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Mitch Trubisky's lifelong dream becomes reality

Win or lose, success or failure, Mitch Trubisky was going to remember his first NFL game Thursday simply because it was the culmination of a lifelong dream. “It was important for me not to let this moment go by and just realize how far I’ve come,” Trubisky said after starring in the Bears’ 24-17 preseason-opening loss to the Broncos. “It was a special night." (Chicago Bears)

Return of the Mack

We doubted him. And every time he reestablished himself as a bonafide football star. But that’s nothing out of the ordinary for Mack Hollins. On Thursday, he did it again. His first play as an Eagle. It was preseason, our first time watching Mack in the NFL. No. 10 slants across the middle and makes the catch. He stiff-arms defenders, bursts down the sideline and finds the end zone. (Argyle Report)

Dez Bryant: Ryan Switzer "will be a Pro Bowl returner in his rookie year"

Dez Bryant made a bold prediction after practice Thursday, and it wasn't about himself. Bryant surely has his own goals this season, but he set the bar pretty high for one of his rookie teammates: Ryan Switzer. Bryant said Switzer will get "four or five" special teams return touchdowns this season. "He will be a Pro Bowl returner in his rookie year," Bryant said. (NFL.com)

Bug Howard getting more opportunities due to Colts' injuries

"A guy like (rookie wide receiver) Bug Howard, he took a million reps today. Not supposed to," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "But he tested his limits today. He got uncomfortable, and he was able to tolerate the discomfort and push through. He'll be better for having to go through something like that. So I'm proud of Bug and the rest of those guys." (Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

After scrimmage, Tar Heel defense gets to work

The Carolina defense has the opportunity to fix a lot in 2017. John Papuchis's elevation to the coordinator position came on the heels of Gene Chizik's retirement. Papuchis and Larry Fedora then brought in three new position coaches: Deke Adams on the defensive line, linebackers coach Mike Ekeler, and defensive backs coach Terry Joseph. (Argyle Report)

Q&A with former North Carolina punter Tommy Barnhardt

Tommy Barnhardt played football at UNC from 1983 to 1985. After being drafted in 1986, the punter appeared in 186 games for five NFL teams — including a one-year stop with the Panthers in their inaugural 1995 season. Sports editor Chapel Fowler caught up with Barnhardt, who gave his take on this year's football team, the academic-athletic scandal and more. (Daily Tar Heel)

Philly coach Doug Pederson impressed with Mack Hollins in Eagles debut

Doug Pederson's eyes lit up when asked about Mack Hollins moments after the Eagles preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Eagles had nothing to write home about offensively after Hollins had an impressive 38-yard touchdown reception from Carson Wentz in the first quarter of the 24-9 defeat, but that play canceled out the future performance. (247 Sports)

So what if it's preseason? Mitchell Trubisky gave plenty of reasons to gush

Then late in the second quarter in an eventual 24-17 loss to Denver, in trotted Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick last spring, yet somehow the third-stringer for the preseason opener. The less than capacity crowd at Soldier Field rustled to life, out of curiosity, out of hope, out of a slumber that, after what it had just witnessed, forced it to deal with 0-16 nightmares. (Yahoo! Sports)

Former UNC star Mitchell Trubisky starts genuine QB controversy in Chicago

In all, quarterback Mitch Trubisky was 18-for-25 for 166 yards and a touchdown. He ran for 38 yards, avoiding sacks by showing off his athletic ability. He impressed NFL scouts at the game and ignited a genuine quarterback controversy in Chicago. Why? Mark Sanchez and Mike Glennon combined to complete 3-of-12 passes for 24 yards and an interception. (Charlotte Observer)

LSU graduate transfer Harris eager for shot at UNC's QB job

Brandon Harris left LSU looking for a clean start in his final season as a college quarterback. The graduate transfer figures he's found the perfect opportunity at North Carolina, from the open starting job to a fast-paced scheme known for putting up big numbers. "Anytime you're making a transition like this, you want to make sure you get it right," Harris said. (Associated Press)

Finally Healthy, UNC Defensive End Dajaun Drennon Poised for Breakout Season

Last year, injuries caused a black cloud over UNC defensive end Dajaun Drennon’s season–leaving the senior motivated to stay healthy in 2017 and provewhat he’s capable of. At 6-foot-4 with 230 pounds of muscle and flowing dreadlocks–it’s impossible to miss Drennon. Wearing No. 17, he almost looks like the Terminator decided to put on a Tar Heel uniform. (Chapelboro.com)

John Papuchis Bringing Passion to UNC Defensive Coordinator Role

When Gene Chizik stepped down in the offseason with the North Carolina defensive foundation in place but work still to be done, John Papuchis offered the critical continuity that had been lacking before their arrival. The defensive design has allowed for a seamless transition. It’s the personality change that may represent the most significant adjustment. (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: No. 10 Is No. 1, for Sure

Despite a loss caused by Chicago’s suddenly porous defense, Mitch Trubisky had his team ahead and on the verge of victory. How did he look? The same, except for a darker jersey. How did he play? He was named player of the game after directing three scoring drives that will put coach John Fox under pressure to start Trubisky and let him learn on the job. (Chapelboro.com)

North Carolina Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

Now Larry Fedora must prove that winning is ingrained in the program’s culture following some major personnel losses, especially on offense. On top of everything, North Carolina faces a schedule that consists of challenges from beginning to end. Athlon Sports polled a few writers for their take on the Tar Heels’ realistic 2017 win/loss projection. (Athlon Sports)

Eagles rookie Mack Hollins shows he can handle leap to NFL level

Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins said last week that he had never even attended an NFL game in his lifetime. Were it not for a slip on the slick concrete in Lambeau Field’s north end zone, he would have indeed been in the bleachers with everyone else watching the Birds’ first preseason game of the year. He settled for a much better view of the action. (CSN Philly)

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