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Assistant Denmaster Jack here with your weekend Bears news!

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Wait, is that a color photo of Ditka playing? Nope, this time it’s Ryan Wetnight wearing Ditka’s #89... before it was retired, of course. Wetnight played for 7 seasons in Chicago during the 1990’s.

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

For those of us “social distancing”

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

BEARRRSSSS

2020 NFL Draft: Bears find their place in Lance Zierlein’s three favorite picks by round - NFL.com - Which 2020 NFL Draft picks did draft analyst Lance Zierlein like most?

Lachavious Simmons Has the Work Ethic and Attitude to Succeed in the NFL - The Chicago Audible - Russ Ehrenfeld, offensive line coach at Tennessee State, knows Lachavious Simmons has what it takes to carve out a successful career in the NFL.

Learning More About Every Chicago Bears Draft Pick - The Chicago Audible - Ready to learn more about all of the Chicago Bears picks? Well, you’re in luck!

Former Bears TE Ryan Wetnight Passes Away at Age 49 – On Tap Sports Net - Former Chicago Bears Ryan Wetnight passed away after battling stomach cancer for years.

Bears depth chart: Position battles come into focus on 90-man roster - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears’ 90-man roster is full, putting into focus some key position battles for the upcoming season.

Meet the Free Agent: Tashaun Gipson – On Tap Sports Net - The Bears have added safety Tashaun Gipson on a one-year contract. Here, we highlight Gipson’s history in the NFL.

Rent-A-Safety Approach Serving the Bears Well - SI.com - The Bears still haven’t replaced Adrian Amos, but their use of rent-a-safety seems to be the next-best option.

Bears Showing Only a Few Defensive Flaws After Signings - SI.com - A couple of depth positions remain concerns on a Bears defense otherwise loaded.

Kyle Whittigham: Bears’ Jaylon Johnson Worthy Of Top-15 Pick - 670 The Score - Utah coach Kyle Whittingham believes the Bears got a steal in selecting cornerback Jaylon Johnson out of his program at No. 50 overall in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

Cole Kmet ‘still in shock’ about joining Bears - ChicagoBears.com - The life-changing moment Cole Kmet experienced last Friday night still doesn’t seem real to the Notre Dame tight end, an avid Bears fan from the Chicago area who was drafted by his favorite team.

Deadline approaching for Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option - 247Sports.com - A decision is looming for the Chicago Bears in terms of Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth year option and they are not expected to pick it up.

Jeff Hughes: Thank You, Silvy - DaBearsBlog - Marc Silverman has had a profound impact on my life. His support has meant the world to me. And I can’t wait to not shake his hand and say, “Thank you, Silvy.” For now, this will have to do

Memories Of 2011 Bears’ Win Over Lions - 670 The Score - This Sunday at noon, you will hear the Bears’ 37-13 win against the Lions at Soldier Field on Nov. 13, 2011

Emma: Bears’ Defense In Line To Return To Dominant Form - 670 The Score - After their defense failed to play up to its standards in 2019, the Bears enhanced their pass rush and addressed needs in their secondary. It puts them in line to return to their dominant form.

5@5: Will Ginn Or Gipson Helps Bears More? - 670 The Score - The guys started by discussing which new addition will help the Bears more: receiver Ted Ginn Jr. or safety Tashaun Gipson? Other topics included the crop of NFL quarterbacks who remain free agents, NASCAR’s plan to return May 17, “The Last Dance” and hypothetical MLB franchise questions

Chicago Bears’ biggest draft, free agency questions - Chicago Sun-Times - The draft has passed but the Bears still have questions to answer

Bears post-draft review: It’s all about the QB - Chicago Sun-Times - Nick Foles not only will provide much-needed competition for Mitch Trubisky, but will be a litmus test for Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace

Chicago Bears offseason program goes virtual via Matt Nagy - Chicago Tribune - When Matt Nagy opened the Bears’ virtual offseason program last week, he didn’t dive right in to the X’s and O’s

Brad Biggs: Chicago Bears should’ve drafted QB like Packers - Chicago Tribune - The Packers’ first-round selection of quarterback Jordan Love is curious. It’s a pick that won’t help Aaron Rodgers this year or next, but it’s an organization prioritizing the position. That’s where the Bears historically have come up short

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jaguars decline option for RB Leonard Fournette - NFL.com - The Jaguars will not pick up RB Leonard Fournette’s fifth-year option, sources tell NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Bucs’ Rob Gronkowski says playbook comment made in jest - ESPN - Rob Gronkowski went on Twitter on Wednesday to clarify that a comment he made over the weekend suggesting that he had received the Bucs’ playbook before his trade was in jest.

NFL weighing Saturday games if college football doesn’t resume in fall - New York Post - With the NFL expected to release its schedule soon, its officials have discussed giving the league some flexibility to move games to Saturdays during the season if college football postpones its entire season.

Patrick Mahomes on contract: Whenever that happens, it happens - ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs did the expected this week when they exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Patrick Mahomes‘ contract, but the bigger question about his future with the team is when he’ll sign a long-term extension.

Adam Gase talks Jets' draft class - ProFootballTalk
Coach Adam Gase recently joined #PFTPM

Michael Irvin on CeeDee Lamb wearing number 88 for the Dallas Cowboys: I LOVE this kid! - Blogging The Boys
Count Michael Irvin among those happy to see CeeDee Lamb rocking #88.

2020 NFL Draft class rankings: Ravens, Cowboys, Vikes clean up - NFL.com
Which teams nailed the 2020 NFL Draft? Who left something to be desired? Gennaro Filice and Dan Parr rank each franchise's class, from No. 1 to 32.

Roundup: Jags sign Chris Thompson to 1-year deal - NFL.com
The Jaguars make a necessary addition to their backfield on Friday by signing pass-catching specialist RB Chris Thompson.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Packers sign former Washington DT Treyvon Hester - Acme Packing Company - Former Raiders, Eagles, and Redskins lineman will provide depth on the defensive line. ADM Jack’s Note: Of course the Packers would sign the guy who tipped Cody Parkey’s field goal

FS1 to re-air Super Bowl XXXI, Favre’s only SB win - NFL.com - Not since the storied days of Lombardi and Starr had Green Bay laid eyes on a champion. In 1997, the Packers finally became champs again. Witness the historic moment tonight at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.

Detroit: Recapping Detroit Lions 2020 NFL Draft grades - Pride Of Detroit - A look at what experts and fans think of all 9 draft picks

Minnesota: E51: Pocket Protectors [Grading The 2020 Draft - NFC North Edition] - Daily Norseman - Eric Eager (PFF) joins Jayson Brown to discuss how the NFC North teams fared in the 2020 NFL Draft

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Super Early Projection For Bears 2020 53-Man Roster - Windy City Gridiron - ChiTown OASIS' Projected 53-Man Bears Roster

What was your favorite draft day pick? - Windy City Gridiron - We’re kicking off another WCG round table today, this one focused on the Bears draft and their offseason moves yet to come!

Bears 2020 Offseason Recap: Are they headed in the right direction? - Windy City Gridiron - The latest Chicago Bears FanPulse results on the direction the team is headed

Who wears the Best and Worst NFL Jerseys? - Windy City Gridiron - One man’s opinion on the best and worst jerseys in the league, non-Bears division.

Efficient and Effective; Robert Schmitz’s Review of the Chicago Bears’ 2020 Draft Class - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest video, Robert S. analyzes each of the Chicago Bears’ 2020 draft picks before before handing out grades to each pick and the class as a whole

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