Chicago Bears: Five evolving storylines at training camp

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The Chicago Bears offense has been praised throughout camp

Chicago Bears Storyline No. 2: Quarterback play has been strong to this point

Many have heard all the raving Justin Fields has received through the offseason so far, but a key storyline coming out of camp is how well Andy Dalton has done. He has established himself as a leader and his receivers are trusting him.

His ball placement is something that has earned the praise of his receivers. He is holding them accountable with his leadership on and off of the field. There has been news of Allen Robinson and Dalton starting to gain nice chemistry, which could be a good and bad thing. Still, it is an ideal situation that Dalton is thriving in a new offense.

If Dalton can perform well to start the season, it might allow Fields to learn more and be more prepared for when his number is called. Dalton has never been a bad quarterback in this league, and there is a chance that he starts more games than fans would hope for.

However you want to spin this, most fans would have to agree that this storyline is quite the relief compared to what we have heard in recent years. If Andy Dalton is acclimating nicely to the offense, only good things can come from that. It is a much more ideal situation than having a struggling Dalton being forced to rush Justin Fields into the offense.

Chicago Bears Storyline No. 3: A wholesome comeback story

Rodney Adams was once a fifth-round pick for the Vikings in the 2017 NFL Draft. He ended up retiring from football to pursue a career in acting in 2018. After some minor success as an actor, he returned to the game of football and has been showing out in camp this year.

Amongst the receivers lower on the depth chart, he has stood out among them. His combination of speed and agility, along with his improved route running has been noticed by coaches. He also can return kicks which is very valuable since Cordarrelle Patterson is no longer on the team.

Although it is still a long shot that he makes the team, he has put his name among contenders to round out the receiver room and could force Matt Nagy to make a tough decision regarding other receivers who could be cut.

Chicago Bears Storyline No. 4: David Montgomery is hungry and is on a mission to be great.

Most Bears fans have heard the mic’d up bits of David Montgomery asking his coach when they can run in pads. “I’m made for Sundays” is a line that is going to stick with him as he goes into his third season. He seems to be on a drive for greatness with the amount of work he has put in this offseason and how he has performed throughout camp.

Matt Nagy said he wants to give Montgomery at least twenty carries per game, so he is trusting his lead back with a heavy workload. If anyone is going to work that hard, it is going to be Montgomery. You can tell from the small bits we have seen that he is running with a power and a purpose that we have not seen from him yet.

If he can perform as he did at the end of last year throughout this season, it can open up a new book for the Bears offense. Montgomery has all the talent in the world and can really do it all. Now that he is developing as a leader on offense, he is going to be a focal point of the game plan every week. Let’s just hope the offensive line holds up enough for him to do his thing.