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NFL: AUG 01 Bears Training Camp
Chicago Bears quarterback Tyler Bray (9) hands the ball off to Chicago Bears running back Ryan Nall (35) 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

Pagano lauds Nagy for culture he’s created - ChicagoBears.com - Knowing how difficult it is to be an NFL head coach has given Chuck Pagano a great appreciation for the job that Matt Nagy has done with the Bears.

Miller looking to top productive rookie year - ChicagoBears.com - Having recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Bears second-year receiver Anthony Miller is healthy and ready to step up his game.

3 things we learned from OC Mark Helfrich - ChicagoBears.com - Speaking to reporters for the first time in training camp, Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich discussed rookie running back David Montgomery, the challenge of facing an elite defense every day and more.

Defense is exceeding Nagy’s expectations - ChicagoBears.com - The performance of the Bears defense so far in training camp under first-year coordinator Chuck Pagano has surpassed coach Matt Nagy’s expectations. “They’re way past where I thought they were going to be,” Nagy said.

Getting to Know the 2019 Chicago Bears: Punters and Return Specialists - Bleacher Nation - The Bears’ special teams unit was one of the NFL’s worst last year ... and it wasn’t all Cody Parkey’s fault!

Wood: Causes for 2019 Concern: Volume II - Da Bears Blog - Now we return to the list of reasons the Bears might struggle to repeat 2018’s success.

Dickerson: Bears’ Anthony Miller has high hopes for sophomore season - ESPN - Healed from a shoulder injury that limited him as a rookie, Miller is excited to use his hands on routes again. And that could be big for the Bears.

New Season Brings Bears’ Adam Shaheen Another Chance - 670 The Score - Bears tight end Adam Shaheen has made commitments that he hopes leads to good health in 2019.

This Bilal Nichols Statement Should Terrify Bears Opponents - Sports Mockery - Bilal Nichols isn't one to make over-the-top boasts, but he did have a revelation during Bears practice that should terrify those who may have to block him.

Bears training camp report: Takeaways from the 7th practice - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have a big practice Saturday night at Soldier Field.

Is this the year the Bears’ Leonard Floyd finally puts it together? - Chicago Sun-Times - Thus far, Floyd has played 38 out of a possible 48 games in his NFL career, totaling only 15.5 sacks.

Bear Download podcast: Evaluating the Bears defense, offense and kickers — so far - Chicago Tribune - Rich and Dan are still in Bourbonnais to discuss what they’ve learned watching about the Bears so far from watching practice.

5 observations from Bears practice Friday, including David Montgomery against live tackling and Charles Leno blocking Khalil Mack - Chicago Tribune - The Bears did live tackling drills Friday for the first time in training camp. They tackled in various situations, including short-yardage, goal line going in and backed up at the goal line with a late lead.

6 things we learned from Bears coordinators, including how Chuck Pagano feels blessed with this defense - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense is wrecking things all over the place during training camp in Bourbonnais. Here's what that really means for coaches and players on both sides of the ball.

Can Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen stay healthy and take the next step? A closer look at the Bears tight ends - Chicago Tribune - Bears position preview: Tight ends

Will a motivated Ha Ha Clinton-Dix capitalize on his prove-it deal? A closer look at the Bears safeties - Chicago Tribune - The comparisons of Eddie Jackson to Hall of Famer Ed Reed are real and they're spectacular. And new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano sees grand possibilities for Jackson's career trajectory.

PFF ranks Jackson a top-10 safety ahead of the 2019 NFL season - Pro Football Focus - Baltimore Ravens' Earl Thomas and Los Angeles Rams' Eric Weddle land on PFF's list of the top-10 safeties ahead of the 2019 NFL season.

Matt Nagy on Mitchell Trubisky: "He's not where we want him to be yet" - Bearmaven - Bears coach Matt Nagy sees plenty of work ahead of Mitchell Trubisky, especially on deep passes.

Gary Kubiak, Chuck Pagano among new assistants on the spot - NFL.com - Can Gary Kubiak cure the Vikings’ offense of what ailed it in 2018? Will Chuck Pagano keep the Bears’ defense humming? Chris Wesseling runs down five new assistants under pressure in 2019.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Hall of Fame’s special Centennial Class approved for 2020 – ProFootballTalk - The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees approved a special Centennial Class for 2020. That means the Class of 2020 could include 20 members.

Steven Jackson’s one-day contract triggers a drug test – ProFootballTalk - NFL players who sign a one-day retirement contract may also endure the one-minute (or longer if shy bladder kicks in) indignity of urinating in front of a grown man.

Patriots place Cameron Meredith on PUP – ProFootballTalk - The Patriots announced the signing of receiver Cameron Meredith. The NFL’s official transactions wire brought news that the team placed Meredith on the physically unable to perform list.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions CB Teez Tabor misses practice with apparent leg injury - Pride Of Detroit - The comeback is on hold.

Did Matt Patricia destroy the Detroit Lions? - Pride Of Detroit - Warren Sharp believes so, and has numbers to back him up.

Vikings Training Camp: Day 7 Recap - Daily Norseman - Another strong showing from the defense, and key veterans rested to allow more reps for backups.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears training camp recap from Aug. 2 practice - Windy City Gridiron - David Montgomery goes Beast Mode, Elliott Fry has a good day, and more from today’s practice.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Training Camp 2019 - Talking Trubisky, Shaheen, Mack, Clinton-Dix, and more! - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation Podcast, he’s joined by WCG’s own, Jacob Infante, and they talk about the day’s action as Jacob drives back from Bourbonnais.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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