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The Bear’s Den, July 31, 2019

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The Bears have reached the first day off of the pre-season, as Clinton-Dix is activated from the PUP list

NFL: JUL 27 Bears Training Camp Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

BEARRRSSSS

Getting to Know the 2019 Chicago Bears: Cornerbacks - Bleacher Nation - Bears cornerbacks combined to haul in 13 interceptions last year, proof that hard work at the JUGS machine pays off!

Matt Nagy Isn’t Too Concerned About Adam Shaheen’s Latest Injury, But We Might Be - Bleacher Nation - Another year, another injury to be worried about.

The Bears’ Chemistry Isn’t Just Some “Kumbaya Thing” – It’s Real - Bleacher Nation - The Bears chemistry is real ... and spectacular!

Bears’ Backfield Plan Beginning To Take Shape - 670 The Score - Coach Matt Nagy is formulating ideas for the Bears’ backfield trio.

5@5: Is Mitchell Trubisky Too Hard On Himself? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Bears Activate Ha Ha Clinton-Dix From PUP List - 670 The Score - The Bears have activated safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and reserve offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings from the physically-unable-to-perform list, clearing both to join the team in practice.

Vanzuiden: Roquan Smith's Sophomore Surge Beginning at Training Camp - Chicago Audible Blog - If early practices at Bears Camp are any indication, Roquan Smith is poised to take the league by storm.

Bears host Woodstock police officer at practice - ChicagoBears.com - As a part of Community Day Tuesday at training camp, the Bears welcome Woodstock police officer Fred Eiselstein, who is battling advanced stage colorectal cancer, and his family to watch practice.

‘No mistakes:’ Anthony Miller learns from rookie wake-up call and sees nowhere to go but up - NBC Sports Chicago - Anthony Miller struggled at times with the transition from college to the NFL in 2018, but said he's put those issues -- and his shoulder injury -- behind him as he enters Year 2 with the Bears.

Under Center Podcast: Training Camp Daily - Stock Up, stock down after five practices - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis share their thoughts after the "first chunk" of training camp concludes.

Fresh Off the PUP list, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Has Quite A Few Reasons To Be Motivated - NBC Sports Chicago - For the new Bears safety, there are plenty of reasons to be motived this season.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix relieved to be back on the Bears' practice field - Bearmaven - Knee sprain heals, allowing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to get ready for rematch against his old team.

Six Bears facts self-evident through early part of camp - Bearmaven - It's not a good sign when Adam Shaheen is hurt already.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Akiem Hicks Stays Hungry, Plus Other Early Observations From Bourbonnais | WGN Radio - 720 AM - So when a football player constantly feels disrespected and uses that chip to fuel their drive to greatness, what happens when they actually become, well, great? In Akiem Hicks’ case. Not much. Hicks finally got his big contract extension back in September of 2017.

Ranking the Entire Bears Roster: The Relevant Non-Starters (40-59) - Da Bears Blog - The rankings continue.

Clinton-Dix excited about returning to practice - ChicagoBears.com - Veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was thrilled to rejoin his new teammates on the practice field Tuesday and understands why the Bears didn’t want to rush him back into action.

Roster moves: Clinton-Dix, Clemmings activated off PUP list - ChicagoBears.com - Bears safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and tackle T.J. Clemmings practiced for the first time in training camp Tuesday after being activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jon Gruden: Nathan Peterman is growing on me – ProFootballTalk - Nathan Peterman has been the worst quarterback in the NFL over the last two years, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of work. Peterman, who was cut by the Bills last year, is now on the Raiders. And coach Jon Gruden says Peterman is looking good in training camp. Ken’s Note: Two things. 1) Nate Peterman is competing against Mike Glennon for his spot, so how bad must Glennon be playing if he’s making Peterman look good. 2) Jon Gruden is even more of an idiot than I thought if he thinks Nate Peterman belongs on an NFL roster (the man has a two-year passer rating of 32.5 and no, that’s not a typo).

KNOW THINE ENEMY

NFC North Preview With Chase Thomas - Daily Norseman - Chase Thomas was kind enough to invite me back on his podcast to provide a big preview for the NFC North. We started out by discussing how this might be the best division from top to bottom and how... Ken's Note: Chase is picking Chicago to finish dead last in the division. I kid you not.

Packers appear committed to keeping Josh Jones and leaving him at linebacker - Acme Packing Company - Despite his reported trade request and previous comments about not being a linebacker, that’s where the Packers are playing Jones early in camp, and there’s no sign that the plan is changing.

Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack headline top 10 pass rushers - NFL.com - Former Browns left tackle Joe Thomas knows a thing or two about blocking high-level pass rushers. The 10-time Pro Bowler lists his top 10 quarterback-chasers for 2019, including Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack.

Bears notes: O-line shuffle, rollicking receivers, Madden ratings - Chicago Sun-Times - You can keep your 99 rating. Khalil Mack just wants to beat the Packers.

Bears believe Mike Davis is under the radar, and they’re telling everybody - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears gave him a two-year, $6 million contract — with $3 million guaranteed — in March.

Bears training camp report: Kicker competition remains stressful - Chicago Sun-Times - Also: Matt Nagy explains what a 10-10-10 practice is.

Back from injury, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ‘so glad to be a part of’ Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - The safety was hurt, amazingly enough, the last play of the final day of the Bears’ mandatory minicamp.

How quickly can rookie David Montgomery emerge? And what will Tarik Cohen’s role be? A closer look at the Bears running backs - Chicago Tribune - Will David Montgomery be a difference-making force from day one? What's next in the evolution of Tarik Cohen's role? A deeper look at the Bears running backs.

3 things we learned at Bears practice on Tuesday: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s return, Khalil Mack’s urgency and the first doink - Chicago Tribune - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had been off to the side for the Bears' first four camp practices, working with the team trainers. But from what he’s seen so far from the defense has left him eager to join the fun.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Where is your panic level for Mitch Trubisky? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have had three training camp practices open to the public and Mitch Trubisky hasn’t been as sharp as we’d like.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Position Battles: Big changes at safety - Windy City Gridiron - After looking at the corners earlier today, we’re going to finish up the defensive backs with a look at the safeties.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Training Camp Injury Updates - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears had a chill practice today giving several veterans the day off, so let’s check in on the injury situation.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Position Battles: You good with the depth at cornerback? - Windy City Gridiron - Our 11-part look at each position group on the Bears rolls on with the corners.

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