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Data Entry: What Passing Targets do the Bears Need?

| February 13th, 2018

There has been and will continue to be a great deal of talk about how the Bears need to add at least one stud wide receiver to their roster this off-season. Everybody wants a Julio Jones or Antonio Brown, with good reason, and the Bears are in desperate need of an upgrade in talent at the position after a season in which they finished last in the NFL in both passing yards and touchdowns, 25th in yards per attempt, and 26th in passer rating.

The Bears are going to add more talent at WR. But what exactly do they need? Should they look for one great player, two good players, or three plus capable players?

In an attempt to answer this question, I looked at how top passing offenses split their production among targets in recent years. After all, that’s the ultimate goal for the Bears, right? They want to become one of the top passing offenses in the NFL.

Accordingly, I looked at top 10 passing teams according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA for each of 2015, 2016, and 2017 and tracked how many receiving yards each of their top 5 leaders in that category had for the season. While this DVOA stat is not a perfect metric, it is an attempt to measure the efficiency of a passing attack instead of volume, which you would get from just looking at passing yards. The full list can be seen here.


No Clear Pattern

The first thing that jumps out is that there is no single defined way to have a top 10 passing offense. Some teams did it with one clear stud and a bunch of secondary weapons. Others had two dominant targets. Some had no clear dominant target at all.

To help visualize, I split yardage totals into 250-yard categories, starting at 500 yards and working up. Out of the 30 teams in this study:

  • Only 10 had a player top 1250 receiving yards for the season; roughly an All Pro caliber season, with about 7-8 players top this mark league-wide in a given year.
  • 7 teams had 2 players with 1000 or more yards, which roughly 20-25 players league-wide do per year.
  • 6 teams didn’t have a single player hit that mark.

The full data can be seen below, with the number of players who fall in each category filling the boxes.

While there were a variety of ways teams split up their targets, there is a rough average that’s useful to have in mind. 31 players topped 1,000 yards, or roughly 1 per team. Another 25 (again, about 1 per team) topped 750 yards, while 49 more (we’ll round up and say 2 per team) topped 500 yards.

So on average, top 10 passing teams in the past few years have had:

  • 1 target capable of producing 1,000 receiving yards
  • 1 target in the 750-1,000 yard range
  • 2 targets in the 500-750 yard range.

It’s usually just 4 main guys, as only 3 teams had a 5th even reach 500 yards in a season (31 yards per game). Thus going into training camp with those 4 guys should be a good general goal to set for the Bears this off-season.


Bears’ Current Roster

So what might that look like for Chicago? Let’s start by looking at what they currently have on the roster, which will help us see what they should look to add via free agency and/or the draft.

Their top returning target is Cam Meredith, who had 888 yards in 14 games in 2016 and missed all of 2017 with a knee injury. He didn’t start that season out on the 53-man roster but produced once he got a chance. If we extrapolate that 14-game production to a full 16 game season, that would give Meredith 1,015 yards. So the last time he saw the field he produced like a 1,000 yard receiver, and that was as a 2nd year undrafted free agent who had switched over from quarterback and was still learning the position. By all reports, Cam had a fantastic camp and preseason in 2017 before getting hurt, so I think it’s safe to say he should be viewed as a 1,000 yard receiver going forward if he can stay healthy.

Their next highest target still under team control is running back Tarik Cohen, who had 53 catches for 358 yards as a rookie in 2017. Cohen should be used more frequently and more effectively by a more creative offensive staff. He also should be expected to improve from his rookie to 2nd season, making an increase in production a reasonable expectation for 2018. I will tentatively slot in Cohen as a guy who produces in the 500-750 yard range through the air. This expectation matches the production we’ve seen from Darren Sproles, who is consistently mentioned as a comparison to Cohen and produced between 497 and 710 receiving yards for 5 straight years between two different teams in the prime of his career.

The other passing target of note who returns is tight end Adam Shaheen, another 2017 rookie who showed some promise, albeit in a much smaller sample size than Cohen. Shaheen was buried on the depth chart for most of the season and finished having caught 12 of 14 targets for 127 yards. This is going to require some extrapolation, but virtually all of Shaheen’s production came in the only 3 games where he played starters’ snaps. He had 124 yards in those games. Extrapolating that to a full season would give Shaheen about 660 yards, though admittedly extrapolating from a 3-game sample size is certainly far from foolproof. Still, I think it’s reasonable to say Shaheen can be another guy who produces around 500-750 yards. There’s certainly upside for more there, but I’m not going to bank on it just yet.

There are more potential guys on the roster (or free agents they could re-sign) who could possibly contribute, including Kendall Wright, Dontrelle Inman, Markus Wheaton, and Kevin White, but I think these are the only three who it’s safe to say will be important figures in the passing game in 2018.


Help Wanted

With that in mind, the Bears certainly need to add passing targets this offseason, though maybe not as much as is widely reported. If we go with the projections outlined above for Meredith, Cohen, and Shaheen, which I feel are all very reasonable based on what we’ve seen from them so far, the Bears need one player capable of a solid 750-1000 yard season to fit the typical top-4 structure outlined above.

Of course, another consideration to keep in mind is depth. In an ideal world, the Bears probably only need one more solid WR to be okay, but injuries happen in football, and Chicago can’t leave themselves as shallow as they were last year. With that in mind, signing two solid free agent wide receivers would be ideal.

(I will have a follow-up next week looking at the physical profile of receivers who have found success in this offense, and will examine the free agent class in more detail then to look at options.)

And then the Bears should certainly look to add a wide receiver to develop in the draft, though certainly not in round 1, and probably not in round 2 either. They should also look to add smaller pieces like a move tight end to complement Shaheen and a 3rd running back who can both be a solid runner and receiver (re-signing Benny Cunningham could work here).


QB Matters

Finally, I want to use this data set to point out that the most important part of having a good passing attack is having a good quarterback. The only quarterbacks who led their teams to top 10 passing offenses each of the last three years were Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger, three of the best QBs in the NFL. The only other QBs to make the list twice were Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Alex Smith, and Kirk Cousins. Even if we look at QBs who made it once, there’s only a few that aren’t widely viewed as good QBs (hello Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, and Andy Dalton!).

If you want to have a top 10 passing attack in the NFL, you need a good QB. Surrounding him with good weapons is also important, but if Mitchell Trubisky doesn’t pan out, it won’t matter for the Bears.


Conclusions

The Bears certainly need to add some more options in the passing game to their roster this off-season, but what exactly they should be looking for is not quite what most people seem to think.

The main figures in an improved passing game will likely be guys who are already on the roster. The key to the Bears becoming a good passing attack is the natural growth and development of Mitchell Trubisky, Cam Meredith, Tarik Cohen, and Adam Shaheen. But the team also needs to add probably two additional, reliable names to the mix and some better depth options around them.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Let BMarsh retire a Bear.

    Zero fucking competition in that locker room for our Brandon. A young QBs best friend.

    Yeah.

    • SC Dave

      We got rid of BMarsh for a reason, and I doubt he/it have changed.

      • Scharfinator

        Depends on Nagy. I don’t think BMarsh is back though. He’s said he’s done moving around – even IF the Bears are interested.

        • CaponeBot 1.0

          Ironically, I think BMarsh could be good position coach. Not an HC or even a high level assistant but can you imagine him coaching up young guys on the technical parts being a WR? I actually could….until he fucked it up somehow.

          • CanadaBear

            That last part!

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      How would a diva WR be a young QBs best friend?

      • Irish Sweetness

        He can get open and catch the football.

    • evantonio

      What if the Cowboys cut Dez. He worth bringing in on a 1-year prove-it deal, assuming he’s willing to take one?

      • CanadaBear

        I don’t see the Bears taking on that head case Dez. He’s way too volatile.

        • evantonio

          Losing $16 million can have a humbling effect on a man.

          • CanadaBear

            His temper/emotions are almost never under control. Not to mention he’s trending in the wrong direction.

      • Irish Sweetness

        When’s the last time that dude played well? I honestly don’t know.

        • evantonio

          last 2 have been meh, though i’m going to say (without looking it up so i could be setting myself up to be ridiculed) he would’ve been the bears leading receiver with the production he had.

    • CanadaBear

      Bmarsh last year 18 recs for under 200 yds. Nah,

      • Irish Sweetness

        Means he’s fresh!

    • Ted Phillips

      This is awesome. Are you booked in the Catskills area anywhere? I’ve got some family coming in for the weekend and would love to come see you if you’re playing any clubs around here.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      Probably still catches better than Bellamy.

      • Big Mike

        You’re terrible

        • CanadaBear

          But funny!

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          LOL. Too soon?

          Johnny Knox and Mohamed Massaquoi walk into a bar……

          • Big Mike

            Ouch..

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            They got the best service in the place, hands down, the bartender bent over backwards for those guys.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            LOL.

          • CanadaBear

            And MM lent him a hand.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Did you see this first hand? Second hand accounts are not acceptable.

          • CanadaBear

            You’re kinda handy!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I got your back.

          • CanadaBear

            You do know we’re going to hell for this!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Yes, but I was headed there anyway. So might as well increase the chances we could be at the right hand of the Devil instead of way in the back with the minions.

          • CanadaBear

            With ya all the way Brother-Man! Of course, I’m an atheist so I might not be the best person to judge this!

    • Scharfinator

      Damn. Rough shit.

      Edit: Seems like a hell of an interesting guy.

    • BearDown100393

      Awful.

    • BenderMcLugh

      ATV’s man, they are brutal when they go awry

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

    Kendall Wright and Tarik Cohen are really the only two guys we can reliably assume will have seasons comparable to 2017 or maybe slightly better. So the Bears need to build out in front of them.

    Meredith and Shaheen are going to be unknowns until we see some games. Maybe they turn out to be what we hope. Maybe not.

    The rest are camp bodies at best. In my opinion Pace needs to be looking for two guys that can be at a MINIMUM, a very strong #2. I don’t think Nagy NEEDS a Julio Jones for what we think his offense will be, to work well. Of course it wouldn’t hurt. But there are no Julios in FA. Calvin Ridley is not Julio Jones, nor would I use what will likely be a first round pick on him.

    So we go one very solid FA, and one second or third round pick on a WR and see what shakes out. Then bring in a few more fair to middling types, and stack them up against Bellamy and Company, to find your back half of the WR/ST Corps.

    Pace, you taking this down?????

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      WR FA might get better. If Broncos go after Cousins, they are going to have to shed some cap, and Sanders or Thomas’ contracts might be on the block. Also I have read in a couple places that Cowboys might cut Bryant, his performance is not matching up with his $16+ mill cap hit.

    • leftcoastdave

      Don’t forget Inman and Benny the Jet. Benny is great on pass D and the screen, Inman played 16 games in 16 for the Bolts and produced over 800 yards. He’s 29 so he knows his stuff and can be a steady producer. Then there’s Albert Wilson, FA KC. He knows the system and KC is stacked in the slot. He’s a restricted FA but they might let him go.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Dontrelle looked lost at sea as a Bear TBH. Maybe that was just the playbook.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Julio had three touchdown catches this year. We could get that from Brandon guaranteed.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    If anyone is interested Jimmy G’s contract details. Decent out after 2 years if it does not work out, but a $37 mill cap hit next year. Ouch.

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/jimmy-garoppolo-14472/

    • SC Dave

      Sure would be something if he turns out to be a mirage.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        If he is, that’s basically Glennon times two.

        I doubt it though. He very much looked the part in his handful of starts. I just wouldn’t be able to sleep at night were I Lynch.

        • Ray

          At least he has some games under his belt with the team he’ll be playing with. And oh how those games look! But I agree it’s a lot for such a short resume. Lynch is banking everything on him.

    • They had over $100M in cap room next year, so it’s smart to frontload it.

    • willbest

      Well technically they have an out after year one since it only costs them 14 million to cut him and they can spread that over 2 years. But then they will have paid him $50 million to play 1 year. Even at 2-years for ~60 million it looks ugly. This contract is a complete headscratcher. He is getting paid like Derek Carr without Derek Carr’s resume.

      • evantonio

        Derek Carr missed the playoffs this year.

        Jimmy G missed the playoffs this year.

        Seems like their resumes are aligned. 😉

    • Actually a pretty good deal for SF. Front-loaded when they have cap room, easy out after 3 years. QBs are freaking expensive.

      This just continues to raise the price. Even if he’s only solid, Trubisky is going to cost $30M a year starting in 2022.

  • Scharfinator

    “The first thing that jumps out is that there is no single defined way to have a top 10 passing offense. Some teams did it with one clear stud and a bunch of secondary weapons. Others had two dominant targets. Some had no clear dominant target at all.”

    This makes me think that you need a QB and scheme more than marquee WR’s. You certainly mention the QB aspect, but I have to imagine the OC and playcalling make a significant impact here too.

    Granted, that’s a nebulous thing to attempt to quantify.

    • SC Dave

      To say nothing of pass blocking, getting open, and making catches.

      Football is more about making plays than anything else so far as I can tell.

    • leftcoastdave

      This year, the O was on training wheels for the obvious reasons of Biscuit’s learning curve, the receivers he ended up with and lack of preseason time learning up the system. I remember hearing about him QBing the scout team against da Bears D and how he would often smoke them, but obviously those plays were intended to be dry run for the D who were not scheming against the QB in the same way as a game.
      My point is that we have several “decent” targets already and everybody will rise with a real live 21st century NFL scheme which will be drilled in the off season. The O needs little tweaks. The D needs, and can be given, major upgrades primarily at LB and CB. That is where to spend the money.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        Our receivers cannot separate from DBs. There is no scheming away from that. They suck. And they need to be replaced.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Thats not true. you can scheme away from that to some degree like pick Plays.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Nuh uh.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Ya huh.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Well the WCO is built for that, but I see an awful lot of balls going wayward on those timing patterns where the receiver and QB aren’t on the same page. A lot.

  • CanadaBear

    I like Meredith but counting on a 1,000 yd season from him is a stretch. I hate to keep bringing this up but they said he suffered nerve damage when he tore his acl/mcl’s. I like Cohen and Shaheen but trying to predict what Shaheen will do next year is like throwing darts with the lights off. Totally OK with bringing Wright back and I assume Bellamy will be back for ST’s if nothing else. If it were me I’d sign at least two FA WR’s and draft one.

    • I don’t think any of these projections are a reach. As I posted earlier when you had concerns about Cam’s knee, they ended up finding out no knee damage outside of ACL, which is not a big deal at all these days.

      500 yards isn’t exactly a big projection for Shaheen, IMO. That’s just over 30 yards a game. He topped that every time they actually played him last year. Granted, that was only 3 games, but it’s not Shaheen’s fault that the coaches were dumbasses. He showed enough flashes to think he can be at least an average pass-catching TE.

      18 TEs topped 500 yards last year. 20 in 2016, 18 in 2015, 17 in 2014. So you’re basically asking him to be an average to slightly below average starting TE. That’s not a huge projection based on the flashes he showed, IMO.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m not counting on Meredith until he’s running around and looking good. Fuller missed an entire season from a clean out procedure! I’m hopeful for Shaheen but I’m still not sure if he is any good or not. Looks like he could be great at posting up but beyond that I really didn’t see enough good stuff from him to get all warm and fuzzy. He kinda looked like a clumsy giant out there last year. Hope you’re right JW.

        • He’s not the fastest guy, but he has good body control and great hands. I don’t think asking for 30 yards per game from that is too much.

          • SC Dave

            I agree, and I’d like to see more like 50 yards per game.

          • I think that’s possible, but I was trying for a bit more conservative of a projection.

      • Ray

        Shaheen’s blocking on the line took a step backward at a point in the season when the O-line needed the help. Wasn’t surprising to see him out of the lineup because of it. I’m just not enamored with him yet as others seem to be. But I agree with your overall assessment.
        I’d like to see the Bears shore up the O-line before chasing any WRs. Give MT the time to throw and he’ll make good receivers out of lesser ones.

        • I expect we’ll see 1 new starter on the OL this year, maybe 2. What I think should (and likely will) happen:

          1) Cut Sitton, replace with a FA. I don’t know that this is an upgrade, but it starts to get younger, healthier, and likely cheaper. The C from KC is a FA, and I’d guess Bears sign him and move Whitehair to G. A C who knows the offense will help the transition for the whole OL.

          2) Draft an OT to compete with Massie. I’d be ok with this in round 1, but IMO it’s most likely on day 2. A rookie might not beat out Massie right away, but can serve as better OT depth for now and likely replace him in 2019.

          • SC Dave

            Why move Whitehair to guard, instead of just bringing in a guard?

          • That’s just speculation I’ve seen, that Nagy wants to bring his C over.

          • leftcoastdave

            Yup. Zach Fulton, and don’t forget Jordan Morgan or even Brandon Greene. Given that we have Harry to coach them up, I’d rather see a big OT as a project in the late rounds.

        • And that’s a good point about Shaheen’s blocking. We knew he was raw coming out, but was a good pass catcher who needed blocking work.

          So of course the last coaching staff, in all their brilliance, tried to make him a blocking TE and limited his opportunities to catch passes.

      • leftcoastdave

        TE in the NFL is a mans position. Shaheen bulked up in college from a 6’7″ basketball forward who could sky and slam at 225 to a 275lb tight end. There was still a good deal of baby fat on that kid last year. Look also at Bullard in that regard with the need for bulking up for a year and even Jordan Morgan.
        We shall see what he is next year and I am happy to see that da Bears limited his time on the field to keep him healthy.

    • FWIW, I agree with signing 2 FA WRs and drafting one.

      I would look to sign 1 FA to be your WR2 (750+ yards), sign one to be your WR3 (500+ yards), and draft one to initially be a depth piece but eventually develop into one of those guys. So I don’t think it has to be a highly drafted WR. Somebody in round 4 or 5 is about right, IMO.

      In the upcoming weeks I’ll be looking at FA who fit that bill and then projecting their contracts

      • CanadaBear

        Whatever it takes at this point. This group was every bit as bad as the group with Devin as a #1 and Dane Sazenwho getting snaps.

        • Absolutely, but as I’ll show in the next 2 weeks, there are plenty of options in FA that would both fit the new offense very well and upgrade the talent at WR to give them a solid group.

      • leftcoastdave

        Spot on. IMHO.

      • Justin Lane

        What about a #1 WR…we currently don’t have one on the roster. Meredith is a good but not great player and would make a fine #2 WR but to think he is a true #1 WR is just silly, he wasn’t before his injury and now after coming back from an injury that had nerve damage included there is no way he can be a #1 and maybe not even a #2 depending on how well he has healed!

        • There are no #1 WRs hitting FA. In fact, I’d say there are no better WRs than Meredith likely to hit FA. Get a bunch of solid weapons and spread them out.

          • Justin Lane

            We will have to agree to disagree on that. I think Meredith is good but not great. He had 1 good season but couldn’t capitalize on it the following season because of injuries. Yes, ACL’s aren’t as bad as they used to be but I think Cam also had an MCL tear…that’s a lot to come back from and be just as good physically as you were before the injury. I think Jarvis Landry is definitely better than Meredith and i would also say that Allen Robinson is better all things considered equal with their injuries and if Denver cuts Demaryius Thomas that’s another free agent WR that is better than Meredith IMO.

          • Robinson won’t hit FA though. Landry certainly has a better resume at this point. He’s the one guy who will hit FA (not including potential cuts) who you can really argue is better than Cam, with maybe Marqise Lee added to that list.

  • I should note this is the first part of a 3-part series:

    Next Tuesday: Establishing a physical profile for receivers who succeeded in the Nagy/Reid offense in KC and looking at FA to see who fits that profile (will include draft prospects after the Combine)

    Two weeks: Projecting contracts for FA targets identified through parts 1 and 2.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I’d settle for a Jeff Graham/Bobby Engram-level tandem to start with.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I bet no one saw this coming.

    Bears vs Ravens in the HOF game.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/02/13/bears-ravens-to-meet-in-hall-of-fame-game/

    • BearDown100393

      Ray Ray would kill to be in this game.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I have a stabbing feeling you are right.

    • leftcoastdave

      This was mentioned on the blog and is a great benefit with extra time in training camp and an extra game to get ready for the season.
      Some will carp about potential injuries but it looks to be only good from my perspective.

  • Justin Lane

    Okay look, we supposedly have our franchise QB in Trubisky. In order for him to truly develop into said franchise QB Ryan Pace must surround him with legitimate, bonafide talent…right now the Bears don’t have much of that at the WR/TE positions. Sure IF Meredith comes back and he hasn’t lost any of his quickness from his knee injury he’s a good #2 but definitely not a #1 on a good team. Shaheen has potential but potential can go either way…good OR bad so you can’t count on him yet. Cohen is electric but he’s better used as a “scatback” type and is too small to play WR full time. None of the rest of the receivers currently on their roster should be there next season! I am also a believer of depth, Pace can’t be satisfied with getting just 1 good WR…he must add multiple good WR’s if Trubisky is to flourish. Sign Jarvis Landry and/or Allen Robinson, draft Calvin Ridley at #8 and your WR outlook suddenly looks really bright and Trubisky’s development gets on the fast track to being the franchise QB us Bears fans hope he will be. If you sign just 1 above average WR in free agency and then wait until middle to later rounds to take a WR in the draft you are setting Trubisky up to fail by not surrounding him with the talent needed to jump-start his career!!!

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      It’s more complex than that though. They have to remain balanced. The offensive line needs a little maintenance to protect him. The D needs a couple of playmakers so Trubisky doesn’t have to play down two scores early. They need a reliable kicker so they’re not chasing points.

      Receiver is the #1 need. But Pace can’t spend everything on one spot. And I don’t think he will.

      • leftcoastdave

        Nagy needs to see what he’s got and what he can do with it. You cannot judge da Bears receivers based upon last year.
        More importantly as you point out, the D needs serious attention and can be a top five D with upgrades at LB and good CB signings. That should be the focus and forget about wasting good draft capital on receivers when they can be found in later rounds.

    • Irish Sweetness

      But your OL and pass rush move deeper into fucnk.

      Yes to Landry/Robinson.

      No to Calvin Ridley at #8. We don’t have 3 years waiting for him to develop. We need WR help now.

      • leftcoastdave

        AMEN to that. If we stay at 8, I picking Minkah Fitzpatrick to play CB or Tremaine Edmunds LB with Edmunds being the first choice.

      • Justin Lane

        We do need WR help now!!! I agree with that much but let’s say Pace strikes out on Landry and Robinson…what then, maybe he signs someone like Marquis Lee or someone else of that caliber that has upside but hasn’t shown consistency. You still not clamoring for a WR early in the draft?

  • evantonio

    My criteria for new wide receivers:

    1. If the ball hits your hands, the ball should be caught.
    2. If the ball is thrown in stride, you should catch it and keep running.
    3. If the defender has better position than you on a pass, don’t just stand there and hope to Halas everything works out. Make a play on the ball.

    Seems pretty cut and dry, Ryan. Make it happen.

    • BearDown100393

      4. If a New York based football show calls for an audition, hang up and go to Halas for some jug machine training instead.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)
    • BearDown100393

      F*ck Rudy also.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        that movie sucked.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Greatest Movie of all Time!!!

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            “I’m coming Mr. Frodo!”

    • leftcoastdave

      Wow. The school’s honor policy catches two players cheating with the help of a student trainer and this is what they get after the school already disciplined the malefactors? This because ND does not offer basket weaving classes? I remember one of their players was suspended for a season because he could not pass his calculus class.

      Damn.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        Yeah. I’m trying to figure out the moral of the story here. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Well, it could have been worse.

        Coach: “You failed…number theory?”

        Player: “The midterm was “What number am I thinking of?” EVERYBODY FAILED.”

      • Irish Sweetness

        In Korea (South) there are no invigilators for big exams, they do it on the honor system.
        Phhhffft.

    • willbest

      Vacating wins seems utterly pointless.

  • BenderMcLugh

    I posted asking about this guy a while back, not sure where he is projected but I’d love to see Trubisky throwing to him.

    WR Deontay Burnett, USC
    http://m.espn.com/ncf/playe

    Highlights (the 2nd catch in the back of the endzone, yes)
    https://youtu.be/gtZy4YyxX0U

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dude’s a midget!

      • BenderMcLugh

        Shifty agile, gets seperation, great hands. 4th or 5th round if he makes it that far? I’m thinking he might

  • EnderWiggin
    • added Massie as a cut too. Those are the common names that have been tossed around, I don’t think he got any of that from me.

  • BearDown100393

    “Nobody plays in the Hall of Fame game.”

    JFC….

    This is what’s great about sports. This is what the greatest thing about sports is: you play to win the game. Hello? You play to win the game. You don’t play it to just play it. That’s the great thing about sports: you play to win, and I don’t care if you don’t have any wins. You go play to win. When you start tellin’ me it doesn’t matter, then retire. Get out! ‘Cause it matters

  • EnderWiggin

    Testing: 1,2,3..
    I think I got moderated and lost a post.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Nah man, not Jeff. Gremlins. Clear out the old cache there …

    • leftcoastdave

      They put a blood alcohol interlock on your keyboard.

  • Sactowns#1

    Alright gents- one thing we’re all overlooking is the extreme need for another TE. Zach wont be back next year, if ever, so time to play would you rather …
    Who would you rather have?
    Trey Burton
    Old man Jimmy Graham
    Even older man Antonio Gates
    Cameron Brate

    • IMO Trey Burton is the perfect complement to Shaheen. He’s a Miller-type player and is the TE I’d like to see the Bears sign. He won’t be a primary weapon, but can help with the depth I mention near the end of the article (“They should also look to add smaller pieces like a move tight end to complement Shaheen and a 3rd running back who can both be a solid runner and receiver (re-signing Benny Cunningham could work here”).

      I’d also be ok with them drafting a TE like that in round 4-5 if there’s somebody they like. Preferably in addition to a veteran like Burton.

      • Sactowns#1

        I think Burton is going to cost a pretty penny where we can get Brate for maybe half that. Guy has good hands, can block and still help you stretch the field. Just no more old timer TE’s. But thats just me.

      • leftcoastdave

        Brown is an RFA and I’d like to see him back for the right price. Do we tag him?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Brate could be had. Howard is the man there now. Gary Barnidge?

      Jimmy Graham and who’s the other guy we nearly had? Josh Hill?

      But there’s some stud coming thru in the draft apparently … Hayden Hurst – 6’5 250.

      Rookie tight ends though, they’re just bad dates.

      • Sactowns#1

        Agreed. There’s no way we can roll with two green guys. We need someone with some seasoning to help Shaheen (do we have a nickname yet) along. Are there any TE’s out there with a bad attitude? That’s what this O needs.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          Martellus Bennett has a bad attitude. And I bet he’s available.

          • leftcoastdave

            Tyler Eifert is a great receiver but has had injury issues.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Martavis Bryant. He can’t get arrested in Pittsburgh.

    Cheap as chips!

  • willbest

    Should we pay Drew Brees?

    /ducks

    • BerwynBomber

      Bisky or bust at this point.

      Guys like Brees and Rodgers should shop themselves to teams like NO and MIN. Imagine either of those two on one of those squads?

      I presume we will eventually see greater player empowerment among elite QBs in the NFL but so far the only one we have seen do it was Peyton and even he had his hand forced.

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