Training Camp Thoughts, Volume II: Quinn’s Value, Harry’s Potential & More.

| July 29th, 2022

  • Quick note on Robert Quinn. Do the Bears want to trade him? Not necessarily. Are they open to trading him? Of course. But the team is walking a tight rope. Trading off Khalil Mack was easy. His body and production have been in decline for years and the team couldn’t risk NOT being able to deal him after the 2022 season. It would be very hard for Flus to convince his team their goal is to win games if they unload Quinn for anything else than his current value. And coming off what is arguably his best season, that value is high.
    • And for those buying the whole, “I want to be a Bear, I don’t want to be traded” thing…really? When he was actually asked if he was always planning to report to training camp, he said, “I mean, I’m here. So, I mean, whatever I planned, I’m here. That’s what it is.” He’s at camp because he’s been given assurances from Ryan Poles that he’ll be dealt if the value is there. Otherwise, he’s a Bear. (The quote above was pulled from the Twitter feed of Courtney Cronin.)
  • N’Keal Harry: “I got a real chip on my shoulder. I’m looking to come in and prove that I can help this team win.” Two things can be true at the same time. (1) Harry’s career in New England, as a first rounder, was abject failure. He was terrible. (2) A motivated Harry is an intriguing proposition. Remember, the kid is only 24 years old. Justin Fields is 23. The Bears aren’t asking Harry to be a dominant player. They’d be thrilled if he’s a competent role player. Would you take a repeat of his sophomore season and 30-300-2? The Bears would.
  • Also from Cronin, re: Harry: “Bears OC Luke Getsy said that he has been impressed with WR N’Keal Harry’s mentality. “He came in here with a purpose.”
  • Eddie Jackson getting called out by Flus for effort is going to be a trend this summer. Integrity. It’s coming to the Bears.
  • More Cronin: “Cole Kmet said the pass he caught down the seam today in between 2 defenders is one he and Justin Fields ended every private workout with.”

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