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The Bear’s Den, July 16, 2019

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The scouts who chose Akiem Hicks’ Madden ratings should probably stay 1) anonymous for their own safety and 2) very far away from #96

NFL Media Day - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Akiem Hicks is not a fan of his Madden rating... not even a little...
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen opens up about his family tragedy - Bears Wire - While hosting his youth football camp, Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen opened up about a sibling who was recently paralyzed in a shooting.

Javon Wims named Chicago Bears’ biggest sleeper - Bears Wire - Last year’s preseason darling, WR Javon Wims, was named the Chicago Bears’ biggest sleeper in 2019.

Training camp position preview: Quarterbacks - ChicagoBears.com - When quarterback Mitchell Trubisky steps on the practice field next week in Bourbonnais, the 2017 first-round pick will look to pick up where he left off during offseason workouts.

The Bears Only Have Good Contracts (Apparently) - Bleacher Nation - If the Khalil Mack deal is a bad one, that means the Bears are actually loaded with good contracts.

Wood: Will the Bears Defense Regress in 2019? History Tells Us…Not So Much - Da Bears Blog - Chicago’s defense was really, really good in 2018. They led the NFL in points allowed, turnovers forced, touchdowns scored, and passer rating against, and finished 3rd in both yards and sacks. They finished as the runaway best defense in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, which is intended to be an all-encompassing metric, and even finished as the 8th best defense ever in DVOA’s database, which runs back to 1986.

Chamberlain: Roquan Smith’s emergence signaled progress of entire Bears defense - Bearmaven - Danny Trevathan’s contract status is one key Bears issue for the future.

Chamberlain: Bears will get the full version of Khalil Mack and other outside linebackers - Bearmaven - Even bigger things are expected from Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd than last season.

Training Camp - Chicago Bears Official Website - Chicago Bears Training Camp: Join us at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL for the 2018 7UP Chicago Bears Training Camp. Fans will have the opportunity to watch the team practice for FREE and enjoy daily entertainment, games, activities, giveaways (while supplies last) and more!

Report: Robbie Gould signs two-year, $10.5M contract with 49ers - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears kicker indicated he wanted to return home, but that was an unlikely option for the Bears

Morrissey: Dream is over for Robbie Gould-loving Bears fans - Chicago Sun-Times - A two-year deal with the 49ers will give him $10.5 million in guaranteed money, ending the hopes of many a Bears fan that the kicker and his former team would reunite. That would explain all the black clothing around town Monday.

Madden 20 ratings: Khalil Mack’s perfect ‘99’ leads Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Check out all the ratings for the Bears in the upcoming edition of EA Sports’ gridiron game.

Ellis: The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today’s ratings reveal | NBC Sports Chicago - Not a whole lot of love for the offense, though.

Ellis: And now, a very scientific debate into just how fair all the Bears’ Madden Ratings actually are - NBC Sports Chicago - Taking a look at the Bears’ Madden Ratings - Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson unsurprisingly lead the pack, Chase Daniel is outright disrespected.

Ellis: Madden 20’s QB ratings were released so you already know it’s time to get Mad Online about Mitch Trubisky’s number - NBC Sports Chicago - Camp starts next week, we promise.

Chase Daniel reveals Madden ratings to teammates - ChicagoBears.com - Chase Daniel reveals Madden ratings to teammates

POLISH SAUSAGE

Grady Jarrett, Falcons agree to four-year, $68M deal - NFL.com - Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is staying in Atlanta for the long haul. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Jarrett and the Falcons have reached a four-year deal.

Niners sign Robbie Gould to 4-year, $19M contract - NFL.com - Kicker Robbie Gould and the 49ers have agreed in principle on a long-term contract, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday morning.

Alex Smith no longer wearing external fixator on right leg – ProFootballTalk - Alex Smith said last month that he expected to be able to stop wearing an external fixator on his right leg in July and the Washington quarterback’s hope has been realized.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Madden NFL 20 ratings revealed, Detroit Lions players don’t fare so well - Pride Of Detroit - But hey, if you’re into franchise mode, the Lions could be a nice challenge for you!

Golden Tate calls Matthew Stafford, not Russell Wilson, “best QB I’ve played with” – ProFootballTalk - Golden Tate has caught passes from both Russell Wilson in Seattle and Matthew Stafford in Detroit, and he has a strongly held opinion of which one of them is better.

Packers’ ratings in Madden NFL 20 released; Bakhtiari, Adams, Clark lead the way - Acme Packing Company - Aaron Rodgers dipped considerably from his 99 ranking a year ago, as his favorite receiver and best protector move ahead of him for this year’s game.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Tarik Cohen using injured brother as motivation heading into training camp - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears running back discusses his recent family tragedy, Mitchell Trubisky’s progression as a quarterback, and more in an exclusive interview with Windy City Gridiron.

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2019: #6 Is Eddie Jackson the best safety in the NFL? - Windy City Gridiron - For the 11th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. At number six is Eddie Jackson, who just might be the best safety in the game today.

Berckes & Snyder: Records are Made to be Broken - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and EJ are joined by Johnathan Wood to talk statistics and team records that may fall in 2019

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