Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 7/31/15 10:30am ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett said he isn't worried about his production declining because of the time he missed while protesting his contract. 'Some terminology and still learning some things like that, but overall… I don't think anyone has the offense down,' Bennett said Thursday, July 30. 'I may be a leg behind, but I'm a pretty quick learner.'
Huddle Up: Should we be more concerned that none of the Bears have the new offense down yet? Nah. With first-round pick Kevin White still shelved Bennett will have plenty of opportunities to ensconce himself as Jay Cutler's number two target behind Alshon Jeffrey.
Kevin White - WRPosted 7/30/15 7:34pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White's shin injury is not believed to be a long-term issue, according to head coach John Fox.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick is starting training camp on the PUP list, and even if it doesn't prove to be a long-term situation, White is still losing valuable reps in his bid to open the season in the Bears' starting lineup.
Kevin White - WRPosted 7/29/15 3:56pm ET
Chicago Bears rookie WR Kevin White (shin) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Ryan Pace.
Huddle Up: The seventh-overall pick suffered the injury in OTAs and has been off his feet for the past month, and the Bears want to help ease him back into action. In short, it doesn't sound like much to worry about, but it's definitely a situation to stay on top of.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 7/19/15 3:03pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler may need to win in 2015 to stay in Chicago, suggests Jeff Dickerson of ESPN. Cutler has over $47 million guaranteed remaining on his contract, but the Bears could move on if Cutler struggles again in 2015.
Huddle Up: Cutler is getting an opportunity in another QB-friendly offense with new OC Adam Gase coming to town, and the key for the QB remains making better decisions as he's tossed 93 interceptions (at an ugly 3.51 percent rate) since coming to the Windy City in 2009, which ranks as the third most in the league over that span.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 7/16/15 2:02pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte has bulked up this offseason in order to prepare for a heavy workload this season. Forte received a lot of work in the running and passing game last season.
Huddle Up: Forte has logged 368 and 363 touches the last two seasons -- the second and third highest single-season totals of his career -- and figures to be among the league leaders again, although his RB-record 102 receptions most certainly are headed for a decline.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 7/10/15 12:20am ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler worked out with some of his offensive teammates at Vanderbilt University this week. WR Eddie Royal, WR Kevin White and TE Martellus Bennett were among the players in attendance.
Huddle Up: Cutler did have his best statistical and fantasy season -- 3,812 yards and 28 TDs -- this past year since his 2008 (and final) campaign in Denver, but he led the league in turnovers (24) and makes way too many mistakes for a QB entering his 10th pro season. If his first season in Adam Gase's new offense in Chicago isn't a more productive one -- and he'll have to do it without long-time favorite target Brandon Marshall -- it could be his last in the Windy City.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 7/9/15 12:34pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte tallied four games with 13 or fewer carries last season. He only had three games of 20 carries or more. He finished with 266 carries -- 22 fewer than 2013.
Huddle Up: Forte, however, was just fine, finishing with the second-highest touch total (368) of his seven-year career thanks to his record 102 receptions. Don't expect that much work again in the passing game under new OC Adam Gase, but his rushing attempts should stay around the same or even see a slight increase.
Kevin White - WRPosted 7/3/15 4:10pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White sought advice from Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald at the recent NFL Rookie Symposium.
Huddle Up: The rookie wideout couldn't have sought out a better role model as the pro's pro Fitz has averaged a 82.6-1,104.6-8.1 stat line over his 11-year career with the Cards and has been a model citizen off the field. Finishing in the neighborhood of Fitzgerald's 58-780-8 rookie numbers would be a strong start for White.
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.
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