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Game Day Bear’s Den, August 16, 2019

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It’s Game Day again... well, sort of. The Chicago Bears are in New Jersey to take on the Giants. How much will the starters play today?

Warming up

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

BEARRRSSSS

Sense of urgency nothing new to Raymond - ChicagoBears.com - With the preseason underway, Bears rookie tight end Dax Raymond has a few weeks left to win a roster spot. As a teenager, he did more in less time.

Joniak to be enshrined in Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame - ChicagoBears.com - Longtime Bears radio play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak will be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 25 at Wintrust Arena.

Bears-Giants Primer: Storylines To Watch - 670 The Score - For the second time this preseason, the Bears on Friday will take the field with preserving key players’ health as their top priority.

Bears Newcomer Buster Skrine Fitting Right In - 670 The Score - Bears nickel cornerback Buster Skrine has displayed a penchant for creating turnovers in practice.

Matt Nagy scripts a night scrimmage — complete with a DJ, portable lights and that air raid siren — for a preseason change of pace - Chicago Tribune - If the Bears starters needed a full preseason game to prepare for the Sept. 5 opener against the Packers, Wednesday night’s practice was the way Matt Nagy was most comfortable with playing it.

Jeff Joniak, Harold Baines and Rick Sutcliffe among those inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame - Chicago Tribune - Baseball Hall of Famer Harold Baines and Bears radio announcer Jeff Joniak are among those set to be honored Sept. 25 by the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

Kyle Long ejected from Bears practice after pulling off Jalen Dalton’s helmet and swinging it at the rookie - Chicago Tribune - Bears starting offensive linemen Kyle Long and Cody Whitehair didn’t finish Wednesday’s night practice at Halas Hall. The former was benched after a fight. The latter hurt a finger. What exactly went down in Lake Forest?

Roy Robertson-Harris is an important UDFA success story for the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Contending teams need to find and develop inexpensive, productive players -- often from the undrafted free agent pool. Roy Robertson-Harris, then, stands as an important success story for the Bears.

One NFL analyst thinks Khalil Mack could be in line to break the single-season sack record in 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - A Bears take that isn’t negative!

Bears Practice Report: Kyle Long’s 2nd Fight in 4 Days, Whitehair leaves with hurt hand, and a strong day from the secondary - NBC Sports Chicago - It’s only Wednesday night and Kyle Long’s already had a week to forget.

Key areas to watch in the Bears’ second preseason game - Bearmaven - Rashaad Coward, Ian Bunting, Riley Ridley and of course the kickers are under the microscope.

Bears’ Buster Skrine making plays after finding his bearings - Bearmaven - New Bears slot cornerback finds it easier to rely on teammates in Chicago.

Sowell fully committed to position switch - ChicagoBears.com - In transitioning from offensive tackle to tight end, Bradley Sowell changed his diet and worked out like he was Rocky Balboa preparing to fight Apollo Creed, dropping 35 pounds.

Where to watch, listen to the Bears-Giants game - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears hit the road to play their second preseason game Friday night against the Giants. Here’s how you can watch and listen to the contest.

Player to watch: Bears’ linebacker Josh Woods is getting the hang of his new position - Chicago Sun-Times - The former safety at Maryland is thinking like a linebacker after a year of transition: “The game’s starting to slow down for me.”

Bears radio voice Jeff Joniak headed to Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame - Chicago Sun-Times - Other honorees include former White Sox player and new Baseball Hall of Famer Harold Baines; the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane; former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz; Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips; and others.

Shhh. The Bears starters played in a preseason game ... sort of - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears turned a Halas Hall field into an NFL stadium to help the starters break the tedium of practice and get some extra reps.

Bears’ ‘Run DMC’ running back trio gets lots of laughs, lots of yards - Chicago Sun-Times - Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery and Mike Davis are an ideal combination for Matt Nagy’s offense.

Wednesday night fight: Kyle Long ejected from Bears’ practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy was “disappointed” after the third consecutive practice incident — “I do think it is good for them to probably go against different people.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

Potential Jadeveon Clowney trade destinations: Jets among fits - NFL.com - Are the Texans and Jadeveon Clowney headed for a split? Gregg Rosenthal identifies seven teams that could make sense as a trade destination for the star edge rusher.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Football Outsiders: Detroit Lions most likely NFL team to go worst to first - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are going to win the division according to math. Okay, not exactly...

Mike Zimmer has reached a decision on Dalvin Cook’s status for Sunday - Daily Norseman - What, you think he’s gonna tell us? Are you new here?

Packers Fantasy Preview 2019: A new offense may not revive Jimmy Graham - Acme Packing Company - Jimmy Graham worked hard to develop chemistry with Rodgers last season, but this year, it may not matter.

Aaron Rodgers sitting out tonight with back tightness – ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers will miss tonight's game against the Ravens with back tightness, Wes Hodkiewicz of the team website reports. Hodkiewiz called it a "precaution" and not a concern long term.

Kevin Strong inspired by father’s battle with lung cancer - Pride Of Detroit - The defensive tackle has off-the-field inspiration

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wilftong: 5 Questions with Big Blue View - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears travel to play the New York Giants tomorrow night in the second preseason game for both teams, so we wanted to reach out to Ed Valentine, the Editor in Chief of Big Blue View, the...

Wiltfong: How confident are you in the 2019 Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - FanPulse is back for the 2019 season and we’re excited to share with you guys all the results!

Leming: Bears Mailbag - Potential Cody Whitehair extension, could JaDeveon Clowney be an option and more Mitchell Trubisky talk - Windy City Gridiron - It’s another loaded installment of the Windy City Gridiron mailbag. So open it up, strap it down and get to reading!

Wiltfong's NFC North Preview: The Packers are in unfamiliar territory - 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 Green Bay Packers with an assists from Acme Packing Company.

Wiltfong: Nike drops the new Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Bears shoe collection! - Windy City Gridiron - If you’re looking for a new pair of kicks before the season starts, we’ve got you covered.

Giants vs. Bears: Talking football, and pizza, with Windy City Gridiron - Big Blue View - It’s a "5 Questions" segment

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