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Bears WR Kendall Wright looking for career restart with OC Dowell Loggains

Bears WR Kendall Wright looking for career restart with OC Dowell Loggains

Wide receiver Kendall Wright chose to sign with the Bears this offseason for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was a $4 million contract in a market that did not favor many receivers with extended deals and big guarantees.
 
In this case, however, the Bears offered an opportunity for Wright to reconnect with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who held that position and that of passing-game coordinator with the Tennessee Titans during Wright's first two NFL seasons coming out of Baylor – seasons that saw the best catch totals of his career: 63 as a rookie in 2012, 94 in 2013.
 
For Wright, Loggains' less-is-more mindset suited the former No. 1 pick (20th overall) coming out of an improve offense with Baylor teammate Robert Griffin III.
 
"Dowell is just 'get open,'" Wright said on Wednesday via conference call. "He's not doing anything special; I just think I fit in the offense he runs pretty well. He put no limitations on my game. He didn't just tell me to play 'slot.' He let me play whatever I wanted to play, whatever position. The more you can do with him, the better you'll be."
 
The Titans had picked up the fifth-year option on Wright's rookie contract in 2015 for $7.32 million. But he was in the midst of the misfortune of playing with a quarterback dogpile in Tennessee, with the Titans using nine different quarterbacks over the span of his five seasons, including such luminaries as Alex Tanney, Jake Locker and Rusty Smith.
 
For that reason, working and developing a relationship with fellow new Bear quarterback Mike Glennon, who'd already been in touch with the receiver group via text, was not a negative. "I don't think it'll take long," Wright said, citing his experience with the Tennessee quarterback musical chairs.
 
Wright agreed to a one-year contract for a reported $4 million, another situation of the Bears bringing in a veteran but with very clear prove-it requirements. He was considered a deep threat coming into the draft, running 40-yard-dash times in the 4.4-seconds twice after a slow time at the NFL Scouting Combine.
 
He was hampered early last season by a hamstring injury, and he was a late-season scratch for missing a team meeting. He cleaned out his locker in the Titans facility at the end of the year, and said he did not expect to be in their plans for 2017, telling reporters with some emotion, "I never seen a day where I would be talking about leaving the Titans ... I mean, I never really thought about that day, it just snuck up on me, really," Wright said. "This whole year I just stayed positive and just did what I [could to] be a pro and help these young guys. They got a lot of talent and they'll be really good in the future."
 
Now his focus has turned to a new group of young receivers, another part of the attraction in Chicago, Wright said. "I think, really just the young receivers they have and a hungry quarterback in Mike Glennon, who hasn't played much but you know he can sling it."

Ranking the top 5 Bears players on current roster

Ranking the top 5 Bears players on current roster

Expectations for the Bears this season have been understandably low, but that's not to say there's no talent on John Fox's roster. 

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer dropped by the CSN studio to rank the top five players suiting up this year: 

5. Prince Amukamara, CB

Wiederer's take: Terrific offseason, high hopes on what he can bring to secondary.

4. Josh Sitton, OL

Wiederer's take: Proven and understands exactly what it takes to win in this league. 

3. Akiem Hicks, DE

Wiederer's take: Defensive MVP a season ago, durable.

2. Leonard Floyd, OLB

Wiederer's take: Had a very strong camp, could be a breakout year if he can stay healthy. 

1. Jordan Howard, RB

Wiederer's take: Had a huge rookie campaign, gotta be at the top of the list.

Watch the video above to see the Bears beat reporter's full analysis. 

Bears Talk Podcast: Glennon, Trubisky moving in opposite directions

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Bears Talk Podcast: Glennon, Trubisky moving in opposite directions

On this episode of Bears Talk Podcast, Vinnie Duber and JJ Stankevitz discuss the performances of quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mitch Turbisky in the Bears’ first preseason game and what each guy faces moving forward. Plus, JJ talks with Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic about the best of Bears training camp. And Vinnie and JJ takes a look ahead to the Bears’ second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.