- The Athletic’s Adam Jahns believes Bears seventh-round OL Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons will start the season on the practice squad.
- Jahns doesn’t see former second-round TE Adam Shaheen making the final roster.
- Jahns thinks Bears WR Javon Wims is on the bubble after the additions of veteran WR Ted Ginn and fifth-round WR Darnell Mooney.
- Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes that a season with limited or zero fan attendance could help the home-field advantage for teams like the Bears that play more games in the elements.
- According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers have reassigned scout Brandian Ross to the Southwest from the Midlands region. He replaces Charles Walls who left for a position with the Browns.
- The Packers also promoted Demetri Goodson from intern to full-time scout and assigned him to the Southwest region.
- Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes that a season with limited or zero fan attendance could help the home-field advantage for teams like the Packers that play more games in the elements.
During free agency this offseason, WR Emmanuel Sanders had no shortage of options. The 49ers were interested in bringing the veteran back for another run at the Super Bowl, while other strong options like the Cowboys and Packers were also involved. But when the Saints made an offer to join their offense, it became an easy decision for Sanders.
“Let me give you a little narrative,” Sanders said on NFL Total Access via Kevin Patra. “Drew Brees drops back, he looks to the right, he has Alvin Kamara. He looks to the left, he has Emmanuel Sanders. He looks to the right, he has Michael Thomas. Oh, he looks down the middle, there’s Jared Cook. Oh my god, who’s gonna score? You look to the right and to the sideline, Sean Payton is calling the plays. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be in that situation?”
Sanders drew parallels to when he left the Steelers following the end of his rookie contract and signed with the Broncos and QB Peyton Manning. He had a career year with 101 catches, 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns.
“You want to talk about going to practice knowing you’re gonna catch 10-12 balls. Going into games, knowing that you have the opportunity to catch 10 passes. Like I said in ’14, that’s wide receiver heaven,” Sanders said. “To be back in the situation with another Hall of Fame quarterback and trying to do something special and win a Super Bowl, I’m all in. Truthfully, I’m blessed to be in this position that I’m in right now.”