Talk about Four­nette was for naught

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - mpotash@sun­ | @MarkPo­tash BY MARK POTASH, STAFF RE­PORTER

Tempt­ing as it might have been, the Bears passed on run­ning back Leonard Four­nette.

David Montgomery’s groin in­jury sparked spec­u­la­tion that the Bears would be in­ter­ested in Four­nette, the fourth over­all pick of the 2017 draft, who was waived by the Jaguars. But coach Matt Nagy said the Bears were not in­ter­ested.

“I saw that he was out there,” Nagy said. “Again, we feel very com­fort­able with where we’re at. I un­der­stand [the ques­tion]. We ex­plore ev­ery­thing. Ryan [gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace] and those guys [in per­son­nel] do a great job. They’re al­ways look­ing at all sce­nar­ios and then we talk through things. I’ll just say we re­ally like where we’re at right now with our run­ning back room.’’

Four­nette signed with the Buc­ca­neers late Wed­nes­day, re­port­edly for one year and $3.5 mil­lion.

Montgomery was es­ti­mated to be out two-to-four weeks when he suf­fered the in­jury on Aug. 26, so he could re­turn as early as Wed­nes­day be­fore the opener Sept. 13 against the Lions — though that is not con­sid­ered a likely sce­nario.

The Bears have Tarik Co­hen, Cor­dar­relle Pat­ter­son, Ryan Nall and Ar­tavis Pierce be­hind Montgomery on the ros­ter and are ex­pected to use a com­bi­na­tion of play­ers to fill the void if Montgomery misses any games.

Miller’s ‘amaz­ing camp’

An­thony Miller turn­ing the men­tal cor­ner will be one of the most watched nar­ra­tives as the Bears be­gin the sea­son. He re­ceived an­other en­dorse­ment Wed­nes­day.

“He might have had the best train­ing camp of a lot of play­ers on this team,” Nagy said. “He had an amaz­ing train­ing camp where he was mak­ing some men­tal er­rors early on, but the best part about An­thony is that when you cor­rect him, he doesn’t make the same mis­take twice. And that kid is play­ing at 110 per­cent on ev­ery sin­gle play. He took the chal­lenge and had an awe­some camp.”

‘Awe­some prac­tice’

Nagy was en­cour­aged by the way the team re­sponded Wed­nes­day af­ter an “av­er­age” prac­tice Tues­day. It was the fi­nal full prac­tice un­til the Bears be­ing prepa­ra­tions for the opener against the Lions.

“It was an awe­some prac­tice,” Nagy said. “Yes­ter­day — av­er­age prac­tice. We talked about it and the play­ers re­sponded. [Wed­nes­day] was one of the best prac­tices we had . . . there was great en­ergy and vibe.”

‘Ag­gres­sive and at­tack­ing’

The Bears have a new of­fen­sive iden­tity this year, with four new

of­fen­sive coaches in line coach

Juan Castillo, co­or­di­na­tor Bill La­zor, quar­ter­backs coach John DeFilippo and tight ends coach Clancy Barone.

“Ag­gres­sive and at­tack­ing — that’s the mind­set for the of­fense this year,” left tackle Charles Leno said. “We slipped a lot last year on the de­tails things. Just fine-tun­ing the de­tails and be­ing more at­tack­ing and ag­gres­sive.

“We were re­ally con­ser­va­tive in a lot of play-calls and stuff like that last year. Even com­ing from an of­fen­sive line per­spec­tive, we weren’t re­ally at­tack­ing that much as a front five, mov­ing guys off the ball. So we’ll be def­i­nitely do­ing more of that this year.”


Leonard Four­nette, who signed with the Bucs late Wed­nes­day, was taken two spots be­hind Mitch Tru­bisky in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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