Chicago Bears June Scouting Report
HC Matt Nagy ended the Bears' virtual offseason program last Thursday two weeks early after two months full of Zoom call meetings. On June 1st, the first day of OTAs, Nagy put X's and O's aside to allow players and coaches to talk about the murder of George Floyd and the resulting aftermath an in emotional team meeting that players like DT Akiem Hicks and LB Danny Trevathan said brought the team closer together. Here's a rundown of news and notes from the past month:
In a Zoom call with reporters last Friday, QB Mitch Trubisky said that he was "kind of pissed off in a good way" when the Bears traded for QB Nick Foles. He also said that he thinks he has the advantage in the quarterback competition because he's the incumbent starter with experience in the offense and with his teammates, but he knows it will come down to on-field performance. Trubisky mentioned that he has gone back and watched every snap he's taken over the past two seasons in an effort to understand coverages and learn from his mistakes. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mitch has also had throwing sessions with teammates like WR Allen Robinson, RB Tarik Cohen, TE Demetrius Harris and rookie TE Cole Kmet. We'll see if this helps him when the Bears (hopefully) report to training camp on July 28th.
On Tuesday, RB David Montgomery was honored as the Bears' rookie winner of the 2019 Brian Piccolo Award for exemplifying "the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo". On a video call with the media, Montgomery said that with a season under his belt and rookie worries behind him, he's a lot more confident and "ready to go have fun now". He also vowed to "be better for this team and this organization" after averaging only 3.67 yards/carry last season. According to the Chicago Tribune, Cohen said that he's started doing yoga and more stretching to prepare for the upcoming season after feeling a little worn down at the end of 2019. He also said that offense was too predictable last year and that with new OC Bill Lazor, "it's going to be hard to tell who's getting the ball and when or how they're getting the ball too."
According to the Chicago Tribune, Robinson said that he gets together with Trubisky four times a week for throwing sessions. Rookie WR Darnell Mooney told ChicagoBears.com last month that he runs routes and catches passes on a field near his home in New Orleans from his high school quarterback, Ahmad DeRamus from Gadsden High School in Alabama.
Nagy told the media last month that Kmet has picked up the offense very quickly and that he hadn't been able to trick the rookie with any questions during their Zoom meetings. He also talked about Kmet's great intangibles. Harris told the media earlier this month that he believes he has untapped potential as a receiver despite his reputation as a blocking tight end. He also said that he learned a lot from Travis Kelce when he was in Kansas City and that the chance to play in a similar offense was what led him to signing with Chicago.
LB Roquan Smith told the media earlier this month that he's fully healthy after a torn pec muscle ended his season last December and that he has a chip on his shoulder after his up-and-down 2019 season created some doubters. New DE Robert Quinn said that he picked up the playbook during the offseason Zoom meetings and has picked the brains of teammates like LB Khalil Mack to help him with the learning process.
PK Eddy Pineiro told the media earlier this month that he's been kicking two or three times a week on an artificial turf field at Moore Park in Miami with his regular holder, P Pat O'Donnell. He also said that he's gained eight pounds of muscle after the Bears told him to get stronger in the offseason.
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