Team Grade:
Chicago Bears
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Outlook

The Bears were in most games last year but still finished 6-10. If they make some strides this year, though, the Bears could be a .500 or better team. They are close to turning the corner but need some of their younger players to take their games to a new level this year. Chicago has plenty of potential but likely are a season or two away from a return to the playoffs.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Jeremy Langford had a productive rookie season, showing he can get the job done in a starting role for the Bears. This led to the Bears parting ways with long-time starter Matt Forte. So Langford has the starting job all to himself, which is great news for his fantasy value. We all saw how well Forte did in this offense as the starter, making Langford an intriguing fantasy player for the coming year. He has big potential in this offense and could be a top-10 fantasy back his second year in the league.
FANTASY DUD
Quarterback Jay Cutler continues his up and down play as the starter for the Bears. He has some big games along the way but continues to disappoint in others. We expect much of the same this year, especially with offensive coordinator Adam Gase gone. This is a big loss for the offense and Cutler. HIs numbers should be all over the place again this season.

Team Notes

May 25, 04:13 PM Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has not been limited during organized team activities. White said he is trying to use as much energy as he can and run as fast as he can after not playing at all in 2015.
May 20, 02:33 PM Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford will battle with RBs Jordan Howard, Ka'Deem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers for touches in a crowded backfield during offseason workouts. Head coach John Fox is intent on running with a committee approach after the departure of RB Matt Forte. Langford has a leg up after scoring seven touchdowns in his rookie season. However, he had only 3.6 yards per carry and 1.13 yards after contact, which ranked second to last out of 47 players with 100 carries, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Langford must also work on improving his hands after struggling with drops in 2015. Howard's bruising style appeals to the team as a complement to Langford's speed. Carey is the only back that wasn't acquired by the current coaching staff, and he's being pushed to become more versatile and to play better on third downs. Rodgers it the veteran and could be trusted more than any other rusher on third downs early in the year.
May 20, 02:33 PM Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford will battle with RBs Jordan Howard, Ka'Deem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers for touches in a crowded backfield during offseason workouts. Head coach John Fox is intent on running with a committee approach after the departure of RB Matt Forte. Langford has a leg up after scoring seven touchdowns in his rookie season. However, he had only 3.6 yards per carry and 1.13 yards after contact, which ranked second to last out of 47 players with 100 carries, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Langford must also work on improving his hands after struggling with drops in 2015. Howard's bruising style appeals to the team as a complement to Langford's speed. Carey is the only back that wasn't acquired by the current coaching staff, and he's being pushed to become more versatile and to play better on third downs. Rodgers it the veteran and could be trusted more than any other rusher on third downs early in the year.

Fantasy Impact: Langford has a chance to be a fantasy force if he corrects some of his mistakes from his rookie year.
May 20, 02:33 PM Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford will battle with RBs Jordan Howard, Ka'Deem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers for touches in a crowded backfield during offseason workouts. Head coach John Fox is intent on running with a committee approach after the departure of RB Matt Forte. Langford has a leg up after scoring seven touchdowns in his rookie season. However, he had only 3.6 yards per carry and 1.13 yards after contact, which ranked second to last out of 47 players with 100 carries, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Langford must also work on improving his hands after struggling with drops in 2015. Howard's bruising style appeals to the team as a complement to Langford's speed. Carey is the only back that wasn't acquired by the current coaching staff, and he's being pushed to become more versatile and to play better on third downs. Rodgers it the veteran and could be trusted more than any other rusher on third downs early in the year.
May 20, 02:33 PM Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford will battle with RBs Jordan Howard, Ka'Deem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers for touches in a crowded backfield during offseason workouts. Head coach John Fox is intent on running with a committee approach after the departure of RB Matt Forte. Langford has a leg up after scoring seven touchdowns in his rookie season. However, he had only 3.6 yards per carry and 1.13 yards after contact, which ranked second to last out of 47 players with 100 carries, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Langford must also work on improving his hands after struggling with drops in 2015. Howard's bruising style appeals to the team as a complement to Langford's speed. Carey is the only back that wasn't acquired by the current coaching staff, and he's being pushed to become more versatile and to play better on third downs. Rodgers it the veteran and could be trusted more than any other rusher on third downs early in the year.
May 15, 08:53 PM Chicago Bears LB Leonard Floyd's weight is not an issue and the team does not plan to have him bulk up, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. 'The weight thing's not a big thing with me,' Fangio said. 'He's going to weigh somewhere between 230 and 235. That's just what he's going to weigh. We knew that before we drafted him. So it's not an issue.'
May 14, 08:23 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will work with an offense that has the same shell and language as last season, according to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and Loggains said his strong relationship with Cutler will help offset the departure of Adam Gase.
May 14, 01:53 PM Chicago Bears WR Kevin White was compared to Indianapolis Colts Andre Johnson by Bears wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson. Johnson coached Johnson at the University of Miami. 'He's very similar to him. They're both big and physical and fast,' Johnson said. 'That doesn't all go together sometimes. White has hand similar to [former Indianapolis Colts] WR Reggie Wayne. So he was one of those guys where when you looked at the draft and watched television, you say this guy is going to be a bona fide player.'
May 13, 08:23 PM Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford could improve his work in the passing game, but the team likes where he is at this point, according to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. 'We like where Jeremy's at,' Loggains said. 'He needs to continue to develop. There are things he can do a better job of in the passing game.'
May 13, 08:13 PM Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard will be used as a change-of-pace back in 2016 since he has a different style of running than RB Kendall Langford, according to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. 'He's a change-of-pace back. Their skill sets are different. We'll use the skill set the way it needs to be. We won't ask them to both do the same thing, but we'll find out what Howard does well and we'll play to that,' Loggains said.
May 12, 10:43 AM Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard's rookie deal is worth $2,588,024 with a signing bonus of $248,024.
Apr 27, 02:33 PM Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, according to general manager Ryan Pace.
Apr 18, 12:43 PM Chicago Bears exclusive rights free-agent WR Josh Bellamy signed his tender offer Monday, April 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Apr 17, 09:03 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's guaranteed money on his seven-year extension has all been paid, and beat writer Dan Wiederer believes the fact that the team isn't locked into keeping Cutler beyond 2016 makes it more likely the Bears will draft a quarterback at some point in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Apr 16, 10:23 AM Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) will not have any limitations when the team starts their offseason workouts Monday, April 18.
Apr 15, 02:53 PM Chicago Bears OG Kyle Long's fifth-year option was exercised Friday, April 15, and he's under team control through 2017.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Omar Bolden, SS; Aaron Brewer, LS; Jerrell Freeman, ILB; Akiem Hicks, DE; Ted Larsen, G; Bobby Massie, T; Manny Ramirez, G; Danny Trevathan, ILB. 

Losses:
Martellus Bennett, TE; Jermon Bushrod, T; Matt Forte, RB; Jarvis Jenkins, DE; Shea McClellin, LB; LaRoy Reynolds, ILB; Daniel Thomas, RB. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  9 Leonard FloydLB
 # 2  56 Cody WhitehairOL
 # 3  72 Jonathan BullardDL
 # 4  113 Nick Kwiatkoski LB
 # 4  124 Deon BushDB
 # 4  127 Deiondre' HallDB
 # 5  150 Jordan HowardRB
 # 6  185 DeAndre Houston-CarsonDB
 # 7  230 Daniel BravermanWR

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     at Houston
2     Sep 19 8:30PM     Philadelphia
3     Sep 25 8:30PM     at Dallas
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     Detroit
5     Oct 9 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
6     Oct 16 1:00PM     Jacksonville
7     Oct 20 8:25PM     at Green Bay
8     Oct 31 8:30PM     Minnesota
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 13 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
11     Nov 20 1:00PM     at New York Giants
12     Nov 27 1:00PM     Tennessee
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     San Francisco
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     at Detroit
15     Dec 18 1:00PM     Green Bay
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     Washington
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     at Minnesota
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