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The Bears Den, August 10, 2020

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Happy birthday to Leo Fender, founder of the Fender Musical Instruments Company. Here’s one of the greatest to ever don a strat:

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

BEARRRSSSS

Recapping Week 2 of Bears Camp – The Chicago Audible – Listen as the guys recap everything you may have missed during the second week of Bears Camp. Jack’s note: We got a shout-out on this episode of their podcast. I highly recommend listening to it and commenting on both platforms with your thoughts.

Why Bears Coaches Suddenly Can Trust in Anthony Miller – BearDigest – Never had the developmental process of wide receiver Anthony Miller been spelled out so clearly.

Expectations are high for Bears wide receivers in 2020 – 247 Sports – There are some high expectations for the Chicago Bears wide receivers this year, no matter who the quarterback is.

Rehab Project: How Bears Revive Their Running Game – Bear Digest – The way the Bears ran the ball in 2019 discouraged everyone on offense.

Bears ILB Danny Trevathan considered opting out of 2020 season – Bears Wire – The Bears only had two players that chose to forgo the 2020 season, but they were close to losing another valuable member of their defense.

Chicago Bears QB competition not just based on play at practice – 247 Sports – While the Chicago Bears quarterback competition hasn’t really taken off yet, we got a hint of how coaches will judge it when they do hit the field.

Why a Tight Bears QB Battle Goes to Mitchell Trubisky – Bear DigestMatt Nagy has finished several of his answers about the quarterback competition this year with the thought they’ll need both of them to get through the season regardless of who wins.

The Bears had a visit with former Rams safety Marqui Christian – Bears Wire – The Bears did some homework on free-agent safety Marqui Christian, who played four seasons with the Rams.

Leiser: Bears’ Dave Ragone must sideline attachment to Mitch Trubisky as Nick Foles arrives – Chicago Sun-Times – Ragone had been Trubisky’s only quarterbacks coach in the NFL until Matt Nagy made a few changes this offseason. Ragone has to shift out of being “a Mitch guy” and help the Bears make a clear-eyed decision on their starter for 2020.

Bears film study: One player fell and the defense collapsed – Daily Herald – The Bears defense started out playing great in 2019, but a single play turned everything in the wrong direction. Mike McGraw identifies the problem in Part 2 of his Bears film study

Bears coaches giving strange preseason the old college try – Chicago Sun-Times – Assistants are leaning on their college coaching experience to try to find some answers at the pro level.

Inside Chicago Bears’ 1st week of training camp – Chicago Tribune – Chicago Bears players, coaches and staff know how they need to act in the coming months inside and outside the facility for their environment to remain safe — and for them to continue playing football.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Browns sign Michael Dunn, waive Nate Wieting – ProFootballTalk – The Browns signed offensive guard Michael Dunn on Sunday, the team announced.

Seahawks CB Dunbar being removed from Exempt List – NFL.com – Seattle Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar is being removed from the Commissioner’s Exempt List, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Saturday afternoon.

Roundup: Washington activates LB Reuben Foster from PUP list – NFL.com – A little more than a year removed from a knee injury that prematurely ended his first year in Washington, LB Reuben Foster has been activated from the PUP list and is on track for Week 1, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports.

NFL training camp 2020 – Sammy Watkins takes less to stay put; officials reach opt-out deal – ESPNSammy Watkins knew he couldn’t find a better situation than playing with the Chiefs; officials have until Thursday to opt out with a $30K stipend and a guarantee of a spot in 2021.

How Steelers have supported their favorite painter during pandemic – SI.com – The coronavirus wiped out most of Cody Sabol’s business, but thanks to the Steelers, he has been working around the clock to deliver artwork to players. “Those guys are the reason why I still have a house.” Jack’s note: If you’re going to read any non-Bears content from this Den, this is the story to read. Speed painting is a fascinating art, and this article is packed full of his work. Give it a click.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares.

Detroit: Detroit Lions trade CB Michael Jackson to Patriots – Pride Of Detroit – The Lions found a trade partner before officially waiving Jackson.

Report: Detroit Lions cut former 6th-round pick WR Travis Fulgham – Pride Of Detroit – The Lions moved on from one 2019 draft pick already.

Detroit Lions activate T.J. Hockenson, 2 others off reserve/COVID-19 list – Pride Of Detroit – The Lions now have just one player on their COVID-19 list.

Detroit Lions waive recently-claimed DT Daylon Mack – Pride Of Detroit – Detroit will be looking elsewhere for defensive line help..

Minnesota: Vikings make Quentin Poling signing official, waive Tony Brooks-James – Daily Norseman – The linebacker is in the fold

Cameron Smith to undergo open heart surgery – Daily Norseman – He will miss the 2020 season, but that’s not the main concern

Vikings waive OL Tyler Higby – Daily Norseman – He had been on the COVID-19 list

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Things are changing at Windy City Gridiron – Windy City Gridiron – “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates

Chicago Bears 2020 Position Battles: Who you got in the fight for CB2? – Windy City Gridiron – Our 11-part position by position breakdown of the Chicago Bears’ roster wraps up with the cornerbacks.

FANPOSTS

Michael junior: Losing Goldman is huge – Windy City Gridiron – We had the making of a dominant defense that our offense just need to not mess it up. Losing one of the top nose tackles in league will change that.

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