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The Bear’s Den, August 7, 2020

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Today we have… ummm… something else 🙂

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears: Quarterback breakdown – Chicago Tribune – Credit Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for taking a big step this offseason and agreeing they had a quarterback problem. After the Bears finished 2019 as a bottom-five offense, Pace and Nagy knew they couldn’t leave themselves without a safety net for 2020.

Column: Chicago Bears camp full of uncertainty – Chicago Tribune – For the time being, many normal football-related tasks have become secondary at Chicago Bears training camp, pushed to the side as COVID-19-related responsibilities take precedence. Soon, though, that will have to change as the Bears take on the difficult challenge of juggling caution with cutthroat competitiveness.

Bears’ 53-man roster projection: Who makes the cut after NFL opt-out deadline? – NBC Sports Chicago – With the NFL’s opt-out deadline passing Thursday afternoon, we have a clear picture of what the Bears’ 53-man roster will look like at the end of training camp.

First Impressions: New Bears Coaches’ Talk Up Mitchell Trubisky – SI.com – One of the great unknowns in terms of coaching dynamics for the Bears is how Mitchell Trubisky actually fits working with new offensive coaching staff members Bill Lazor and John DeFilippo.

Bears Say So Far, So Good with COVID-19 Approach – SI.com – So far, so good with the social distancing for COVID-19 purposes at Halas Hall.

Chuck Pagano says rookie CB Jaylon Johnson is a bit limited in camp – Bears Wire – Bears rookie CB Jaylon Johnson is battling for a starting job, but he’s been limited so far in training camp coming off a shoulder injury.

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano discusses LB Roquan Smith, NT Eddie Goldman, CB Jaylon Johnson – ChicagoBears.com – On a video call with the media Thursday, Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano discussed linebacker Roquan Smith’s offseason focus, replacing nose tackle Eddie Goldman and more.

Chicago Bears special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor impressed with ‘bigger, stronger’ K Eddy Piñeiro – ChicagoBears.com – Watching Eddy Piñeiro kick in person this week for the first time since last season, Bears special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor immediately noticed the weight and strength Piñeiro added during the offseason.

Bears Ready To Rotate In Replacing Eddie Goldman – 670 The Score – Since nose tackle Eddie Goldman joined the Bears as a second-round pick in 2015, many in the organization have reminded of how difficult it would be to replace him.

What we heard from Chicago Bears coordinators – Chicago Tribune – Chicago Bears coordinators Bill Lazor, Chuck Pagano and Chris Tabor spoke with the media about what they’ve seen over the first few days since the full team reported to training camp.

Can Bears turn adversity into prosperity? – Chicago Sun-Times – Matt Nagy is hoping the Bears’ diligent approach in managing the challenges presented by COVID-19 restrictions will give them an edge in readiness for the 2020 season.

Chicago Bears Halas Intrigue podcast: Coaches talk quarterbacks – Chicago Sun-Times – The Bears coaching staff have the only opinions that matter in the quarterback competition.

Bears all over list of the worst ‘quarterback wins’ games of the new millennium – Think you need a great quarterback performance to win a game? History says otherwise. Especially Bears history.

POLISH SAUSAGE

PSU’s Micah Parsons opts out of season, intends to enter ’21 draft – NFL.com – Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, one of college football’s top talents, announced on Thursday that he intends to opt out of the 2020 season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Opt-outs exceed 60 players as Thursday deadline passes – Under the amended collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association, agreed to on July 24, players had the choice to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Who are the players to opted out?

Devonta Freeman “trying to pick the right situation” – ProFootballTalk – “Picking the right spot where I can be really, really highly utilized and get a real good opportunity,” Freeman said. “The business part with the contracts, of course that’s always up there as well.”

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Packers announce no fans will be present for at the first two home games thanks to COVID – Acme Packing Company – In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone, there will be no fans present at Lambeau Field for the home games agains the Lions and Falcons, should the season move forward at all.

Opt-out deadline passes with no additional Packers choosing to sit out 2020 – Acme Packing CompanyDevin Funchess will be the only player on the team to pass on the 2020 season.

No more Vikings opt out as league deadline passes – Daily NorsemanMichael Pierce will, apparently, be the only one

How the Detroit Lions were impacted by the opt-out clause – Pride Of Detroit – Three Lions ended up opting out. Here’s what that means for the team.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: NFL opt out deadline passes with no additional Bears on the list – Windy City Gridiron – The NFL Opt out deadline has passed with a total of 66 players league wide on the NFL’s list

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