The Chicago Bears welcomed their 2017 draft class and roughly 30 other undrafted free-agents and veterans trying out for a roster spot this past weekend to Halas Hall in suburban Lake Forest, IL. The group of rookies and veteran free-agents, was headlined by the Chicago Bears second overall selection in this past April’s NFL Draft, quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
Trubisky, who the Bears took a ton of criticism for trading up one spot to draft, actually looked very impressive this past weekend at Halas Hall. So impressive in fact, that Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com had this to say about the rookie quarterback, “But Trubisky checked off all the boxes of what you’d expect to see in a face-of-the-franchise high first-round draft pick at the most important position on the field. The North Carolina product displayed accuracy, athleticism and arm strength while taking the majority of the reps in the three workouts.”
Pretty high marks for the future franchise quarterback, but it wasn’t only Mayer who was thoroughly impressed by Trubisky. One NFC regional scouting team said that Trubisky is “an almost perfect quarterback prospect.”
Chicago Bears Head Coach, John Fox concluded that Trubisky had a “great camp” and has this to say about his development moving forward,
“You’ve got to get him up to speed in your offense,” Fox said. “So I think a guy, regardless of position, has to get comfortable and know what to do — and how to do it — and then just really cut loose and play. “There’ll be a lot of classroom work — and thank God we’ve got all the off-season to do that. And I think he’ll do just fine.”
But there was more to this weekend’s mini-camp than just the rave reviews that Mitch Trubisky drew from most everyone, among those that stood out this weekend was rookie tight end, Adam Shaheen. The Bears second round draft pick looked good this weekend, and looked comfortable working with Mitchell Trubisky.
The Bears two top picks actually had dinner together and took in the NBA Playoffs this weekend when not on the field at Halas Hall, a good sign for two offensive weapons that the Bears will hope to feature in the coming years in Chicago.
With questions frequently surrounding the health of Bears tight end Zach Miller, Shaheen could make the biggest impact in 2017 of any Bears draft pick from this past draft. Shaheen will need to work on his blocking assignments, and his general fluidity of working an an NFL offense, but if the 6’7″ tight end continues to impress in camps, you can expect to see him in red zone opportunities in 2017.
Bears Head Coach John Fox also referred to Dion Sims at the “Y” tight end, and Miller as the “F” tight end, meaning that Sims will be on the field in the majority of Fox’s single tight end formations.
In other Bears news this weekend, the team agreed to terms on a contract with rookie safety Eddie Jackson. The Bears have now signed Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen, and Jordan Morgan from their 2017 draft class. Jackson, the former Alabama Crimson Tide safety, could also see his fair share of playing time in 2017.
Jackson could compete for a starting role at the free safety position against the incumbent, Adrian Amos. Amos has been mostly unimpressive in his two seasons with the Bears. Jackson could also see some time in the punt return game, an area that has been of concern for the Bears for quite some time.