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The Bear’s Den, July 30, 2018

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Matt Fleming (2) receives a pass during Chicago Bears training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. 
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Zeglinski: Roquan v. Bears - Bears setting their own uniquely awful precedent – The Rock River Times - When the NFL unveiled a new helmet rule this past May – emphasizing that no player on the field can lower their head to initiate contact – no one knew what to make of the development. All that anyone understood was that this was going to dramatically change play styles for every player in the league. With such ambiguity and play-to-play grey area expected, a coming storm has long been predicted over this fundamental matter.

Mayer: Kwiatkoski making most of first-team reps - 247Sports - With Danny Trevathan sidelined since the start of training camp with a hamstring injury and Roquan Smith still unsigned, inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski has made the most of an unexpected opportunity.

Mullin: From lost love of football, Bears LB Kylie Fitts going from longshot to impact pass rusher - NBC Sports Chicago - Kylie Fitts almost quit football in college, but now he looks like a late-round pick that has the potential to make a difference for the Bears.

Postcard from Camp: Bears fightin’ mad, Mitchell Trubisky interceptions continue, but arrows point up and toward Ravens - NBC Sports Chicago - Tensions flared at Bears training camp while Mitchell Trubisky threw three interceptions.

Report From Chicago Bears Training Camp: Open Practice 6 - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers break down Saturday's practice in which the defense stole the show. Find out how it did plus who stood out for better and worse.

Campbell & Wiederer: How detrimental is Roquan Smith's holdout, and when will it end? - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith is holding out over a contract dispute involving language protecting his guaranteed money from being reclaimed by the team if he were suspended under the NFL's new helmet contact rule. Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer examine the situation in Real Talk.

Campbell: Roquan Smith’s holdout centers on new NFL helmet-contact rule - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy said Saturday that rookie Roquan Smith’s contract holdout is in part related to the new NFL rule that prohibits players from initiating contact with their helmets.

Campbell's 5 observations from Bears practice Saturday: Mitch Trubisky's resilience, Kyle Long's mean streak and more - Chicago Tribune - The Bears had a big crowd for their last Saturday-morning practice before they open their exhibition schedule Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game against the Ravens in Canton, Ohio.

Wiedman: Chicago Bears Training Camp - The Good, the Bad and the Cloak of the Offense - Our Turf Football - OTFB’s Wanda Wiedman talks about the good, the bad and what needs to be worked on for the Offense.

Jahns: Bears training camp 2018: Nick Kwiatkoski playing well with Bears starters - Chicago Sun-Times - Nick Kwiatkoski is giving the Bears what the want – true competition for Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan. He’s winning right now, too.

Observations, analysis from the Bears' eighth training camp practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Who ya got in a fight between two of the Bears’ three highest-paid players, Kyle Long and Akiem Hicks? “I say draw,” coach Matt Nagy joked.

Bears training camp 2018; Charles Leno, Bobby Massie; Pro Bowl; offensive tackles - Chicago Sun-Times - "But if we want that glory and recognition, we need to take care of [business] on the field, and that’ll come.”

Florio: Saquon Barkley, Todd Gurley got the language Roquan Smith wants – ProFootballTalk - Bears coach Matt Nagy explained on Saturday that "very few" contracts protect players against having their future guarantees voided by a suspension arising from on-field misconduct.

Eurich: Roquan Smith saga continues to build layers - 247Sports - The Roquan Smith holdout is entering another week.

Pearson: Chicago Bears secondary standing out early in training camp - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears defense has really stood out early in training camp but it's the secondary that becoming a key piece to this unit.

Bears training camp: Anthony Miller rules Saturday practice - 247Sports - Saturday training camp practice for the Chicago Bears was dominated by Anthony Miller.

Wood In Bourbonnais: Training Camp Observations - Da Bears Blog - I made it out to Bears training camp today, and thought I’d share a few thoughts and observations. Obligatory note: keep in mind it was only one practice, and players have good/bad days.

Medina: Roquan Smith's Holdout Reportedly Not JUST About NFL's New Helmet Rule - Bleacher Nation Bears - The latest development in Roquan Smith's contract issue. It's not quite as simple as it seems.

Finley: Bears, Roquan Smith hung up on helmet rule contract language - Chicago Sun-Times - Roquan Smith is one of only two unsigned NFL players, alongside Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. Bears coach Matt Nagy gave insight as to why.

Potash: Bears training camp 2018: Onus is on GM Ryan Pace to resolve holdout - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace has been impressively resolute in his decisions ... but there’s a fine line between being resolute and stubborn and he’s treading that fine line.


Eagles players unclear on helmet rule after meeting with officials – ProFootballTalk - Eagles players met with NFL officials to get a better understanding of the new rules governing the use of helmets that have been put into effect this season, but one of the team's linebackers said they left the meeting without realizing that goal.

Vita Vea injury not believed to be serious – ProFootballTalk - Buccaneers first-round defensive tackle Vita Vea appears to have dodged a bullet on the practice field today. Although Vea was carted off the field at this morning's practice, multiple reports out of Tampa indicate that he was not seriously hurt.

Sam Darnold deal holdup hinges on forfeiture language - - NFL Network's Michael Silver reported Sunday that the contract holdup between Gang Green and Sam Darnold's camp isn't based around "offsets or money payouts."


Marvin Jones returns to practice in full, LeGarrette Blount leaves late - Pride Of Detroit - The Detroit Lions survived their first scare of the 2018 training camp season. Saturday morning, wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. went down on the field after colliding with cornerback DeShawn Shead...

We’ve had our first fight, so Vikings Camp has officially started - Daily Norseman - Usually it takes longer than this

Hottest Take of the Week: Week One of Packers Training Camp - Acme Packing Company - We look at the scorchers that came from the first three days of training camp.


Infante’s Bears Training Camp 2018: Jacob Infante’s Notebook 7/28 - Windy City Gridiron - My notes from the Bears’ Saturday practice in Bourbonnais.

Curl: Roquan’s Smith contract stand-off involves language around new helmet-tackling rule - Windy City Gridiron - In today’s post-camp presser, Nagy gave the most information yet about the reason for the stalemate in Roquan Smith’s contract negotiations.

Link’s 2018 Chicago Bears Preview: The sneakiest most important Bears for 2018: No. 2 - Jonathan Bullard/Roy Robertson-Harris - Windy City Gridiron - Unsung heroes will help make or break the Bears’ 2018 season. Defensive ends Jonathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris are crucial to the defense’s success.

Chicago Bears Training Camp Live Stream 7/28 - Windy City Gridiron - Good morning Chicago Bears’ fans, this is your Saturday Open Thread, and please remember that open thread’s are a little more rambunctious than our traditional comment threads. These threads are...

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2018 Position Battles: Cornerbacks looking strong so far - Windy City Gridiron - The cornerbacks are next up in our position by position look at the Chicago Bears’ training camp battles.


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