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The Bear’s Den, August 31, 2018

The Preseason is now in the books, now we are on to forming the 53-man roster

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Chicago Bears fans react during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo
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Denmaster Ken’s 53-man roster prediction:


1) Mitch Trubisky

2) Chase Daniel

Running Back

1) Jordan Howard

2) Tarik Cohen

3) Benny Cunningham

4) Michael Burton

Wide Receiver

1) Allen Robinson

2) Taylor Gabriel

3) Anthony Miller

4) Kevin White

5) Javon Wims

6) Josh Bellamy

Tight End

1) Trey Burton

2) Adam Shaheen

3) Dion Sims

4) Daniel Brown or Ben Braunecker (it’s a complete pick-em)

Offensive Line

1) Charles Leno

2) James Daniels

3) Cody Whitehair

4) Kyle Long

5) Bobby Massie

6) Eric Kush

7) Bradley Sowell

8) Rashaad Coward

Defensive Line

1) Akiem Hicks

2) Eddie Goldman

3) Jonathan Bullard

4) Roy Robertson-Harris

5) Bilal Nichols

6) Abdulha Anderson

Outside Linebacker

1) Leonard Floyd

2) Aaron Lynch

3) Sam Acho

4) Kylie Fitts

5) Isaiah Irving

Inside Linebacker

1) Danny Trevathan

2) Roquan Smith

3) Nick Kwiatkoski

4) Joel Iyiegbuniwe

5) John Timu


1) Kyle Fuller

2) Prince Amukamara

3) Bryce Callahan

4) Cre’Von LeBlanc

5) Sherrick McManis

6) Michael Joseph


1) Adrian Amos

2) Eddie Jackson

3) Deon Bush

4) DeAndre Houston-Carson

5) *Deiondre Hall (will not count on week 1 roster due to suspension)

Special Teams

1) Cody Parkey (K)

2) Pat O’Donnell (P)

3) Patrick Scales (LS)



Kane: Bears reserves blow 20-0 halftime lead in 28-27 loss to Bills in preseason finale - Chicago Tribune - Up 20-0 at halftime, the Bears came up short in the final preseason game after the Bills rallied for a 28-27 victory Thursday night at Soldier Field. Bills quarterback AJ McCarron won it with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Keith Towbridge with 17 seconds to play.

Preseason: Bills vs. Bears Photos - Chicago Tribune - Photos from the Bears-Bills preseason game at Soldier Field on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.

Kane: How NFL players approach their short shelf lives - 'You’re investing in your body. Sometimes those things are priceless.' - Chicago Tribune - By 3 p.m. Saturday, as many as 1,184 NFL players will lose their jobs as teams cut their 90-man training camp rosters to the regular-season limit of 53. Some will find themselves in early retirement, the newest examples of how quickly an NFL career can come and go.

Finley: How Bears on the bubble fared in preseason finale - Sun Times - Here’s how players on the bubble fared in the team’s 28-27 loss against the Bills at Solider Field:

Potash: Players trust, believe in rookie coach Matt Nagy - Sun Times - Everything he’s done seems to have come from experience, when he has no experience as a head coach at any level ever.

Jahns: Who didn't play in the final preseason game? - Sun Times - As expected, the Bears didn't play any of their best players against Bills.

Eurich: Ryan Nall receives praise from Pat Mannelly - 247Sports - Ryan Nall put together a strong game on Thursday night for the Chicago Bears.

Nall turns on jets for Bears' TD - ESPN Video - Ryan Nall walks the tightrope along the sideline and stays in bounds for a 32-yard TD for Chicago.

Hughes: Four Bold Predictions for the 2018 Chicago Bears: Prediction One - Da Bears Blog - Prediction One: Trey Burton will break Martellus Bennett’s single-season catch record for a TE by catching 92 passes.

Game Recap: Bills come from behind to take preseason finale - - The Bears will enter the regular season healthy and well-rested after finishing the preseason with a 2-3 record following Thursday night’s loss to the Bills.

Kaufman: GM Ryan Pace discusses key Bears issues - - Bears general manager Ryan Pace spoke to play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM prior to Thursday’s preseason finale against the Bills.

Perez: Chicago Bears should be all-in on Khalil Mack regardless of asking price - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears should be all-in on making a trade with the Oakland Raiders for star pass rusher Khalil Mack. Ken's Note. Two first rounders? Sure why not? Five first rounders? Absolutely, let's do this thing, no matter what the asking price!

Ryan Nall finishing preseason strong with big TD run vs. Bills - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Ryan Nall continued his strong preseason with a big TD run against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4

Cox: Bears hopeful Kasim Edebali carted off with leg injury against Bills - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears took another injury hit at outside linebacker when Kasim Edibali left Thursday's preseason finale with a leg injury.

Dominate Your League: Last-Minute Fantasy Football Tips from Paige Dimakos - Da Bears Brothers - In this bonus episode, Paige Dimakos joins the show to not only share some solid fantasy football advice but to also discuss her (and our) favorite team.

Biggs: Aaron Lynch's signing bonus and his past with Vic Fangio give him a shot at Bears' 53-man roster - Chicago Tribune - Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch suffered an ankle injury in April that cost him most of the spring and then pulled a hamstring on the first day of training camp, effectively knocking him out for the summer. A signing bonus and history with Vic Fangio might save him a roster spot.

Edholm: 'Super Innovative' Nagy could make bland Bears offense one of NFL's most exciting - Pro Football Weekly - Want to know what the Chicago Bears’ offense will look like in 2018? Perhaps start by talking to Chase Daniel.

Bernstein: Betting On Bears' Offense To Improve? - 670 The Score - Vegas has a way of reining in runaway optimism.

Chicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills: 10 observations from Thursday's preseason game - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears wrapped up the 2018 preseason slate with a loss to the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. Here are 10 observations from the loss.

Bears final 53-man roster projection - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears 53-man roster will look a lot different in 2018.


What we learned from Thursday’s preseason finales - - Thursday night’s 16-game slate marked the final chance for players to prove their 53-man roster worthiness. Here’s what we learned from Week 4 of the 2018 NFL preseason so far.


Packers vs. Chiefs Recap: Tim Boyle struggles after halftime in Green Bay’s 33-21 loss - Acme Packing Company - After a good first half, the Packers’ reserves, including their QB3, struggled after halftime in a loss to close out the preseason.

Doug Pederson: Alshon Jeffery to be activated from PUP list Friday – ProFootballTalk - Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told reporters after Thursday night’s preseason finale that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery would be activated from the physically unable to perform list on Friday.

3 things we learned in the Detroit Lions’ preseason finale - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions will be happy to finally put the past few weeks behind them.

2 Winners, 3 Losers from the Lions’ preseason finale loss to the Browns - Pride Of Detroit - Thank God it’s over.

Lions vs. Browns final score: Detroit ends pathetic preseason with loss to Cleveland, 35-17 - Pride Of Detroit - Get live updates as the Lions close out the preseason vs. the Cleveland Browns.

Vikings at Titans Final Score: Minnesota finishes with 13-3 victory over Tennessee - Daily Norseman - It was every bit as thrilling as it sounds


Curl's 2018 NFL Preseason Week 4 Postgame: Chicago Bears dominate for three and a half quarters but lose to Buffalo Bills 28-27 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears depth showed up strong for a second week in a row, but a few exciting twists leave the Bears a point short in the end

Zeglinski: How might the Chicago Bears exploit Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills? - Windy City Gridiron - On the latest WCG Radio, we discussed when Allen might eventually pan out, where the Bears can attack the Bills in November, and looked forward to the last weekend without pro football.

Berkes: Five questions with Buffalo Rumblings - Windy City Gridiron - Ahead of the all-important final preseason game, we chat with Buffalo Rumblings about everything thiBills.

Silverstein: The day the Chicago Bears’ Ken Mastrole nearly made the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - In the 2002 preseason, a quarterback named Ken Mastrole captured the affection of Bears fans. This is his story.

Wiltfong: NFL practice squad eligibility, rules and more - Windy City Gridiron - NFL teams will soon be compiling their practice squads. But when exactly, and what is a practice squad, and how much do they get paid?

The Defining Traits of the Coaching Trees Taking Over the NFL - The Ringer - As the offenses in Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Philadelphia have taken flight, teams across the league have scrambled to replicate them. What are the secrets to coaching lineages that include Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, and Andy Reid and Doug Pederson?

Zeglinski: Projecting the Chicago Bears’ final 2018 53-man roster - Windy City Gridiron - We know the obvious like Mitchell Trubisky and friends. Here’s how the rest of Chicago’s roster coffers fill out.


2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert Zeglinski


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