With the second week of training camp to an end, the Bears are faced with more problems than solutions.
I had an opportunity to visit the Bears training camp at the beginning of the week and it was glaring how many important players were missing from practice. At week’s end Zach Miller (TE), Eddie Royal (WR), Alshon Jeffery (WR), Kyle Long (OG), Pernell McPhee (OLB), Danny Trevathan (ILB), Kyle Fuller (CB) and rookie first rounder Leonard Floyd (OLB) are all banged up and trying to get healthy.
That’s crazy! We haven’t seen a preseason game and the depth of the Bears’ roster is already being tested. My criticism is that, while practices have been competitive and chippy at times, it is important that the strength of their roster be protected. What the hell are Miller and Royal doing in concussion protocol in week two of camp?
While general manager Ryan Pace has gone through great lengths to improve the front line talent on the roster, they have mostly relied on undrafted free agents and other team’s castoffs to fill the backup roles. With Miller out, tight ends Tony Moeaki and Gregg Schruggs (a converted defensive lineman) have to step up — who are those guys!
While younger and less experienced players are getting valuable reps, the veterans are burdened with the task of trying to get healthy and their time to improve, perfect the craft and build on field chemistry with their teammates is diminished.
History tells us that Bears coach John Fox’s teams have always been able to improve in year two after his takeover, but the chances of that happening will drop dramatically if the key guys aren’t close to 100 percent come Week 1 of the regular season in Houston.
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