The Chicago Bears have completed the mandatory minicamp and are officially on summer vacation before training camp in late July. But as head coach Matt Eberflus hinted, the job isn’t done for these players this summer.
Eberflus has told his players he wants them to take the break to come back “lean and fit” for training camp next month.
“My main message to guys as they prepare for this time is to come back lean and fit,” Eberflus said. “Training camp is not to get in shape, you have to be in shape when you arrive. Bring your running shoes, because we are going to run.
It’s safe to say that a pair of teammates will be back in practice this offseason. Quarterback Justin Fields and wide receiver Darnell Mooney have been inseparable this offseason, and that will continue during this break.
Only now they are not going to be alone.
Rookie catcher Velus Jones Jr. has confirmed he will be in Atlanta for pitching sessions with Fields and Mooney this summer.
There’s no denying the connection between Fields and Mooney, which included late nights at Halas Hall.
But Jones is working to establish his own connection with Fields. He understands the importance of that connection with his QB and how it makes things easier on the pitch. The hope is that Jones will become a playmaker for Fields down the line.
“He’s counting on me,” Jones said.
Now Jones will have more time to build that rapport with Fields before training camp.