McClellin promoted to first team, Idonije moved inside

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McClellin promoted to first team, Idonije moved inside

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. The play of Shea McClellin in last Thursdays preseason game against the Denver Broncos has earned the rookie defensive end a major promotion and has the Bears looking at changes to the foundation of their nickel pass rush.
McClellin, who had a sack, two quarterback hits and a tackle for loss against the Denver Broncos, was moved up with the No. 1 unit opposite Julius Peppers. Israel Idonije, perhaps the Bears most versatile defensive lineman and who has played tackle during his Bears career, moved inside to tackle with Henry Melton.
We give guys reps and we keep giving them reps and let them tell us where they go from there, coach Lovie Smith told CSNChicago.com. Thats whats happening right now. Shea McClellin and rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, I was pleased with what they did the first time out.
Shea is a good football player. Weve been saying that. It takes time but we see what he can become. And Izzy has rushed on the inside so were just trying to get those best four.
McClellin continued to make plays in full-team sessions. He surprised Gabe Carimi with a right-handed club move ala Reggie White and beat the right tackle back to the inside.
(For the record, he also tried it again later in practice. He may as well have been forearming a redwood. Advantage: Carimi).

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Miami QB Brad Kaaya

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Miami QB Brad Kaaya

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

6'4" | 214 lbs.

2016 stats:

3,532 YDS, 62.0 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 150.3 QBR

Projection:

Third/Fourth round

Scouting Report:

"Groomed to be a quarterback from an early age, Kaaya flashes the mechanics and intelligence of a player who has spent hours in quarterback camps. However, he can be too mechanical and thinks too much rather than just flowing and responding to what the field offers him. Kaaya could have used another year of college, but he has the tools and intangibles to become an NFL starter. While he can work around his average arm strength, he must improve his accuracy and anticipation if he is to make a mark in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Bears make it official, announce signing of quarterback Mark Sanchez

Bears make it official, announce signing of quarterback Mark Sanchez

The Bears made things official Friday morning, announcing the signing of free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez has been much maligned since he was selected by the New York Jets with the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft.

In eight seasons — four with the New York Jets, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Dallas Cowboys — he's started 72 of the 77 games he's played in, completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards and 86 touchdowns compared to 86 interceptions.

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He went to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, reaching the AFC Championship Game with the Jets in both 2009 and 2010. In six career playoff games, he completed 60.5 percent of his throws for 1,155 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

Sanchez, the USC product, played in just two games as a backup with the Cowboys last season, completing 10 of his 18 passing attempts for 93 yards.

Sanchez joins a reshaped Bears quarterback group that added Mike Glennon as an expected starter earlier this offseason.