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Star Emerging On Offensive Line
The Bears offensive line is in good shape heading into 2017. Center Cody Whitehair had an impressive rookie campaign, to say the least.
These were the top pass blocking centers in the NFL in 2016. pic.twitter.com/nO8QKyYM5I
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 19, 2017
Whether it’s Mike Glennon or Mitchell Trubisky under center, they will be in good hands with Whitehair leading the way. Having veterans like Kyle Long and Josh Sitton will also help Whitehair improve on his solid rookie season.
Green Bay Packers Fan Suing Bears Over Dress Code
The NFL season hasn’t even started and the Bears-Packers rivalry is already in midseason form.
The Bears launched the “STH Experience,” short for “season ticket holder experience,” in 2014. The program offers points to season ticket holders that can be cashed in so they can be on the Soldier Field turf before certain games and attend other exclusive events.
And Beckman, who is representing himself in his federal lawsuit, wouldn’t be caught dead wearing Bears garb on a Packers game day. The main reason he has Bears season tickets is so he can make sure he has tickets to both Packers-Bears games each season.
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Beckman went to a “pregame warm-up field experience” at Soldier Field decked out in his Packers gear without any issue. He was expecting to do the same last year, but six days before the game, he received an email with a list of rules, including one that said: “No opposing team gear will be allowed,” according to his lawsuit.
Beckman filed a lawsuit on Friday. He doesn’t want any money. He just wants the fans to be able to do and wear what they want.
The Real Mitchell Trubisky
Bears fans, including myself, still do not really know the real Mitchell Trubiksy. Yes, we’ve heard him speak, but that is to the media. We want to know the man behind the press. Thanks to a Chicago Bears production, we now can.
Cameron Meredith Was the Most Productive Wide Receiver in the Final Weeks of 2016
After many injuries, Cameron Meredith got his chance in the NFL and made the most of it.
Heading into the 2017 season, the Bears are going to have to rely heavily on him with the loss of Alshon Jeffery and all of the new players that have been added to the position.
Cameron Meredith finished the 2016 season as the number one wide receiver per Pro Football Focus.
No wide receiver in the NFL was as productive as Cameron Meredith over the final five weeks of the 2016 season. pic.twitter.com/Kxx1AGHEGb
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 18, 2017
If healthy, there is no reason Meredith cannot find similar success in the same offense he played in just a season ago. The importance of Meredith being on the field isn’t just beneficial for himself, but for other players around him like Kevin White. If teams pay more attention to Meredith then other players will be able to work with single coverage. Victor Cruz may be old, but I’ll take him with a one-on-one match any day.