6 final takeaways from the Chicago Bears mandatory minicamp

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Mandatory minicamp is over for the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, there are still some major questions left to be answered. The good news is that the team still has a full training camp to try and figure things out. As for now, the players will have a little over a month to step away from team-organized activities before getting back into the grind in late July.

This time away could be good or bad depending on the player. Some players tend to slack off a little and find they are not in shape in time for training camp. Some players tend to get into off-field conflicts that could even ruin their careers.

The coaching staff has made it very clear to this team what their standards are, while also being somewhat lenient depending on the situation. We saw very little response externally to the Byron Pringle arrest and hopefully, the team handled it internally in a way that doesn’t lead to more issues from other players who think they too can get away with making poor decisions.

This leads me to the first takeaway from the final day of mandatory minicamp.

Coach Eberflus sends a strong message to the Chicago Bears roster

While away from team-organized activities, head coach Matt Eberflus expects his players to come back lean, fit and strong. He also emphasized that he expects his players to remain safe. These are the goals he has put in place for this roster while they are away from the team for approximately 40 days. He needs his players to understand that they are not to be getting into shape at training camp. No, he expects them to be in shape and ready to go on day one of training camp.

Matt Eberflus also wanted to make it known that he wants his players to stay safe. While they get out and step away from football, he wants them to focus on spending time with their families and stay out of trouble. When asked what he planned on doing during his time away, Eberflus stated outside of spending time with his family, he’s going to read three books that he’s already picked out and do some golfing.