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The Bear's Den Part 2: August 19, 2016

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Welcome back to the Den for Part 2 of today's Den action. Let's get right to it.

Jordan Howard ran strong in New England
Jordan Howard ran strong in New England
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Cox: Chicago Bears’ backup quarterback battle heating up after preseason loss to Patriots - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer has struggled, while Connor Shaw has impressed, heating up the backup quarterback battle.

Hoge: Bears Got Better In New England, But Depth Issues Still Evident - WGN Radio - Regardless of what the scoreboard said, the Bears’ trip to New England was a success. Sure, the bar set in the preseason opener against the Broncos was low, but the goal was to improve against the Patriots, and the Bears did just that. Against one of the best teams in the league, the Bears’ starters held their own against the Patriots, both in practice and in the game.

Dickerson: Expect more sacks, but Chicago Bears D/ST light on impact players - ESPN - The Bears defense looks better on paper and should have more sacks, but the secondary and special teams lack playmakers.

Perez: Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford stars versus Patriots in Week 2 of preseason - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford shined in the team's Week 2 preseason game against the New England Patriots, running for 55 yards and a TD

Finley: Zach Miller, Danny Trevathan out for Bears vs. Patriots - Chicago Sun-Times - Tight end Zach Miller and inside linebacker Danny Trevathan missed Thursday's game against the Patriots.

Jahns: Jeremy Langford plays star in Bears' second preseason game - Chicago Sun-Times - Langford’s 5-yard touchdown run was important because he read everything right on a play the Patriots’ undoubtedly wanted to stop.

Finley: Bears' competency level goes up despite loss to Patriots - Chicago Sun-Times - The play wasn’t indicative of the final score, but it was a reminder, after a week of fretting, that the Bears can be competent.

(AP): Bears Show More Pep In 2nd Preseason Game, Lose To Patriots 23-22 - CBS Chicago - Quarterback Jay Cutler played three series, completing 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards.

LeGere: Bears' hot start spoiled by Rolling Meadows grad Garoppolo - Daily Herald - The Bears made progress in their second preseason game, building an 11-0, first-quarter lead over the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Thursday night. But former Rolling Meadows High School star Jimmy Garoppolo led the home team to 17 unanswered points in the final 3:52 of the first half to turn the tide on the Bears' quick start.

Mamola: Chicago Bears Preseason Week 2 Takeaways - NFL Spin Zone - Even though the Chicago Bears fell to the New England Patriots 23-22 in their second preseason game, a lot of improvement was made. First off, the Bears actually scored!

JP presser: Bears show improvement | WGN Radio - 720 AM - Let’s be honest Bears fans, week one of the preseason was awful on both sides of the ball and reflected in the score. The silver lining was it was week one of preseason with three more games to improve. This week the Bears traveled out east to practice with the Patriots, before we get into the presser let’s talk about the three workouts with Pats.

Wiedman: Deiondre Hall Ready to Start - NFL Spin Zone - The Chicago Bears have a cornerback competition and rookie Deiondre Hall plans on showing the world he deserves to be there.

Perez: Instant analysis of Bears’ 23-22 loss to Patriots - Bears Wire - Despite the final score, the Chicago Bears had a much better showing vs. the New England Patriots in Week 2 of the preseason

Finley: Competition at cornerback is wide open with Fuller sidelined - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller had arthroscopic knee surgery this week, coach John Fox said Thursday night. And while the coach maintained his policy of not predicting medical timelines — "I’m calling it week to week," he said — it seems like the third-year cornerback will be pushing to return around the start of the regular-season.

(AP): Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford impress but Bears fall to Patriots - CSN Chicago - Jay Cutler went 8-of-12 with 83 yards and Jeremy Langford rushed for 55 yards and a TD on eight attempts in the Bears' 23-22 loss to the Pats.

Biggs: With Shea McClellin’s departure, Kyle Fuller enters the spotlight - Chicago Tribune - After the Bears moved on from 2012 first-round draft pick Shea McClellin, 2014 pick Kyle Fuller becomes the next first-rounder who needs to produce

Haugh: Jay Cutler shows command, while Jimmy Garoppolo piques curiosity - Chicago Tribune - The evolution of Jay Cutler as a Bear has included stressing efficiency over explosiveness and letting intelligence govern his instincts.

Campbell: Bears first-string offense shows promise in exhibition loss to Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Jeremy Langford stood underneath the goal posts, turned back toward his offensive linemen and spiked the football with some oomph. It had taken five quarters,

Wiederer: Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller out indefinitely after knee surgery - Chicago Tribune - Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, a clean-up procedure to address an injury that had hampered him throughout the summer.

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears' 23-22 exhibition loss to the Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Ten thoughts after the Bears came out and scored in their first two offensive possessions before losing to the Patriots 23-22 at Gillette Stadium.

Rosenbloom: Jeremy Langford was the most important news for the Bears - Chicago Tribune - Whatever Jay Cutler did against the Patriots on Thursday night, Jeremy Langford was the best news about an offense that claims to be a running team.

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