Chicago Bears: 5 notes from 2019 offseason workouts

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What are the biggest takeaways from offseason workouts?

The Chicago Bears wrapped up their offseason workouts for the summer. This means that the majority of the news that will come from the team is going to be quiet for the next month or so.

However, in the past few weeks we have been able to get a glimpse into what the Bears want to do and what kind of momentum each player has heading into the extended break.

With multiple OTA sessions in the books, what were the biggest news and notes to come away, and what are the biggest things to look for in training camp based on these developments?

AMES, IA - OCTOBER 27: Running back David Montgomery #32 of the Iowa State Cyclones breaks away from linebacker Dakota Allen #40 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders while rising for yards in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 40-31 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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1. Rookies are ascending fast

The Chicago Bears did not have many draft assets to play with, and therefore were going to have to make the best of it. Fans were prepared to expect little from the rookie class this year, as Khalil Mack and Anthony Miller represented picks in round one and two.

However, after rookie minicamps led into OTAs, all of the sudden the Bears are starting to think they have something with this group.

David Montgomery has shown up with the professionalism and understanding that he can jump into a starting role without hesitation. Riley Ridley has wowed coaches and shown that on the field skills can trump athletic attributes. All of a sudden he has made the wide receiver room quite crowded.

Even Duke Shelley has stepped up to compete with Buster Skrine with a chance to start a training camp battle. The Bears rookies have made serious strides and have increased competition heading into camp.