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The Bear’s Den, July 8, 2019

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Eddie Jackson is confident, Matt Nagy is competent and the offseason seems endless

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Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) celebrates making a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thursday, November 22, 2018.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears 2019 season outlook: Trey Burton - Bears Wire - Tight end Trey Burton might have disappointed fans in his first season with the Chicago Bears, but perhaps expectations were too high.

2019 Chicago Bears season outlook: Prince Amukamara - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara had arguably the best season of his career last year. The need more of the same in 2019.

Mayer: 5 players to watch on defense during camp - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies five players to watch in training camp on defense, led by linebacker Roquan Smith, who will head to Bourbonnais looking to build on an impressive rookie season.

Eddie Jackson feels the excitement surrounding Bears - 247Sports - Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson talked to campers at a youth Gatorade football camp about hydration, football and the excitement for training camp.

Making Devin Hester’s case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame - 247Sports - Chicago Bears legend Devin Hester officially retired from the NFL in late December 2017 with a heartfelt message on his Twitter account. Hester then signed a one-day deal, along with running back Matt Forte, to retire as a member of the Bears organization in 2018.

Matt Nagy confident in his team heading into training camp - 247Sports - Matt Nagy remains confident in his team going into training camp despite how the 2018 season ended for the Chicago Bears.

Kenney: At 66, former Bears safety Doug Plank has no regrets about his ferocious playing style - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears safety Doug Plank feels good even though he has titanium in both of his shoulders and knees.

Eddie Jackson on 2019: We’re planning on taking this whole thing - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Jackson sounds pretty ready for the season to start.

Cox: Play-calling data shows Bears head coach Matt Nagy was level-headed - NBC Sports Chicago - When it comes to Matt Nagy’s play-calling tendencies, he doesn’t seem to be too affected by the ups and downs of a game.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL Trade Rumors: Who is better? 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo or Vikings QB Kirk Cousins. - Niners Nation - This beats discussing a trade that’ll never happen.

PFT 2019 storyline No. 17: How much does Todd Gurley have left? – ProFootballTalk - A notorious running back who knows a thing or two about playing in the L.A. Coliseum showed that he doens’t know squat about fantasy football by suggesting that Todd Gurley is in the mix to be one of the top picks this year.

PFT 2019 storyline No. 18: How much better will the Jaguars be with Nick Foles? – ProFootballTalk - After the Jaguars made an unexpected appearance in the 2017 AFC Championship, they had a decision to make regarding quarterback Blake Bortles, who was entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal. They made the wrong decision.

Players currently have leverage in CBA talks, but how will they use it? – ProFootballTalk - The NFL would like to get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place before the start of the 2019 regular season, the league’s 100th. Although that goal reflects an unreasonable degree of optimism, the league presumably would settle for declaring long-term labor peace in the days preceding the season...

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Who will be the SCARIEST player for the Lions in 2019? - Pride Of Detroit - Who’s gonna give opposing teams nightmares every Saturday night?

Is this the year age catches up with Drew Brees? – ProFootballTalk - With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady winning Super Bowls and running fast (for him) 40-yard dashes at age 41, it might seem that the quarterback position can be played well into a player's 40s.

What is the most important quality in a head coach? - Pride Of Detroit - What say you?

Kyle Rudolph has high praise for Garrett Bradbury - Daily Norseman - Early signs appear to be promising

Six over-under numbers that will help shape the Packers’ success in 2019 - Acme Packing Company - If many of these numbers are eclipsed this season, Green Bay will probably be looking at a postseason run once again.

Badet, other “40 Yards of Gold” participants have not been paid yet - Daily Norseman - Show them the money, seriously

2019 NFL preview: Ranking the NFC North wide receiver groups - Pride Of Detroit - Which NFC North team has the best wideouts? We rank ‘em.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Just how good will Anthony Miller be? - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago has a good group of receivers, but if Anthony Miller develops like many are expecting, this could be the best group the Bears have ever had.

Meister: Imagining the Chicago Bears as a Baseball Team - Windy City Gridiron - We all want to see Khalil Mack hit some dingers!

Wiltfong: Looking back at my 10 Most Important Chicago Bears of 2018 - Windy City Gridiron - Next week I’ll start my annual 10 Most Important Bears’ series, but before I dive into the new version for 2019, I’ll look back at how I had the list in 2018.

Infante: Bears given sixth-best Super Bowl odds - Windy City Gridiron - Vegas seems to be pretty high on the Bears heading into the 2019 season.

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