Chicago Bears Notes: June 1st

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3.) Both C Hroniss Grasu and WR Marquess Wilson are noticeably stronger than they were last season. For Grasu it’s a huge development as his lack of strength was his main problem last season.

For Wilson the added strength should improve his ability to beat jams off the line of scrimmage and potentially become the 4th wide receiver that the Bears envisioned when they drafted him in 2013.

4.) TE Zach Miller has stood out early in camp. He’s gained weight to help as a blocker but looks just as fast as he did last season. If Miller can manage to stay healthy for another season, he could be one of the better receiving tight ends in the league this year.

5.) Rookie guard Cody Whitehair is already getting positive reviews from teammates, including Charles Leno and Kyle Long. His lower body strength and ability to move have been the two most common observations.

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6.) Free agent signing DE Akiem Hicks has impressed so far. Multiple players, including new ILB Danny Trevathan, have called Hicks “a mountain” and he has reportedly been blowing up double teams all week. That’s a great sign for the Bears defensive line.

7.) There has been a lot of talk both on and off the field about the Bears re-signing DE/OLB Willie Young to a two-year extension. Sound good to me.

8.) First-round pick Leonard Floyd is already attracting attention for his speed and ability to make plays all over the field. His speed and long strides can get him to the QB quickly and can also get him sideline-to-sideline faster than any of the OLBs on the Bears roster.