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Bears give opportunity to Last Chance U. star

Anyone who has watched the excellent Netflix series known as Last Chance U. may remember John Franklin III, a quarterback who was having a game for the ages before a brouhaha between East Mississippi Community College and Mississippi Delta resulted in the cancellation of the contest just before halftime. Franklin ended up at Auburn in 2016, before transferring to Florida Atlantic in 2017.

Via NBC Sports Chicago, Franklin has landed a contract with the Bears following a weekend tryout at rookie minicamp. Franklin was signed as a defensive back.

Franklin played receiver at FAU, generating  229 rushing yards on 16 carries, 95 receiving yards on seven catches, and three total touchdowns.

He’ll face a stiff challenge to make it to the 53-man roster from the 90-man group. His speed (as fast as 4.32 seconds in the 40) won’t hurt the effort.

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Run blocking may be key for Miller to see the field early for the Bears

The second day of Bears rookie minicamp ran more smoothly than the first, as expected, coach Matt Nagy was relieved to report.

“There were some repeated plays that we called from yesterday’s install … and you could see the second that play was called, they felt confident because they heard it yesterday,” Nagy said.

Here are a few things we learned at Halas Hall.

Receiver Anthony Miller’s determination will show up in the run game

Miller went from walking on at Memphis to becoming the school’s all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns. The commitment and competitiveness that fueled his rise also drives him as a blocker.

The importance of blocking was instilled in him by then-head coach Justin Fuente, who told his receivers they wouldn’t play if they couldn’t block.

“You can’t be scared, first of all,” Miller said. “And you just have to have the proper technique, the proper fundamentals. You’ve got to know where to place your hands. You’ve just got to position yourself the right way.”

Why does Miller embrace the physical elements of being a receiver when some don’t?

“I mean, it’s football,” he said. “If they don’t have that physical element then you know that’s a chunk of the game they don’t have. I feel like the game’s not all finesse. You’ve got to stick your nose in there sometimes. So you can’t be a pretty boy.”

The Bears can’t practice in pads until training camp, but this is an area of Miller’s NFL transition that could help him quickly earn playing time.

Nagy is welcoming input from former Bears

Former center Olin Kreutz was at practice in a team-issued T-shirt and shorts as a resource for offensive linemen. Kreutz played 13 seasons for the Bears (1998-2010), including five (2005-09) for line coach Harry Hiestand.

Now that Hiestand is back with the team, his connection to a player as decorated as Kreutz is an asset.

“We’d be crazy to not take any advice that he has,” Nagy said. “Any knowledge that they can get from Olin, we’ll take. Whether it’s him just observing or giving ideas, suggestions, they’re going to take it.”

Current quarterback Mitch Trubisky also watched a short portion of practice. He was at the facility to work out, and the Bears have relocated their weight room into the Walter Payton Center because of the renovations at team headquarters.

Punter Ryan Winslow is gearing up for a training camp competition

The Bears signed Winslow as an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh and will have him compete with incumbent punter Pat O’Donnell, a four-year veteran.

The Bears seemed willing to part with O’Donnell in free agency before re-signing him to a one-year contact that includes $500,000 guaranteed. Cincinnati media and national outlets reported in March that the Bears pursued punter Kevin Huber before he re-signed with the Bengals.

Winslow signed last week. The Bears, including new special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, extensively scouted him during the pre-draft process. Winslow was named first-team all-ACC last season and has four years of experience as a holder for placekicks.

Winslow said he prides himself on consistency.

“I feel like I’m good at staying within myself, being smooth,” he said. “I feel like I’m a pretty good athlete, so that catch-to-kick operation is a good process for me.”

Extra points

Fourth-round linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe was absent because he returned to Western Kentucky. The university hosted graduation ceremonies Saturday, and Iyiegbuniwe’s absence was excused, Nagy said.

Undrafted cornerback Kevin Tolliver sat out with a hamstring injury a day after making several plays on the ball.

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These guys are so baby faced it's shocking, I know we wanted to get young.  Mission accomplished!

Butkus never wore an earring

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

These guys are so baby faced it's shocking, I know we wanted to get young.  Mission accomplished!

But did you notice how they seemed to handle their interviews quite well... They all came across as intelligent and able to answer questions. 

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Corn Cob

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

These guys are so baby faced it's shocking, I know we wanted to get young.  Mission accomplished!

But did you notice how they seemed to handle their interviews quite well... They all came across as intelligent and able to answer questions. 

Yeh, no more Devon Hester..mumble...mumble types on this team.

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Chicago at Miami, this is a pivotal game.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Corn Cob

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

These guys are so baby faced it's shocking, I know we wanted to get young.  Mission accomplished!

But did you notice how they seemed to handle their interviews quite well... They all came across as intelligent and able to answer questions. 

Yeh, no more Devon Hester..mumble...mumble types on this team.

PapaBear.OR
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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Corn Cob

 

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These guys are so baby faced it's shocking, I know we wanted to get young.  Mission accomplished!

But did you notice how they seemed to handle their interviews quite well... They all came across as intelligent and able to answer questions. 

I thought Nagy came across very well for what it's worth at this stage in the game.  He's very articulate and seems comfortable and confident.

Butkus never wore an earring

The Shadow
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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Corn Cob

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

These guys are so baby faced it's shocking, I know we wanted to get young.  Mission accomplished!

But did you notice how they seemed to handle their interviews quite well... They all came across as intelligent and able to answer questions. 

I thought Nagy came across very well for what it's worth at this stage in the game.  He's very articulate and seems comfortable and confident.

I like that Nagy actually answers questions and not just spitting out tired cliches, like Fox and Smith before him did.

re-Build 3.0

Chicago at Miami, this is a pivotal game.

This game will tell us if the Bears are for real.

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