The Chicago Bears head to Olivet Nazarene University to conduct the 2019 training camp. The coaches will have from Thursday, July 25th through August 11th to evaluate the 90-man roster.
The Chicago Bears roam to Bourbonnais, IL for training camp. The defending NFC North Champs will have a target on their backs. Chicago Bears Training Camp 2019 intentions will be proving 2018 was no fluke after a 12-4 regular season. Their unsavory first-round playoff exit to the Eagles still leaves a bad taste in their mouths. This season the Monsters of the Midway look to demonstrate consistency and sustainability.
Chicago has the luxury of one of the deepest rosters in the NFL. They return all 11 starters on offense providing consistency for the coaches and players alike. The front office chose to provide as much familiarity for Mitchell Trubisky, a budding star entering his third NFL season. The former No. 2 overall draft pick showcased the type of skill set that can lead a team to a championship. However, he still at times looked like a rookie in Matt Nagy's brand of the West Coast offense. His ability to read opposing defenses will be the driving force that puts points on the board this season. The Bears defense should do the rest.
Who’s coming with us?!
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 20, 2019
Da Bears Players to Watch in Training Camp
Everyone will have their eyes on Trubisky due to his high profile position and rightfully so. Here are some position battles to keep an eye on running back, wide receiver, and tight end. The Bears overhauled the entire running back room with the addition of Mike Davis, David Montgomery, and Kerrith Whyte Jr. They join Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall as the only returners from last year (Nall was on the practice squad all season).
The player to keep an eye on is Montgomery. The Bears were convicted enough with his ability that they traded up in the third round for the rights to his services. Montgomery epitomized versatility throughout his career at Iowa State. He can run, catch, run routes, and most of all block. The skill that most stands out is his ability to force missed tackles with his shiftiness. The trade of Jordan Howard opened the door for competition but Montgomery is known for his unprecedented maturity and work ethic. He was also rumored to be Nagy's guy all along.
Wide receiver Riley Ridley, out of Georgia was the team's luxury pick. He was graded much higher than his fourth-round selection. He is the younger brother of Atlanta's Calvin Ridley. It is not by mistake that each was known for their route-running ability. The younger Ridley will challenge for playing time immediately. His football IQ should allow for a quick transition. This pick should allow for the Bears to take their time with Anthony Miller's offseason shoulder surgery.
Undrafted tight end Dax Raymond out of Utah State is one to keep a close eye on. He is a 24-year-old rookie who spent a few years on a Mormon mission before beginning his collegiate career. He did not disappoint as he carried a mid-round grade before Chicago picked him up as a rookie free agent. He displays athleticism to go along with a huge frame. The Bears could utilize his size at both in-line and Y positions. His speed and sticky hands will prove valuable to a group that struggles with injuries.
One last player to keep an eye on is potential swing tackle Rashaad Coward. The former undrafted free agent entered the league as a defensive tackle before Coach Nagy arrived. His transition from defense to offense was possible because of his athleticism and agility. His ability to hand-fight in the trenches stood out last preseason. He managed to stick around on the practice squad. Former swing tackle Bradley Sowell made the switch to the tight end group. This move suggests the Bears have confidence in Coward's progress to give him a fair shot at this role.
The offseason activities have come and gone, with training camp on the horizon, the NFL is back! The Bears offense will be a major component to the overall success. Although Trubisky is the face of the franchise, it will be Coach Nagy's ability to utilize this versatile group of offensive weapons to keep opposing defenses guessing.
Until then, stay thirsty! JT out.