Eric Jenkins #2 of the North Texas Mean Green is unable to stop Harrison Bryant #40 of the Florida Atlantic Owls from scoring during third quarter action on October 21, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. FAU defeated North Texas 69-31. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America) BOCA RATON — For the first time since the Howard Schnellenberger era, the Florida Atlantic Owls are poised to enter a football season with a proven – and dangerous – starting tight end. Not only did Harrison Bryant become the first Owls tight end to catch 30 passes in a season since Nexon Dorvilus in 2012, the Georgia product had begun establishing himself as one of the best tight ends in Conference USA. Before seeing his season end early after suffering a fractured ankle in a Nov. 18 win over FIU, Bryant was restoring respect to a position group which had mostly underwhelmed since Rob Housler’s graduation after the 2010 season. “Harrison was one of our most … [Read more...] about After impressive 2017 season, junior Harrison Bryant ready to lead talented FAU tight end group
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The Tribune’s Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.I can't see how one can take stock of the work Ryan Pace has done to address the Bears’ pass rush deficiencies thus far and not come to the conclusion that the OLB group is shaping up to be as much a liability in 2018 as the WR corps was in 2017. For all the potential on offense, I'm not going to take much comfort from losing games 31-24. Are there still pathways for the Bears to markedly improve their pass rush before the next offseason cycle? — David D., Rogers ParkConcern over the depth chart at outside linebacker and the pass rush was overwhelmingly the most popular topic this week, and that is understandable. It’s a fair question, but I think there has been some overreaction, and some faith in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is probably needed.First, let’s take inventory of the pass rush from last season, how it did and what’s missing from that group. The Bears had 42 sacks in 2017, … [Read more...] about Bears Q&A: Is there enough depth at outside linebacker? Why move James Daniels to guard?
Last year, Ryan Pace might as well have had an action photo of Mitch Trubisky as the wallpaper on his cellphone. A picture on his nightstand, too, and another in his wallet for good measure.The Bears general manager was dead set on drafting the North Carolina quarterback — at any cost. Pace’s approach to the Bears’ first pick was fueled by belief in Trubisky and desperate need for a franchise quarterback. It was, looking back, very straightforward.This year, on the other hand, with the Bears picking eighth instead of in the top three, more variables and scenarios are in play. The Bears have the most important position filled, but many needs remain around Trubisky as he continues to grow.Not only could the Bears be satisfied Thursday by addressing one of several positions, there’s also an enticing group of quarterbacks set to dictate the selections ahead of the Bears’ pick.“It's a quarterback-driven league,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike … [Read more...] about Fill in the blank: Bears writers address four topics before NFL draft
Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.With the Bears still flush with cap space and a lack of quality free agents left, what possible justification could there be for letting Josh Sitton go and Cameron Meredith go for nothing? Now the only good place for the Bears to replace Sitton and Meredith is to find a guard and wide receiver in the draft. Wouldn’t the bears have been way better off having Sitton and Meredith in place and using the draft to push the roster and create depth? At worst, the Bears could have kept Sitton and Meredith and have two good players on one-year deals. What a mess. — Sanjay A., ChicagoFor starters, I don’t think it’s fair to lump the decisions on these two players together. They’re totally different decisions and as I have written before in the mailbag, let’s see what the Bears come up with on the offensive line to replace Sitton. The draft could bring an option that really excites fans and more importantly the … [Read more...] about Bears Q&A: Why was Cameron Meredith allowed to leave? Where to play Cody Whitehair? Plus draft questions
By Stephanie Stradley, Special Contributor Updated 12:54 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack, Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Houston Texans helmets sit behind the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars won 45-7. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) less Houston Texans helmets sit behind the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars won 45-7. (AP Photo/Phelan M. ... more Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack, Associated Press Stephanie Stradley’s Q&A on the Texans and the 2018 NFL draft 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For today’s Q&A, Stephanie Stradley asks people of varied … [Read more...] about Stephanie Stradley’s Q&A on the Texans and the 2018 NFL draft