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The Bears signed Wheaton in March to some two-year, $11 million deal that incorporated $5 million guaranteed. They envisioned his deep speed like a necessary complement to Cameron Meredith and Kevin White-colored. Thinking about each of individuals receivers are relatively misguided, forcing defenses to respect vertical routes is needed ease coverage within the short and intermediate passing game.

“He’s an excellent kid,” Fox stated. “He works very hard. He’s an excellent teammate. He is doing have downfield speed that people saw earlier within the offseason, and hopefully we see it here soon.Inch

Following this year’s draft, the Bears signed undrafted rookie Andy Phillips from Utah to push Barth, an eighth-year veteran. They waived Phillips on August. 6 but apparently remain set on creating competition.

The Bears practiced entirely pads Sunday in a single of the most challenging sessions of coaching camp. Listed here are a few things we learned:

The Bears like Barth’s precision from the inside 40 yards but were unsold on his range last season. He earned 16 of 18 field goals from 45 yards or closer in 2016 (among the misses was blocked), but he was just 2 of 5 from beyond 45. Also, he missed one extra point.

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