In this edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at some stories from the first day of Chicago Bears mini-camp in Lake Forest, as well as some updates on a couple of players who are holding out for new contracts in other places, including one former Bear.
-We start out at Halas Hall with quarterback Jay Cutler’s first press conference of mini-camp. In it, he discussed his maturation as a quarterback, and other folks like offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, who likened Cutler’s progression to that of a college student moving from basic curriculum in college to more advanced courses. [ESPN Chicago]
-Matt Forte got some high praise this week from Hall of Famer Floyd Little, who said that the Bears running back could play “in any era” of football history. [CSN Chicago]
-The Bears may have a battle opening up for the strong side linebacker position, but the middle linebacker spot seems to be safely filled by DJ Williams, who has earned Marc Trestman’s trust in his brief time in the Windy City. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Harrowing stuff from former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who opened up about his struggles with deteriorating mental health after his NFL career, and has even had to contend with suicidal thoughts. [Huffington Post]
-Former Bear Kyle Orton is holding out from Dallas Cowboys mini-camp over his frustration at a lack of playing time in Dallas. Tony Romo is still sidelined with a back injury, so former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is taking first team snaps while Orton is absent. [Chicago Tribune]
-Finally, a couple other notable players are holding out too. Marshawn Lynch did show up to Seattle Seahawks mini-camp but didn’t practice. Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham, San Francisco 49’ers TE Vernon Davis, and Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston are all missing camp as well. [Shutdown Corner]