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The Bear’s Den, July 19, 2019

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Rookies are reporting for training camp today... but not for Chicago. Still, NFL training camps are starting!

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Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears throws a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on July 17, 2019
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

What are realistic expectations for the Chicago Bears in 2019? - Bears Wire - What would Chicago Bears fans consider a good season for this team in 2019, assuming they don’t win the Super Bowl?

Matt Nagy Will Honor His Alma Mater With A New Trick Play Called “Ass-Kickin’ Chicken” - Bleacher Nation - Matt Nagy is drawing inspiration for a new play from his alma mater.

One NFL Insider Foresees a Rough Future for the Packers - Bleacher Nation - No playoffs for three more years? Where do I sign up? Ken’s Note: Yes, please.

Chicago Bears track record the season after making the playoffs - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears made the playoffs in 2018 for the first time since the 2010 season. During that run of no playoff appearances the organization struggled with consistency. Getting to the playoffs is hard but backing that up with another playoff appearance is even harder. The organization will learn that firsthand in 2019. Chicago is set to have a first-place schedule in 2019 after going through a last-place schedule a year ago.

Chalk Talk: Have Bears ever held camp at home? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears have ever conducted training camp at Halas Hall, if any Bears players participated in a recent 40-yard dash tournament and the most wins by a Bears coach in his second season.

Training camp position preview: Tight ends - ChicagoBears.com - Tight end Trey Burton will head to Bourbonnais next week looking to build on a productive first season with the Bears and rebound from sports hernia surgery.

Emma’s Bears Position Preview: Defensive Line Loaded With Depth - 670 The Score - Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman lead one of the NFL’s best defensive lines.

LaCanfora: Which teams are under the most pressure? Nagy, Bears not on (or near) the hot seat - CBSSports.com - Bill Belichick and the Pats don’t have to worry, but teams like Texans and Giants are on shaky ground

PFT 2019 storyline No. 7: Can Mitchell Trubisky take the Bears to the next level? – ProFootballTalk - The 2018 Chicago Bears stunned the NFL with an unlikely NFC North championship in the first year of coach Matt Nagy’s tenure and the second season of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s career.

Stankevitz: Why what ‘Run DMC’ does catching passes in training camp will be a big clue for how good the Bears’ offense will be | NBC Sports Chicago - David Montgomery, Mike Davis and Tarik Cohen can go a long way toward helping Mitch Trubisky with their ability to catch the ball out of the backfield -- especially on first-and-10.

Hoge and Jahns: Bears Training Camp Preview — Defense - WGN Radio - It’s the second Bears training camp preview episode as Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns take a look at the defense. Which player has the most to gain? Who has the most to lose? The guys also catch up on a few controversies regarding the Madden rankings.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Wiedman: Who should be the true face of an NFL franchise? - Our Turf Football - Does a quarterback always have to be the face of the franchise? OTFB’s Wanda Wiedman explains what she thinks the criteria should be for a player to be the face of a franchise.

Baker Mayfield says Odell Beckham will get to see real fans in Cleveland – ProFootballTalk - Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield says there’s no truth to any talk that teammate Odell Beckham would have preferred staying in New York to getting traded to Cleveland.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions first training camp practice now open to ALL - Pride Of Detroit - Now everyone can watch the Lions open up training camp!

Report: Agent of Damon Harrison, Darius Slay to meet with Detroit Lions this week - Pride Of Detroit - Will the Lions get a deal done for both before the start on training camp next week?

Detroit Lions rookies report to training camp Thursday - Pride Of Detroit - The rookies are coming to town.

Texans will join Packers players during training camp in bicycle tradition - Acme Packing Company - For the first time that APC can remember, another NFL team will participate in the league’s best training camp tradition.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Are there 13 head coaches better than Matt Nagy? - Windy City Gridiron - According to NFL.com, the Chicago Bears head coach comes in at number 14 among his peers.

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2019: #3 The kicker - 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 #3 is the kicker (whoever that may be), so GM Ryan Pace better hope he gets it right this year.

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