Bears Draft Preview Capsule
87. CHICAGO (12-5)
LAST SEASON: Bears made huge jump in first season under coach Matt Nagy, winning NFC North at 12-4 after four straight last-place finishes. Season ended with playoff loss...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Defensive lineman Darryl Johnson sees hope for small-school players all around the NFL.
One of his former teammates at North Carolina A&T, running back Tarik Cohen, plays...
Colts All-Pro LB Leonard, Bears RB Cohen honored
ATLANTA (AP) — Darius Leonard, the AP's Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Tarik Cohen have been honored by the Black College Football Hall of Fame as their top pro players for 2018.
The award, announced Wednesday, recognizes the most outstanding professional football player from a historically black college and university. Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea was selected as the inaugural recipient in 2017.
Parkey hits upright again, Bears lose to Eagles in wild card
CHICAGO (AP) — Cody Parkey sat by his locker with a glazed look, struggling to explain how he did it again.
The Chicago Bears' embattled kicker somehow managed to nail yet another upright and hit the crossbar while missing a 43-yard field goal in the closing seconds of a 16-15 wild-card loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Giants safety Collins out for season with shoulder injury
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants safety and leading tackler Landon Collins is going to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
The Giants said Wednesday that Collins has a partially torn labrum and will need surgery. The team had said earlier Collins would not play Sunday in Washington.
The expected recovery time for this type of injury can be anywhere from four to six months.
Collins was not in the locker room before the practice to comment.
Bears halfback Tarik Cohen has career day in loss to Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — In the week leading up to their game against the Bears, the New York Giants insisted the toughest thing about playing against Chicago halfback Tarik Cohen was finding him.
The 5-foot-6, lightning quick Cohen must have been invisible to the Giants on Sunday.
Steelers RB Conner on recent fumbles: “It’s correctable”
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger cut off the question mid-sentence. The quicker to dismiss it, the better.
No, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback stressed, there are no issues about running back James Conner's ability to hold onto the ball even after Conner's fumble late in the third quarter on Sunday in Denver swung momentum to the Broncos in what became a 24-17 loss that ended Pittsburgh's six-game winning streak.
Chase Daniel fills in, leads Bears to 23-16 win over Lions
DETROIT (AP) — Chase Daniel outplayed Matthew Stafford, proving an NFL journeyman can beat one of the highest-paid players in the league.
Daniel threw a career-high two touchdowns to keep the Chicago Bears rolling with a 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday, filling in very well for injured quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
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Nagy insists Howard still has big role in Bears’ offense
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Coach Matt Nagy insisted Jordan Howard remains a big part of Chicago's offense and the star running back was adamant he wasn't frustrated despite a limited role in the most recent victory.
"This is not going to be an offense where it's just one person and it goes through one person," Nagy said Monday. "I don't necessarily believe in that. It's great when you have everybody fulfilling different roles and it's hard for the defense when you do that."
Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
New faces: Coach Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, OLB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, WR Taylor Gabriel, K Cody Parkey, rookie LB Roquan Smith, rookie WR Anthony Miller, rookie G/C James Daniels.
Key losses: Coach John Fox, WR Cameron Meredith, LB Pernell McPhee, LB Willie Young.
Bears Training Camp Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
OPEN CAMP: July 19, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
The naming of Benny Cunningham as the veteran winner of the Brian Piccolo Award was especially poignant when the Bears’ running back revealed that when he was an eighth grader he lost his father to cancer.
There are a number of great major college football players who will be taken in the NFL Draft on April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. However, there are some impressive NFL prospects from some of the historically Black colleges and universities, too.
These HBCU players may not be household names, but they certainly have the ability to play at the next level. And the NFL teams who do a good job of scouting could come away with some gems.
Versatile five-year veteran running back Benny Cunningham did a little bit of a lot of things for the Bears last year, and he’ll be back for the 2018 season after re-signing for one year.
An unrestricted free agent, Cunningham, 27, visited the Saints before re-upping with the Bears, where he could see occasional playing time on third downs behind starter Jordan Howard and top backup Tarik Cohen, in addition to remaining a core special-teams player.
In his six-year NFL career, Kendall Wright has caught passes from 10 different quarterbacks. Hes been targeted with passes from 12 different QBs (or 13, if you count the pass Bears running back Tarik Cohen threw his way last year).
The Vikings hope, during Wrights 2018 season in Minnesota, that theyll only add one more quarterbacks name to that list.
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Watch every bowl game? Yes, there is a reason why for each
We have some bad news.
It happened months ago, but there is a chance you were not paying attention when the Poinsettia Bowl passed away back in January. If you need to sit down or take a moment to let that settle in, it's OK. Somehow, college football fans will have to make do with only 39 FBS-level bowl games — one fewer than a year ago.
The good news is that is still a lot of bowls and you should watch every one.
Breaking down the Bears' 15-14 loss Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers.
THREE MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
1. 49ers kicker Robbie Gould turned toward the Bears' sideline and started to celebrate. The former Bears kicker, who was cut just prior to the 2016 season opener after 11 seasons in Chicago, connected for the game winner from 24 yards out. Gould made five field goals on the day and was responsible for all 15 of San Francisco's points.
Stafford, Prater lead Lions to 27-24 win over Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Prater booted the go-ahead field goal through the gusting wind right down the middle with enough room to clear the crossbar.
He also gained some revenge against a coach who cut him.
Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining, Matthew Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns and the Detroit Lions held on to beat the Chicago Bears 27-24 on Sunday.
How do Lions win Sunday? Stop Bears in their tracks
Allen Park — The formula is simple: If you want to beat the Chicago Bears, you're going to want to stop the run.
With a rookie quarterback and a good defense, the Bears are built to control the clock by grinding it out on the ground. They do that with the formidable tandem of Jordan Howard and his shifty complement Tarik Cohen.
Make it five in a row for the New Orleans Saints. A streak that started in Charlotte, continued in London, picked up steam back home vs. the Lions, survived a slow start in Green Bay, reached five games with a 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The Vikings turned the ball over twice and won against the Packers on Sunday, marking the first time theyve done both in a game this season.
So entering Sundays game against the opportunistic Ravens, a defense ranked second in the NFL with 14 takeaways, the Vikings are focused on playing keep-away. Fortunately for the Vikings defense, the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco are generous with the football. Their 12 giveaways are the third most in the NFL.
Bears run all over defenseless Ravens in uplifting victory
BALTIMORE (AP) — There may come a time this season when the Chicago Bears will have to rely upon the passing of Mitchell Trubisky to win.
Until then, coach John Fox is quite content to ride Jordan Howard and the running game for as long as necessary.
Ravens can’t stop Bears from getting ‘ton of yards rushing’
BALTIMORE (AP) — It seemed like a perfect scenario for the Baltimore Ravens defense. Facing a rookie quarterback still adjusting to the NFL, all Baltimore had to do was stop the run to win.
The Ravens knew what was coming from Chicago, and they were powerless to stop it. Jordan Howard ran for 167 yards, and the Bears won in overtime 27-24 Sunday.
Bears have problems beyond the quarterback position
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen had some words of advice for fellow rookie Mitchell Trubisky, who makes his first NFL start Monday against the Minnesota Vikings.
"I told him I don't feel like he needs to be a superhero," Cohen said. "We're in this together as a team and we're going to be supporting."
The trouble is, the Bears haven't been very supportive overall so far when veteran Mike Glennon started at quarterback, and it's resulted in a 1-3 record.
Fantasy football: Low-risk, high-reward options to grab off waivers
Congratulations, everybody, we have officially made it to Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season. The first three weeks of the season have been interesting to say the least, especially from an on the field and fantasy football standpoint.
In terms of fantasy football, many of you reading this column are either undefeated in your league or at the bottom trying to figure out what moves you can make to salvage your season.
Steelers flop again to a lesser team, can’t win in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Chalk it up as another big flop for Big Ben and the Steelers. Once again, they lost to a lesser team.
Jordan Howard scored on a 19-yard run in overtime to lead the Chicago Bears to a 23-17 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Howard’s 19-yard TD in OT leads Bears over Steelers 23-17
CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Howard pushed through the pain in his right shoulder to give the Bears the lift they needed.
Howard scored on a 19-yard run in overtime to lead Chicago to a 23-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Hub Arkush’s film review: Injuries and mental errors leave Chicago Bears stuck in the mud
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The tape never lies and the funny thing about rewatching the Bears' 29-7 loss to the Bucs is when it comes to grading individual players it really wasn’t as bad as the final score suggests.
If Chicago Bears are better, defense is the difference
CHICAGO — In the newspaper business we call it burying the lede, and it occurs to me the media covering the Chicago Bears this past week have been doing a lot of it.
Fantasy Football: What Week 1 backfield distributions could mean moving forward
With one Week 1 game left that carries significant fantasy backfield intrigue — New Orleans visiting Minnesota — let's review how some of the more fantasy relevant backfields divvied up touches Sunday.
Happier ending: Atlanta Falcons get just enough stops to close out Bears, turn page from Super Bowl LI
CHICAGO — The Falcons prepared all offseason for it.
What would they do with their first fourth quarter lead, after 28-3 devolved into 38-34 — the most stunning defeat in Super Bowl history.
"That's one thing we preached this year, coming off last year — just to finish — and we did today," said Vic Beasley, the NFL's leader in sacks in 2016, who tallied one of Atlanta's four sacks of Bears QB Mike Glennon.
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears must start street fight, not track meet, to upset Falcons
CHICAGO — Can the Chicago Bears beat the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Soldier Field?
What were the odds on Kansas City knocking off the Patriots Thursday night in Foxboro?
The problems for the Bears, of course, are that Mike Glennon doesn’t appear to be Alex Smith and Chicago has no receivers likely to imitate Tyreek Hill.
On the other hand, the Chiefs have no one to match Jordan Howard, and I’m not positive Tarik Cohen won’t have a few Kareem Hunt moments before the season is over.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — First-round draft pick Mitchell Trubisky naturally commands attention in Bears training camp.
Yet, Trubisky is only one of several rookies to make positive impressions on coaches heading into their first preseason action against the Denver Broncos.
On almost a daily basis, tight end Adam Shaheen, running back Tarik Cohen and safety Eddie Jackson have come up with big plays. Now it's on to prove they can do it before a big crowd at Soldier Field on Thursday night.
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears fourth-round RB Tarik Cohen earning chances to contribute as a rookie
BOURBONNAIS — NFL training camps tend to take on a rhythm of their own and it’s not unusual for the stars of weeks one or two to be the practice squaders or less after the final cuts are made.
That is half the story of Tarik Cohen out of North Carolina A&T, who through the first full week of Camp Bourbonnais for the 2017 Chicago Bears is the guy it’s been hard to take your eyes off.
Bears release veteran receiver Royal
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears released veteran receiver Eddie Royal on Thursday.
Royal was limited to nine games in each of his two seasons in Chicago because of injuries after agreeing to a three-year deal in March 2015. He caught 33 passes for 369 yards this year after finishing with 37 receptions for 238 yards and a TD last season.
Royal has 408 catches for 4,357 yards and 28 touchdowns in nine seasons with Denver, San Diego and Chicago.