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Rookie WR Anthony Miller Early Star at Bears Training Camp

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Bears Rumors: Anthony Miller an Early Star

Date: July 24th | 2018

Chicago Sun Times reporter, Adam L. Jahns, observed: “Rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller put on a show Saturday.”

The Athletic Chicago also made notice of Miller’s big day, calling him the “star” of the second day of Bears camp. Miller’s highlights included a diving catch on a deep pass from Chase Daniel and a red zone touchdown catch from Mitch Trubisky.

“He’s a playmaker. You can see he’s a playmaker” coach Matt Nagy said about their second-round draft pick. “He plays with some confidence. As coaches we said this when we drafted him, you saw the tape, saw that he could make plays and he plays with a little of that swag.”

Miller also mentioned in a Sun Times article “I’m everywhere on the field,” Miller said. “It’s just like Memphis. I’m in the slot, outside. Sometimes I’m in the backfield. They’re giving me every opportunity to perform and get the ball in my hands.”

Fantasy Spin

There is a lot of hype surrounding the Bears this season, not just as a new-look offense, but as a new-look franchise. While Allen Robinson was the big get in the offseason, Miller could be ready for a sizable role as the Bears traded up in the draft to select him in the second round. The Bears offense this season is reminiscent of last seasons Rams, with new young talent all ready to break out with some veterans sprinkled in. Miller’s upside is unknown until we see that the Bears are really ready to make a big jump on offense. There is also a lot of hype surrounding tight end, Trey Burton, and the expectation that Tarik Cohen is going to be the “Tyreek Hill” of Chicago. Miller’s current ADP in the 14th round of drafts on fantasyfootballcalculator.com is cheap enough to warrant a flier and he will be a name to watch closely once we get into preseason action.

The Source: chicago.suntimes.com
Written By: John Ferguson | @FantasyFerguson

Jordan Howard Slated to be Three-Down Back

Date: July 22nd | 2018

Jordan HowardWhen speaking of running back, Jordan Howard, recently at the Chicago Bears training camp, coach Matt Nagy said: “There’s this notion that he’s just a first- and second-down back, and I don’t believe that. Jordan can play all three downs. We’re going to do that. We’re going to use him.”

Howard said he has been working with new running backs coach, Charles London, on his hand placement. “I used to have my hands all over the place,” Howard said, “but now my coach London is working with me on my hand placement and looking the ball in.”

Fantasy Spin

Howard has been a complete liability in the passing game for the Bears over his last two seasons but has been a beast on the ground, rushing for over 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons in the league. Any improvement in his catching ability will only make him more valuable. Having the support from his new coaches early is a great sign for Howard, who is grossly undervalued in the third round of early fantasy drafts. Even in PPR leagues, Howard has finished as the RB10 in 2016 and RB14 just last year. With the Bears offense now expected to be much more creative under coach Matt Nagy, Howard should thrive and see more holes open up in the running game. Howard also still has a secure role in the red zone and could be a threat for double-digit touchdowns this season.

The Source: TheAthletic.com
Written By: John Ferguson | @FantasyFerguson

 

 

Is This Season Kevin White’s Last Chance?

Date: July 21st | 2018

Bears RumorsWhen analyzing the wide receiver group for the Chicago Bears heading into training camp, NBC Sports Chicago writer, J.J. Stankevitz, noted “There’s a lot riding on this season for White personally, with the 2015 seventh overall pick becoming a free agent next March after the Bears declined his fifth-year option. If he puts together a full, productive season, he’ll earn a second contract; if not, his chances of sticking in the league don’t seem good.”

White has been a colossal bust for the Bears after his selection in the first round of the 2015 draft. He didn’t really miss much though as the Bears offense has been disappointing as a whole over the last few years. The team is hoping to follow the footsteps of the 2017 Los Angeles Rams this season by ousting old fashioned head coach, John Fox, and welcoming progressive offensive mind, Matt Nagy. The Bears are also hoping to get a Jared Goff-esque sophomore breakout from Mitch Trubisky, who is expected to be utilized better to fit his strengths this season as opposed to being limited to a game manager role.

Fantasy Spin

The days of the Bears expecting WR1 type of production from Kevin White are all but gone. The signing of Allen Robinson all but ensures that. Now with more pressure than ever to stay healthy and succeed, White could find ease in not needing to be “the guy.” White isn’t currently on the radar in redraft leagues but could become a solid late-round flier if he shows well in camp. The Bears offense is trending up and the WR2 role on the team could hold some value if things continue to escalate for the team through the preseason.

Source: NBC Sports Chicago
Written By: John Ferguson | @FantasyFerguson

 

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