Brad Biggs over at the Tribune is urging a tapping of the brakes on tackleguard James Brown from Troy as an addition for the Bears via the undrafted route. When an otherwise highly rated player, particularly an offensive lineman, slips not only down in the draft but also out of it altogether, there are usually reasons, unless 32 teams scouting and coaching staffs are blind.
Evaluation mistakes do happen. John Randle went undrafted and into the Hall of Fame, but 6-foot-1, 270 pound defensive tackles arent often hearing their names called on draft days, even in the game of a few years ago.
CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.
School: Warren Township
Head coach: Bryan McNulty
Assistant Coaches: Brandon Schild, Josh Williams, Ross Purchatzke, Justin Van Schaik, Jim Voutiritsas, Clay Kovak
How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (4-3 North Suburban Lake conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 – @ Barrington
Sept. 1 – vs New Trier
Sept. 8 – vs Libertyville
Sept. 15 - @ Lake Forest
Sept. 22 - @ Lake Zurich
Sept. 29 – vs Mundelein
Oct. 6 - vs Waukegan
Oct. 13 - @ Zion-Benton
Oct. 20 - @ Stevenson
Biggest storyline: Can the Blue Devils survive a brutally tough schedule in 2017?
Names to watch this season: Senior WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame), Senior TE Ryan Short
Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils have 11 starters back (5 offense 6 defense) and a ton of underclassmen talent, but can that talent develop into needed depth this season?
EDGY's Early Take: The Warren Township schedule is brutal and is also front loaded so the Blue Devils will need to come out clicking immediately. If the Blue Devils can get big production from it's seniors while a very good underclassmen group gels, this could be a team that surprises this fall.
Jimmy Butler is headed to Minnesota to reunite with Tom Thibodeau.
And as the former face of the Bulls packs his bags to join the Timberwolves, Butler took to social media to say goodbye to Chicago and thank the fans for all they've done over the last six years:
Here's Butler's complete message:
What can I say?! I truly struggle with the words because you've been so much more than just my home for the last 6 years, you've been my life! You've embraced me like a son and pushed me to get better every day, every season.
I can honestly say that I have always been incredibly motivated to succeed; it's just the way I'm built. But I know I owe so much to the person I am now, and to the player that I've become, to you.
You always pushed me to never give anything less than my absolute best night in, night out. That's what you expected. That's what you deserved. And, I hope you know that's what I dedicated my life to every time I walked into the facility or stepped on the floor of the United Center.
Thank you to the entire Bulls organization and Reinsdorf Family for taking a chance on me in 2011 and for giving me the opportunity to play the sport I love for such a great franchise. I'll never forget the feeling I had when I was drafted and when I played my first minutes. It's an experience that I wouldn't have wanted with any other team and I'm so thankful to you for giving me that opportunity.
Chicago, I love you. Thanks for embracing a kid from Tomball like one of your own. On to a new home and a new organization. Thankfully, with some familiar faces! PS... AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANT! THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY BEHIND THE ORGANIZATION THAT DO NOT GET THE SHINE THAT THEY DESERVE!! YALL ARE THE REAL ALL-STARS!! - Jimmy G. Buckets
A classy message from Butler that exudes the exact opposite tone of his personal trainer immediately following the Thursday night trade.
Absolutely love that he signed it "Jimmy G. Buckets" at the end, shouting out Stacey King with one of the most unique nicknames in Chicago sports history.