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Scheduling questions abound as NFL extends virtual workouts amidst pandemic worries.

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Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) tip-toes into the end zone for a touchdown reception as Los Angeles Rams linebacker Cory Littleton (58) defends on November 17, 2019, in Los Angeles.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This one’s just really 2020, wrong in so very many, many ways...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Prince Amukamara, former Bears cornerback, to sign with Raiders: report - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears cut him in February to save salary cap space

Are Bears falling behind in the NFC North? - Chicago Sun-Times - Probably not. The Vikings (Everson Griffen), Packers (Bryan Bulaga) and Lions (Darius Slay) all had significant offseason losses. Then again, all three division rivals have established quarterbacks, so ...

Chicago Bears podcast: Fans’ questions and answers - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears reporter Mark Potash comes back for more reader and listener questions in the podcast’s 100th episode.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - Deshaun Watson's tweet last week put the Bears' decision to draft Mitch Trubisky in 2017 back in the news. David Montgomery and the Bears offensive line also were popular topics in the latest edition of Brad Biggs' Bears mailbag.

Why Mitch Trubisky's NFL future hinges on Bears' quarterback competition - NBC Sports Chicago - If Mitch Trubisky loses his starting job with the Bears in 2020, will he ever be QB1 again?

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer doesn't expect 2020 NFL games to have fans - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are slated to open the season in Detroit.

Chicago Bears Jerseys Reimagined – On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears have some of the most iconic jerseys in the NFL. The fanbase can be split at times with a large contingency loving the classic look and other sects wanting something different at times. Luckily for all of us, there are some amazing artists like @Cgersk on Twitter who give us a special look into some concept ideas.

My Official Resume to be Jay Cutler’s Lazy and Unmotivated Best Friend – On Tap Sports Net - Jay has a had a long career, he deserves a break. He deserves to sit on the couch and do absolutely nothing.

Is Tashaun Gipson the Bears’ Box Safety Solution? – On Tap Sports Net - Is Tashaun Gipson the ‘box’ safety Chicago Bears fans been calling for?

Third-Year Charmers: Ryan Pace’s 2018 Draft Class Poised to Make Huge Mark - SI.com - Nose tackle Eddie Goldman is the only Chicago Bears starter drafted by general manager Ryan Pace from his first class in 2015.

Take our quiz on Chicago Bears regular-season openers - ChicagoBears.com - With the Bears scheduled to open the 2020 regular season four months from Wednesday, here’s a nine-question trivia quiz about past Bears openers.

ESPN analyst Matt Bowen targeting Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery in fantasy football draft - ChicagoBears.com - Bears second-year pro David Montgomery is among eight NFL running backs that ESPN’s Matt Bowen is targeting in his early mock fantasy football draft.

Wood: Establishing Realistic Expectations for Cole Kmet - Da Bears Blog - The Bears spent their first pick (43rd overall) on Cole Kmet, a big tight end from Notre Dame who has a chance to plug a Bears’ roster hole from day one.

Wright: Bears Should Be NFL’s Last Undefeated Team In 2020 - 670 The Score - After finishing 8-8 and in third place in the NFC North in a disappointing 2019 season, the Bears knew they were going to have an easier schedule in 2020. Upon the NFL’s schedule release last Thursday, they found out that easier schedule is softest at the start.

Bears’ Secondary Ticket Market Down, NFL Average Up - 670 The Score - The Bears are one of four teams with a secondary ticket market decrease from 2019.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL extends virtual offseason through May 29 - NFL.com - The NFL’s virtual offseason has been extended at least two weeks. The period was originally slated to end on Friday, May 15.

Florida governor: Teams that can’t play in their states are welcome here - ProFootballTalk - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says his state is ready, willing and able to welcome any NFL teams that can’t operate in their own states.

Rams new uniforms: Iconic helmet design changed (photos) - NBC Sports - Rams new uniforms: The iconic design on the helmet has been adjusted, which is a long-expected change for the Los Angeles team.

LA Rams 2020 Uniforms and Helmets Revealed - Turf Show Times - With a new stadium, new logos, and new colors, the Rams had one reveal party left to go

No. 1 overall draft picks of the 2010s ranked: Myles Garrett 3rd - With the 2020 NFL Draft marking a new era of No. 1 overall picks, Ali Bhanpuri looks back at the previous decade’s top selections and ranks them from 10 to 1. Who’s better, Myles Garrett or Kyler Murray?

KNOW THINE ENEMY

NFL extends virtual offseason workouts through May 29 - Pride Of Detroit - Workouts will continue virtually through the end of the month.

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t expect full stadiums in fall - Pride Of Detroit - A full stadium for the Lions’ season opener seems unlikely.

Ben Leber is attempting to raise $1 million for St. Jude’s - Daily Norseman - There’s usually a golf tournament involved, but not this year

All work and no play: Inside the struggles of the Packers play-action game - Acme Packing Company - The Packers never caught fire with their play-action game the way many thought they would under Matt LaFleur’s direction. We take an in-depth look at what happened, what worked, didn’t work and could work in the future.

Breaking down the Packers’ 2020 NFL Draft class by athletic measures - Acme Packing Company - Once again, the Packers’ draft class is littered with elite athletes, with only one player who had enough testing results earning an RAS below 8.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: What if there was a 2017 Draft do over? - Windy City Gridiron - SB Nation’s Theme Week has us asking, "What If?"

Zeglinski's A new friend: Chicago Bears’ Artavis Pierce will not be denied - Windy City Gridiron - Every Bears’ running back has a part to play. One of their new runners wants to be certain his part is bigger than prescribed.

There’s no way in Hell the Bears can beat... - Windy City Gridiron - The WCG Staff is making a few super early predictions about the Chicago Bears 2020 schedule and today we’re giving our sure fire winner!

Wiltfong: NFC North fans all confident in their team for the 2020 season - Windy City Gridiron - SB Nation’s FanPulse is now SB Nation Reacts!

THE RULES

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