Tyrone Wheatley, who had played nine seasons for the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders and had recently coached the running backs for the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be the Bears’ fifth head coach in the last seven years.
Sunday’s opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, aren’t any better defensively than the Bengals and Raiders but Ravens officials will get a better read on the progress of Lamar Jackson, who will likely be making his first NFL road start.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice again Friday because of his right hip injury, leaving rookie Lamar Jackson almost certain to start for a second straight week on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
The Ravens open at home against the Buffalo Bills, will be done with AFC North road games after Oct. 7, have a three-game road trip, have a three-game homestand, face four straight 2017 playoff teams in the midseason, and have back-to-back road games against the Falcons and Chiefs in December.
“I think he’ll be a reliable receiver for Joe,” Anquan Boldin said of new Ravens receiver Michael Crabtree before Saturday night’s Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game at Royal Farms Arena.