The Chicago Bears are in full swing entering training camp as they prepare for the Hall of Fame game against the Baltimore Ravens.
In front of fans and media personnel, the Bears entered into practice with the mindset of stretching the field, working out the receivers, polishing quarterbacks footwork and reads, blocking and tackling skills and perfecting field goals and kickoffs.
The Baltimore Ravens started training camp ahead of all the other NFL teams. The start of the 2018 season has a lot going on. This is Ozzie Newsome’s last year as general manager and a new draft class gives Ravens fans a lot to look forward to.
The Ravens had one of it’s best drafts this year by filling the needed skill set position. With the new addition of wide receivers Micheal Crabtree and Willie Snead, quarterback Joe Flacco now has some weapons that can go after the ball. Hopefully the coordinators will make the playbook better for Flacco and company.
With the induction of linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was only fitting for the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens to duke it out on the field. This allowed the Bears and Ravens to start training camp early and get the cobwebs out after long disappointing seasons.
The question has always been, with all the off season acquisitions and NFL Draft picks, did the Bears do enough to have a promising season?
Well the answer is YES! As with all teams, everything looks good on paper but does it transfer on the field? Is the new culture one that is being embraced by the whole team, not just a few? I’m glad to say so far, yes!
Twitter timelines are firing up. Social media in a tailspin over the start of the 2018 NFL preseason. The smell of football is in the air. Which means one thing here in South Florida….Dolphins football!
Going into the 2018 season the Miami Dolphins have several question that will need to be addressed in this up coming camp. The biggest story is quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He’ll be coming back from season ending ACL surgery that happened last year at the start of training camp.
After seeing Tannehill’s off season work-outs, the quarterback doesn’t seem to have missed a beat. Which will be key, if the Dolphins can improve upon last years playoff appearance.
Let’s start with a little background. October 29, 2006 was my NFL epiphany.
On that day the Indianapolis Colts visited the Denver Broncos in week eight of their historic Super Bowl winning season. This is also the day that I fell in love with football and decided to become a Colts fan.
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado but never felt that I belonged to the Broncos fandom, partially because my father is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan and a bonafide Bronco hater. I never really knew which team to follow until that October day when I watched Peyton Manning rocket 345 yards and three touchdowns.
2017 was a disappointing season in Green Bay. When Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone in Week 6, the situation was made even worse by it happening against our biggest rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.
It would have seemed that Rodgers going down was an opportunity for Brett Hundley to step up. Though we hadn’t seen much out of Hundley (players second to Rodgers rarely will, except in the case of extreme emergency), we’d heard great things.
However, there was nothing exciting or hopeful for the Packers’ season once Hundley took the field. In the 10 games that Hundley started and played in, the team made only 21 red zone trips, Rodgers made those same 21 trips in only six games. Of those 21 red zone trips, “the team was able to move the ball inside the 10-yard line only 42.8 percent of the time,” according to Fansided.
By now, you’re all aware of the news that broke Football Twitter yesterday morning around 11 am. Just in case you’re not, here’s a brief recap. Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was accused by his ex-girlfriend’s best friend of beating his ex-girlfriend, beating a dog so badly that it put the dog into kidney failure, and beating his son for wetting the bed. She also accused him of using drugs and PEDs.
McCoy then released a statement saying that the claims are false and that he hasn’t had any contact with the people who were involved for months.
Obviously, things are looking terrible for McCoy right now. While yes, the circumstances are a little suspect around the entire thing and we don’t know the entire story, domestic violence in the NFL has been brought back to the forefront.
Training camp couldn’t come any faster for Chicago Bears fans and it is earlier than usual due to the Hall of Fame game scheduled for August 2, 2018. The hype will be on return players, drafted players, and new additions. The focus here will be on the undrafted free agents who are hoping to grab a spot on the roster or even practice squad. But most likely it will be a free-for-all audition with teams watching closely as to whom to grab when cut.
There are three UDFA that will need to shine in training camp and transfer it on the field. What better way than to display one’s talent than on national television. Let’s start with the offense.