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The Bear’s Den, August 15, 2019

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The Bears hit the road for tomorrow’s preseason game number two in New York.

NFL: AUG 08 Preseason - Panthers at Bears
Chicago Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson (39) prior to game action during a NFL preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears on August 8, 2019 at Soldier Field
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: Cut it with a knife - Tension at a premium for contender Bears – The Rock River Times - There’s an old saying about anxiety before a major life event. If someone doesn’t feel a healthy dose of it before the spotlight comes on, they’re not prepared. They’re bound to fail. Realizing their inherent failure and becoming self-aware will happen no sooner than before they’re ready to launch.

Longshot: After leaving school early, undrafted cornerback Clifton Duck hunts for roster spot with Bears | NBC Sports Chicago - Bears cornerback Clifton Duck is believed to be the only player in Appalachain State football history to leave the program early for the NFL. And he did so knowing he might not be drafted.

Five bold Bears predictions for 2019 NFL season: Trubisky outscores Rodgers, Mack erupts for 20 sacks - CBSSports.com - It’s time to make some crazy predictions about the Bears’ upcoming season

2019 NFL Predictions: Bears look primed for regression and here are all the reasons why - CBSSports.com - The Bears can’t keep up their turnover pace, they’ve got a new DC and more reasons they’ll likely take a step back Ken’s Note: Haters gonna hate.

Chalk Talk: What changes with move back to Halas Hall? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what changes with the Bears shifting camp from Bourbonnais to Lake Forest, if a recent fight in practice will affect team chemistry and a veteran who’s had the best camp of his career.

Armstrong proud of Nagy, former team - ChicagoBears.com - As coach Matt Nagy’s agent, former Bears defensive end Trace Armstrong was thrilled with the team’s resurgence last year not only because he’s an alum of the organization.

It Sounds Like Mitch Trubisky Picked Up a New Favorite Receiver at Training Camp - Bleacher Nation - Riley Ridley has caught Mitch Trubisky’s eye at camp.

Riley Ridley ready to be an integral part of Bears future - 247Sports - We caught up with Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Riley Ridley on where he’s at in his early journey in the NFL.

Play ‘em or sit ‘em? Bears coach Matt Nagy makes the right preseason call by keeping his starters on the sideline - Chicago Sun-Times - What was debatable a year ago is a no-brainer now — while sitting starters is not without a cost, preseason games no longer are worth the risk.

Passionate Bears wide receiver Javon Wims rising to the challenge - Chicago Sun-Times - The second-year player had a bad day, but he has shown solid improvement and could be a factor in 2019.

Bears Q&A: How did the Browns get more for Duke Johnson than the Bears did for Jordan Howard? Is Taylor Gabriel still the fastest Bear? Will Javon Wims make the 53-man roster? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. This week's mailbag features questions about the Jordan Howard trade, the value of Taylor Gabriel and, of course, the kicking competition.

Allen Robinson brought his A-game to the Bears’ biggest game last season. And that sets the stage for a big 2019: ‘The ball is going to 12.’ - Chicago Tribune - In the Bears' biggest game last season, Allen Robinson brought his A-game. There's reason to believe the receiver's production and clutch contributions will only increase in 2019.

Is Mitch Trubisky the target of unfair criticism? - Chicago Shuffle Podcast - Is Bears QB Mitch Trubisky the target of unfair criticism? The David Montgomery hype train is very real, and Eddy Pineiro said what?! All that and a preview of the Chicago Bears Week 2 preseason game against the Giants.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jimmy Garoppolo throws 5 consecutive INTs in practice - NFL.com - Jimmy Garoppolo enjoyed a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the office on Wednesday afternoon. During one stretch of practice, the 49ers starting quarterback threw five consecutive interceptions. Ken’s Note: It’s practice, sheesh!

2016 NFL Draft revisited: Grades for first-rounders three years in - NFL.com - Lance Zierlein revisits the players selected in Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft, handing out grades for Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and the rest of the first-round picks based on their performance through three seasons.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Let’s try to predict what the Vikings do with Kaare Vedvik, shall we? - Daily Norseman - He’s here, but what will he end up doing?

Packers send CB Derrick Jones back to waivers after a failed physical - Acme Packing Company - The corner was gone almost as soon as he arrived.

Aaron Rodgers: Slash beer prices to get fans as loud as possible – ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers wants lower beer prices and louder fans at Lambeau Field. Rodgers said that for the fans to support the Packers while the defense is on the field, making beer cheap might be the answer. “I’m up for anything that’s gonna get the fans as loud as possible,” Rodgers said.

Lions-Texans joint practice Day 1 recaps, highlights - Pride Of Detroit - A full recap of the best coverage from Day 1 of Lions-Texans practices.

Joe Dahl’s 2-year extension is a bargain for Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions reserve offensive linemen got a team-friendly deal.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Bears 2019 College Prospect Preview: SEC - Windy City Gridiron - With the college football season set to begin, we will be taking a look at a couple of players in each conference that the Bears should keep an eye on. In this edition, we look at some of the best in the SEC.

Wiltfong's NFC North Preview: Can the Vikings challenge the Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - With some help from our sister SB Nation sites that cover the other NFC North teams, we’re going to preview the Bears division rivals. Next up is the Minnesota Vikings with an assists from The Daily Norseman.

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