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Bears coach Matt Nagy is optimistic regarding the statuses of five injured players for Sunday’s wild card round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, though he said Monday he’ll have a better idea of their potential availability come Wednesday when the Bears practice for the first time this week.

Of those five players — safety Eddie Jackson, outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, and wide receivers Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson — only Lynch did not travel to Minnesota for Week 17’s season-ender against the Vikings on Sunday. Gabriel (ribs) and Miller (shoulder) were injured against the Vikings, along with defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris, who had “a little whiplash” that Nagy didn’t frame as concerning.

“Nothing significant there,” Nagy said of Gabriel and Miller. “I think we’ll be good.”

Jackson (ankle), Robinson (ribs) and Lynch (elbow) are all at different places in their respective recoveries, Nagy said. Robinson would seem the most likely of the three to play against the Eagles, though Jackson’s ankle injury suffered in Week 15 hasn’t been framed by Nagy as serious.

“I’m hoping that they (play),” Nagy said. “I think they’re all in a little bit different situations right now. I’m excited to see come Wednesday, after talking to ‘Dre, Andre (Tucker). our head trainer, where they’re at. I think they’re all kind of (at) different levels. But I’m hoping they’re all ready to go.”

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It appears to be the end of the road once again for former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Cutler is expected to retire soon. Rapoport notes Cutler will be appearing on wife Kristin Cavallari’s reality show. He also did not rule out Cutler going into the broadcast booth with FOX, something he was expected to do last year before an opportunity to join the Miami Dolphins arose. He was set to be part of the network’s No. 2 team along with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis on NFL

All of those hoping to hear Cutler talk about his former team had their dreams dashed when an injury occurred to Miami Dolphins signal-caller Ryan Tannehill during the summer. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase worked with Cutler in 2015 in Chicago and called upon his former QB for some help. On August 3, Cutler signed with the Dolphins, casting aside his television booth dreams. He signed a one-year deal and was named the team’s starter for Week 1. In 14 starts for the Dolphins he completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,666 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. As a starter he went 6-8.

The 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt by the Broncos, Cutler showed signs of improvement in each of his first handful of seasons in the league. As a rookie in 2006 he started five games, throwing for 1,001 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. The following year he took over as the team’s starter and threw for 3,497 yards with 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In his Pro Bowl year with the Broncos in 2008, Cutler once again started all 16 games, throwing for 4,526 yards with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions

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Would Ryan Pace select Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds with the 8th overall pick?

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The Chicago Bears spot at eight is an interesting one. It seems that seven names have emerged above the rest: the four quarterbacks, Quenton Nelson, Saquon Barkley and Bradley Chubb. If the draft doesn’t have any surprises, it’s likely that those seven names are taken before anyone else. If that’s the case, the Bears at eight will have plenty of options from the next tier down.

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One of those names is Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Could he be Ryan Pace’s selection? It’s definitely a name you would think he would consider. Edmunds has a rare combination of size and speed that you just don’t see in linebackers. He checks in at 6’5, 250 lbs and he can run a 4.5 40-yard dash. Edumunds probably needs to add more strength, but he has the frame to do it and if he does, he could be a scary man on the football field.

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Some scouts say that teams should take Edmunds and move him to the edge position and have him focus on rushing the passer. While taking an edge position makes more sense in the top ten than an inside linebacker, is it a good idea to take the 8th pick and instantly move him to a position he’s uncomfortable with?

The question about Edmunds is his instincts. He is such a gifted athlete, he’s never had to rely on quick reads. If he’s a step slow reacting, he has always been able to use his speed to close the gap. Will that work at the NFL level? It does for some, but gifted athletes have to reach rare air to make up for poor instincts at the highest level.

Edmunds has also struggled at times in pass coverage so by no means is he a perfect prospect but he does fit that Pace profile of a player with massive upside that could develop into a dominant force.

Pace’s first-round pick (Kevin White, Leonard Floyd, Mitch Trubisky) have all been the same thing- massive upside guys that are borderline projects. He wants guys that can potentially reach the moon and become difference makers. He doesn’t want high-floor, low-ceiling guys in round one that will almost certainly be good, but don’t have the potential to be special.

The biggest issue with the selection of Edmunds is the need at inside linebacker. With Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski, it’s not exactly a position of need (although depth at the position is needed badly). But at the same time, when you are picking in the top ten, you shouldn’t be picking to fill holes on the roster, you should be picking the absolute best player available and fill your roster with talent. Filling holes is how teams miss on talent and end up picking in the top ten year after year.

Edmunds fits the Pace profile but he doesn’t fit a position of need or a position that usually warrants a top ten selection. Will Pace see Edmunds size and speed and massive potential and take the plunge? It’s unlikely Edmunds goes in the top seven, so if Pace wants him, he should have him available when the Bears are on the clock.

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