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Thoughts turn from Bourbonnais to the New York Giants and pre-season game two

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

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Wood: Big Plays Win Games - Da Bears Blog - Everybody loves watching big plays in football. Highlight reels are filled with bone-crushing sacks, long runs, deep bombs to a streaking WR, and big interceptions, because those are the exciting plays fans love to watch. It turns out those are the plays that decide games too, and I have the stats to prove it.

Pineiro, Fry continue to battle for Bears’ job - ChicagoBears.com - With the Bourbonnais portion of training camp having ended Sunday, the Bears’ highly-publicized kicking competition between Eddy Pineiro and Elliott Fry moves north to Halas Hall with no clear leader.

Clinton-Dix fitting in with Bears culture - ChicagoBears.com - After missing the first part of training camp, Bears safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is settling in with his new team and looking to make his first year in Chicago a special one.

Matt Nagy’s “no turds” comment becomes all the rage - Bearmaven - Another comment by Bears coach Matt Nagy turns into a battle cry.

Bears’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix comes long way in a short time - Bearmaven - In a shortened training camp, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has quickly picked up Chuck Pagano’s scheme.

Meet the New Bears’ Kicker Target Everyone Should Be Talking About - Bleacher Nation - Ron Rivera put Joey Slye front and center with good reason, so hopefully the Bears took notice.

I Dunno How I Feel About the Punter Being the Bears’ Best Player in Preseason Week 1 - Bleacher Nation - Finally! Something to celebrate in the Bears kicking game!

Mic’d Up Mitch Trubisky Is Matt Nagy’s Biggest Fan - Bleacher Nation - Mic’d Up Mitch Trubisky loves Matt Nagy.

Megapunt makes PFF’s NFL Team of the Week: 2019 NFL Preseason Week 1 - PFF - PFF’s NFL Team of the Week highlights the outstanding play of individuals at every position from the first full week of preseason action in the NFL.

Mark Potash: Analyzing the best and worst of Bears camp in Bourbonnais - Chicago Sun-Times - Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith look like the real deal, but Mitch Trubisky is an x-factor after uneven training camp against arguably the best defense in the NFL

Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel makes swift adjustment in Year 2 - Chicago Sun-Times - ”Turbo” is in a comfort zone as a player, teammate and leader. “I love Chicago — everything about it.”

Patrick Finley: Analyzing the best and worst of Bears camp in Bourbonnais - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky has made some unacceptable throws in practice. But it’s fair to wonder how much the Bears’ ridiculous defense affects him.

Column: Matt Nagy has earned the right to play Mitch Trubisky and other Bears regulars as little as possible in preseason games - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy has earned the benefit of doubt regarding how he plays Mitch Trubisky and other Bears regulars during the preseason.

Roquan Smith’s attitude and drive ‘to be an elite player’ have Bears coaches excited for Year 2 - Chicago Tribune - It seems that all parties — Roquan Smith, the Bears and the fans — are happy with how he wrapped up this year’s training camp.

Chalk Talk: Who was Bears’ MVP of camp? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses his choice for Bears’ MVP of training camp, if there were any fights during practice in training camp and the last time the Bears played the same opponent in the preseason and regular season.

As Bears Training Camp Ends, Here Are 5 Questions Left to be Answered - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears held their final training camp practice in Bourbonnais on Sunday, and as they decamp to Halas Hall, there are still a few burning questions that are facing the reigning NFC North champions.

Hub Arkush: Tempers flare in Bears sloppy Sunday practice before breaking camp - Pro Football Weekly - Hicks and Long nearly throw hands, as Bears seemingly anxious for Halas return

Rising and falling: Bears 53-man roster projection at the end of training camp | NBC Sports Chicago - With training camp in the rearview mirror, the Bears’ 53-man roster is coming into focus.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Source: Dak Prescott has not asked for $40 million a year – ProFootballTalk - The Cowboys and Dak Prescott apparently aren't close on a new deal, but how far apart they are remains a question. The Cowboys have said they have made what they consider to be "solid" offers to Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper, which would rank them "at least in the top five" at their ...

Antonio Brown acknowledges arbitrator’s ruling – ProFootballTalk - The arbitrator has spoken, and so has Antonio Brown. It's just not clear what Brown is saying. "While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field," Brown said on Instagram regarding the outcome of...

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions can bolster depth with these 7 Patriots - Pride Of Detroit - A look at seven Patriots who could beef up the Lions roster.

Packers inquired about kicker Kaare Vedvik prior to trade to Vikings, per report - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay and Chicago were both reportedly interested in Vedvik before the Ravens sent him to Minnesota.

Detroit Lions Week 4 roster bubble watch: Big shifts on offense - Pride Of Detroit - Injuries and poor play have shifted the Lions roster bubble, especially on offense.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Who was the Bears Training Camp MVP? - Windy City Gridiron - Now that the Chicago Bears are officially done with their 2019 training camp, let’s take a look at which players performed the best while in Bourbonnais by going round-table style and having...

Schmitz: 10 Notable Plays from Thursday’s Chicago Bears Preseason Game - Windy City Gridiron - With the first “game” of the 2019 Chicago Bears season in the books, Robert S. takes a look at the 10 plays that best defined the game and analyzes what they mean for the future.

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