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The Bear’s Den, April 29, 2020

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There are 12 new Bears today, as our old friend DT John Jenkins stops by for another stint in Navy & Orange

Unfortunately, the only time David Montgomery got holes like this to run through last year was training camp. Photo by Denmaster Ken
Ken Mitchell

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This one’s

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

BEARRRSSSS

Fifth-year option predictions for 2017 NFL draft first-rounders - What’s next for Mitchell Trubisky, others? - ESPN - The Bears, Bengals and Broncos are among the teams that have big contract decisions coming soon on former top picks.

Brian Kelly Bullish On Cole Kmet’s Future With Bears - 670 The Score - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has coached some of the best tight ends in the NFL in Travis Kelce, Tyler Eifert and Kyle Rudolph, and he believes new Bears tight end Cole Kmet will “be in line with all those guys.”

Bears Sign DL John Jenkins - 670 The Score - The Bears have signed veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins to a one-year deal, they announced Tuesday.

The Last Chance: What Does Mitchell Trubisky’s Future Hold? - 670 The Score - Mitchell Trubisky smiled ear to ear through a clean shave, holding a navy blue Bears jersey with the No. 1 and his last name. It was three years ago Tuesday when the Bears introduced Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in that 2017 NFL Draft and for whom they traded a haul to select.

Bears Starter Most Likely to Be Challenged by a Rookie - SI.com - The Bears brought Duke Shelley in as a sixth-round draft pick last year to learn the ways of being a slot cornerback behind Buster Skrine.

Bears Go Without Signing an Undrafted Quarterback - SI.com - The Bears announced a full undrafted free agent draft list Tuesday after several names had leaked out over the past few days, and it did not include a quarterback.

Notre Dame coach lauds Bears' pick of Kmet - ChicagoBears.com - Having worked with Cole Kmet the past three years, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is convinced that the Bears landed a special player with their top pick in the 2020 draft.

Roster Move: Jenkins agrees to 1-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - After playing in eight games with the Bears in 2017, veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins is returning for a second stint with the team, agreeing Tuesday to a one-year contract.

Lunch With Larry And Urlurker - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer and our very own Urlurker talk all things post-draft including incoming draft picks, recently acquired UDFAs, and looks ahead to the 2020 season.

Roster Moves: Bears agree to terms with 11 undrafted free agents - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears have agreed to terms with 11 undrafted free agents. Take a capsule look at them here.

Here Are Some Potential Post-Draft Cuts That Could Be of Use to the Chicago Bears - Bleacher Nation - The Bears could find useful players once teams start trimming roster fat.

Mitch Trubisky's Fifth-Year Option Is Not an Easy Decision for the Bears - Bleacher Nation - Recent changes to the mechanics of the fifth-year option, as well as news on other fifth-year option decisions, got me thinking about Mitch Trubisky and the

While the League Zigs, the Bears Will Zag in 2020 - Da Bears Blog - The Bears are doing something very different in 2020.

Bears sign defensive tackle John Jenkins - ESPN - The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins on Tuesday.

Bears re-sign veteran DT John Jenkins, who played for them in 2017 - Chicago Sun-Times - Jenkins is an under-the-radar pickup for the Bears after playing all 16 games for the Dolphins last season.

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly says Bears TE Cole Kmet will be ‘in line’ with NFL’s best - Chicago Sun-Times - Brian Kelly coached Travis Kelce and other star tight ends and has no doubt Kmet will reach their level.

Chicago Bears podcast: Is Jaylon Johnson the Bears’ best draft pick? - Chicago Sun-Times - What’s next for the Bears and the NFL?

Bears sign 11 undrafted free agents - Chicago Sun-Times - None is a quarterback, and the most well-known among the group figures to be Buffalo linebacker Ledarius Mack, Khalil’s brother.

Chicago Bears add Khalil Mack's brother Ledarius to roster - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears signed 11 undrafted free agents to add to their draft class of seven players.

Why didn't Chicago Bears draft a quarterback? - Chicago Tribune - Georgia's Jake Fromm clearly wasn’t the Bears' choice for a developmental quarterback selection in the fifth round, but why didn't they take a shot at another?

Getting to Know Bears WR Darnell Mooney Through Jeff Conway's Memories - Chicago Audible Blog - Tulane Wide Receivers Coach Jeff Conway shares his memories of Chicago Bears' draft pick Darnell Mooney.

Hoge's 10 Bears Things: Cole Kmet, ‘The Natural,’ and 2020 NFL Draft conclusions - NBC Sports Chicago - Thoughts and conclusions on a Bears draft class that is getting good reviews.

Bears Bring Back Nose Tackle John Jenkins - SI.com - John Jenkins is back.

Brian Kelly pushes back on criticisms of Bears' tight end Cole Kmet - NBC Sports Chicago - Brian Kelly took exception to a comment about Cole Kmet being a terrible draft pick, and compared the newest Bears' tight end's future to some pretty great players he's coached.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Broncos feel Drew Lock has a chance to be good for a long time - ProFootballTalk - For the first time in a few years, the Broncos headed into the offseason and the draft feeling good about their future at quarterback.

Saints announce they’ve signed Jameis Winston - NFL.com - News of Jameis Winston being expected to sign with the Saints came on Sunday and, on Tuesday, New Orleans made it official that it’s signed the former Buc to a one-year contract.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif working on coronavirus front lines - ProFootballTalk - When Chiefs guard/doctor Laurent Duvernay-Tardif first asked how he could help fight the outbreak of coronavirus, he was told the best thing he could do was spread the message of social distancing.

NFL may delay schedule release beyond May 9 - ProFootballTalk - The NFL will release its 2020 schedule by May 9. Unless it won’t.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Is drafting a running back in the top 2 rounds sound strategy? - Pride Of Detroit - Let’s look at the data from the last decade.

Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn: ‘No way’ we expected Julian Okwara would fall to us - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions GM was pleasantly surprised when Okwara fell into their laps.

Vikings and NFL Season Might Not Start Until October - Daily Norseman - Someone tell COVID-19 it can’t (possibly) take football away

Making sense of what Matt LaFleur’s ‘revamped’ offense could look like in 2020 - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay invested in big weapons, even if they didn’t invest big in weapons for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. With so much change, we take our best stab are predicting what this group will look like in a vital season for the franchise.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes' Jersey Confidential: What’s your biggest jersey regret? - Windy City Gridiron - Do you have a jersey purchase that you ultimately regretted? Share your woes with fellow Bears fans.

Infante's Know the enemy: Recapping 2020 draft picks from Bears’ NFC North rivals - Windy City Gridiron - We all know what the Bears did in the draft this year, but how did their divisional rivals fare?

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign John Jenkins - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears make a move on their defensive line...

Infante: Bears rookies face steep Rookie of the Year odds - Windy City Gridiron - Bettors are not confident in Cole Kmet or Jaylon Johnson’s chances to win a Rookie of the Year award.

Wiltfong: Bears sign 11 undrafted free agents - Windy City Gridiron - Check out some highlights from all 11 new Bears right here!

Balancing Needs with Value; ECD’s Review of the Chicago Bears’ 2020 Draft Class - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace made the most of his picks as needs were addressed with value dictated by his personal boards.

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