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Hogs Haven 6 hours ago

Punter Battle Resumes!; Redskins Claim Tress Way from Chicago Bears

Two punter articles in one day? The Redskins didn't waste any time filling Blake Clingan's spot on the roster, and the punter battle is back on. Coach Gruden said that the team might still bring in another punter to compete with Robert Malone. The team claimed Tress Way, who played college ball at Oklahoma from 2008-2012.  Way was waived by the Bears yesterday, and has reportedly struggled in camp and during the two preseason games.  Way averaged 44.0 yards per punt while at Oklahoma.  Way is most likely just a camp leg.  Blake Clingan was clearly outmatched by Robert Malone in camp...
Windy City Gridiron 7 hours ago

Chicago Bears injury update

The Chicago Bears will kick off their third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks in just two more days. Which injured Bears' players will be return and which will be held out? The bad news on the injury front this off season for the Chicago Bears is losing wide receiver Marquess Wilson to a broken collar bone. Earlier this week USA Today learned some details on Wilson's recovery time. Wilson, 21, broke his collarbone in three places when he was injured in practice two weeks ago, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because injury details were to remain private. He...
Windy City Gridiron 10 hours ago

Pleased to Meet You: Preseason Week 3, Seattle Seahawks

The undefeated (in the preseason) Bears take on last year's (1-1 this preseason) Super Bowl champs on Friday night in Seattle. Welcome to the all-important week 3 of the preseason, where the starters play into the third quarter and the result still doesn't matter. Kind of like the points in Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Either way, we're here. And Friday night's game is one for night owls, as it kicks off at 9:00 PM Central time. Kind of fitting that a Chicago audience would need a heavy supply of coffee for a game in the Starbucks capital of the world. Let's get into the Seattle Seahawks. Last...
Windy City Gridiron 12 hours ago

ESPN Predicts that Kyle Long will breakout in 2014

When looking over the roster of the Chicago Bears do you see any potential breakout players among them? ESPN Insider ranked 50 such players in the NFL including Bears Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long. ESPN must be a little late to the off season parade of NFL lists, either that, or they just wanted the listfest attention all to themselves. Yesterday in my NFL Thoughts post we touched on their Top 100 players on offense and defense series that they are running through right now. Today they revealed a special "Insider" list of their Top 50 breakout players for 2014. Since it's behind a pay wall, we...
Windy City Gridiron 18 hours ago

The Bears Den: August 20, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

A CornWash sighting! But perhaps not for long. McClellin making strides at new position - Brad Biggs: If Shea McClellin can continue to settle into a position he hasn't played since college, the Bears should be able to salvage the 2012 first-round pick. Trestman, Emery need to watch for missteps from receivers - Brian Hanley: If one or two big egos are allowed to run a figurative out pattern once the games actually count, things could get more interesting than need be. Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook (& click on 'Subscribed to'). Check out David "OSS" Taylor's...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 19, 2014

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

NFL preseason week two is over and week three, as we all know, is the "dress rehearsal" game. All 32 fanbases will have a better idea how their teams will look after this week. There'll be some limited game planning and we should see the ones vs ones into the third quarter. 1) I'll just put this right here in case you missed it. That's similar to Jadeveon Clowney's famous hit against the Michigan Wolverines, although this running back kept his head on. 2) In the game GIF'ed above, the Atlanta Falcons lost starting left tackle Sam Baker for the 2014 season. It's always tough to lose a guy...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 19, 2014

The Bears Den: August 19, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

Scheme wrinkles evident on Bears’ defense - Adam Hoge: The Bears have gone from a one-gap D-line approach to what would most accurately be referred to as a gap-and-a-half scheme; McClellin and Bostic improving at linebacker. Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Monday signed return specialist Darius Reynaud and CB Peyton Thompson to one-year contracts and waived Tress Way and Chad Rempel. Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook (& click on 'Subscribed to'). Check out David "OSS" Taylor's CheekyMonkeyArt prints and t-shirts. Den pic in hi-res. ----------Bears add Santonio Holmes -...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 18, 2014
Preseason week 2: Monday Night Football open thread

Preseason week 2: Monday Night Football open thread

It's the final game of week 2 of the preseason!  After this we'll be exactly halfway through the games that don't count, with the dress rehearsal for the regular season coming in the week 3 games.  As a reminder, the Chicago Bears visit the Seattle Seahawks on Friday (9pm CT kickoff) and then the first roster cutdowns take place on Tuesday, to a maximum of 75 players.  The Bears tend to release veterans in the first wave as a courtesy, so that may or may not be good news for the fringe player you want to see make the final 53... But, on to tonight's game: Cleveland at Washington Kick-off...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 17, 2014
NFL Preseason Week 2: Sunday Open Thread

NFL Preseason Week 2: Sunday Open Thread

Preseason week 2 in the NFL continues. The Jaguars can't keep Ka'Deem Carey away from his recliner today. There's three more games before week 2 in preseason NFL action closes out, and two of them are today. Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ersTime: 4:00 PM ETReason to Watch: This is your potential Super Bowl preview of the preseason of the week. Never mind all the other teams in contention for the Super Bowl this week. Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina PanthersTime: 8:00 PM ETReason to Watch: Jimmy Clausen and Armanti Edwards' former team takes on Jared Allen's first former team. Yeah, don't...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 17, 2014
Chicago Bears Fantasy Watch: Jay Cutler over/under

Chicago Bears Fantasy Watch: Jay Cutler over/under

With enough pieces in place for Cutler to light up the stat lines... Can he? A few things are known about Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: He's freakishly athletic, incredibly intelligent, and takes enough chances over the course of 4 quarters to give the other team a chance to make plays. Last season, Cutler seemed to be in a pretty good rhythm under new head coach Marc Trestman, averaging 238 yards passing per game, which was the second-highest in his career. Of course, Cutler battled a torn groin and ankle injury, and ended up missing five games. With that said, the pieces are all...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 17, 2014
Chicago Bears 2014 Roster Battles: McClellin and Bostic Recover, Weems Out

Chicago Bears 2014 Roster Battles: McClellin and Bostic Recover, Weems Out

Who helped themselves or hurt their stock on Thursday night? The effects of Thursday's game are already being felt by some players. The Bears' week two victory over the Jaguars was a key one for the backups that completed the comeback. Let's look at who helped and hurt their stock after this game. Fair to say already, since he's been removed from the team, Eric Weems hurt his stock badly enough that he lost not only his position, but his spot on the team to new roster add Santonio Holmes. Weems had issues with returning kicks in both preseason games, and he didn't display receiving skills...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 16, 2014

NFL Preseason Week 2: Saturday Night Open Thread

The week in NFL preseason continues with eight games tonight and this afternoon. Brandon Marshall is ready for some more football. Preseason week two continues with tonight's action - eight games, and that's eight games closer to the all-important week three, and eight games closer to real NFL football. Let's see what's on tap for tonight. Green Bay Packers at St. Louis RamsTime: 4:00 PM ETReason to Watch: I'm pretty sure Kyle Long will be watching his brother Chris Long in St. Louis. But aside from that, who'd want to watch the Packers? I mean, outside of our scouting purposes. I can't see...
Chicago Bears sign ex-Steelers and Jets WR Santonio Holmes

Chicago Bears sign ex-Steelers and Jets WR Santonio Holmes

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII heads to Chicago, looking to "be great." ESPN reporter Adam Schefter reported Saturday the Chicago Bears added veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes to their growing arsenal of wide receivers. With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery already in tow, Holmes could be the dynamic presence the Bears are looking for to match the intensity of passing offenses in most of the NFC North. Holmes has spent the last two seasons largely hobbled by injuries, failing to live up to expectations in New York. He was traded there a season after claiming the MVP award of Super Bowl...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 16, 2014
Bears Agree to Terms with WR Santonio Holmes

Bears Agree to Terms with WR Santonio Holmes

The Bears agreed to terms with former Jets and Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes. The number three receiver has been a bit of a question for the Bears this preseason. Marquess WIlson, thought by many to be the frontrunner, broke his collarbone. Chris Williams pulled a hamstring and was held out of Thursday's name. And let's not get started on Eric Weems. The Bears, according to Adam Schefter, have agreed to terms with former Jets and Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes, in another attempt to fill that spot. Bears and former Jets WR Santonio Holmes have agreed to terms, per team...
Gang Green Nation Aug 16, 2014
Santonio Holmes Signs With the Chicago Bears

Santonio Holmes Signs With the Chicago Bears

Tonetime switches timezones. Former New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has signed a contract with the Chicago Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Bears and former Jets WR Santonio Holmes have agreed to terms, per team source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 16, 2014 In 10 games with the Jets during the 2013-2014 season, Holmes caught only 23 passes for a total of 456 yards (19.8 yards per reception) and a lone touchdown. The former Jet wideout had quietly been available on the free agent market since March 10th, when New York decided to move on from his...
Gang Green Nation Aug 16, 2014

Santonio Holmes Signs with the Chicago Bears

Tonetime switches timezones. Former New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has signed a contract with the Chicago Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Bears and former Jets WR Santonio Holmes have agreed to terms, per team source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 16, 2014 In 10 games with the Jets during the 2013-2014 season, Holmes caught only 23 passes for a total of 456 yards (19.8 yards per reception) and a lone touchdown. The former Jet wideout had quietly been available on the free agent market since March 10th, when New York decided to move on from his contract—among...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 16, 2014

The Weekend Bears Den: August 16, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

Cutler has never been more ready to go - Barry Rozner: Jay Cutler already looks dialed in, and if he could tell the truth, he'd probably like the season to start this Sunday. That's how comfortable he is with Marc Trestman and the offense. Bostic much more comfortable - Not-Hub Arnold: With one burst, one shed block and more importantly, one tackle for loss, Jon Bostic showed that he may be ready to take another step forward. Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook (& click on 'Subscribed to'). Check out David "OSS" Taylor's CheekyMonkeyArt prints and t-shirts. Den pic in...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 15, 2014
Preseason football week 2: Friday night games open thread

Preseason football week 2: Friday night games open thread

The day Philip Rivers made the decision to incorporate more fibre (fiber) into his diet. The Bears have already played their second preseason game - if you missed our coverage, you can catch up on Schweickert's Scribbles, Sam's Not-Scribbles, or today's Bears Den - but the rest of the league swings into action over the next few days.  Tonight's offerings are: ---------- Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots Kick-off time: 7.30pm EDT / 6.30pm CT Reason to watch: We travel to New England in week 8, just before the bye week and the fifth away game in that initial stretch.  Did you...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 15, 2014

Chicago Bears place tight end Zach Miller on injured reserve

The injury bug has hit Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller once again. His season is over before having a chance to build off his 6 catch, 68 yard and 2 touchdown preseason opening game performance. After Zach Miller's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, some Chicago Bears fans were expecting him to be a roster lock and provide the Bears with another big time offensive weapon. He sure looked the part of a Joker tight end after his brief action last Friday night catching two touchdowns passes in his 21 snaps. His big game came on the heels of a very productive camp and he was...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 15, 2014
What would you consider a successful 2014 Chicago Bears season?

What would you consider a successful 2014 Chicago Bears season?

I expected the Chicago Bears to make the playoffs in 2013 after their ten win 2012 season. That didn't happen... What would you consider a successful 2014 season for the Bears? What do you expect the Chicago Bears to do this season? Last year I was vocal about the 2013 season being a failure if the team couldn't build off Lovie's 10-6 2012 season and make the playoffs. First year head coach Marc Trestman turned Chicago's offense around, but no one could have predicted so many injuries on the defensive side of the ball. An 8-8 season was disappointing, but the Bears were just one game away...

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