Now that the draft ratings and rankings are well in the past, the rankings of actual instead of projected NFL players can get started in earnest.
Lance Briggs is already in as No. 72 on the top 100 of NFL.com. Thats better than he fared with CBSSports.coms Pete Prisco, who doesnt have Briggs in his top 100 at all, a bit of a snub for someone whos gone to seven straight Pro Bowls.
Pete does bring Matt Forte in at No. 63, but that makes Forte the fifth-best running back, behind Ray Rice (52), Arian Foster (36), LeSean McCoy (32), Adrian Peterson (28) and Maurice Jones-Drew (19).
Brian Urlacher sits at 40 with Petes list and Julius Peppers (8th) is the highest-rated Bear. Jay Cutler doesnt make the list, although Cam Newton (83) and Tony Romo (78) do along with the usual suspects (the Mannings, Brady, Rodgers, Brees). At least there's no mention of Tim Tebow.
Tebow does, however, grace the NFL.coms top 100 for 2012, which veers over toward the head-shaking simply because Tebow is a longshot to beat out Mark Sanchez for the Jets starting job and chances of Sanchez being in the top 60 (hes not in 61-100 group already unveiled) are, ummm, slim.
NFL Network says that another Bear, a defensive player who was on the list last year, will be among the group from 51-60 that is unveiled Wednesday night. Best guess is that it will be Urlacher again, since Julius Peppers projects in the top 25 at least.
White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day with a tight left hamstring, and while he won’t require a stint on the 15-day disabled list, his injury has left manager Robin Ventura a little shorthanded.
The White Sox are carrying 13 pitchers, so with Tyler Saladino filling in for Lawrie at second base, they’ve been left with only three players on the bench for this weekend’s series against the Detroit Tigers. Ventura said he expects Lawrie to be ready to return to the lineup in the next couple of days.
Had outfielder Adam Eaton, who left Friday’s 7-5 loss after fouling a ball off his foot, needed to miss Saturday’s game, Ventura said the White Sox might’ve had to make a move to bring up another position player. Eaton is back leading off and playing right field on Saturday.
“It's a little tight having enough players on the bench,” Ventura said.
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The White Sox position player depth has already been tested by injuries to outfielder Austin Jackson (knee) and catcher Alex Avila (hamstring), with both players unlikely to come off the disabled list for at least another month.
Avila, who re-aggravated his strained right hamstring Wednesday during a rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte, said he probably tried to return too quickly the White Sox. The 29-year-old Avila leads White Sox regulars with a .362 on-base percentage and said he’ll need at least two to four weeks to heal up.
“I probably tried to rush back a little too quick and wasn’t ready,” Avila said. “It's frustrating. I’d like to be back, but you have to let nature take its course."
Less than two months after Nate Chandler signed with the Bears, the team announced on Saturday that the offensive lineman has retired.
Chandler, 27, signed with the Bears on June 2. He is the second offensive linemen the Bears have signed this offseason that has retired. Manny Ramirez retired in June after signing in March.
Chandler was expected to push Charles Leno for playing time at left tackle.
Amini Silatolu was signed by the Bears earlier this week to add more depth to the offensive line, but was thought to be more of a replacement for Ramirez at guard.
Chandler played collegiately at UCLA. He went undrafted, but signed with the Carolina Panthers and played in 37 games, with 19 starts, from 2012-2014. Due to a knee injury he was placed on injured reserve in 2015 and did not play.
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Head coach: Dan Stell
Assistant Coaches: Pete Luby, Matt Verble, Amir Ross, Derek Hitt, Rey Lang, Kevin Donegan, Mike Cline, Kevin O'Sullivan, Joe DeLarme, Andy French, Brad Johnson, Jeremy Cline
How they fared in 2015: 1-8 (0-6) South Suburban Blue Conference. Bremen failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state football playoffs.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Braves get back to it's winning ways in the always rugged South Suburban Blue?
Names to watch this season: OL Chris Clark, DL Shane London
Biggest holes to fill: The Braves welcome back 18 starters for this season, yet overall depth is always needed in the South Suburban Blue.
EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few years for the Braves and head coach Dan Stell (2-7 in 2014 and 1-8 last season) after winning the conference title in 2013. The good news is that Bremen welcomes back a ton of experience including a very good junior class this fall. I expect Bremen to compete hard for a state playoff spot this season.