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The Bear’s Den, August 2, 2019

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One Friday practice then it’s time for the Bear’s Family Fest at Solider Field on Saturday night

NFL: AUG 01 Bears Training Camp
Chicago Bears linebacker Isaiah Irving (47) performing drills during the Chicago Bears training camp practice on August 01, 2019 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

McCaskey takes special 196-mile trip on foot - ChicagoBears.com - Bears chairman George H. McCaskey recently walked—yes walked—from Decatur to Chicago to symbolically recreate the trek that his grandfather, George Halas, took with his fledgling football team in 1921.

Battling Bears defense a positive for Gabriel - ChicagoBears.com - Receiver Taylor Gabriel feels that he and the rest of the Bears offense will ultimately benefit from facing one of the NFL’s most formidable defenses every day in practice.

’85 champs confident defense will thrive again - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears stars Steve McMichael and Otis Wilson are both impressed with the team’s current defense and are confident it will pick up under coordinator Chuck Pagano where it left off with Vic Fangio.

Getting to Know the 2019 Chicago Bears: Safeties - Bleacher Nation - There is a lot to be excited about the tag team of Eddie Jackson and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Chris Tabor Will Have Eddy Piñeiro AND Elliott Fry Kicking at Soldier Field on Saturday - Bleacher Nation - On Saturday, Elliott Fry and Eddy Piñeiro will get their first chances to kick at Soldier Field.

Wood: Causes for 2019 Concern: Volume I - Da Bears Blog - Most of my writing this off-season has ended up being very positive about the Bears’ outlook for 2019. I’ve been very clear that I think Chicago should be considered one of the Super Bowl favorites this year, and most of the stats I’ve dug into have logically come to conclusions that support that notion, or at least do nothing to refute it.

After Some Struggles, Bears’ Kicking Battle Inspiring Some Hope - 670 The Score - Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro have performed well in the training camp spotlight.

James Daniels and Cody Whitehair have switched positions, but continuity is still a benefit. A closer look at the Bears offensive line - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have all five starting offensive linemen back from the first year in coach Matt Nagy’s offense.

Cornerback Duke Shelley, a 6th-round pick, is opening some eyes in his bid for a Bears roster spot: ‘I can help this defense’ - Chicago Tribune - If the trend of the Bears having a late-round draft pick contribute immediately continues, cornerback Duke Shelley could be the one.

Chicago Bears Camp Report 2019: Day 4 - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen to The Chicago Audible's complete recap from Thursday's gritty practice at Bears Camp.

Bears Training Camp Report 8/1/19 - BearsCoverage.com - The Bears were "back on the grass," at Olivet Nazarene University, after their day off.

Bears hope quietness eventually returns to their kicking battle - NBC Sports Chicago - While there's no "Augusta silence" around Bourbonnais, the Bears hope eventually there won't be loud cheers every time a player makes a field goal.

A decade into his playing career, Chase Daniel has found his voice and hit his stride with the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Daniel has quietly become a huge part of the Bears' culture building.

Handling pressure has been trademark of Bears' D-coordinator Chuck Pagano - Bearmaven - Chuck Pagano handled pressure as a head coach, and beat cancer, so heading the Bears' defense should be no problem.

Under Center Podcast: Training Camp Daily - Stock Up, stock down after five practices - NBC Sports Chicago - On today's podcast, JJ Stankevitz is joined by John "Moon" Mullin as the Bears return from their off day. First, it's another limited day for Adam Shaheen.

Hoge and Jahns: Worried about the Bears’ offense or excited about the defense? - WGN Radio - Adam Jahns is back in Bourbonnais and got to watch his first practice of camp on Thursday. He and Adam Hoge talk about whether or not fans should be worried about the Bears' offense or just really excited about the defense. The guys mention some players who are standing out and also bring you some audio from special teams coordinator Chris Tabor and defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.

Bears’ kicking battle continues to heat up - ChicagoBears.com - One week into training camp, the Bears' kicking competition is even between Eddy Pineiro and Elliott Fry, both of whom are performing better than they did in offseason practices.

Together again — Hinsdale Central’s Ian Bunting, Thomas Ives living the dream with Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Longtime friends and former prep teammates making the most of their opportunity at training camp.

Bears training camp report: Mitch Trubisky’s unintentional tip drill and other takeaways from the sixth practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Defense wins the day again; Eddy Piñeiro kicks a 60-yard field goal; and Zach Miller makes an appearance.

Pressure’s on Bears’ kickers: ‘It’s for real now’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Chris Tabor is usually gregarious. On Thursday, he was serious.

New Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano knows he can’t waste elite unit he inherited - Chicago Sun-Times - Chuck Pagano stepped into a great situation, but any drop-off by the Bears’ defense will be pinned on him.

Bears remain cautious as TE Adam Shaheen makes progress with sore back - Chicago Sun-Times - Adam Shaheen returned to the practice field Thursday — in a limited capacity — for the first time since Saturday. The third-year tight end is fighting a sore back.

Bears are down to just 2 healthy drafted rookies - Chicago Sun-Times - Rookie running back Kerrith Whyte missed his first practice Thursday with what coach Matt Nagy dubbed two different injuries: a hamstring problem and a foot sprain.

For the 1st time ever, pass-interference penalties will be reviewed. What will it mean for the Bears defense? ‘We just need to play smarter’ - Chicago Tribune - Coaches will have one hand on that red challenge flag. And in the league office in New York, Al Riveron and Russell Yurk will remain ready to play judge and jury with the benefit of frame-by-frame millisecond analysis. Away we go.

5 observations from Bears practice Thursday, including Mitch Trubisky’s accuracy and Leonard Floyd’s confidence - Chicago Tribune - 5 observations from Bears practice Tuesday, including Mitch Trubisky's ball placement, Leonard Floyd's ascent and more.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Broncos throw first challenge flag for pass interference – ProFootballTalk - Well, that didn’t take long. The Broncos threw the first challenge flag for pass interference in the first half of the Hall of Fame Game, and the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating didn’t need long to make a decision.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

The Lions Are One Snap Away From Having an Ex-Bears Backup QB Under Center - Bleacher Nation - David Fales, who backed up Jay Cutler from 2014-16, is fighting to back-up Matthew Stafford.

Aviante Collins leaves Vikings practice on cart - Daily Norseman - Not a good sign for the offensive lineman

Detroit Lions 2019 training camp Day 6-7 stock report - Pride Of Detroit - Another couple of days, more movement with the Detroit Lions stock report.

Former Lions RB Theo Riddick expected to sign with Denver Broncos - Pride Of Detroit - Riddick will get his chance at revenge in Week 16.

Kirk Cousins: Turning a Page ? - Daily Norseman - I did a piece a while back on Kirk Cousins that looked at all his stats and how his game will fit with Kubiak’s offense. Part of that piece discussed Cousins’ reputation for coming up short in...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Camp recap and injury report - Windy City Gridiron - It was a bight and beautiful day at Olivet Nazarene University for the Chicago Bears training camp practice, and if there’s one thing we can definitely take away from what’s transpiring in...

Mitchell: Bearman Don Wachter Enshrined Today At NFL Hall Of Fame Fans Exhibit - Windy City Gridiron - Congratulations to one of our own, Chicago Bears "Bearman" Don Wachter, inaugural member of the Ford Hall Of Fans at the NFL Hall Of Fame

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