Countdown to Kickoff… 86 Days until Chicago Bears Kickoff
Jun 11, 2013; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Kyle Adams (86) catches a pass against defensive back Craig Steltz (20) during minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
We are Kyle Adams days until all us Bears fans will be glued to the TV or field in anticipation for the first game of the Chicago Bears’ season. Kyle Adams, like Brody Eldridge, is tall, 6″5 tight end. He was undrafted out of Purdue in 2011. As a Bear, he has 4 career catches for 40 yards.
Adams’ main role with the team this far is depth. It’s good to have a tight end like him on the squad, and, like Eldridge, it would be nice if the team could use such a big guy properly in a new offensive system. Let’s just say I’m glad this post isn’t about Brandon Manumaleuna.
One of the best number 86’s the Bears have had that I have to mention is Marty Booker. This receiver out of Louisiana -Monroe broke the Bears record for receptions in 2001 with 100, and that record stood for 11 seasons. The following season, 97 receptions, 1,189 yards and 6 touchdowns earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl. He was the first receiver to make it for the the Bears since ’72. Before the 2004, season, the Bears traded him to Miami for Adewale Ogunleye. Perhaps his best game came in a 2001 matchup against the Buccaneers, where he caught 7 balls for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-24 win. Here’s a clip:
He also had a brief stint with the team in 2008. He only had 14 catches, but one of them was the best I’ve ever seen. Here is a low quality clip:
We’re 86 days away from kickoff. Are you ready???