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The Bear’s Den, August 20, 2019

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Bears add a bruising running back from the Chiefs as thoughts turn to this week’s preseason game against Indy

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Linebacker Kylie Fitts #49 of the Chicago Bears in action against the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears on August 16
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears Sign Rookie Running Back Josh Caldwell to Preseason Roster - Bleacher Nation - Someone has to take hand-offs during the preseason.

Wood: Recapping the 2019 Offseason - Da Bears Blog - I’m going to try and highlight the most relevant stuff in 1 sentence per article, grouped together by topic. Think of it like a TL;DR for the offseason.

Nagy: Bears giving Trubisky ‘keys to the car’ - ESPN Video - Bears coach Matt Nagy praises Mitchell Trubisky’s progress during training camp and expects him to have a great sophomore season.

Training camp MVPs for all 32 NFL teams - Montgomery shines - ESPN - NFL Nation tabs Mr. Training Camp for every team, from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to a potential quarterback of the future.

The Case For David Montgomery To Lead NFL In Rushing - 670 The Score - Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports has high praise for Bears rookie running back David Montgomery.

5@5: Did Bears Do Enough To Punish Kyle Long? | 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Who Will Be The Bears’ Kicker? - 670 The Score - Beyond Eddy Pineiro, there are several candidates in play for the Bears.

'Please let them kick it to me!’: The oral history of Devin Hester’s Super Bowl XLI kickoff return touchdown — and the coverage team that dared to stop him - Chicago Tribune - Devin Hester's kickoff return touchdown to open Super Bowl XLI still registers as the franchise's most electric moment of the 21st century. The Tribune offers a peek behind the curtain with an oral history of that unforgettable play.

Column: Is Eddy Pineiro the right kicker? Evaluating him should be Matt Nagy’s top priority in the Bears’ final preseason games - Chicago Tribune - Eddy Pineiro likely is going to have to blow away coach Matt Nagy to nail down the kicking job. Nagy should tailor play calls in the final preseason game to give Pineiro some difficult opportunities.

Longshot: Bears cornerback John Franklin III, a former 'Last Chance U' star, has a bigger goal in mind | NBC Sports Chicago - John Franklin III, the former "Last Chance U" star and quarterback-turned-wide-receiver-turned-cornerback, wants to not only make the Bears' roster, but be one of the best players to ever play in the NFL.

PFF ranks Mitchell Trubisky as 26th best quarterback entering 2019 | NBC Sports Chicago - Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 quarterbacks entering the regular season, and they see the Bears quarterback with a lot of work to do. Ken's Note: Do I even need to say it again?

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Matt Nagy Is Shaking Up The NFL’s Preseason - WGN Radio - Matt Nagy has made his feelings about the preseason crystal clear. His words — but more importantly his actions — show that he believes the risk of injury outweighs the benefit of playing his starters in the preseason.

Running back addition Josh Caldwell knows Bears' offense - Bearmaven - Josh Caldwell led Kansas City in rushing in their preseason opener.

Bears veteran Robinson leads by example - ChicagoBears.com - Turning 26 on Saturday, Bears veteran receiver Allen Robinson is ready to take a big step up—and take his younger teammates with him.

Bears to pay it forward to Chicago parks - ChicagoBears.com - As a part of a league-wide initiative, the Bears will hold a Bears Huddle for 100 volunteer initiative to help clean up parks in Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Bears ink rookie running back Caldwell - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday signed rookie running back Josh Caldwell, who entered the NFL this year as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.

‘A Lifetime of Sundays’ to debut on Aug. 25 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears owner Virginia McCaskey is featured prominently in a documentary that will make its television debut Sunday, Aug. 25 on ESPN from noon-1:30 p.m. (CT).

Preseason grades, Week 2: Tony Pollard rolls, Kyler Murray fails - NFL.com - Bucky Brooks hands out grades to one notable rookie from each game in Week 2 of preseason action. Did Tony Pollard offer up a passable Ezekiel Elliott impression? How was Kyler Murray’s second go-around?

First-and-10: A look at Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro’s ‘competition’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Veterans Graham Gano, Stephen Hauschka and Chris Boswell could be available if upstarts Joey Slye, Chase McLaughlin and Matthew Wright beat them out.

Police say former Bears running back Cedric Benson was driving at ‘high rate’ of speed before fatal crash - Chicago Sun-Times - According to police, witnesses said Benson was driving his BMW motorcycle at a high rate of speed through a curving, hilly section of Austin, Texas, Saturday night when he collided with a van that was attempting a left turn.

Who makes the team? Handicapping the Bears’ roster after 2 preseason games - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears won’t reveal their true feelings until cut day. We’re under no such obligation.

Berckes: Going Deep - No-Risky Trubisky – QB List - The early favorite to serve as the volatile asset this year is Mitchell Trubisky, the Chicago Bears 3rd-year signal caller. Early Average Draft Position (ADP) results are stunning as Trubisky is the 22nd signal-caller off the board, leaving him essentially free on draft day and falling to free agency in some leagues.

Former Chiefs running back Josh Caldwell lands on his feet in Chicago - Arrowhead Pride - Old friend Matt Nagy and the Bears have signed the former Chiefs running back.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Antonio Brown files a new helmet grievance – ProFootballTalk - It’s time for Antonio Brown Helmet Grievance 2.0. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Raiders receiver has filed a new grievance regarding the league’s decision to prevent him from wearing a Schutt AiR Advantage helmet that is less than 10 years old.

A.B. rejoins Raiders at camp; agent responds to GM - NFL.com - The Antonio Brown helmet saga continues. In response to Raiders GM Mike Mayock’s “all-in or all-out” comment Sunday, Drew Rosenhaus assures they’re working toward a solution.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Panic watch: Grading anxiety levels for Detroit Lions’ 4 biggest issues after Texans game - Pride Of Detroit - Is it time to panic? We’ve got your anxiety guide right here. Ken's Note: It's practice.

How warm is Mike Zimmer’s coaching seat? - Daily Norseman - At least one pundit thinks it’s getting a little toasty

Building a better team is the best path to protecting against an Aaron Rodgers injury - Acme Packing Company - Brett Hundley’s struggles in 2017 reignited the debate about the Packers’ backup plan for their star QB. With DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle looking shaky, the question persists. But Green Bay should be focused on the bolstering the team around Rodgers, not behind him.

Aaron Rodgers feeling good, whether he gets preseason snaps or not – ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers returned to practice Monday after missing Thursday's preseason game and Sunday's practice with back tightness. “It kind of locked up on me last week,” Rodgers said, via Jim Owczarski of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Pro Football Focus 2019 quarterback rankings: Matthew Stafford among middle-of-league QBs - Pride Of Detroit - PFF analyst Steve Palazzolo placed the quarterback in Tier 3 of PFF’s starting quarterback rankings.

Former Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman to visit Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - To the surprise of no one.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign running back Josh Caldwell - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have been sitting on 88 active players on their offseason roster after waiving Emanuel Hall (WR) and Elliott Fry (K), but earlier today they added free agent running back Josh...

Right now Mitchell Trubisky is an average QB - Windy City Gridiron - In this four-part round-table discussion, several of us weigh in on the Chicago Bears quarterback while discussing where he is now, how his development is going, and where we think he’ll end up.

Snyder & Berckes: Bears Over Beers 2019 Season Preview/Cheap Beer Episode - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and EJ land Lester Wiltfong as a guest to help them lay out expectations for the Bears in 2019

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