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The Bear’s Den: August 15, 2017

Kyle Long gets tossed out of practice & both kickers begin their roster battle with perfection

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Kyle Long got booted from practice for fighting
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Roberto Aguayo says he knows what he is capable of – ProFootballTalk - Roberto Aguayo says he hasn't lost confidence despite his disastrous year in Tampa Bay. Aguayo, the second-round kicker who was awful as a rookie for the Buccaneers last year, is now a Bear after the Bucs cut him. He says he's feeling confident as he starts anew in Chicago.

Campbell: Bears had only 10 men on defense for game-tying touchdown vs. Broncos - Chicago Tribune - The Bears appeared to blow the coverage on a game-tying 47-yard TD pass. Their breakdown was even more basic: They had only 10 men on the field.

Rosenbloom: Some questions about John Fox's support of Mike Glennon amid all the Mitchsteria - Chicago Tribune - Does John Fox hate Bears fans? Does the coach believe he has to salve mental and emotional weaknesses of his titular No. 1 QB? Yes and yes, it sounds like.

Campbell: Bears dismiss Kyle Long from final practice of training camp for fighting - Chicago Tribune - Kyle Long's fifth NFL training camp has been a grand mental and physical challenge as he slowly works back from the reconstructive right ankle surgery he had last November.

Wiederer: Roberto Aguayo, Connor Barth prepare for Bears kicking competition - Chicago Tribune - Connor Barth’s grip on his job became a little looser with the Bears claiming kicker Roberto Aguayo off waivers and creating an intriguing competition.

Jahns: 'Radical change' as Kyle Long focuses on position switch -- and health - Chicago Sun-Times - The days of riding around Olivet Nazarene University's campus in giant Big Wheel bikes with his teammates are long gone for guard Kyle Long.

Finley: Bears kick Kyle Long out of practice, coach John Fox says - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears kicked Kyle Long out of practice Monday in Bourbonnais, coach John Fox said

Finley: Bears break training camp at Olivet Nazarene after laying foundation - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears drove home to Lake Forest on Monday afternoon content with coach John Fox’s third camp.

Jahns: Bears guard Kyle Long has his reasons to be frustrated - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears gradually have inserted a rehabbing Long into team drills.

Finley: Jerrell Freeman focused on small details in Year 2 of Bears defense - Chicago Sun-Times - He’s in his second season — and so is fellow inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive end Akiem Hicks.

Potash: 'Bring on the competition': Connor Barth ready for Roberto Aguayo duel - Chicago Sun-Times - But while Barth’s performance Monday was notable, the more intriguing option in this scenario is Aguayo winning the job.

Potash: Bears camp digest: Spirited practice marks end of 2017 training camp - Chicago Sun-Times - Mark Sanchez sat out a second consecutive day with a bruised ankle, so Mitch Trubisky and Connor Shaw had better opportunities behind Mike Glennon.

LeGere: Kyle Long dismissed from Bears practice for fighting - Daily Herald - At the final training camp practice, Bears Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long was banished from the premises after scuffling with and throwing a punch at fellow offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu, who was also a teammate at Oregon.

LeGere: Chicago Bears' Barth familiar with kicker competition - Daily Herald - Incumbent Chicago Bears place-kicker Connor Barth responded well at Monday's practice to the competition from newly signed Roberto Aguayo. In the most kicker-intensive practice of training camp, Barth was perfect on all 12 FG attempts under game-like conditions.

Emma: Bears Giving Roberto Aguayo The Chance To Find Himself - CBS Chicago - A surprising second-round pick in the 2016 draft, Aguayo was released last week by the Bucs.

Stankevitz: What can the Bears get out of Roberto Aguayo? - CSN Chicago - Roberto Aguayo is excited for a fresh start after he failed to live up to lofty expectations in Tampa.

Stankevitz: A tough training camp comes to an early end for Kyle Long - CSN Chicago - Kyle Long had a frustrating training camp with limited participation as he works to switch positions. On Monday, those frustrations boiled over.

Gabriel: It was a good opening weekend for rookie NFL quarterbacks - Pro Football Weekly - Trubisky, Mahomes, Watson, Kizer and Peterman all exceed expectations in preseason debuts

Hub Arkush: As Chicago Bears leave Bourbonnais, a training camp progress report - Pro Football Weekly - Bears' RBs and front seven fare well in Bourbonnais; WRs and secondary still concern

Mayer: Aguayo looks to make most of second chance - - After failing to live up to expectations in Tampa, kicker Roberto Aguayo is hoping that a change of scenery with the Bears will help him revert to the form he displayed at Florida State.


Williams: Brandon Copeland reportedly out for year with torn pec – ProFootballTalk - The Lions have lost another defensive player for the season. Brandon Copeland tore a pectoral muscle in Sunday's preseason game, according to Ian Rapoport, and will undergo season-ending surgery.


Wiltfong: Bears end Training Camp today with a closed practice - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have one more day of training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL, before packing up and heading to Halas Hall. Today’s practice is closed to the public, and...

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2017 Position Battles: Health is the key to the outside linebackers thriving - Windy City Gridiron - We look at the Chicago Bears’ outside linebackers that are fighting for a roster spot in camp.


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