In the 13 days leading up to July 27th, when the Green Bay Packers begin training camp practices, APC is running a series we’re calling “13 in 13.” Over these two weeks, we will closely with a close examination of the major offseason events for each of the Packers’ 2017 opponents. Each team’s information has been provided by our SB Nation colleagues who know them best - the team bloggers for each franchise.
The Packers have three home games in their first four contests, and week four’s game features their first divisional matchup of the season as the Chicago Bears come to Lambeau Field. The Packers will return the favor by traveling South to Soldier Field in week 10. The two teams enter this season tied at 94-94-6 all-time; if the Packers win in week 4, they would hold the series lead for the first time since 1932.
Here’s a look at the offseason changes for the Bears, courtesy of Windy City Gridiron.
Notable free agent additions: Prince Amukamara (CB), Quintin Demps (S), Marcus Cooper (CB), Mike Glennon (QB), Dion Sims (TE), Markus Wheaton (WR), Kendall Wright (WR), Victor Cruz (WR), Jaye Howard (DL)
Notable free agent departures: Alshon Jeffery (WR), Jay Cutler (QB)
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: Adam Shaheen (TE), Tarik Cohen (RB), Eddie Jackson (FS/PR)
Biggest offseason addition: It’s all about the quarterback in the NFL, so veteran free agent Mike Glennon and rookie Mitchell Trubisky, not to mention backup Mark Sanchez, will give the Bears a brand new QB room.
Biggest storyline heading into training camp: The Bears moved up in the draft for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, so the ‘when will he play’ narrative will be front and center all camp long.
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: The Bears revamped their wide receivers and secondary, so watching how those two position groups will shape up will be interesting.
Notable injuries heading into training camp: Starting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan may have to start the season on the PUP list, but other than that, the Bears are relatively healthy heading into camp.