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The Bear’s Den, August 6, 2020

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Today we go with some street guitar from Amsterdam…

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Why Bears should think about quarantining third-string QB Tyler Bray – NBC Sports Chicago – While the Bears are confident in their COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, what if an outbreak leads Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles to be unavailable for a game?

Despite Top-100 Snub, Eddie Jackson’s Value Still Shines Through – On Tap Sports Net – Despite being snubbed from the NFL Top 100 Players list, Chicago Bears’ safety Eddie Jackson is as valuable as ever.

Bears Showed Up in Better Shape Than Matt Nagy Expected – SI.com – “You kind of hold your breath when you haven’t seen these guys this whole time,” Nagy said Wednesday during a Zoom conference call with media.

(Very) Short Idea: What the NFL Should Do for 2020 – Da Bears Blog – Create a bubble for each division – 8 in total.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy trying ‘to stay one or two steps ahead’ during training camp due to COVID-19 – ChicagoBears.com – With NFL teams required to adhere to a new set of rules due to COVID-19, Bears coach Matt Nagy understands the importance of creating

Chalk Talk: How will the Chicago Bears replace NT Eddie Goldman? – ChicagoBears.com – Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how the Bears will replace nose tackle Eddie Goldman this season, how college scouting will be affected by COVID-19 and if Bears players will wear face shields on their helmets this year.

Matt Nagy: Bears Reported In ‘Exceptional Shape’ – 670 The Score – Bears coach Matt Nagy was like so many of us during our national shutdown this spring. “There’s a lot more eating than there is working out over that quarantine,” Nagy joked.

Bears show up in shape, giving Matt Nagy slight head start in roster decisions – Chicago Sun-Times – The team is down to 80 players, but the usual process for mapping out a depth chart is out the window. Nagy won’t get his players on the field for actual practices until Aug. 17.

Bears’ Matt Nagy: Team in ‘good place’ but not sure if other players will opt out – Chicago Sun-Times – The NFL deadline to opt out is Thursday at 3 p.m.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs – Chicago Tribune – Brad Biggs’ Chicago Bears mailbag features questions about the depth at running back, the impact of Eddie Goldman opting out of the season and what the team’s strongest and weakest position groups are. Ken’s Note: Denmaster Jack gets a question answered.

Why Bears don’t see need for ‘voluntary bubble’ amid COVID-19 pandemic right now – NBC Sports Chicago – The Bears are confident they won’t need to set up a “voluntary bubble,” as the Saints and Bucs have, to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak inside Halas Hall.

Bears’ Matt Nagy ‘really proud’ of players’ commitment to stay in shape – NBC Sports Chicago – Hint: it has to do with Akiem Hicks and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Matt Nagy details what Bears’ competition at right guard will look like – NBC Sports Chicago – It’s one of the bigger question marks of 2020 training camp.

Projecting future Hall of Famers for all 32 NFL teams – ESPN – Is Khalil Mack a future Hall of Famer? How about Patrick Mahomes? Julian Edelman, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman? Which current players have the best cases?

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFLPA sets up snitch line for COVID-19 violations – Yahoo Sports – But will any players use it? Ken’s Note: Snitches get stitches!

Prohibited pandemic conduct for players applies to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel – ProFootballTalk – The notice, a copy of which PFT has obtained, applies to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel.

Albert Wilson becomes second Dolphins WR to opt out of season – NFL.com – Another Miami Dolphins wide receiver will opt out of the 2020 season. On the heels of Allen Hurns‘ announcement, Albert Wilson informed the Dolphins he has decided to sit out the campaign.

Bills tweak Stefon Diggs’ contract to pay him more in 2020 – NFL.com – Buffalo altered newly acquired wideout Stefon Diggs‘ contract on Tuesday, moving money up a few years in his deal, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.

Buccaneers plan a “voluntary” bubble during the regular season – ProFootballTalk – Why bargain with the union for the right to compel players to live in a hotel all season when it can be done on a “voluntary” basis?

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Coral, our new commenting system, is coming soon! – Windy City Gridiron – Coral will launch on Windy City Gridiron on Monday, Aug. 10.

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2020 Position Battles: Who’ll be the third inside linebacker? – Windy City Gridiron – We continue our look at each position group on the Chicago Bears as their training camp battles rage on…

Snyder and Berckes’ Bears Over Beers: COVID Opt-outs and QB Battles – Windy City Gridiron – Jeff and EJ cover what COVID means for the Bears (so far) and what they really expect out of Trubisky vs. Foles.

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