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  • Marcedes Lewis Re-Signs With Chicago

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    Free-agent tight end Marcedes Lewis agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears. The veteran, who will be entering his 19th NFL season, played for the Jaguars and Packers before spending last season with Chicago. However, he didn't do much for fantasy managers, amassing just four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. With Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett on the roster, Lewis should continue to have a tough time getting involved, meaning he won't see much attention from fantasy managers heading into the 2024-25 campaign.

    Jun 10 · Source via Chicago Bears Marcedes Lewis
  • TE Marcedes Lewis To Re-Sign With Bears

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    There are lots of new faces coming to the Bears offense in 2024 with running back D'Andre Swift, wide receiver Keenan Allen, and center Coleman Shelton joining last year's veteran addition of D.J. Moore. There's also plenty of youth being infused as top-ten picks Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze arrive in Chicago, as well. With [...]

    Jun 10 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears Marcedes Lewis
  • Marcedes Lewis Plans To Re-Sign With Chicago

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    According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, free agent tight end Mercedes Lewis will visit with the Bears on Monday. If all goes according to plan, he will sign a new contract. The veteran has spent time with the Jaguars and Packers before spending 2023 with Chicago, where he amassed just four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. This will be season No. 19 for Lewis, assuming he signs. However, the Bears have Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett on the roster, so Lewis isn't expected to find a spot on many fantasy rosters during the 2024-25 campaign.

    Jun 9 · Source via Chicago Bears Marcedes Lewis Gerald Everett Cole Kmet
  • Williams touts Bears offense, praised by Eberflus

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    Caleb Williams showed improvements in the Bears' offense and said he expects them to be a threat this upcoming season.

    Jun 7 · ESPN Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Bears, Teven Jenkins Haven't Talked Extension

    Teven Jenkins is entering the final year of his contract. While the offensive guard is interested in extending his stay in Chicago, it sounds like the organization hasn't been especially active in attempting to re-sign the veteran. While speaking with reporters today (including Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times), Jenkins acknowledged that his camp [...]

    Jun 5 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears
  • Eberflus wants to see Williams improve cadence

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    Bears coach Matt Eberflus spoke of using "cadence as a weapon on offense" and mentioned it as an area rookie QB Caleb Williams will need to improve in after multiple offside penalties during Tuesday's minicamp session.

    Jun 5 · ESPN Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Keenan Allen Open To Bears Extension

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    The Bears acquired veteran wideout Keenan Allen with the understanding that it could be a one-season pairing. While the two sides have yet to discuss an extension, Allen made it clear that he'd be interested in re-signing with Chicago...although the Bears would have to pay him accordingly. [RECENT: WR Keenan Allen Addresses Chargers Departure] "I'm [...]

    Jun 5 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears Keenan Allen
  • D'Andre Swift Called A "Weapon Back"

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    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus called new running back D'Andre Swift "a weapon back" when asked why the team moved so quickly to sign him in free agency back in March to a three-year, $24 million deal. "You know we really needed that guy that can really operate on third down and even on first or second down and be a weapon in the deep part of the field and the short part of the field and take it the distance. And he's got a lot of gas," Eberflus said. Swift posted his first 1,000-yard season with the Eagles in 2023 and had career-bests in yards, carries (229), first downs (50) and yards per game (65.6). The Bears' offense now has a lot of dangerous weapons around rookie quarterback Caleb Williams, but in fantasy, it may be hard for Swift to match his 2023 exploits with Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson also demanding backfield touches.

    Jun 1 · Source via Chicago Bears D'Andre Swift
  • Caleb Williams Shines In Friday's 7-On-7 Period

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    Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams reportedly had plenty of expected rookie struggles at last week's OTAs, but Zach Pearson of Bear Report said he had one of his best showings during Friday's seven-on-seven period. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft out of USC completed 13 of his 14 passing attempts and threw a touchdown to DJ Moore. Needless to say, it's not a good idea to overvalue reports from practices with no live rushers on defense, but any sign of growth is encouraging. While rookie quarterbacks usually struggle in real life and fantasy football, Williams arguably has the best supporting cast any No. 1 overall pick has ever had. With pass-catchers like Moore, Keenan Allen, Rome Odunze, D'Andre Swift, Cole Kmet, and Gerald Everett surrounding him, he could post low-end QB1 numbers in Year 1.

    May 31 · Source via Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Rome Odunze Takes Part In OTAs Thursday

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    Chicago Bears rookie first-round wide receiver Rome Odunze (hamstring) was seen on the field taking part in organized team activities on Thursday, and he showed off his contested-catch abilities. The Bears took precaution in holding Odunze out of previous OTA sessions last week, but the 21-year-old Washington Husky alumni is now back on the field as he prepares for his first season in the NFL. The ninth overall pick in last month's NFL draft has a bright future ahead of him and can pretty much do anything on the football field as a receiver, but fantasy managers in single-year redraft leagues may want to pump the brakes on his value in 2024 as long as both DJ Moore and Keenan Allen stay healthy in front of him in Chicago's receiver pecking order. But in the long term, Odunze may have the highest ceiling of any rookie wideout while being paired with QB Caleb Williams, the first overall pick.

    May 30 · Source via Chicago Bears Rome Odunze
  • Bears Staffer Ryan Griffin Playing QB In Italy, Expected To Join Team In June

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    Ryan Griffin's lengthy career as an NFL reserve quarterback ended after the 2022 season. The Buccaneers, who had rostered Griffin as a third-stringer behind Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert, did not re-sign the experienced practice arm last year. This led Griffin to the coaching ranks. He joined the Bears' staff as an offensive assistant, but [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears Ryan Griffin
  • Caleb Williams Has Struggled At OTAs

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    Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Caleb Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft out of USC, has looked like a rookie in the early going at organized team activities this week. The Bears are hoping that their strong defense will prepare the rookie QB and help him improve by the time he's facing other teams in games that matter. The Bears are installing a new offense under coordinator Shane Waldron and have a rookie signal-caller learning the speed and intricacies at the next level, so it's not exactly a surprise that he's struggling early on. Williams also hasn't had first-rounder Rome Odunze or Keenan Allen to throw to. Odunze is sitting out with a minor injury. Fantasy managers shouldn't read too much into Williams' early struggles against a strong defense in voluntary offseason workouts, but it's certainly worth noting.

    May 24 · Source via Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Rome Odunze Expected To Practice Next Week

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    Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Rome Odunze (hamstring) is on track to practice next week after sitting out rookie mini-camp and the start of OTAs. Odunze has been dealing with hamstring tightness, but the injury isn't concerning at this point in the offseason. The No. 9 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft is viewed as at least a high-end wide receiver prospect after racking up 167 receptions for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns over his last two collegiate seasons at Washington. He'll get a chance to grow as a pro alongside quarterback Caleb Williams, but he'll face stiff target competition as a rookie. DJ Moore and Keenan Allen have a combined ten seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and both were effective players last year. Meanwhile, running back D'Andre Swift and tight ends Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett have all had big games as receivers, so Odunze could be more of a 2025-and-beyond asset for fantasy football.

    May 23 · Source via Chicago Bears Rome Odunze
  • Caleb Williams To Face Titans In First NFL Game

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    Chicago Bears quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams will begin his career at home against the Tennessee Titans, according to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report. The former USC star will have no shortage of weapons to work with to begin his career, so he could get out to a hot start with Keenan Allen, DJ Moore, and Rome Oduzne out wide. Tennessee was a middle-of-the-pack team against the pass last season, but the organization signed former Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson as their defensive coordinator and added cornerbacks L'Jarius Sneed and Chidobe Awuzie to the back end of the defense. Overall, it should be a great first test for one of the highest-regarded quarterback prospects of the 21st century.

    May 15 · Source via Chicago Bears Tennessee Titans Caleb Williams
  • D'Andre Swift Could Be Used Often In Passing Game

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    Chicago Bears running back D'Andre Swift will be taking over the team's lead running back in 2024 after he signed with the team minutes into the start of free agency in early March. "He's exciting to watch, man. That guy, he's got so much ability. He's fast, he can make guys miss and what we're excited about now is just opening up the passing game with the backs. He's got that opportunity to have that one-on-one matchup out of the backfield. We can get him out on empty (formation). We do a lot of empty stuff here, too, so we can move this guy all around. He can win from any spot," RBs coach Chad Morton said. When Morton coached in Seattle in 2023, Kenneth Walker III had 219 carries for 905 yards, with Zach Charbonnet carrying the ball 108 times for 462 yards. Swift is surely intriguing as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, but he's inevitably going to lose touches to Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson, and the Bears also have plenty of receivers that will command targets.

    May 15 · Source via Chicago Bears D'Andre Swift
  • Velus Jones Jr. Should Benefit From New Kickoff Rules

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver/return man Velus Jones Jr. should only benefit from the new kickoff rules in the NFL that will start for the 2024 season. "How it pertains to our team, you can only think about a guy like Velus Jones. Great example," special teams coordinator Richard Hightower said. "A guy like that with his type of skill set, with the speed and the power that he has, and he's coming full speed ahead at you, it's like a damn freight train running at you." Jones' average of 27.4 yards per return trails only Keisean Nixon over the last two years. He hasn't worked out as a punt returner and also hasn't had much of a role in the offense since entering the league in 2022, but the 27-year-old's size/speed combo could come in handy for the Bears on kickoffs this year. The Bears could also use running back Khalil Herbert on kickoffs.

    May 15 · Source via Chicago Bears Velus Jones
  • Tommy Sweeney Signs With Bears

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    Free-agent tight end Tommy Sweeney signed an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears on Sunday after a tryout at their rookie minicamp, according to a source. Sweeney was with the New York Giants most of last year but sat out after he collapsed and had a "medical event" on the practice field. The 28-year-old was originally drafted in the seventh round (228th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in 2019 out of Boston College. All three of his NFL seasons came with Buffalo, and Sweeney has caught a total of 18 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown on 26 targets in just 24 games played (four starts). Sweeney will be competing for a roster spot in training camp this summer among a tight end group in Chicago that already includes Cole Kmet, Gerald Everett, Stephen Carlson and rookie Brenden Bates.

    May 12 · Source via Chicago Bears Tommy Sweeney
  • Rome Odunze Sitting Out With Hamstring Tightness

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    Chicago Bears rookie first-round wide receiver Rome Odunze (hamstring) is dealing with hamstring tightness and will sit out of Saturday's rookie minicamp practice. It's likely nothing to worry about in the long run, but it's also not a great start for Odunze as he looks to get going as a top-10 pick in this year's NFL draft. It's something to keep an eye on with the 21-year-old from Washington as we get deeper into the offseason and closer to training camp. The Bears took Odunze at No. 9 overall to give rookie quarterback Caleb Williams more weapons in the passing attack in addition to established veterans DJ Moore and Keenan Allen. Odunze was extremely productive in college and is ultra-athletic on the football field, but it's going to be tough for him to produce consistent numbers in Chicago's offense in his rookie season as long as both Moore and Allen stay healthy.

    May 11 · Source via Chicago Bears Rome Odunze
  • Bears Name Caleb Williams Starting QB

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    Given the makeup of the Bears' quarterback depth chart, Caleb Williams beginning his career on the sideline never appeared a realistic possibility. Matt Eberflus dispensed with any mystery on this front Friday. Eberflus confirmed the No. 1 overall pick is the Bears' starting quarterback. Seeing as the Bears traded three-year starter Justin Fields for an [...]

    May 11 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Bears Officially Name Caleb Williams The Starter

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    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus officially named rookie quarterback Caleb Williams as the team's starting QB on Friday at rookie minicamp. Everyone already knew that Williams would be Chicago's starting signal-caller when they selected him first overall in last month's NFL draft out of USC. The path was cleared for the 22-year-old when they traded Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the offseason. There's always a learning curve for rookies that start right out of the gates in the NFL, but Williams may have the best chance for immediate success given all the weapons he has around him, especially in the passing attack. The trio of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen and rookie first-rounder Rome Odunze -- not to mention tight end Cole Kmet -- will help Williams immensely. As far as his fantasy value for Year 1 in the NFL, Williams will be on the QB2 map with upside.

    May 10 · Source via Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Bears Sign Nine UDFAs

    The Bears kicked off the 2024 draft, and the team also owned the No. 9 pick. Chicago only made three other selections during the weekend, though, leaving room for a number of undrafted players to take part in rookie minicamp. Here are the Bears' UDFA additions: Brenden Bates, TE (Kentucky) Theo Benedet, T (British Columbia) Carl [...]

    May 9 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Chicago Bears
  • Bears Sign Austin Reed As UDFA

    The Chicago Bears signed undrafted rookie quarterback Austin Reed on Thursday, according to NFL.com. Reed had a monster college career, passing for 8,084 yards, 71 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions in his two seasons at Western Kentucky. Before his move to WKU, he threw for 7,464 yards, 78 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions in two years at West Florida and won a Division II National Championship. The 24-year-old spent six years in college and was not among the 11 quarterbacks selected in the 2024 NFL Draft, but he'll now have an outside chance of competing with Tyson Bagent for the QB2 job behind No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams.

    May 9 · Source via Chicago Bears
  • Bears Open To Re-Signing DE Yannick Ngakoue?

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    Yannick Ngakoue's debut Bears campaign came to an abrupt end due to a broken ankle. He remains unsigned following the draft, but a return to health could lead to an uptick in interest. Ngakoue operated as a full-time starter in 2023 upon signing a one-year Bears pact. He racked up four sacks as a member of [...]

    May 5 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears Yannick Ngakoue
  • Khalil Herbert A Trade Candidate?

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    The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain wonders if running back Khalil Herbert would be a trade candidate if the Chicago Bears bring in an undrafted rookie at the position and he impresses. Of course, this all depends on the development of Roschon Johnson. Herbert is entering the final year of his rookie deal. D'Andre Swift signed a three-year contract with the Bears this offseason, while Johnson has the same number of years remaining on his first contract after being drafted in the fourth round in 2023. Herbert is a solid back, but RBI is a position that changes often for teams. Chicago's coaching staff is high on Johnson, and the 26-year-old Herbert dealt with ankle and back injuries last year after leading the NFL with 5.7 yards per carry in 2022. The addition of Swift in this backfield obviously hurts Herbert's fantasy stock a great deal heading into the 2024 season.

    May 2 · Source via Chicago Bears Khalil Herbert
  • Bears To Waive P Trenton Gill

    The Bears turned to the fourth round for a punter last week, tabbing Iowa's Tory Taylor to take over. This will mean a change, and Chicago is not wasting much time finalizing it. Rather than entertain any notion of a competition, the Bears are waiving incumbent punter Trenton Gill, ESPN.com's Field Yates tweets. Gill operated [...]

    May 1 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears
  • Bears Release Trenton Gill

    A few days after selecting former Iowa punter Tory Taylor in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears released Trenton Gill. Gill was a seventh-round selection by Chicago in the 2022 NFL Draft and started all 34 games over the last two seasons. He punted 133 times for an average of 46.1 yards per punt and pinned 38 kicks inside the 20-yard line. Taylor, the 2023 Ray Guy Award winner and unanimous All-American, became the highest-drafted punter (No. 122 overall) since 2019 when the 49ers selected Mitch Wishnowski (No. 110 overall).

    May 1 · Source via Chicago Bears
  • 'OK, he's really different': Seven stories that explain Bears QB Caleb Williams

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    He's a fashion cop, a fierce teammate and the next LeBron? Here's how people who know him, describe the No. 1 draft pick.

    Apr 30 · ESPN NFL Draft Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Bears Add To Offense With Rome Odunze

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    The Chicago Bears selected Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze with the ninth overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft on Thursday night. Thats back-to-back picks out of Washington after quarterback Michael Penix Jr. surprisingly went eighth overall to the Atlanta Falcons. Odunze led the country in receiving yards in 2023 and is a special talent. He has length and excels at contested catches down the field. It helped that he had an excellent passer to throw him the football in Penix, but this kid is still special and should have an excellent career. The Bears have now added QB Caleb Williams and Odunze with their first two picks this year. While Odunze has plenty to like in the long-term, he'll be hard-pressed to make a huge impact in his rookie season in 2024 with DJ Moore and Keenan Allen set to be target hogs in this Bears offense.

    Apr 25 · Source via NFL Draft Chicago Bears Rome Odunze
  • Bears Take Caleb Williams First Overall In 2024 Draft

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    The Chicago Bears selected USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick, as expected, in the 2024 NFL draft on Thursday night. Last year's draft trade with the Carolina Panthers allowed Chicago to move to the No. 1 spot this year. Williams was the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick to the Bears for the entire pre-draft process, and it became more apparent when they dealt Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers a month ago. Not only is the 22-year-old the safest QB prospect in this year's class, but he's entering a situation in Chicago that should be conducive to immediate success in real life and in fantasy. The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner will be the clear top pick in rookie-only fantasy drafts this fall and should be in play in two-QB leagues in 2024 as well.

    Apr 25 · Source via NFL Draft Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Bears Willing To Trade Down From Ninth Pick

    The Chicago Bears are expected to select USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft, but they are willing to trade down from the No. 9 overall selection, according to Dianna Russini of The Athletic. Chicago only has four total picks in this year's draft, so moving down to acquire more selections makes plenty of sense. The team has been linked to Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze, Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner, and UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu if they stay put, but the options become plentiful if they decide to move down the board. QB-needy teams like the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders could be potential trade partners. Quarterbacks Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr., and J.J. McCarthy could still be available at that spot.

    Apr 25 · Source via NFL Draft Chicago Bears
  • Bears OL Larry Borom A Trade Candidate?

    Offensive lineman Larry Borom, a fifth-round choice of the Bears in 2021, has appeared in 39 games for Chicago over his first three seasons in the league, starting 23 of them. It is fair to wonder, however, whether he will remain in the Windy City for his platform campaign in 2024. As Brad Biggs of [...]

    Apr 21 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears
  • Latest On Bears' Interest In Caleb Williams

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    While recent reports indicated that Caleb Williams isn't the unanimous QB1 prospect across the NFL, the Bears are leaving no doubt about their trust in the projected top-overall pick. As Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes, the Bears believe there is a "pretty wide gap" between the USC product and the rest of the [...]

    Apr 19 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Brock Bowers Books Bears, Chargers Visits; TE Not Expected To Fall Out Of Top 10?

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    Brock Bowers hovers as this draft's clear-cut top tight end, as a gulf exists between the Georgia-developed prospect and the field this year. Although this draft has a few wide receivers that could go in front of Bowers, he might not last too much longer. The teams interested in Bowers point to him not being [...]

    Apr 17 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Chicago Bears Los Angeles Chargers Brock Bowers
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