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Ranking the Bears: The Top 10

| July 28th, 2016

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Here are the 10 best players on the team as they enter training camp.

10. Kevin White, WR. There’s definitely projection in this ranking but almost everyone has the same report on White: stud. While far from a finished product, most expect him to be a playmaker right away. He has the potential to be one of the best wide receivers in the league.

9. Jerrell Freeman, LB. When I watched Freeman, the one thing that really stood out to me was his ability to make blockers miss. Even in a phone booth, he’d make a little move to slip the block and make a play. Last season was by far his best, but the arrow seems to be pointing up even though he’s 30 years old.

8. Adrian Amos, S. A lot has been made of Amos not having ball skills, but I’m not too worried about that. He’s a torpedo who delivered more big hits than anyone else on the team last year. He has the potential to be one of the best safeties in the league.

7. Willie Young, LB. It was evident when Young got back to 100 percent last season. He had 18 hurries and  5 1/2 sacks in his final eight games as he recovered for a torn achilles suffered a year earlier. In two years with the Bears, he has 70 tackles and 16.5 sacks

6. Eddie Goldman, DL. A bit of projection in this one too but it seems safe. He was a good player at just 21 years old last year, showing more pass-rush than the Bears could have imagined. He struggled against the run early last year, but got better. He says he’s leaner this year, if that’s true, he could be able to dominate the middle of the line.

5. Danny Trevathan, LB. Has yet to play a game, but we know what he is. One of the best inside linebackers in the league as he can run sideline-to-sideline and, as we saw first hand last year, excels in coverage over the middle. He isn’t going to shed blocks, but the Bears aren’t going to ask him to.

4. Alshon Jeffery, WR. When he was on the field last year, he was the team’s best skill position player. Jeffery regularly made big plays as he had five or more catches in six of the nine games he played and topped 100 yards five times. He’s not as explosive as the elite players at his position and has some concentration issues, but he’s someone the opponents have to account for every play.

3. Pernell McPhee, LB. It’s easy to forget how dominant McPhee was in the first half of last season. Opponents just couldn’t block him one-on-one. The dude blocked a field goal because he said he felt disrespected. He plays angry and with effort. A knee injury slowed him down in the second half of the season, but I’m counting on him being the player he was early on.

2. Kyle Long, OG. The Bears hurt Long by moving him to tackle last year, but he did better than a lot of guys would’ve (see what happened when the Packers put Josh Sitton at tackle late last season).

Regardless of position, Long is a mauler in the run game. The last time we saw him at guard, he was also a great pass-blocker. If he can revert back to that form, he’s unquestionably one of the best guards in the league and maybe the best player on the team.

1. Jay Cutler, QB. Forget positional value for a second. Cutler has consistently been a very good player for a long time. Who else on their roster can say that?

Even in a “down” year two years ago, Cutler scored 30 touchdowns in 15 games. He led the league in turnovers, but most of his lost fumbles and interceptions came when the outcome of the game wasn’t really in doubt.

He’s a leader and makes everyone around him better. He may never be an MVP candidate or considered the best quarterback in the league, but he is the best player on the Bears.

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  • SC Dave

    Two firsts in a row… nice.

    I’ll refrain from commenting on the order of Andrew’s list for now. Let me say I don’t agree with all of it.

    • BearDown100393

      The Bears are a fine team and worth fighting for. I agree with the second part.

  • Scharfinator

    Whoa whoa whoa whoa – you can’t just take certain stats and say others don’t count.

    “Even in a “down” year two years ago, Cutler scored 30 touchdowns in 15 games. He led the league in turnovers, but most of his lost fumbles and interceptions came when the outcome of the game wasn’t really in doubt.”

    He scored 30 TD’s guys! All those turnovers though? They don’t count!

    Pffffft, cmon.

    • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

      the TDs didn’t come in garbage time. just the turnovers. come on, man. read the words that aren’twritten.

      • Scharfinator

        Hah! My mistake! I forgot JC also stands for Jesus Christ.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        I wish Andy was my boss,

        “You fucked up. Luckily, you only burned down the building on your off time, so here’s a raise.”

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    The best player on the bears this year is “the culture”. The guys on the team have the right mindset, have rid themselves of the various types of cancer that ravaged the locker room over the past few years and have started to bolster the talent pool.
    Last year they played fucking football. They competed. It was plain to see. The talent just wasn’t there and the injuries to the WR corps was just too extensive.

    This year is the continuation of that emergence of the swagger that it takes to win in the NFL.

    12-4 and to the playoffs.

    • SC Dave

      I agree, although I’m not going in for 12-4. 10-6 is my guess.

      • MB30SD

        Dave, you’re not going to believe this… but I agree with you

    • willbest

      I went through the games and there isn’t a whole lot of scary we are facing this year. 12-4 is perfectly doable but my guess is more 11-5 and 10-6. Now if the Bears find out how to turn Soldier Field into a proper home field advantage 13-3 baby.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      16-0 Bitches!!!

  • BearDown100393

    “He’s a leader and makes everyone around him better.”
    {About to say something, then simply shrugs and kicks the dirt.”

  • willbest

    So I couldn’t place Goldman on the top 10 yesterday, so I obviously don’t agree with that, and Amos I mentioned yesterday. Leno, Massie, Miller, and Gould all have greater locks on their starting spot than he does. Hell so does Grasu.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Gould should be cut.

      • Bender McLugh

        stop it

        • MB30SD

          Well! Can he kick JUST ONE out of the fucking endzone??!?!?!

          I’m with the massive bear’s penis here. ; )

          • Bender McLugh

            haha yeah yeah, if he falters this year I’m off the Gould wagon

      • willbest

        He isn’t kicking touchbacks, and his fg % is falling but its clear the bears have no interest in moving on

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Warren Sapp was attacked by a shark in the Keys.

    Apparently, it didn’t like his swim move either.

    • MB30SD

      Pool or loan variety?

    • BearDown100393

      Must’ve been mistaken for a dead rotting whale.

  • beninnorcal

    Shout out to MB, Hardcore Henry was pretty awesome. I would definately watch it again. Very different from any action film I’ve seen. Pretty damn funny, too, especially his sidekick ‘Jimmy’. Highly entertaining film.

    • MB30SD

      Woot woot

      His sidekick is none other than sharlto Copley, the south African guy who did district 9, elysium, and chappie.

      His English accent was good, but I heard it break down a couple times.

      Yeah my main maings, good shit huh? That movie never let up for a second. It was cheesy at times, mostly the bad guy, but was awesome nonetheless

      • beninnorcal

        Exactly, I remember him from District 9, which was great, among other films.

        The bad guy was a bit gay(NTTAWWT), but the movie was pretty insane, overall.

    • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

      was it better than Kung Fury?

      • MB30SD

        you’re Kung Fury!!!

        (so there!)

        • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

          i wish. i’d love to travel back in time with my triceratop cop partner to shoot hitler in the dick.

          and if you haven’t watched the movie, hop on netflix and treat yourself right.

          • MB30SD

            i haven’t, i haven’t…. i will, i will!

  • Bears-4-Ever

    I think the team will be decent, respectable even, but you guys saying 12-4, 11-5, 10-6…
    This team hasn’t proven a damn thing yet and suddenly we’re throwing them into the play-offs. It takes time to build a good team…I hope they do well, I would be happy with a over .500 season, but there are way better teams out there that can make the Bears look foolish right now. I just don’t see a solid foundation yet on either side of the ball. I will hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Kinda like this Presidential Election. http://www.thegreenhead.com/2016/05/giant-meteor-2016-bumper-sticker.php

    • Johnnywad

      Horse shit. Now is the time for optimism.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Step away from the kool-aid Johnny. There is a difference between optimism and just plain 12-4 craziness at this point.

        • Johnnywad

          But I love my Kool Aid in July. Gallons of it.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            In that, we can agree.

  • CanadaBear

    If Adrian Amos is the 8th best player on the Bears, my prediction of 8-8 is a pipe dream. Just because he might be the best S on the team, that doesn’t mean you go to the head of the class.

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      Fortunately you won’t be making predictions based off of AD’s post. Amos is JAG until he proves otherwise. He was lackluster last year for several reasons some on him and some not.

      • CanadaBear

        No kidding. Like I’ve said before, I’m not down on Amos but I always seem to hear Winston Wolf in the background when we get carried away pumping up the Beloved.

  • BearDown100393

    Leonard Floyd was carted off the field. Does that change the rankings?

    • Bender McLugh

      well ffs

    • MB30SD

      if dude can’t last the first fucking practice of camp… jesus.

      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/07/28/leonard-floyd-leaves-bears-practice-on-a-cart/

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        We have such luck with super skinny defenders.

        • MB30SD

          at least his heart didn’t explode in his chest

          • MB30SD

            too soon?

      • CanadaBear

        Fuck me! Hope it’s just the team being overly cautious. Otherwise, the Beloved really are cursed.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        ask Mike Brown about “strained calf” and you’ll get that look. That injury fucking lingers and causes other shit to break down. Not a good way to start camp.

      • DaMurph

        OH BOY here we fucking go!

    • Bender McLugh

      it better just be for dehydration….

      • MB30SD

        bruised labia?

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      the old “strained calf” , the injury that never goes away.

  • MB30SD
    • Irish Sweetness

      My fantasy teams breathe a sigh of relief!

      Another stellar year from my boy Brandon.

  • Sactowns#1

    Kyle on Danny Boy- “He’s one of those guys that kind of has an aura about him,” Long said. “He walks in with all his chains on, he looks sharp every day like he just left a video shoot. You see him on the field and you block him, and he kind of smells good, he wears cologne. But then you get caught up in the aroma and you get hit in the chin and you get hit under the chin. And if you do get your hands on him to block him, he will fight like a crazy SOB to get off you.”

    • MB30SD

      that was….. bizarre

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        Long has a lil Bmarsh in him, but w out the desperate yearning for attention

      • Bender McLugh

        seriously

      • CanadaBear

        It made me laugh. Kyle’s a big kid. He was excited because there was a Dairy Queen down the street from camp. He’s not shy and he will talk to the media, so …

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      The mesmerising effect of Drakkar Noir

    • willbest

      I don’t think the Bears are following concussion protocols

  • Sactowns#1

    With the signing of Brandon Boykin the bears now have 16 DB’s on the roster. I mean one of these guys HAS to stick right?

    • MB30SD

      right!?!?!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      hopefully they cut a couple of those guys quickly and bring in another leg or 2 to compete at K.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Reports from Biggsy that Cutler accidentally shot in left eye with pellet gun that a young fan was playing with. Eye expected to be removed later today.

    • BearDown100393

      This moves Jay immediately #3 on AD’s depth chart.

      • MB30SD

        #2

    • Swing Tackle of Destiny

      Biggsy must love the heat

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        the heat of giardiniera

        • MB30SD

          the heat of angina

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Leonard Floyd has died. Peggy Kusinski of NBC 5 reports that Floyd contracted Ebola after a quick trip to the Congo right before training camp.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      are you following Lemmings twitter feed?

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        Lemming had contact with Floyd and he has now died as well. His feed is now just a bot that randomly collects info on various bears blogs and blurts them onto a page.

        • BearDown100393

          Never one to let a good tragedy go to waste, Pace orders Floyd’s remains to be airdropped over St. Norbert College.

        • SC Dave

          Was it something else before? I’m confused.

    • BearDown100393

      Zika

  • AlbertInTucson
    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      he just shit his pants, nothing to worry about.

      • beninnorcal

        lol

      • CanadaBear

        That’s not going to help with a weight gain! Sounds like he has the flu.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis
      • Bender McLugh

        well thank the gods, the old AND the new

        • willbest

          Heat exhaustion

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        Seriously, bring a cart out cyz he feels woozy?
        Dafuq. Fox punked us

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

    #1 is why Jeff tapped Andy to begin.
    Jeff needed backup.
    If ur throwing out positional value, is Cutty a better qb than Long is OG or Alshon a WR? Don’t think so.
    I’d still put Cutty around#5 when we start asking the same w Trevathan , Mcphee or even Gould.

    All that shows me is how much we really lack true blue chip playmakers.

    Long perhaps is the only one and i don’t think he even made an all-pro yet.

    Other sb contending teams have a few.

    We roster maybe one.

    • Bender McLugh

      Long made the 2014 All-Pro team, and has been selected to 3 pro bowls.

      http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LongKy00.htm

      • MB30SD

        so there!

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        The APs are really the only ones I count nowadays esp since tweedle-dee and dum began selecting their “team”.

        I thought Long made 1.

        Is that 1 more than Cutty? Dunno, but I def know he’s a better OG than he is a Qb at this stage.

        And naturally, now he’s in a boot.

        #Bears

  • CanadaBear

    Khari Lee sprained AC shoulder joint. DNF practice.

    • willbest

      At this point we need to hermetically seal Miller until week 1.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)
    • willbest

      We mock Jerry but he knows how to run a PR machine.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        Esp when considering the Boys only won ONE playoff game in 20 years.

        I also read an article saying how the Boys were losing 1m per day when Jerry bought the team. A commenter called BS and crunched the math and figured it was really like 30K per day (still pretty big).

        Either way, Jerra turn that franchise around. Notably, by hiring Jimmy Johnson. Dumb luck? Fuck, maybe. Jimmy Johnson prolly had more to making them “America’s Team” again, at least in merch.

        Gotta tip the cowboy hat to that.

        • SC Dave

          No, the lion’s share of the credit goes to the Vikings.

  • MB30SD

    isss aaaalll goooood: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4703087/leonard-floyd-carted-off-the-field-because-of-an-illness

    Bang up reporting… what a fucking idiotic thing to write about a guy missing 2 days of camp with a cold: “This is an unfortunate minor setback for Floyd, the ninth overall selection of the 2016 NFL draft, who supposedly reported to camp in good physical condition, per general manager Ryan Pace.”

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Funny. “Specially designed program to gain weight”

      Fox, “Just eat whatever you want.”

      Science!

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d
    • MB30SD

      jesus fucking chris! Day TWO!!

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        I know guys will be sore tomorrow but to not make it through the first practice……

        • BearDown100393

          Anything to cut in the front of the line at the DQ down the street.

      • Big Mike

        and it’s the first day of contact, WITHOUT fucking pads.

    • BearDown100393

      Flesh eating virus after fist bumping Floyd.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        leg amputated per Patrick Finley of SunTImes

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Only our best player. Nothing to worry about.
      Tis only a flesh wound!

      • MB30SD

        nothing to see here, move along.

  • MB30SD
    • Swing Tackle of Destiny

      Da Man

    • Irish Sweetness

      Greatest. Quarterback. Ever.

      In my heart.

  • BearDown100393

    “Nobody ever got hurt at my training camps.” – {tweets} Marc Trestman

  • willbest

    Caught JD on the radio with Waddle

    1) He fellates Pace, White and Jaquizz
    2) The D was straight murdering the offense for most the practice
    3) He was saying Jeffery, White, and Mariani had some really good catches

    • BearDown100393

      Did he rank the top 90 Bears for point #1?

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      JD?

      • MB30SD

        John Denver

        Too soon?

        • Swing Tackle of Destiny

          Rocky Mountain Thighs…. Colorado…..

      • willbest

        Jeff Dickerson for ESPN radio.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

    The Cutty addresses media in camo tshirt and what I can only assume – cargo shorts

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Cutler-on-start-of-training-camp/a9bededc-1e3e-4874-bb25-7e70d17cbdbf

    • willbest

      Maybe he has a meeting with the Michigan militia later today

    • MB30SD

      sequined G-String… or is that just my daydreaming (NTTAWWT)

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Reports are Kevin White just may be the greatest WR in history…if covered by Lamar Houston.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Crack journalism, Waffle.
      You’re on it today!

      • Ireneejones

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  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)
    • CanadaBear

      That’s an acquired taste!

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        Haha just when I think I knew every genre…

    • MB30SD

      that was fucking AWESOME!

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        Spoken like a true heathen who crucified trac’s lord and savior.

        Racist! (?)

        • MB30SD

          Jeeeees!

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny
    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Helmet hair!

    • MB30SD

      Holy fucking hair… he’s like the diametric opposite of me (in intelligence too sadly)

    • Bender McLugh

      Hipster Lumberjack

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Jimmy Grappollo gives you a Vinny Testaverde vibe.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Alshon Jeffery leaves practice with gangrene in right leg, will be available when Iron Man technology is invented.

    Sorry to piggy back off a joke.

  • MB30SD
    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Jinx!

    • willbest

      I don’t believe in Jared Leto, but otherwise it looks like a non-sucky DC movie

      • MB30SD

        You’re skeptical?!?! Before seeing it even?!?!

        You’re shitting me?!?!?

        http://thezoozoom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/This-Sexy-Sassy-Hippo.jpg

        • willbest

          If I had said I don’t believe in Ben Afleck would you be like this?

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha, hmmmmmm… i must ponder this one.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        See Fight Club clip below.
        That was Leto getting the shit beat out of him

  • MB30SD
  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

    Just watched Batman v Supes.

    Everyone said it sucked, so I just waited.

    The problem I have with most DC movies is that they really lack good scripts, character development.

    Marvel does a better job of fleshing out characters and story lines.

    I mean, you may even catch yourself rooting for Magneto, and Wolverine is interesting on multiple levels.

    But, I digress…

    So, Batman can kick Supes ass, right? Or was Supes holding back? I think he kinda was cuz all he had to do was lazer Batman’s mouth (gay porn, get on it!).

    And Wonder Woman was elegant. WTF!

    Isn’t the opposite of Amazonian “elegant”? In the comics, Wonder Woman is even taller than Superman, and THICK, BIG Boobed, and a bit of a bitch.

    She’s not fucking Anne Hathway with bracelets.

    Also, Lex Luther probably played a better joker than Jared Leto.

    Anyways it’s not as AWFUL as I thought it would be, but that’s not saying much.

    I’m assuming next one is about Braniac, and it hinted at Apocalypse in Batman’s dream sequence, which by then The Justice League shall be in full movie force and no doubt have to battle him.

    • MB30SD

      Deadpool.

      That is all.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Anne Hathaway is a fucking lollipop stick with eyes.

      Lynda Carter. tasty.

  • MB30SD
    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      That’s all GP, i’m a rookie just getting into the game. I have much to learn.

  • MB30SD

    Welp, there it is Dave, Canada, will… langford WILL breakout! MSN said it, so it’s true: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/10-nfl-players-primed-to-break-out-in-2016/ar-BBuXAiJ?li=BBnba9I#page=3

    • CanadaBear

      Man, I’ll be sleeping better now!

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

    Wow, one of the TEs I wanted in FA Ladarius Green starting off on PUP

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/07/28/ladarius-green-starts-on-pup-list-for-steelers/

    And you think the Bears are the only ones with TE problems. Name the starting TE for the Steelers now.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Jimmy Graham is also down. SEA starting TE?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Pernell will start on PUP too.

      When Jordan Howard bangs in ten TDs, where does he belong on that list BTW?

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