In this Friday edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at what Charles Tillman and his Chicago Bears teammates were up to Thursday night, the second chance that Jeremiah Ratliff has been given with the team, and how Jordan Lynch is approaching training camp as he tries to make the Bears’ roster.
- We start out with Tillman and company, who traded in their football cleats for bowling shoes on Thursday night in support of the Charles Tillman Foundation. [Daily Herald]
- Jeremiah Ratliff’s career was on the downslope in a big way with the Dallas Cowboys, but coming to the Bears has given his tenure in the NFL “extended life,” and he’s enjoying every minute of it. [CSN Chicago]
- Ever wonder how the Bears set up particular plays? Dan Durkin continues his fascinating playbook series with a look at the “smash” route that the Bears’ receivers run. [CBS Chicago]
- Would Chicago make sense to host the NFL Draft after it was reported that the city was the favorite to hold the festivities next year? Uh, duh, says Jon Greenberg. [ESPN Chicago]
- Kind of an interesting story out of OTA’s earlier this week when Jordan Lynch’s high school coaches, Frank and David Lenti from Mount Carmel High School, took in practice and talked to Lynch about what he’ll need to do in order to make the NFL roster. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Last season, J’Marcus Webb came into training camp with a starting job and left when he was cut by the Bears. Michael Ola may not be actively rooting for anybody to get injured or cut from the roster so that he can get a chance, but he knows that Marc Trestman is open to new ideas if he plays well enough. [Chicago Tribune]
- Finally, some hard to fathom news out of Seattle, as it’s been reported that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch may actually be contemplating retirement after the team won the Super Bowl in February. [Shutdown Corner]