With news now officially circulating that the NFLPA will approve the new CBA, it appears all these hundreds upon hundreds of new team signings will finally be able to practice with their new teams. So what is worth following in Bourbonnais as the Bears start training camp for real.
#1 ‘YOUR BOY’ ROY WILLIAMS
Based on Mike Martz predicting 70-80 catches and a million yards for Roy, we can all assume he’ll be lined up as the top receiver on the phantom depth chart. Monitoring his chemistry with Cutler and his impact on Hester, Knox and Bennett will be keeping the Twitter accounts of Biggs, Jensen and the ESPN Chicago boys turned up to eleven.
#2 THE OFFENSIVE LINE: WHO IS WHERE AND WHEN
Assuming Chris Spencer steps into the middle of the line, sliding Garza back to right guard, the Bears will certainly spend the next few days experimenting with different combinations across the line. (My bet is they’ll settle in Webb at LT and Carimi at RT in short order.) I will not be surprised, however, if a player like Lance Louis bounces Chris Williams out of a job.
#3 WHO LINES UP OPPOSITE PEANUT?
Bowman? Jennings? Graham? The Bears do not have an established starter to line up opposite Charles Tillman. They’ll need one soon. (Side note: How much are we going to all miss Peanut when he decides to move on? He’s quickly becoming an all-time Bear.)
#4 THE RECLAMATION PROJECTS
Is there any chance Vernon Gholston or Amobi Okoye can fulfill the promise of their lofty draft-day expectations? Can Rod Marinelli insert them into the rotation regularly and being to pull from them what the Bears seem to have begun pulling from Henry Melton and Corey Wootton?
It’s going to be a fun camp.