Dan Durkin became CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in August 2014 after being an NFL columnist for the site for three years. Durkin originally joined the company after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.
Three rookies are getting meaningful first-team reps on defense.
The Bears held their first padded practice of 2014 on Sunday in front of a raucous crowd of faithful fans.
Fales has quality anticipation and pocket awareness but needs to improve his arm strength.
Vereen is a sure tackler who’s good at reading keys, but his ball skills and footwork need work.
Carey displays great vision and finishes runs, but he needs to work on his blocking and gain a few pounds.
Sutton is quick with good hands, but his conditioning and run defending need to improve.
Ferguson is a stout run defender and light on his feet but needs to better use his hands and pads.
Fuller’s versatile and physical, but his footwork and tackling form have room to improve.
The high/low attack can stretch the defense vertically and horizontally if executed correctly.
An important concept worked wonders for the Bears’ offense last season.
Dan Durkin breaks down Marshall’s blocking, release from the line and some tricks of the trade.
Dan Durkin address what we’ve learned, including Chicago’s preference of building a defense front to back.
A San Jose State product, Fales (6-2/212) led the nation in completion percentage (72.5%) as a junior, finishing his career with 8,382 passing yards, a 68% completion percentage and a three-to-one touchdown (66) to interception (22) ratio.
The Minnesota product was a versatile player in college, lining up at outside corner, slot corner, safety and at gunner on special teams.
Carey is a tough, contact runner with quality vision who can complement starter Matt Forte.
Will the Bears do with a defensive tackle or safety? Those would be the logical picks.
Dan Durkin makes selections for all 32 first-round picks and writes of each team’s needs.
Take a look at the options the Bears figure to have in the later rounds.
The culture of today’s NFL makes safeties more valuable than ever.
Dan Durkin breaks down the first round with his second mock draft.