Chicago Bears 2018 training camp primer


The Chicago Bears kick off 2018 training camp with veterans reporting to Bourbonnais on Thursday followed by the team's first practice on Friday, July 21. 

It's been an incredible offseason of change for a Bears team that needed it as badly as any franchise in the NFL. From the coaching staff to the skill players on offense, there's a slew of new names that will be trusted to get Chicago back on the winning track.

Recap of key offseason Changes:

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Matt Nagy
Offensive coordinator: Mark Helfrich
Running backs: Charles London
Wide receivers: Mike Furrey
Quarterbacks: Dave Ragone
Offensive line: Harry Hiestand
Assistant offensive line: Donovan Raiola
Tight ends: Kevin Gilbride
Offensive quality control: Mike Snyder
Offensive quality control: Brian Ginn
Offensive assistant: Shane Toub

*Defensive coaching staff has remained intact.

Free agency additions:

Allen Robinson (WR, No. 12)
Taylor Gabriel (WR, No. 18)
Trey Burton (TE, No. 88);
Aaron Lynch (OLB, No. 99)
Chase Daniel (QB, No. 4)
Tyler Bray (QB, No. 9)
 Bennie Fowler (WR, No. 13)
Marlon Brown (WR, No. 81)
Cody Parkey (K, No. 1) 

Draft picks:

Round 1: Roquan Smith (LB, No. 58)
Round 2: James Daniels (OC, No. 68)
Round 2: Anthony Miller (WR, No. 17)
Round 4: Joel Iyiegbuniwe (LB, No. 45)
Round 5: Bilal Nichols (DT, No. 98)
Round 6: Kylie Fitts (OLB, No. 49)
Round 7: Javon Wims (WR, RD 7, No. 83)

Undrafted free agent stock watch:

Andrew Trumbetti, DE Notre Dame (No. 48)
Michael Joseph, CB, Dubuque (No. 21)
Nick Orr, DB, TCU (No. 46)
Ryan Winslow, P, Pitt (No. 6)
Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU (No. 33)
Ryan Nall, RB, Oregon State (No. 35)
Dejon Allen, OL, Hawaii (No. 62)
Cavon Walker, DL, Maryland (No. 78)
Bunmi Rotimi, DE, Old Dominion (No. 74)
Rashard Fant, CB, Indiana (No. 29)
Matt Fleming, WR, Benedictine (No. 2)
John Franklin, III, DB, Florida Atlantic (No. 43)

To see the complete Chicago Bears roster, click here.

Training camp battles to watch:

WR: Kevin White vs. Anthony Miller

OLB: Aaron Lynch vs. Kylie Fitts and Sam Acho

TE: Adam Shaheen vs. Dion Sims

DE: Jonathan Bullard vs. Roy Robertson-Harris and Bilal Nichols

ILB: Roquan Smith vs. Nick Kwiatkoski

Training camp schedule:

Attending practice? Here's what you need to know:

  • Gates will open at 7:30am each day, with the exception of the night practice at Ward Field, when gates will open at 6:30 pm.
  • Please make sure you have registered for your FREE ticket before reaching the gates and you have your FREE ticket ready to be scanned upon entry.
  • Campgrounds will remain open with fan and kid-friendly activities until 11:30 am each day, with the exception of the night practice at Ward Field, when activities will conclude at 10:30 pm.
  • The night practice on August 11 will take place at Ward Field.

Bears training camp will take place once again at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. The Bears have held training camp at ONU every year since 2002.

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