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The Bear’s Den, May 4, 2019

Rookie Mini-Camp is on, including kickers who miss a lot (including a left upright doink). Fun times at Halas Hall.

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2019 Chicago Bears rookie camp attendees. Photo courtesy the Chicago Bears.
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Stankevitz: Bears' kicking competition begins with Cody Parkey's double-doink squarely in focus- NBC Sports Chicago - All eight of the kickers at Halas Hall for this week's rookie minicamp attempted a kick from 43 yards to end practice. That's the same distance from which Cody Parkey missed in the playoffs four months ago.

Stankevitz: Bears cornerbacks Duke Shelley and Stephen Denmark are learning new positions in their own way - NBC Sports Chicago - Stephen Denmark and Duke Shelley are a pair of cornerbacks the Bears drafted in the late rounds. Both are relatively new to the position.

Neveau: Chicago Bears Put Kickers Through Interesting Cody Parkey-Related Drill Friday - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears held their first practice of rookie minicamp on Friday afternoon at Halas Hall, and while the focus may have been on getting youngsters acquainted with the team, another competition will likely...

Mayer: Bears put heat on kickers in first practice - - Coach Matt Nagy vowed to put the kickers competing for a job with the Bears in pressure situations in practice, and he delivered on that promise Friday during the team's first rookie minicamp workout.

Mayer: Canadian star focused on earning Bears job - - Although Mathieu Betts was selected with the third pick in the CFL Draft Thursday night, the outside linebacker from Montreal is focused on competing for a roster spot with the Bears, beginning at this weekend’s minicamp.

Medina: The Bears Had All Eight Kickers Try from Cody Parkey Range … Only Two Made It - Bleacher Nation - The first test didn't go so well for most of the guys kicking.

Medina: The Packers Have Applied to Host the NFL Draft in 2022 - Bleacher Nation - After seeing the NFL Draft become a weekend-long party, who wouldn't want to host? Ken's Note: Can you imagine how awesome it would be if 200,000 people (like Nashville had each day) showed up for a draft party in Green Bay (GB Population: 105,116)? Yeah, I can't either. Both motels in town would fill up, even the dumpy one there next to the paper mill. All of the fine dining establishments in Green Bay (Subway, Taco Tico, The Dairy Ripple, etc.) would be packed. Man, they would put on a draft like nobody else ever would, right? Right? Ken's Note's note: Green Bay is smaller in population than Elgin, and only about half the size of Aurora.

Medina: The Bears Might Have Pulled a Fast One on the Bills Over Draft Weekend - Bleacher Nation - The Bears tried making a trade with the Bills, but ended up dealing with Buffalo's AFC East rivals instead.

Medina: Notre Dame's Justin Yoon Joins the Eight-Man Kicker Carnival at Rookie Mini-Camp - Bleacher Nation - Justin Yoon has a unique prospect pedigree, which he'll try to channel in order to win over on-lookers at Bears rookie mini-camp.

Bears kickers still can’t convert from 43 yards out - - At the first day of Chicago Bears rookie minicamp, coach Matt Nagy held a kicking competition and the kickers with no NFL experience went a combined two for eight.

Finley: Bears rookie RB David Montgomery through his coaches’ eyes - Chicago Sun-Times - Recruiting after a 3-9 debut season, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell came back from dinner on a Friday night in January 2017.

Warning! Eight kickers tried ‘The Cody Parkey’ at Bears rookie camp Friday. Six missed. - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have eight kickers working at this weekend’s rookie minicamp. The competitors: Chris Blewitt, Elliott Fry, Redford Jones, John Baron, Casey Bednarski, Justin Yoon, Spencer Evans and Emmit Carpenter. It’s a microcosm of the franchise’s desperation to solve their biggest headache.

Kane: 5 things we learned at Bears rookie minicamp Friday, including Duke Shelley’s move to nickel and Matt Nagy’s first impression of David Montgomery - Chicago Tribune - Bears sixth-round draft pick Duke Shelley said he doesn’t think the transition to nickel cornerback will be difficult.

Letizia: Why the Bears Took a Chance On Duke Shelley in Round 6 and How He Fits on the Team - Chicago Audible Blog - Duke Shelley has plenty of intangibles that led to the Bears selecting him in the sixth round, but how does the CB fit on the team?

Oh No: Mitch Trubisky ONLY Puts Ketchup on His Hot Dogs - Bleacher Nation - C’mon, Mitch ... you’re better than that!


Bills were thrilled when Giants took Daniel Jones – ProFootballTalk - The Bills didn’t know how the first round of the draft would unfold in front of them, but they did know one thing: They wanted to see more than one quarterback off the board in the first eight picks.


NFL executives weigh in on Detroit Lions’ 1st, 2nd-round picks - Pride Of Detroit - A look at what NFL insiders thought of the Lions’ early draft picks.

What impact would losing in Week 16 have had on the Packers’ 2019 draft? - Acme Packing Company - A loss in the high-scoring affair would have given Green Bay a higher draft selection, but would the team have picked any differently?

Rashan Gary requested Clay Matthews’ No. 52 – ProFootballTalk - Clay Matthews appeared to disapprove of the Packers' re-issuing his No. 52 so quickly after his free agency departure to the Rams. After the Packers tweeted out a photoshoped image of Rashan Gary wearing Matthews' old jersey, Matthews replied, “The body’s not even cold yet lol.


Wiltfong: Bears hire Jamie Kohl as a kicking consultant - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have hired Jamie Kohl of Kohl’s Professional Camps, a service that trains kicking, punting and long snapping, to serve as a kicking consultant for the 2019 season.

Householder: Which Chicago Bears draft pick will contribute day one? - Windy City Gridiron - In our latest roundtable, WCG writers discuss which draft pick will make the biggest impact this year (and beyond)

Wiltfong: Trubisky talks advice for rookie QBs, offseason throwing, his nicknames, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Earlier today on the Dan Patrick Show, Chicago Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky called in to discuss a number of topics, and one of which was what advice he has for incoming quarterbacks. "I...

Infante: Art of the route - Riley Ridley brings route-running expertise to Bears’ offense - Windy City Gridiron - In an X’s and O’s breakdown, we take a look at what makes Ridley such a good route runner.

Wiltfong: Bears announce their undrafted free agents signings - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have announced their undrafted free agent signings in advance of this weekend’s rookie mini-camp. There are a few changes from what was reported and shared in our free agent...


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