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A special Mitch Trubisky package? It’s not a yes or no question for Bears

A special Mitch Trubisky package? It’s not a yes or no question for Bears

John Fox didn’t rule out the Bears developing some sort of special package to deploy Mitch Trubisky this year, but also didn’t say “yes” or “no” when asked about such an idea. 

Instead, Fox pointed to his time with the Denver Broncos working with Kyle Orton and a certain minor league outfielder in the New York Mets’ farm system. 

“I’ve been around situations like that before, back in my time in Denver with (Tim) Tebow,” Fox said. “We’re going to do whatever we can as coaches and put guys in positions where they can utilize their skillset and it won’t be any different this year.”

That’s a vague non-answer, but it would’ve done Fox no good to say, in mid-June, that the Bears are or are not thinking about a special Trubisky package. If Bears are thinking about ways to get Trubisky on the field without encroaching on Mike Glennon’s starting job, publicly announcing that three months before the season starts wouldn’t be the best strategy. 

It’s likely that when Trubisky plays won’t be determined by some sort of specially-designed package, given he and Glennon are far more similar quarterbacks than Orton and Tebow. Instead, how quickly Trubisky develops — and how successful Glennon is — will determine when the No. 2 pick plays meaningful snaps for the first time, be it in 2017 or later. 

“He's been great,” Glennon said. “He works really hard at it. He asks questions. He's done a really good job of learning the offense, understanding what we're trying to accomplish, and I think he does a great job picking that up for being a rookie.”

With return to Tennessee looming, football is fun again for Kendall Wright

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With return to Tennessee looming, football is fun again for Kendall Wright

Sunday will mark Kendall Wright’s first trip back to Nashville since he not-so-amicably split with the Tennessee Titans after the 2016 season. 

Wright has said he doesn’t want to talk about his time in Tennessee, where injuries and clashes with coaches led to a steady decline in targets and production after a standout 2013 season (139 targets, 94 receptions, 1,079 yards). But it’s easy to compare how he feels practicing with the Bears to how he felt toward the end of his days with the Titans. 

“A fresh start is good,” Wright said. “Football is fun again. 

“If you don’t have fun playing the game, what the use of you playing? And I didn’t really have too much fun the past few years. But when you’re out here playing and doing what you love to do, it’s fun. So you just gotta keep the game fun.”

Wright was a little more forceful earlier this year. 

“What motivates me the most is I probably was the best receiver on the Titans roster last year and I was playing, like, 10 plays a game,” Wright said during OTAs in June. 

But while this weekend’s game against the Titans could seem to be an opportunity for revenge, Wright is more approaching it for what it is — another preseason game to continue to improve with the rest of the first team offense. 

Wright caught a touchdown from  Glennon Saturday night in Arizona (he also was the target on Glennon’s interception, though that looked to be more on the quarterback than the receiver). And he seems to be clearly ahead of Victor Cruz to be the team’s No. 1 slot receiver — Cruz wasn’t targeted against Arizona, while Wright received three targets. 

If the Glennon-led first-team offense is going to have success in the regular season, it needs improvements from every unit — quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and offensive line — based on what we’ve seen during the preseason. Perhaps a motivated, fun-having Wright, playing for the same offensive coordinator under which he had his best season, can be a part of that. 

“The game of football is supposed to be fun,” Wright said. “Don’t take the fun out of it. You just gotta go out there and have fun and make plays. When you’re making plays, it’s even more fun.” 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: John Fox hasn't decided who will get first-team QB reps on Sunday

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: John Fox hasn't decided who will get first-team QB reps on Sunday

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Phil Rogers (MLB.com) and Anthony Herron (670 The Score) join Kap on the panel. 

John Fox hasn’t decided who will get reps with the first-team in Sunday’s all-important third preseason game? Could Mitch Trubisky get a look with the ones?

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