary Miller - TEPosted 8/14/14 11:51pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Zachary Miller (undisclosed) was looked at by trainers on the sidelines and carted to the locker room during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Miller, the Bears' backup TE, enjoyed a huge evening (6-68, 2 TDs) in the Bears' preseason opener, but Thursday night's contest obviously didn't go as swimmingly. Stay tuned for further info as to the nature of the injury.
Jared Allen - DEPosted 8/11/14 11:46pm ET
Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen said he will remain an every-down player this season and not just a pass-rush specialist. He also said that he signed with the Bears because the coaching staff was on the same page in regards to his role.
Huddle Up: The Bears certainly could use a big year from the aging but still-productive Allen following their disaster of a defensive season a year ago. Allen had 11.5 sacks, 6 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and 52 total tackles last season with the Vikes.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 8/10/14 4:14pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett has been reinstated following a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He is expected to participate in the team's afternoon practice Sunday, Aug. 10.
Huddle Up: As expected, Bennett was idled for a game after going a little overboard in a training-camp scuffle last week. In his stead, backup Zach Miller impressed with 6 catches for 68 yards and 2 TDs in Friday's win over Philly, hopefully adding to the lesson for Bennett.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 8/8/14 8:31pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett was inactive for the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday, Aug. 8. He is suspended indefinitely and was fined an unspecified amount, and he has not been with the team since Monday, Aug. 4.
Huddle Up: There has been no timetable set for Bennett's return. Zach Miller will handle a majority of the first-team reps while Bennett is out.
Marquess Wilson - WRPosted 8/5/14 2:16pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson underwent surgery Tuesday, Aug. 5, to repair a broken clavicle. There is no timetable for his return.
Huddle Up: Josh Morgan has moved into the No. 3 role, but there is little behind him on the depth chart with the likes of journeymen Eric Weems and Michael Spurlock listed as backups. Coach Marc Trestman says the team likely will add a WR over the next 48 hours, and one possible candidate is ex-Bear Earl Bennett, who was released earlier this offseason by the Browns.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 8/5/14 2:16pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team and fined an undisclosed amount after he threw rookie CB Kyle Fuller to the ground in practice Monday, Aug. 4. Bears head coach Marc Trestman ended practice 10 minutes early after the altercation.
Huddle Up: It was a rough-and-tumble Monday in Bears' camp with this incident and the broken collarbone suffered by WR Marquess Wilson. Bennett's suspension likely will run through the first preseason game and end shortly after, so there's no real fantasy concern at this point.
Marquess Wilson - WRPosted 8/4/14 4:16pm ET
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson (clavicle) fractured his clavicle Monday, Aug. 4. There is no timetable for his return.
Huddle Up: Wilson was locked in as the Bears' No. 3 WR but now he'll miss the start of the season. Josh Morgan is the favorite to line up in three-receiver sets while Wilson is out but he offers no fantasy value. Wilson is an intriguing deep sleeper prospect once he returns.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 8/4/14 8:29pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett and CB Kyle Fuller were involved in a heated physical altercation during a red zone drill in practice Monday, Aug. 4. Fuller tried to strip the football from Bennett and instead hooked the front of Bennett's shoulder pads which caused Bennett to fall to the ground. Bennett then leaped to his feet and proceeded to slam the rookie to the ground. He then grabbed Fuller by his facemask and launched into an expletive-laced tirade before they were separated. "I come to training camp for one reason and that's to prepare to win a championship," Bennett said later at lunch. "I play hard and go hard every single day. I'm probably one of the most violent people on the field. That's just my style of play. I'm going to continue to play the same way I always play. That's what I'm here for."
Huddle Up: Look for the first-round pick to steer clear of the veteran TE, who ranked 10th last season among all fantasy TEs with 106 points.
Jimmy Clausen - QBPosted 7/29/14 1:54pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen was accurate with his throws during practice Monday, July 28, and he led a touchdown drive during a two-minute drill. Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com believes Clausen is 'very much' in the mix for the backup QB job.
Huddle Up: Hey, who knows, Clausen could find himself in fantasy play at the controls of one of the league's top offenses if something happens to starter Jay Cutler. Jordan Palmer and 6th-round pick David Fales also are in the running for the No. 2 QB gig so stay tuned.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 7/11/14 5:24pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler believes he's more familiar with second-year head coach Marc Trestman's offense. Cutler said he should be able to think less and play faster now that he's become more acquainted with concepts and formations.
Huddle Up: Cutler put up solid fantasy numbers despite being limited by injury last season. With the same offense, the same cast of receivers, and an improving offensive line he's poised for even more--especially if he's thinking less.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 6/29/14 2:21pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has made tremendous strides cleaning up his fundamentals this offseason, according to quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. 'I've seen incredible progress,' Cavanaugh said. 'When we got in here last year & evaluated him we had a real good conversation with him about certain things that every quarterback should do. We said, 'Jay it might not be natural, but we want you to try it.' And he did. 'To his credit, he's taken every suggestion we've given and he's embraced it. From how he holds the ball to how he lines up in the`Gun pre-snap to how he drops back, to his throwing base to his follow-through. Every little fundamental weï¿½ve talked to him about, he's embraced, and it's like night & day.'
Huddle Up: It seems as if Cutler is a perennial tease only to usually wind up in QB2 territory, but don't let him fall too far in your draft. If he can play close to a full season -- he missed 5 games a year ago -- with the weaponry he has in the Windy City, he's a legit threat to crack the top 10. Doubt it? Just add his numbers with those of backup Josh McCown last season and see where that lands in the fantasy QB ranks.
Marquess Wilson - WRPosted 6/25/14 3:14pm ET
The Chicago Bears want WR Marquess Wilson to win the slot receiver role. The job is his to lose unless he falters drastically in training camp.
Huddle Up: Before you get too excited, consider that Wilson has two career NFL catches and that last season the WR3 gig in Chicago--stat-blocked by Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, as well as RB Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett--accounted for just 243 yards and four TDs last year.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 6/10/14 7:19pm ET
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said QB Jay Cutler has made his durability a priority this offseason, and the quarterback has become bigger and stronger as a result. 'He's bigger, he's stronger than a year ago, and he has really focused on staying physically well for the entire season. That's No. 1 -- we've got to keep him standing, keep him safe. And we see the improvements he's made in working on different issues in his mechanics, and I think he's feeling very comfortable back there in Year 2,' Trestman said.
Huddle Up: Staying healthier is a must for Cutler, who's missed a combined 12 starts over the past 3 seasons. And if he does, he has the supporting cast to make a real fantasy splash.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 6/9/14 12:11am ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte said he believes the team could have the top offense in the NFL this upcoming season. 'If we keep working hard we're going to take this offense, hopefully, to the top of the league,' Forte said. 'There's no ceiling. There's no limit that you can put on it.'
Huddle Up: Forte isn't exactly out on a limb as the Bears finished second in the league in scoring (445 points) and eighth in total yards (6,109) last season, and that was with Jay Cutler missing almost a third (5 starts) of the season.
Marquess Wilson - WRPosted 6/8/14 5:55pm ET
The Chicago Bears are giving WR Marquess Wilson the first chance to win the No. 3 wide receiver job, and the coaching staff appears to be confident that he will earn the job.
Huddle Up: Wilson, a 2013 7th-round pick, caught only 2 passes for 13 yards in 10 games as a rookie, and remains in a tough fantasy spot with target-hogs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey (313 combined in 2013) holding down the starting WR spots in Windy City.
Jimmy Clausen - QBPosted 6/5/14 7:48pm ET
Updating a previous report, the Chicago Bears have signed free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (Panthers) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. The team also waived LB Lawrence Wilson.
Huddle Up: Clausen, a 2010 2nd-round pick of the Panthers, hasn't thrown a pass since his rookie season, but will be in the thick of the hunt to back up Jay Cutler considering free-agent Jordan Palmer, 6th-round pick David Fales and undrafted free agent Jerrod Johnson currently round out the Bears' QB depth chart.
Micheal Spurlock - WRPosted 6/3/14 11:43pm ET
The Chicago Bears signed free-agent WRs Micheal Spurlock (Cowboys) and Armanti Edwards (Browns) to undisclosed contracts Tuesday, June 2.
Huddle Up: With offseason signee Domenik Hixon recently retiring the Bears' already-suspect WR depth got even shallower, and the team simply is sifting through the waiver-wire journeymen, looking to fill in the back end of the depth chart.
Domenik Hixon - WRPosted 5/28/14 12:18am ET
Chicago Bears WR Domenik Hixon (knee) announced on his Facebook account Tuesday that he tore his ACL for the third time, and he indicated that he will retire from the NFL.
Huddle Up: Sad news for Hixon, who was trying to catch on as a reserve in Chicago after spending the last two seasons with the Panthers and Giants, respectively.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 5/22/14 10:41pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said the trade that sent him to the Bears was "career saving" for him.
Huddle Up: Apart from his continued, mammoth on-field production, Marshall seemingly has taken some noticeable strides off the field, settling down and ridding himself of the unwanted headlines that cropped up regularly during his days in Denver and Miami.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 5/19/14 3:19pm ET
The Chicago Bears signed WR Brandon Marshall to a new three-year, $40 million contract extension Monday, May 19. Marshall's new deal includes $23 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: After wearing out welcomes in Denver and Miami, Marshall seems to have found a home in Chicago. The new contract suggests Jay Cutler will be tossing to the twin towers of Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey for the foreseeable future.
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