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As the Bears edge towards the final preseason game against Buffalo, roster questions abound

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Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears throws a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 25, 2018
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Stankevitz: Bears players back Matt Nagy’s decision to rest them - ‘That’s the type of coach you want on your side’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy’s players offered a full-throated defense of their coach’s unorthodox decision to rest starters in Saturday’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Top 100 NFL players 2018: Bears don’t make the list - Sun Times - ESPN released Monday its projected top 100 players for this season and not a single Bears player made the cut.

Ingalls: Chicago Bears ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers’ in Saturday’s Victory Against KC - Da Bears Brothers - Here are the winners and losers of Chicago’s preseason bout against the Chiefs.

LeGere: Bears OLB Acho feels no pressure, says he'll 'be aggressive and have fun' - Daily Herald - Even though he plays the same position as Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears OLB Sam Acho says he doesn't feel additional pressure to perform because he trusts in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's scheme.

Wiederer: With hamstring tightness lingering, will Roquan Smith remain limited when Bears face Packers in Week 1? - Chicago Tribune - Bears linebacker Roquan Smith was still hindered by a hamstring injury when the team returned to practice Monday. Smith's availability for the preseason finale against the Bills is in doubt. His ability to contribute in Week 1 in Green Bay is also in question.

Kane: Bears starters accept Matt Nagy’s decision to scale back 'pointless' preseason game reps - Chicago Tribune - Even if some Bears starters would have preferred to play in Saturday’s second-to-last preseason game against the Chiefs, several said Monday they understood and accepted coach Matt Nagy’s decision to rest them

Wiederer: What Matt Nagy's candor reveals about the 2018 Bears - Chicago Tribune - After benching his starters for Saturday's penultimate preseason game, Bears coach Matt Nagy offered clear and candid explanations for his move. In doing so, he helped us to learn several key things about his approach and the Bears' 2018 expectations.

Campbell: 5 observations from rewatching Bears-Chiefs, including Javon Wims and Chase Daniel - Chicago Tribune - 5 observations from rewatching the Bears preseason game against the Chiefs include Javon Wims, Kevin White, Chase Daniel, James Daniels and Patrick Mahomes.

Potash: Leonard Floyd on target to play Packers despite broken hand - Sun Times - Nagy said his hopes were buoyed by research the Bears did on the effectiveness of players who have played in similar situations.

Jahns: Rookie James Daniels, Eric Kush still competing at left guard - Sun Times - With one preseason game left, coach Matt Nagy said rookie Daniels and veteran Kush still are competing at left guard.

Finley: Roquan Smith, Aaron Lynch are Bears' most important players this week - Sun Times - Both Aaron Lynch and first-round inside linebacker Roquan Smith continued to be very limited in practice Monday as the Bears’ preseason finale looms.

Potash: Kyle Long, players trust Matt Nagy's decision to limit preseason snaps - Sun Times - It’s a wave that players like Long seem happy to ride — especially after seeing Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee suffer a season-ending injury Saturday.

Medina: Matt Nagy's Unconventional Decision Could Help Bring About the End of Preseason Football As We Know It - Bleacher Nation - If more coaches follow in Matt Nagy's footsteps, then football is bound for a major change.

Medina; Kevin White Is an Underdog Now (And That's a Good Thing) - Bleacher Nation - If you love a good underdog story, then I suppose you're loving Kevin White right now.

Mayer: Bears players laud Nagy for unorthodox move - ChicagoBears.com - Back at Halas Hall Monday, Bears players universally praised coach Matt Nagy’s decision not to play most of the team’s starters in Saturday’s preseason game against the Chiefs.

Mayer: White sees his first TD as 'just the beginning' - ChicagoBears.com - After injuries in each of his first three seasons with the Bears derailed his career, Kevin White is confident that his first NFL touchdown will be the start of something special.

Chalk Talk: Thoughts on not playing starters? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses Matt Nagy’s decision not to play most Bears starters against the Chiefs, how ready Mitchell Trubisky is for the regular season and if the Chiefs knew the Bears were going to sit most of their first-stringers.

Chicago Bears shut out of ESPN’s prediction of top 100 players of 2018 - Bears Wire - No Chicago Bears players were ranked in ESPN's prediction of the top 100 NFL players of 2018

Chicago Bears’ Final Roster: 5 questions facing GM Ryan Pace - Bears Wire - A look at five questions facing Bears GM Ryan Pace as Chicago prepares to cut the roster down to 53 players

Stankevitz: Adam Shaheen, Roquan Smith and seven Bears injury updates - NBC Sports Chicago - Adam Shaheen isn't likely to begin the season on injured reserve, while Roquan Smith isn't likely to play Thursday against the Buffalo Bills.

Cox: Trey Burton opens up on past struggles with anxiety, mental health - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears tight end Trey Burton opened up in an essay on The Increase about his past struggles with anxiety and mental health that he said had a serious impact on his life.

Javon Wims makes PFF Team of the Week for big game against Chiefs - NBC Sports Chicago - Javon Wims showed out on Saturday against the Chiefs and was named to the PFF Team of the Week for his four-catch, 114-yard afternoon that included his first pro TD.

Eurich: Adam Shaheen not expected to start year on injured reserve - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are not expecting Adam Shaheen to go on injured reserve.

Eurich: Allen Robinson offseason improvement - 247Sports - Allen Robinson believes he will be better than he was in the past.

Eurich: Jordan Howard charity donation - 247Sports - Jordan Howard proved again he is an asset in the community in Chicago.

Eurich: Chase Daniel Bears investment - 247Sports - Chase Daniel has been worth the investment for the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Hroniss Grasu reportedly on trading block - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears took Hroniss Grasu in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Boilard: Death of the 'dress rehearsal'? Why the NFL must trim preseason - 247Sports - NFL coaches and quarterbacks are starting to see preseason action in a different light.

Hughes: Did the Matt Nagy Bears Become a Team on Saturday? - Da Bears Blog - There was a time, when I was a younger man, I would have taken David “Blue Moon” Haugh’s latest exercise in journalistic futility and dissected every single sentence, right down to the incorrect placement of punctuation.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Nine reasons to hope or worry from NFL preseason action - NFL.com - After a relatively quiet couple of months on the NFL calendar, Judy Battista highlights reasons to hope or worry about what’s happened so far in the preseason, including Teddy Bridgewater’s renaissance and Dallas’ offensive line struggles.

KNOW THY ENEMY

POD Files: What REALLY happened between Khalil Mack and the limo driver? - Pride Of Detroit - Trying to crack the case of the Metro Detroit Limo Driver.

Detroit Lions sign DE Robert Ayers - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have another pass rusher.

Thoughts on the Brett Jones Trade - Daily Norseman - Let’s put a bow on this present

NFC North Roundup: Vikings’ defense gets stronger heading into final week of preseason - Acme Packing Company - Minnesota appears to have further bolstered its defense with the addition of George Iloka while the rest of the division prepares for final roster decisions.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Leming: What to watch for against the Buffalo Bills - Windy City Gridiron - The preseason finale is finally upon us. Here’s what to watch for before a busy weekend full of roster moves.

Wiltfong: Ted Sundquist on the Bears quarterback situation and virtual reality - Windy City Gridiron - Ted Sundquist is a former NFL general manager and currently the CEO of a virtual reality quarterback simulation company. He gives his thoughts on the Bears’ QB situation and how his company is primed to ready quarterbacks in the future.

Infante: Despite lack of versatility, Bears in good hands with current group of backup wide receivers - Windy City Gridiron - Even though their backup wide receivers lack special teams value for the most part, the Bears should have a solid indication of which players deserve to make the team.

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