Thu, 03 Dec 2020

Schedule Preview: Bears bolster both sides of ball

Giants
22 May 2020, 05:12 GMT+10

With the 2020 schedule now released, Giants.com will be taking a look at the offseason moves made by each of the team's 13 opponents.

Week 1 - Pittsburgh Steelers

Let's take a look at what the Chicago Bears did over the last few months.

Matchup: Week 2 - Sunday, September 20, 1:00 PM at Soldier Field

2019 record: 8-8

Head Coach: Matt Nagy (3rd season with Chicago)

Free Agency

Re-signed:

S Deon Bush (signed to 1-year deal), DB Sherrick McManis (signed to 1-year deal), LB Danny Trevathan (signed to 3-year deal), DE Brent Urban (signed to 1-year deal), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (signed to 1-year deal), QB Tyler Bray (signed to 1-year deal), OLB Isaiah Irving (signed to 1-year deal)

New Additions:

CB Artie Burns -- Burns joins the Bears after four seasons with the Steelers. In 10 games (one start) for Pittsburgh last year, Burns registered just eight tackles (five solo). In 16 games (nine starts) as a rookie in 2016, Burns recorded career-highs in total tackles (65), solo tackles (52), tackles for loss (two), interceptions (three) and passes defended (13). He has four interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and five tackles for loss in his career.

TE Jimmy Graham -- Graham has not missed a game in four years, including his last two with the Packers. In 2019, the veteran started 10 games and reeled in 38 receptions for 447 yards and three touchdowns. Over his 10-year career, Graham has caught 649 passes for 7,883 yards and 74 touchdowns, leading to five trips to the Pro Bowl and two selections as an All-Pro.

EDGE Robert Quinn -- Quinn enjoyed a strong 2019 campaign with the Cowboys, finishing the year with 34 tackles (26 solo), 11.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 22 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and three passes defended. Quinn made consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014. He was also named First-Team All-Pro and the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 19.0 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles in 2013.

QB Nick Foles (trade) -- Foles was traded to the Bears for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The veteran started four games last year for the Jaguars and completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 736 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Foles made the Pro Bowl in 2013 after having a 27-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in only 10 starts. He helped lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl LII victory over the Patriots and took home the Super Bowl MVP award.

WR Ted Ginn Jr. -- Ginn played in all 16 games with nine starts for the Saints last year, his third with the team, and caught 30 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns. The 13-year veteran has racked up 409 receptions for 5,702 yards and 33 touchdowns throughout his career, in addition to seven return touchdowns (most recently in 2014).

OL Germain Ifedi -- After being selected at the end of the first round in the 2016 draft, Ifedi spent four seasons with the Seahawks. The offensive lineman has missed just one game in the last three years while making 47 starts at right tackle. He made 13 starts at right guard as a rookie.

OLB Barkevious Mingo -- Mingo played in 16 games with one start in his only season with the Texans in 2019, finishing the year with six tackles (five solo) and two quarterback hits. In 2017 and 2018, Mingo played in all 32 games with 20 starts (for the Colts and Seahawks, respectively) and registered a total of 95 tackles (72 solo), 3.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 10 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits and three passes defended. He was a member of the Patriots' Super Bowl LI-winning team.

S Tashaun Gipson -- Gipson started 14 games in his first and only season with the Texans. The safety recorded 51 tackles (37 solo), three interceptions, one touchdown, eight passes defended, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hits. Gipson did not miss a single game from 2016 to 2018 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after collecting six interceptions in only 11 games.

Free Agent Departutes:

OG Kyle Long (retired), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (3-year deal with Raiders), QB Chase Daniel (3-year deal with Lions), OLB Leonard Floyd (1-year deal with Rams), CB Prince Amukamara (1-year deal with Raiders), DT Nick Williams (2-year deal with Lions), OT Cornelius Lucas (2-year deal with Redskins), S HaHa Clinton-Dix (1-year deal with Cowboys), OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (1-year deal with Redskins), TE Trey Burton (1-year deal with Colts), OLB Aaron Lynch (1-year deal with Jaguars), WR Taylor Gabriel

2020 Draft Class

(Round 2, Pick 43) TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame - Kmet played in 10 games for Notre Dame in his junior campaign, finishing the season with 43 receptions for 515 yards and six touchdowns. He was a two-sport athlete while at school, playing two seasons as a relief pitcher for the Notre Dame baseball team.

(Round 2, Pick 50) CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah - Johnson started 13 games in 2019, recording 36 tackles (34 solo), two interceptions, one touchdown, one tackle for loss and 11 passes defended. Johnson also had four interceptions in 2018, leading to him being named First-Team All-Pac-12 in consecutive years (2018, 2019).

(Round 5, Pick 155) EDGE Trevis Gipson, Tulsa - Gipson enjoyed his strongest season as a redshirt senior at Tulsa. The EDGE rusher collected 49 tackles (25 solo), 8.0 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 12 games. Gipson was named First-Team All-AAC in 2019.

(Round 5, Pick 163) CB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern - Vildor had a successful career at Georgia Southern. As a senior, the corner made 27 tackles (23 solo) with three tackles for loss, two interceptions and six passes defended. Vildor picked off three passes in 2017 and four in 2018, and was named First-Team All-Sun Belt in back-to-back years (2018, 2019).

(Round 5, Pick 173) WR Darnell Mooney, Tulane - Mooney led Tulane in receiving in both 2018 and 2019, catching 48 passes in each season. After picking up 993 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, Mooney finished with 713 yards and five touchdowns last year.

(Round 7, Pick 226) G Arlington Hambright, Colorado - Hambright played two seasons in junior college at Garden City Community College before transferring to Oklahoma State. After playing in just six games for the Cowboys in 2018, Hambright suffered a season-ending injury. He then transferred to Colorado where he started all 11 games last season.

(Round 7, Pick 227) G Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee State - Simmons started seven games at right tackle as a redshirt sophomore in 2017 before serving a more versatile role in 2018 in which he saw time at left guard, right tackle and left tackle. As a redshirt senior, Simmons started all 12 games, seven at left guard and five at left tackle. Simmons was named First-Team All-Ohio Valley in 2019.

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