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Bear Down; Smith Finally Signs As Team Has Joint Practices

The long wait is over for Chicago Bears fans, rookie LB Roquan Smith has finally agreed to terms with the Bears. Smith (21) was the team’s first-round pick in this past NFL draft and is expected to be a huge force on Vic Fangio’s defense. The holdout lasted weeks before the agreement came on August 13th.

Now with Smith signed and suited up, the team can move forward with their preparation of the 2018 season. They lost a close game against the Bengals in Cincinnati last week, with Mitch Trubisky playing in two series and having QB Tyler Bray playing most of the game. TEs Adam Shaheen and Daniel Brown looked good on offense with Bray also looking solid in the pocked and completing passes. Brown had five catches for 90 yards and Bray was 18/27 for 219 yards in the game. Other notable performances came from RB Ryan Nall, the undrafted rookie from Oregon State. Nall put up 95 rushing yards on nine carries.

Wednesday saw the Bears and Denver Broncos have a joint-practice session. Roquan Smith joined the squad, but one of the big stories from the practice was Trubisky throwing dimes to his tight ends. Biggest highlight was his pass to the corner of the end zone where Trey Burton caught it perfectly. His throws downfield continued to look great, which is going to be a big part of Matt Nagy’s game plan. After watching so much checking down under the old coaching staff, letting the kid throw with better targets will be great to see throughout the year if it all works out. This is a passer’s game and the Bears hiring on offensive-minded coach can help Trubisky show his potential.

After the joint practice, both teams will play each other in Denver in week two of the preseason. This will obviously be their third game of the preseason since they played in the Hall of Fame game a few weeks ago. Bears will finally return to Chicago and play at home on the 25th of August against the Chiefs. That game will have most of the starters in the longest most likely.

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