Checking 'em out

A contingent of representatives from the Chicago Bears organization began working the surroundings of the Senior Bowl this past week in Mobile, Ala. With the naming of Lovie Smith head coach of this storied franchise, the mindset immediately turned toward the talent on display for league personnel.<p>

Scouts and coaches for the Bears spent a significant amount of time watching and evaluating players on both sides of the ball. There appeared to be a great focus placed on the wide receivers, offensive and defensive linemen. Seeking additional depth and talent at each of the fore-mentioned positions, the Bears took advantage of the opportunity to meet with numerous NFL prospects.

Among the players Chicago representatives met with was wide receiver Michael Jenkins, from Ohio State. Looking to improve the quality and depth at this position, the Bears, as were most league representatives were impressed with the showing the Buckeyes senior had.

"Jenkins was one player which really stood out for the entire week. He was solid in his routes, sharp coming out of his breaks, and showed the ability to separate from the defensive backs," a Bears personnel evaluator said. "We are looking to provide further balance and explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball, and the wide receiver position is one aspect we could improve upon.

With Dez White headed for free agency, we are exploring all the options available to us."

Injuries and a lack of quality depth hampered the Bears offensive line last season. Starting offensive linemen Chris Villarrial and Mike Gandy >are eligible for free agency and the Bears have a plan in place to address the issues along the offensive line.

"We have been in contact with representatives for Villarrial and Gandy, checking into the possibility of returning to the team. Right now, it appears both players would like to test the free agency waters," a team source said. "We plan on being aggressive in free agency, as solidifying the offensive lines, as well as the defensive lines are priorities for this organization.

I wouldn't say the door is closed on any of our free agent players, but we are going forward."

Forward is the plan for the Chicago Bears, anything else but progress may again create a stir within the masses in Chicago.


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