LAKE FOREST – One factor could be very, very probably for the Bears’ 2019 offseason: They’re not going to have a rookie holdout like final training camp.
The primary cause is that the staff didn’t have a first spherical draft, so a state of affairs like the one that went down with Roquan Smith during coaching camp in 2018 isn’t more likely to occur.
Whereas the staff’s first decide of this yr’s choices, third-rounder David Montgomery, hasn’t signed but, three of the other 5 have put their identify on the dotted line.
Fourth-spherical decide Riley Ridley along with seventh-round alternatives Kerrith Whyte Jr. and Stephen Denmark all got here to terms with the workforce every week-and-a-half after their rookie camp came to an finish.
Montgomery along with fifth-round choice Duke Shelley nonetheless stay unsigned.
Thought-about a steal in the draft at that place, Ridley joins the Bears after making forty three catches for 559 yards 9 touchdowns in his ultimate season at Georgia.
Whyte provides the Bears one other versatile operating again after he succeeded in a variety of roles at Florida Atlantic. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry in 2018 while also making ten catches for one hundred sixty yards in 2018. Whyte additionally returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in his profession with the Owls.
A converted vast receiver, Denmark involves Chicago after one season at Division-II Valdosta State as a cornerback. He made 32 tackles with three interceptions and 9 move deflections in his last season, then proceded to impress scouts with a four.43 40-yard sprint time and forty three.5-inch vertical bounce throughout his professional day.