Dodging raindrops on the first Friday of Chicago’s summer festival season is one way to do it.
• Phew. This report by Jason La Canfora really rocked Bears Twitter. So… let’s raise the curtain and discuss this further.
• ICYMI: The CBS Sports insider reported that Pro Bowl Bears passing thrower Robert Quinn wanted out. From there, we shared the rumor in a post about how we might have gotten here in the first place. It felt necessary to share the report — not so much because of this specific rumor that Quinn would want a trade — but rather because Quinn’s trade buzz has been brewing for some time. And other journalists too. So, it’s not like Quinn’s trade rumor chatter is just coming from La Canfora. In the end, the conversation we had was valid (regardless of the source that triggered said conversation).
• Don’t get me wrong… I understand. La Canfora’s historical reporting on the Bears has been spotty. And it gives me pause when re-sharing his sourced reporting. After all, we’re only months away from Trace Armstrong using her rarely used Twitter account to push back against JLC rumors that the former Bear was discussing a managerial position with the Bears. But given the context of Quinn’s situation (a veteran who signed a free agent contract with a team in his competitive window but is now in a rebuilding phase) and where the Bears are as a franchise on the competitive spectrum (and a GM who isn’t afraid of storage choices), it was good to use JLC as a vehicle to discuss how we got to this point in the Quinn’s story arc. It’s not that we believe the rumours, it’s just that they have a place in the larger conversation about the Bears’ future.
• Also, don’t forget that the Bears have made it clear they want to keep Quinn (and the player himself has said he wants to stay). And yet, it is inevitable that Quinn will be treated. I don’t think the Quinn rumors are going away anytime soon. Waiting…
• Cleanser for the palate:
Justin Fields is gearing up for a second ELITE season 🐻 pic.twitter.com/DTCCxotty6
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 20, 2022
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 20, 2022
• QB1 has way too much sauce to let the Bears be as bad as ESPN’s predictive model suggests.
• If Justin Fields has a breakout campaign on deck, that means someone is catching passes from him. And while Darnell Mooney made a statement with his game and first-season 1,000-yard receiving, there may be another level for him to reach. Mooney’s 2021 season was a breakthrough after what he did as a rookie. But a breakoutside in which it eclipses last year’s numbers is entirely plausible.
• It’s not too late to vote here:
Curious to know what you think.
Who is most likely to have a breakout year in 2022?
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) May 21, 2022
• For what it’s worth, I think it’s safe to say that Roquan Smith has had some outstanding seasons already. However, it would be nice for him to have a season that earns him the accolades he so richly deserves. It’s one thing to break out and have a monster season. Getting that recognition as a first-team Pro Bowler and/or All-Pro would really cement Smith’s status as a star linebacker. Bear fans know this to be true. And the opponents of the Bears too. Roquan is a threat, a damn good ball player, and someone this franchise wants to build as a defensive centerpiece.
• Aside from Fields, the player I’d most like to get an unexpected breakthrough from is wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., who was the NFLPA’s first rookie in Los Angeles. Can you spot it?
The 2022 draft class at @NFLPA First recruit in Los Angeles.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2022
• The NFL Rookie Premiere is a unique experience for each draft class as it allows over 40 rookies to learn about the world of football and make connections. Welcome to the show, young guys. This will be the first of what will hopefully be many business and marketing opportunities for future outstanding baseball players.
• I don’t want to put numbers in it right now. It is far too early to deploy this type of prediction. But that shouldn’t stop us from dreaming about what a successful season looks like for the third-round rookie. So I’m going to stick with this: if Jones can contribute to special teams as a gunner and return an ace, contribute on offense as a gadget receiver, come to blows and perform throw sweeps to create chunky plays, so I think he would be well placed as an attacking piece of the puzzle.
• This probably merits further analysis: is a Tarik Cohen-like role in 2017 plausible? Cohen appeared in all 16 games as a rookie and made four starts in the roster. He had 140 touches and 723 yards from scrimmage, while adding 29 punt returns and 26 kick returns. It all came down to 1,578 all-purpose yards for a player who’s been in 36% of team offensive snaps and 29% of special teams games.
• The Bears were recently visited by a Hall of Fame bag artist:
A familiar face at Halas Hall.
Thanks for stopping by, Richard Dent! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/NvyJBLyiae
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 20, 2022
• It’s a shame the Bears couldn’t convince the Colts to make a draft pick, but it looks like Nick Foles has his sights set on Indianapolis as a NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo hears both sides are working on a deal.
• Yesterday there were rumors of top Chicago athletes wanting to leave town:
REPORT: Zach LaVine is already linked to four teams in free agencyhttps://t.co/czHRK7xJQk pic.twitter.com/rsJpmvuqK5
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) May 20, 2022
• The Blackhawks should probably sign Barry Trotz:
Are the Blackhawks on Barry Trotz? https://t.co/LIwaiHlFqq pic.twitter.com/NM6YYDJoPA
— Bleacher Nation Blackhawks (@BN_Blackhawks) May 21, 2022
• If you’re going to watch the Cubs try to snap a three-game losing streak, here’s what their roster looks like:
Chicago Cubs lineup: Patrick Wisdom in left field – https://t.co/xnNp6gt2iX pic.twitter.com/6irjgjm5wa
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) May 21, 2022