For all of the attention paid this offseason to wide receiver and finding a pass rusher, special teams is looking like the big winner right now for the Bears.First-round pick Shea McClellin talks about playing special teams. Third-rounder Brian Hardin is expected to compete for a safety spot but will have to play special teams in the meantime to secure his roster spot. The Bears envision fourth-rounder Evan Rodriguez being an every down tight end but also has the kind of speed treasured in kick coverage.Receivers Devin Thomas and Eric Weems were signed as free agents primarily for their special teams value. So was linebacker Blake Costanzo.The Bears added to the special teams talent pool Saturday when they selected Nevada cornerback Isaiah Frey.But Frey is 6-foot, 198 pounds and fits the mold that teams crave, that of a big defensive back to deal with receivers like Detroits Calvin Johnson and others 6-foot-2 and taller.The scouting reports on Frey suggest that he is better in man-to-man coverage rather than zone, and there are questions about his physical play, something that will need to improve enough to play the special teams hell need to for a roster spot.
The White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.
Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Today’s starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) vs. Jharel Cotton (4-7, 5.40 ERA)
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