The Chicago Bears Should Sign Larry English and Joel Dreessen

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  1. BSBEARS

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    The Chicago Bears Should Sign Larry English and Joel Dreessen

    by Erik Lambert 6h ago

    Part of building a winning team is finding talent at opportune times. For the Chicago Bears, that may be at hand.
    English ends promising but disappointing tenure with San Diego Chargers
    Being a 1st round draft pick meant that Larry English clearly had talent coming out of college. That is why the San Diego Chargers took. Unfortunately like so many top picks he ran into problems that were often out of his control. The only time he was able to play a full season was his rookie year. Otherwise it has been one injury after another that has held him back from becoming the promising pass rusher he was in college. That is why the team chose to cut him.
    For the Chicago Bears, it is a fortuitous circumstance. English is actually a local product, having made his name at Northern Illinois University. He also did so playing as a 4-3 defensive end. So not only would signing English unite him with his hometown team and get him closer to family, but it would also put him back at his natural position. Granted the injury risks will remain, but the Bears could probably have him at a bargain and they can never have enough pass rushers.
    Julius Thomas emergence made Dreessen useless to Denver Broncos
    Another player to hit the open market recently was veteran tight end Joel Dreessen. For a good four-year stretch dating back to 2009 he was one of the underappreaciated players at his position. He put up some solid numbers in Houston before signing on with the Denver Broncos and becoming a dependable secondary option for Peyton Manning. However, the emergence of Pro Bowler Julius Thomas gave the Broncos a logjam at the position and the 31-year old Dreessen became the odd man out, especially given his third surgical procedure on his left knee.
    That being said he’s proven himself as a solid reserve option at tight end and the Chicago Bears have serious need of one. Martellus Bennett remains their starter but the situation behind him on the depth chart is perilous. As it stands there is nobody to speak of with proven ability as a pass catcher. Dreessen, with his experience and his talent can offer them that.
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    I would think both of these guys will look for teams they could start before the Bears; or at least teams w/more cap space.

    Wouldn't mind either of them though, why not kick the tires on these guys?
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    Reminds me of the Vernon Gholston signing a few years ago. It would be just camp fodder, nothing more. English grew up in the Chicago metro area and went to NIU, would be nice to see him resurrecting his career near his hometown. Maybe he used to be a Bears fan when he was a kid, who knows?

    He was inconsistent in SD but occasionally showed flashes of what made him a first round draft pick. Versatile, strong, can play both positions, let's give him a try.
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    If we could get TE Joel Dreessen at a decent price it would be a good move. If Bennett gets injured this season it sure would be nice to have a solid receiving TE as a backup. But he may be out of our price range due to the fact that decent receiving TE's are so highly valued in the NFL now. Even though he's had injury issues, I'll bet a team gives him decent money to come on board.

    The Bears will probably have to ultimately draft a receiving TE next year if we want to get a good one. It seems like TE's get injured a lot so it sure would be good to have a youngster on the roster who can step into some big "Bennett shoes" if needed, and if we get a good one in the draft that gives us some flexibility to use two TE sets on some plays. It would be another weapon in addition to being solid depth insurance at TE.
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    Sorry guys. I don't where the author got his info from but Dreessen is done playing football. He was released because he couldn't pass his physical not because he lost out to the competition. The knee isn't healed. He tweeted a thank you and a good bye to Bronco fans yesterday.
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    I know it's tempting to look over the waiver wire, but there's not a lot of value to be found now. Neither of these players would be a considerable upgrade over the bottom of the depth chart guys. Let training camps play out for a few weeks and hope some of the teams with depth, where the Bears don't have much, let someone go who could contribute.
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    English would be a low risk and possibly a high reward... With our current rotation the fresher we are on the field the better
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    Welcome to the forums twetz.

    You're absolutely right. Most of the guys who are being let got right now are players who aren't physically ready for camp like Dreessen. Teams have hung with them while they rehabbed but now every roster spot is of value because they need 90 healthy bodies to start drills. You're either ready to go, nearly ready to go, you get put on the PUP, or you get released.

    Most of he FAs out there who have any real value have been signed by someone. The rest aren't worth much to anyone the Bears included. The next best shot at finding some help usually comes when teams begin to do their second and final cuts. That's where teams might improve their depth or find better PS guys on the waiver wire.

    In this specific instance I don't know why we'd add another DE who won't make the team unless we were short one for camp and I don't believe we are. If we signed English is would be to bump another DE whose already been through OTA and the mini camp. I don't know that they would do that unless he was something special and I doesn't look like he is.
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    Good tall twetz. And for a change isn't it nice to have a team that's talented and deep enough not to have to worry about the waiver wire/FA scrubs of July and Aug?
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