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Several UDFA rookies are making cases for a spot on the 53-man roster or at least the practice squad

NFL: AUG 01 Bears Training Camp
Chicago Bears tight end Ian Bunting (49) interacts with Chicago Bears tight end Dax Raymond (46) and Chicago Bears wide receiver Thomas Ives (14) 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

NFL Coaches, Scouts, and Execs Are Predicting a Breakout Season for Mitch Trubisky - Bleacher Nation - One year after predicting Patrick Mahomes’ breakout, voices around the NFL are saying Mitch Trubisky is next.

Trey Burton Sidelined Again As Bears Ease Him Back - 670 The Score - Bears tight end Trey Burton continues to recover from offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Bobby Massie is a Shining Example of the Culture Change That Has Swept Through Halas Hall - Bleacher Nation - Money talks, but what is cash worth if you aren’t happy as a player?

Ranking the Entire Bears Roster: Key Contributors (11-39) - Da Bears Blog - This is the meat of the rosters, players who should see the field quite a bit.

Nagy focused on big picture with Trubisky - ChicagoBears.com - Even with mounting expectations on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, coach Matt Nagy won’t put the third-year pro under a microscope, instead preferring to look at the big picture.

Quick hits: Skrine shines, players fight through sluggish day - ChicagoBears.com - Having gained a firm grasp on the defense in his first year with the Bears, nickel back Buster Skrine showed his play-making ability by breaking up three passes in Monday’s practice.

Win tickets to both Bears-Packers games this season - ChicagoBears.com - The Battle of the Border sweepstakes is now open. Fans can enter to win a pair of tickets to see the Bears take on the rival Green Bay Packers September 5 at Soldier Field and December 15 at Lambeau Field.

Matt Nagy Still Has an Absolute CANNON (VIDEOS) - Bleacher Nation Bears - - Matt Nagy hasn’t played in years, but the ex-quarterback still has “it.”

Eddy Piñeiro *AND* Elliott Fry Will Kick in Thursday’s Preseason Game Against Panthers - Bleacher Nation - Piñeiro vs. Fry. Round 1. Thursday at Soldier Field. Get hyped.

The Chicago Bears Play a Football Game Later This Week - Bleacher Nation - Preseason is coming.

What we heard from Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy on Monday, including thoughts on the Bears defense: ‘They’re no dummies’ - Chicago Tribune - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky met with the media Monday to talk about his progress as the Bears resumed training camp in Bourbonnais.

It’s not clear when Trey Burton will return to Bears practice. ‘I’m trying to protect him a little bit,’ Matt Nagy says - Chicago Tribune - Trey Burton missed his third consecutive practice Monday. Can the Bears find a formula to get the tight end healthy for Week 1?

Chicago Bears Camp Report 2019: Day 6 - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen to The Chicago Audible's complete recap from Monday's practice at Bears Camp.

1985 Bears top USA Today's list of all-time-greatest NFL teams - NBC Sports Chicago - To celebrate 100 years of the NFL, 1985 Bears top USA Today's list of all-time-greatest NFL teams.

Where Bears’ tight end depth stands while ‘protecting’ Trey Burton - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are "protecting" Trey Burton with an eye on Sept. 5's season opener, giving guys like Dax Raymond and Ian Bunting more of an opportunity to prove themselves during training camp.

Mullin: Has the NFL caught on to Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky and Bears offense? - NBC Sports Chicago - While coach Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense were settling in last season, how much was the NFL catching onto and learning them?

Hoge and Jahns: Ryan Pace’s Annual Training Camp Visit - 720 AM - For the fourth straight year, Bears general manager Ryan Pace joins the podcast to discuss what's happening in training camp. This year there are no potential Khalil Mack trades to dodge, but Pace reflects back on the trade and the impact Mack has had on the team. He also discusses Mitchell Trubisky's development and what they are looking for from the quarterback in Bourbonnais. And, of course, there's the obligatory kicker talk too!

NFL Preseason: David Montgomery among most intriguing rookies to watch - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie RB David Montgomery was named among the NFL's most intriguing rookies to watch this NFL preseason

Offensive coaches weigh in on key players - ChicagoBears.com - With Bears offensive position coaches speaking to the media Monday for the first time in training camp, we highlight some of the most interesting quotes about running back David Montgomery, receiver Allen Robinson and others.

When the Bears moved Rashaad Coward from defensive to offensive line, ‘at first I was mad.’ Now he’s aiming to become a Pro Bowl tackle one day. - Chicago Tribune - Instead of chasing quarterbacks, Rashaad Coward is learning how to protect them — a move he resisted until realizing how it could prolong his NFL career. Ken's Note: This one's a good read about a player that's both critical to Chicago's depth on the OL, a high-character man who is easy to root for.

Trey Burton misses third straight practice; Bears “trying to protect” him – ProFootballTalk - Bears tight end Trey Burton had a scheduled day off from practice last Friday, but missed Saturday's practice and remained out on Monday as well. Burton had sports hernia surgery this offseason and didn't take part in organized team activities this offseason, but he avoided the physically unable ...

Upon Further Review Podcast No. 740: Lester Wiltfong Jr., Matt Goldman, Tom Petersen - kmaland.com - Ryan Matheny talks with Derek about his Carson Rodeo experience + Lester Wiltfong Jr. on this year's Chicago Bears

Bears notebook: Kickers Fry, Piñeiro hit bump in the road - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy: "They know they’ve got to do better."

Rookie David Montgomery a quick study in pass protection - Chicago Sun-Times - After early lesson from Roquan Smith, Bears’ third-round pick getting the hang of it

Tru or false? Bears’ defense making offense better - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky is convinced that the frustration of facing the Mack Men in practice will bear fruit in the regular season: "You gotta believe that’s making us stronger."

Coach speak: 4 takeaways from Bears coaches on their most compelling players - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky still has the confidence of his coaches, and David Montgomery has been a knockout.

Bears tight end Trey Burton misses another practice, but team expects him to be ready for the season - Chicago Sun-Times - Burton missed his third straight practice Monday, and coach Matt Nagy is calling for patience.

All systems are go for Bears — so far - Chicago Sun-Times - With no holdouts, no major injuries — knock on wood — and no veterans body-slamming rookies, Matt Nagy’s second training camp has been unusually tranquil. How long can it last?

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL position battles to watch during training camp for all 32 teams - ESPN - Will quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Dwayne Haskins be ready to start by Week 1? We break down the best job competitions across the league.

Freddie Kitchens: I’ll fire any assistant who’s an unnamed source in the media – ProFootballTalk - Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has a stern warning for his assistant coaches: Keep your mouths shut, or lose your job. Kitchens said today that if any of his assistant coaches ever leak information about the team to the media, he’ll fire them.

Vic Fangio: Sanders, Sutton scuffle ‘can’t happen’ - NFL.com - Tempers flared at Denver Broncos training camp Monday when receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton got into it during practice, much to the dismay of head coach Vic Fangio.

Tom Brady’s contract removes lame-duck label, but not lame-duck reality, for 2019 – ProFootballTalk - Without a contract extension, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was potentially entering his last year with the team. With a contract extension, Brady is potentially entering his last year with the team. As Tom Curran of NBCSportsBoston.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

New Packers Coach Matt LaFleur Is Already Annoyed with His Team’s Effort - Bleacher Nation - There is in-fighting and an apparent lack of urgency at Packers camp.

Detroit Lions - New England Patriots Day 1 joint practice observations: Hot start, slow finish - Pride Of Detroit - With the Super Bowl champs in town, the Lions ran hot and cold Monday morning.

5 winners, 3 losers from the first two weeks of Detroit Lions training camp - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the best and the worst from two weeks of Lions camp. Ken's Note: T.J. Hockenson will be the next big thing at TE in the NFL. Young man is THAT good.

The Kicking Crown: Comparing the best NFL kickers - Baltimore Beatdown - A breakdown to better explain the all-time completion percentage

As concerns over Kevin King’s injury settle in, Kabion Ento is emerging for the Packers - Acme Packing Company - The undrafted rookie has continued to stand out in the early part of training camp and should gain extra reps while King nurses a hamstring injury.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Trubisky has a solid day, and more notes from Monday’s practice - Windy City Gridiron - Lester recaps his day at Bears’ camp right here.

Chicago Bears 2019 Training Camp: Live updates and open thread 8/5 - Windy City Gridiron - Lester’s down in Bourbonnais today covering the Chicago Bears’ training camp, and you can follow along with his live updates right here.

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