The Chicago Bears kicked off optional team activities on Monday. A lot of new faces joined the already familiar faces on the practice field at Halas Hall as the NFL gets one step closer to week 1 of the 2017-2018 season.
The media will only have three days of access during OTA’s and Tuesday was the first. New QB Mike Glennon addressed the media after practice, the first time doing so after the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky.
“I think just like everyone here, I was surprised [ Bears taking Trubisky at No.2 overall],” Glennon said. But it was made clear to me about 10 minutes after, from a call from [general manager] Ryan [Pace], and the next morning again, the 2017 season is my year. That’s all I can worry about. I’m not worried about the future. I’m not worried about the past. I’m worried about the present, and right now this is my team, and that’s where my focus is.”
Glennon, who has not started a game since the 2014 season, was named the Bears starter by Ryan Pace at his introductory press conference in March. The Bears have put their trust being Glennon and the contract proves that. The former 3rd round pick is focused on “winning football games for the Chicago Bears,” and not worrying about the future.”
OTA’s mean very little when it comes to how a player will perform come September. Players are out there in helmets and shorts, not a lot of value is taken from these practices. If I see Glennon only had one incompletion in a ten minute 7 vs 7 session, great. But until you put the pads on and show it against eleven, it holds no value.
As a writer and a fan, I look for who’s healthy. There are multiple Bears players not participating in OTA’s notably Kyle Long ( foot), Danny Trevathan (knee) and Jaye Howard ( hip). Also, WR Kevin White was not on the field Tuesday at OTA’s. White did participate on Monday and Glennon quickly praised him. “He made some really good plays yesterday that got me excited. He’s really eager to learn. I know he’s eager to get back out on that field.”
Could White have had a day off? Sure, its May. Bears head coach John Fox did shut down the question of a new injury with a flat out “no.” So then White is healthy? Who knows anymore at this point.
More from Glennon: ( On Trubisky) “He seems like a great kid. Obviously we haven’t spent a whole lot of time together — the rookies have to do some separate things on the side, and he had to go out of town this past weekend. But he seems like a great kid, eager to learn, and I think we’ll have a great relationship.”
The Bears will have eight OTA’s reaming: May 25, May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9.