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As the Chicago Bears prepare for a prime-time season opener against Aaron Rodgers and the archrival Green Bay Packers Laken Tomlinson Jersey , quarterback Mitchell Trubisky sees a team with no limits.

He's not talking about the opponent, either.

The Bears come into the matchup at Lambeau Field on Sunday night with a decidedly different outlook after changing coaches, overhauling the receivers group, and pulling off a huge trade last weekend to add two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack to their defense.

But for all the big moves they made, there are still some big questions. Topping the list is whether the quarterback they drafted with the No. 2 overall pick last year can develop the way general manager Ryan Pace envisions.

"I feel a lot more comfortable in my role," Trubisky said. "I feel a lot more comfortable with the offense and what I need to do. And having more responsibility on my shoulders and just being more of a leader this year and more vocal and having guys look at me."

He insisted the "sky's the limit" and that he has "very high goals" for himself and the team.

The Bears hired Matt Nagy to replace John Fox, fired after a three-year run that produced a 14-34 record and the second-lowest winning percentage in franchise history. Besides hiring an offense-minded coach, they gave Trubisky some new targets.

They signed former Jacksonville Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson and brought in former Philadelphia tight end Trey Burton and receivers Taylor Gabriel and rookie Anthony Miller.

They believed they were already setting themselves up for bigger things after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North. The trade for Mack took the buzz to another level.

"We're lucky to have him," Trubisky said. "We're happy to have him, and just from the first couple of days he's been here, just how he carries himself and how he wants to work Matt Milano Jersey , how he wants to affect this game and be a part of this team, it's going to be great for this team and this organization to have a guy like that."

Trubisky said he was still sleeping when "someone" came into his room and told him, "You guys just got Khalil Mack." His response: "Get out of here. Like, leave me alone, I'm going back to sleep."

That "someone" was his mom, who was in town last weekend.

Mack's arrival could turn a defense that ranked 10th overall a year ago into one of the NFL's best. That should mean good field position on a consistent basis for the offense. But with higher expectations after the blockbuster trade, there could also be more pressure on Trubisky.

"It's not gonna change how Mitchell plays," Nagy said. "He's worried about himself and how he controls that offense."

Trubisky threw for 2,193 yards in 12 games last season. But he had as many interceptions as touchdowns (seven). And his 77.5 rating was not much better than Mike Glennon's (76.9).

Even so, there were some promising flashes. His command of the huddle impressed the Bears. It stood out to Packers coach Mike McCarthy, too.

"I like the way Mitch carries the game Danton Heinen Jersey Kids ," McCarthy said. "It's just watch the way he reacted when he was given his opportunity. ... You could see his growth throughout the season, and that's what you look for in all young players."

With five straight non-winning seasons and just one trip to the playoffs since the 2006 team's run to the Super Bowl, the Bears are looking for more. And as big as the trade for Mack was, Pace's reputation still largely hinges on the development of the quarterback he drafted last year after trading up a spot.

For now, there are still some big questions about Trubisky, the offense and how it will all come together.

"I have a really good idea of what this offense looks like and where we're at and how we need to go about our business and execute our plays," Trubisky said. "The more of the mystery is what (the Packers are) going to run on defense."

NOTES: LB Leonard Floyd (broken right hand) said this wouldn't be the first time he has played with a casted club. He did it in college, too. Floyd broke his hand at Denver on Aug. 18. ... Rookie LB Roquan Smith (tight left hamstring) said he feels "a lot better," though he has "no clue" how much he will play Sunday.
The high-powered New York Yankees were stymied by Tampa Bay’s relievers.

Six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter, and the Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night.

Utilizing a bullpen day, the Rays improved to 14-31 against teams with a .500 or better record with the victory over the team with the majors’ best record. New York is 40-5 when allowing four or fewer runs.

”You just don’t limit that team to one run very often http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/dion-sims-jersey ,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ”So as far as piecing it together and guys coming in and doing their jobs, that’s probably as good as you can make it.”

Winner Ryan Yarbrough (6-3) entered in the second and allowed one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his fifth save in nine chances.

”Getting those tough wins against a really tough opponent was great,” Yarbrough said.

The Rays, 12-19 in one-run games, are 3-5 during a stretch of 16 games with the Yankees, Washington and Houston.

Willy Adames put the Rays ahead 1-0 with a run-scoring single off CC Sabathia (4-3) in the fourth. Sabathia allowed two runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Tampa Bay has just two established starters in its rotation with injuries to Chris Archer and Jake Faria.

”Whatever kind of combination they’ve got going on over there, it worked tonight,” Sabathia said.

Tampa Bay went up 2-0 in the fifth on C.J. Cron’s sacrifice fly, a drive with two on that Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton snared with a leaping catch at the wall.

”That was a really special play,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

The Rays wasted a chance to extend the lead in the sixth when Johnny Field struck out on a failed third-strike bunt attempt with two on and Matt Duffy hit a two-out grounder with the bases loaded to complete a 12-pitch at-bat against Adam Warren.

”That was on me, poor communication on my part. Jourdan Lewis Jersey ,” Cash of the Field strikeout. ”That’s not how we drew it up. I didn’t take it off. I made the mistake.”

Aaron Judge made it 2-1 on a seventh-inning RBI single off Chaz Roe. Jose Alvarado prevented further damage by getting a two-out grounder from Didi Gregorius with runners on second and third.

New York left fielder Brett Gardner went 2 for 5 after missing the previous five games due to right knee soreness.

After taking three balls, Gardner hit into a game-ending double on a 3-2 pitch from Romo.

The announced crowd was 27,252, more than double Tampa Bay’s second-lowest average attendance in the majors of 13,414.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (strained left and right hamstrings) will have his first bullpen session Sunday and could start a simulated game late next week.

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) had a 20-pitch bullpen session. The opening-day starter will likely be out until after the All-Star break. ”(Saturday) will be big to see where my level of soreness is,” Archer said. ”The last week my body has really come a long ways. I don’t wake up with any soreness.”

MINORS’ MATTERS

Yankees: RHP Clarke Schmidt, taken 16th overall in the 2017 draft, allowed two runs and three hits over one inning in his first Gulf Coast League game. He missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Rays: Two-way prospect Brendan McKay is on Class-A Charlotte’s disabled list with an oblique injury.

MOVING DAY

Tampa Bay reinstated INF Daniel Robertson (left hamstring strain) from the 10-day DL and optioned RHP Austin Pruitt and outrighted OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Durham.

UP NEXT

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray (5-4) and Rays RHP Wilmer Font (0-3) are Saturday’s scheduled starters.



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