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Peanut talks about his greatest play (hint, the game saving pick in front of Randy Moss) and much more

Charles Tillman haunting Calvin Johnson

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Why It’s Unwise to Assume Nick Foles Starts for Bears - SI.com - The popular narrative regarding Nick Foles is he’ll excel in Matt Nagy’s Chicago Bears offense because it’s been in this Andy Reid style of attack where he’s flourished.

Akiem Hicks one of NFL’s most under-appreciated players - Bears WIre - When the national media discusses the Chicago Bears defense, the first player that springs to mind is All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack, and rightfully so. But this Bears defense’s success hinges on more than just Mack’s contributions.

Chicago Bears rookie LB Trevis Gipson comes from athletic family - ChicagoBears.com - Bears fifth-round draft pick Trevis Gipson has sports in his blood, with a grandfather who played In the NFL as well as a father and brother who have excelled in basketball.

Former Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman discusses 2003 game-saving interception against Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings - ChicagoBears.com - Former cornerback Charles Tillman breaks down the most memorable play of his 12-year career with the Bears, a game-saving interception against the Vikings late in his rookie season in 2003.

Matt Nagy Called Upon a Secret Guest to Help Tutor Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, and Tyler Bray … But Who Was It? - Bleacher Nation - Matt Nagy brought a special guest to teach his QBs.

Tom Brady Isn’t the Only QB Leading Offseason Workouts (Sup, Mitchell?) - Bleacher Nation - In a fairly fought quarterback competition, any edge could be the one that helps put one guy over the top.

New Bears Coaches Are Pushing Matt Nagy to be Better - Bleacher Nation - Matt Nagy appears to be open to criticism and willing to learn from it. That’s encouraging.

It’s easy to say ‘play ball’ when your health isn’t on the line - Chicago Sun-Times - How can the games return safely? It’s the question that won’t go away. Answer: It’s a roll of the dice.

Bears, Matt Nagy betting a lot on the offensive line - Chicago Sun-Times - With four starters returning from a disappointing offensive line in 2019 — and possibly all five — Nagy is hoping new line coach Juan Castillo will make a difference.

New NFL helmet's face guard works like mask - Chicago Tribune - The NFL — with an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic — is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask.

Chicago Bears: How Juan Castillo can help O-line - Chicago Tribune - It's difficult to improve an offensive line without taking the field, but that's what Bears assistant Juan Castillo has tried to do via the internet.

Nick Foles-Mitch Trubisky frontrunner hinted at in new Vegas odds - NBC Sports Chicago - A new prop bets gives insight into who Vegas sees as QB1.

Bears Who Should Benefit Most from Change of Scenery - SI.com - Free agent acquisitions have a great amount to deal with when they come to a new team.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL reinstates Aldon Smith - ProFootballTalk - Aldon Smith, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft who last played in 2015, is back in the NFL.

Prince Amukamara sees himself as perfect fit in Paul Guenther’s defense - ProFootballTalk - The Raiders’ cornerbacks had an average age of 23 before this week. Prince Amukamara, who turns 31 in June, arrives to add some experience and leadership to the room.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Steve Smith believes in the Minnesota Vikings for 2020 - Daily Norseman - Surprised?

Does continuity give the Packers any advantage in 2020 the way it did in 2011? - Acme Packing Company - Restrictions on offseason work due to COVID-19 mirror 2011 during CBA negotiations and a lockout. Green Bay rode its virtuoso quarterback and returning infrastructure, overcoming that hurdle. Could they follow a similar path this year?

Detroit Lions shut out of CBS Sports’ Top 100 players list - Pride Of Detroit - I’ve been coddling you, dear Detroit Lions fan, a little too much this offseason. Matthew Stafford is going to be amazing again this year. The Lions receiving corps is one of the best in the league....

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Only one Chicago Bear makes the CBS Sports Top 100 NFL Players of 2020 list - Windy City Gridiron - The way the Chicago Bears are being disrespected this offseason you’d think they were coming off a three win 2019 season...

Wiltfong: Who would you take for the Bears in the 2nd round of our 2017 re-draft? - Windy City Gridiron - Sure, SB Nation’s "What If?" Theme Week was last week, but the SB Nation NFL site managers are still powering through a two-round 2017 re-draft.

2017 NFL Draft: Where would Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson land in a do-over? - SBNation.com - Our NFL team brands did a re-draft of the 2017 NFL Draft, and things turned out very differently than in real life.

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