Rookie camp is a ‘cool time’ for Bears fan and center Doug Kramer

The NFL is a big step for all players in rookie minicamp, but center Doug Kramer He has the sweetest transition of all: from Bears fan to Bear.

The Hinsdale Central product, a sixth-round draft pick out of Illinois, made his appearance at Halas Hall this weekend. After being “a bit in shock” about turning into a bear when he was drafted last week, reality hit him this week.

“That’s a great moment,” Kramer said. “I know what the logo means to so many people in this city. I was impacted by the team growing up; that was one of the reasons I fell in love with the game, I was watching the Bears as a kid.

“I understand what it means to people in this city, to people who use it and to people who have used it in the past. Obviously I haven’t been through that yet, so there are still things I need to learn and figure out. I’m happy to go through that.”

Kramer, who turns 24 next month, was coming of age as a sports fan when the Bears went to Super Bowl XLI in 2006. So his favorite Bears players growing up were predictable.

“Before I started playing offensive line, I was brian urlacher Y Devin Hester – those are the two guys that I think a lot of young people who grew up in Chicago loved,” Kramer said. “Once I started playing offensive line, Olin Kreutz He was the boy who always watched. I loved the way he played, what he represented. He just chased him every play, so he loved him.”

Now the work begins. As a sixth-round pick, the 6-foot-2, 299-pound Kramer has a long way to go, and the practice squad is a likely place to learn behind. Lucas Patrick. But centers in his makeup have had long careers in the NFL.

“You just have to have confidence in yourself and your ability,” said Kramer, who started 48 games in five seasons at Illinois and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2021. “I was drafted here and this is reality. . Now it’s about getting him out on the field and into the film room, meeting the guys in the offensive line room, being a part of that room and earning that spot.”

looking for number 1

offensive coordinator Lucas Getsy He is undaunted by the likelihood that the Bears will enter training camp without a proven No. 1 receiver. He expects the offense to produce one.

“Everyone wants Dave Adams. Who wouldn’t love Davante Adams, right? Said Getsy, who was the Packers’ quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for the past two seasons. “But Davante wasn’t Davante until he became Davante. I think the system will allow some of these guys to play to their potential. So we’ll see what we can do. We will give them the opportunity to show what they have.”

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wide receiver Equanimous St. Brown, who had nine receptions for 98 yards and no touchdowns for the Packers last year, is a better candidate than people think. The Bears signed St. Brown to a one-year deal in free agency.

“I was very excited that we were able to catch him because I think his best football is ahead of him,” Getsy said. “You talk about a big body, a guy that can run, the toughness of him and all that stuff and everything that we’re going to preach in this system, he is that expectation. He is the leader of that mentality.”

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