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WCG writers were in the house and we have news from the first open day of Bears Training Camp 2019 in Bourbonnais

Kyle Long looks to be back in top form as training camp gets into full swing.

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Bears’ Khalil Mack Has All-Pro Hopes For Teammate Roquan Smith - 670 The Score - ”That’s high praise,” Smith said of Mack’s statement.

Elliott Fry Shines In Day As Bears’ Kicker - 670 The Score - The Bears will alternate kickers each day. On Saturday, Fry excelled.

Bears Kickers Taking Battle In Stride - 670 The Score - Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro took different paths to the Bears’ competition.

Roquan Smith enjoying his first training camp - ChicagoBears.com - Despite missing the 2018 training camp, Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith is in good spirits and focused on improving upon his dynamic rookie season.

Nagy finds new way to put pressure on players - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy created pressure-packed game-like situations in Saturday’s practice by staging 1-on-1 battles between receivers and cornerbacks with the rest of the team watching.

Wood: Thoughts from Training Camp - Da Bears Blog - I made it out to Bears training camp for their first open practice today, so I wanted to share a few observations. This was the 2nd day of camp and there were no pads, so I’m not going to focus too much on specific plays. I’m more interested in what the depth chart roughly looks like now and what guys look like they do or don’t belong, athletically speaking.

Bears Training Camp Notebook 2019: Day 2 - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears held their second practice in Bourbonnais on Saturday morning in front of a huge crowd as it was open to the public. Here are some takeaways

Bears RB David Montgomery ready to let it loose - Chicago Sun-Times - Rookie eager to prove himself to his teammates: ‘I don’t think they really know what I can do.”

Bears work to reestablish secondary while waiting on Clinton-Dix - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have 3 key players back, but they have a new defensive coordinator and starting safety.

Bears’ Elliott Fry makes 8-straight, including a 60-yarder, on ‘a pretty good day for our kicker’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have decided to have each man kick on alternating days. Eddy Piñeiro will kick Sunday.

Bears training camp report — Day 2 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are back and so are the fans: Enthusiastic crowd of 8,385 highlights first public practice at Olivet Nazarene

Under Center Podcast: Training Camp Daily - The Bears begin practicing - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis run down Friday's action from the Bears' first training camp practice of 2019 and dive into Trey Burton's return to the field.

Bears Training Camp Position Preview: Running Back - NBC Chicago - As the Chicago Bears begin their training camp this week, we’re taking a look at the positional battles that are likely going to develop on the practice fields of Bourbonnais.

Training Camp: Predicting the Chicago Bears' 53-Man Roster - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears are reporting to training camp in Bourbonnais, and while the team doesn’t have a lot of high-profile roster battles this season, there are plenty of other battles for roster spots that...

Elliott Fry's 60-yarder a good starting point for Bears kicking battle - Bearmaven - Elliott Fry goes 7-for-8 with a 60-yarder in practice, and Eddy Pineiro gets his shot on Sunday.

Bears have most players in NFL’s Top 50 best-selling merchandise - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL Players Association released the list of the highest NFL player sales from March 1 to May 31, and the Bears lead the league with four players in the Top 50.

Bears tight end Trey Burton leaves injury, other troubles in the past - Bearmaven - Trey Burton ready for a relaunch after hernia surgery, anxiety issues.

Bears fans show up in force for first public training camp practice - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears fans came out in droves to watch the team's first open training camp practice.

Matt Nagy says Bears are all about ‘craving pressure’ - Bears Wire - Bears coach Matt Nagy isn't one to shy away from pressure. In fact, he embraces it. It's something that he's instilled in his team, as well. Look no further than what he told his team heading into the offseason -- preparing them to be the hunted; the team that everyone will be looking to top fol...

Fry hits nine straight FGs, including 60-yarder - ChicagoBears.com - After missing his first field-goal attempt from 33 yards in Saturday’s practice, Elliott Fry rebounded to make his final nine tries, including a 60-yarder.

Quick hits: Huge crowd attends practice, Miller excels - ChicagoBears.com - With an overflow crowd of 8,385 at Saturday’s practice, It was evident that Bears fans are thrilled about their team’s resurgence last year and are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season.

Bears turn up the pressure before more than 8,000 fans at training camp’s first open practice - Chicago Tribune - At the first training camp session open to the public Saturday morning, a crowd officially announced at 8,385 turned out to get a glimpse of a Bears team that has legitimate Super Bowl hopes in 2019.

Q&A: Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro interview for the Bears' highly publicized kicker vacancy - Chicago Tribune - Job interview for the position of Bears kicker

Zeglinski: In midst of kicker frenzy, Bears’ Elliott Fry steals spotlight on second day of camp – The Rock River Times - As the Bears practiced in front of their fans for the first time in the 2019 season, an almost-perfect outing from Elliott Fry did a lot to alleviate palpable tension.

Bears Camp Report 2019: Day 1 - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as The Chicago Audible crew shares their thoughts on the first day of Chicago Bears training camp.

Accuracy on display as Bears increase the intensity of training-camp practices - NBC Sports Chicago - This is a story about accuracy, really important accuracy. And to tease the tale ever so slightly, it has nothing to do with Bears placekickers (or lack of same).

How Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith will be critical to the Bears' defensive transition - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will change from Vic Fangio to Chuck Pagano's scheme with the benefit of an outstanding duo of inside linebackers.

Under Center Podcast: Training Camp Daily - Elliott Fry sizzles in first open practice - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John "Moon" Mullin look at Elliott Fry's big day in front of a big crowd in Bourbonnais (0:20), digest an interesting chat with Danny Trevathan (2:30), look at how much of an impact Mitch Trubisky is already making (5:00) and shout-out the thousands of fans who showed up on Saturday (9:00).

While Trey Burton isn't 100 percent, Bears believe he's on the rise - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy knows what Trey Burton can do after a year coaching him, and sees an even brighter future ahead for the tight end -- once he's back to 100 percent.

It's been a long time coming for Adam Shaheen, but he's finally healthy and ready to prove it - NBC Sports Chicago - The tight end is ready to remind people why he was a 2nd round pick in 2017.

Bears get amazing fan turnout for first training camp practice - NBC Sports Chicago - There is a palpable sense of excitement surrounding the upcoming season for the Bears. After finishing with a 12-4 record in the first year under head coach Matt Nagy (and that excitement shone through in the number of fans present for the Bears first training camp practice.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Initial diagnosis on A.J. Green is a sprained ankle – ProFootballTalk - The initial diagnosis on Bengals receiver A.J. Green is a sprained left ankle, via multiple reports. Green is headed for an MRI “to be sure,” Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Mike Daniels can ‘absolutely feast’ as a Detroit Lions rotational player - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions made a real splash with Daniels and Packers experts agree

Detroit Lions training camp observations: Kerryon Johnson sits first padded practice - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ commitment to run the ball was obvious on Saturday, even without Kerryon.

Vikings Training Camp: Day 2 Recap - Daily Norseman - News and notes from Saturday in Eagan.

Packers’ strong financial commitment to the defensive front is not done yet - Acme Packing Company - Locking up Dean Lowry to an extension before Kenny Clark was an interesting development this week.

Packers claim RB Darrin Hall on waivers from Cincinnati, cut OL Larry Williams - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay added another running back on Saturday.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Snyder, Berckes & Schmitz: Training Camp Day 1 - Rapid Reaction Podcast - Windy City Gridiron - WCG Goes Camping - Robert, Jeff and EJ are joined by Da Bears Blog’s Jonathan Wood to recap what they saw on day one in Bourbonnais.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Position Battles: The Specialists - Windy City Gridiron - The latest in Lester’s Chicago Bears Training Camp preview series is all about the specialists.

Chicago Bears 2019 Training Camp: Live updates and open thread - Windy City Gridiron - We have several of our writers in Bourbonnais today for the first open practice, so we’re including their Twitter embeds so you can follow their live updates.

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