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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...
Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky expects experience to pay off

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky expects experience to pay off

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was the second player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he hopes a year of experience helps him perform on a level befitting his draft status this season. "The experience aspect and how to prepare day in and day out," Trubisky said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "The grind of how long the season is, because you obviously don't get that from the college season. You add a bunch more weeks in the NFL in everything you've got to do on a day-in, day-out basis. The speed of the game, and how there's no weak spots on the other side of the ball. Everyone's a baller in the NFL. "You've just got to come prepared or else you're not going to be able to do your job correctly. I definitely learned a lot about how you have to handle yourself as an NFL quarterback and...
Chicago Bears sign OL Matt McCants, John Franklin III, three others

Chicago Bears sign OL Matt McCants, John Franklin III, three others

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The Chicago Bears announced Monday they signed five players, including offensive lineman Matt McCants, and also placed four players on waivers. McCants has played 28 NFL games, including three starts, while with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Bears. He has not started a game since 2013. The Bears also signed wide receiver Matt Fleming, defensive back John Franklin III, offensive lineman Jeremi Hall and defensive back Tyrin Holloway. The team waived offensive lineman Travis Averill, linebacker Howard Jones, offensive lineman Cameron Lee and linebacker Nyles Morgan. Franklin played quarterback and receiver during his college career, which included stops at Florida State, Auburn and Florida Atlantic. He also starred in Netflix's "Last Chance U" documentary series. Holloway t...
Bears first-round pick Smith “relentless”

Bears first-round pick Smith “relentless”

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The Chicago Bears drafted Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth overall pick. Here is what he had to say to the media:Thoughts on being drafted by the Bears and what do you expect? What they can expect from me when I arrive is a relentless guy. On the field and off the field I go about my business the right way and I'm going to do whatever it takes to put the Bears in the best possible situation every time I step on to the field or the practice field. I'm beyond excited. I can't put into words how excited I am about this opportunity to be a Chicago Bear. It's insane and I'm ready to give the city of Chicago everything I have.What do you see as your greatest leadership qualities? I feel like it's a combination of a few things. I feel like I can be a vocal guy, but not a "rah-rah" ...
Chicago Bears add WR Marlon Brown to roster

Chicago Bears add WR Marlon Brown to roster

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Wide receiver Marlon Brown has reached an agreement on a contract with the Chicago Bears, Brown's agents at Universal Sports Management announced via Twitter Thursday. Brown participated in this week's Bears minicamp as a tryout player, and he performed well enough to get a contract. He has not played in a regular-season game since 2015. The Baltimore Ravens signed Brown as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and he caught 49 passes for 524 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie season. He spent the next two seasons with Baltimore, catching 38 passes for 367 yards. He suffered a back injury in Week 11 of the 2015 season and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve. Brown signed a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos in July 2016 but was waived a month later due to another back in...