Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
I saw an interview where Prince Amukamara talked about producing more interceptions. How has he looked so far in training camp?
In my humble opinion, Prince Amukamara has been one of the Bears' top performers during the first week or so of training camp. He has been aggressive at the cornerback position, breaking up several passes and making an impressive interception in Monday's workout. He ended a two-minute drill by making a great break on the ball and picking off a Mitchell Trubisky pass over the middle. It reminded me of the interception that Tracy Porter returned for a touchdown to clinch the Saints' win over Peyton Manning and the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV to cap the 2009 season. Here's what Bears coach Matt Nagy had to say about Amukamara's interception Monday: "One of the things we stress as a team is takeaways. We want to be able to be aggressive. That's the mentality of our team, so let's be aggressive. Let's be jumpy. Let's be smart, so you don't get double-moved. In that case right there, he was almost kind of playing the stick-slash-the-clock and knew what was going on and knew that another five yards would really help the kicker get closer, and he made a good play." Nagy doubled-down on Amukamara on Tuesday, mentioning him as one of two leaders on defense along with end Akiem Hicks, saying: "On the back end, it's hard for me to not get involved and love what Prince does. He's going to chirp a little bit now, and I love that part."
I was a big fan of Kylie Fitts at Utah and I was wondering if you think he has a chance to play on defense as a Bears rookie this season.
Kylie Fitts' performance in the preseason will go a long way in determining whether he'll be part of the Bears' regular rotation at outside linebacker. But the rookie sixth-round pick is off to a good start in training camp. He's shown me a very quick first step as a pass rusher and a non-stop motor. Here's what coach Matt Nagy had to say about Fitts on Tuesday: "Kylie is having a really good camp so far. He plays extremely hard. I have to sometimes remind him to make sure to stay away from the quarterback and the throwing motion and he actually came up to me [Monday] and apologized to me for it. But you can't fault a kid for trying to play hard, trying to get to the quarterback. I told him when we get to the preseason, do it as much as you want."
How have the Bears fared in seasons when they've played in the Hall of Fame Game?
The Bears will make their fifth appearance in the Hall of Fame Game this summer. They've made the playoffs the last three times they've played in the game—as a wildcard in 1977 and as a division champion in 1990 and 2005. Let's hope that trend continues. The Bears' first appearance in the Hall of Fame Game was in 1968, when they went on to compile a 7-7 record.