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Chicago Bears GM 'optimistic' first-round pick Roquan Smith will be in camp

Chicago Bears GM 'optimistic' first-round pick Roquan Smith will be in camp

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Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Roquan Smith has yet to report to training camp, but general manager Ryan Pace believes that is about to change in the near future. "We're optimistic he's here soon," Pace told reporters Thursday, noting details in Smith's contract were the reason for the hold up. "There's a process and meanwhile we're moving forward." Pace did not set a timetable for Smith to report, per the Chicago Sun-Times. Smith, an inside linebacker who was the eighth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, did not report with rookies on Monday and continued to be absent as veterans came to Olivet Nazarene University on Thursday in Bourbonnais, Ill. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Smith helped lead Georgia to the national championship game last season, winning the Butkus Award as the t...