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The Bear’s Den, May 26, 2020

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We hit the ground running on a Tuesday that feels like a Monday for many of us in the daily grind

David Montgomery catches a pass at training camp in Bourbonnais. Photo by Denmaster Ken.
Ken Mitchell

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Jay Cutler discussions? Mitch vs. world? Nagy brilliant vs. goober? Here’s a song for those discussions when we’ve been away from them for too long...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Factory Made: Eddie Jackson Has the Mindset to be Great - Chicago Audible Blog - After three seasons, Eddie Jackson has established himself as one of the best safeties. But personal trainer Travis Shelton knows Jackson will never settle.

Scouting the Bears: Where They’re Strong and Weak - SI.com - The Bears head toward their June organized team activities and minicamp, largely unchanged despite all their changes.

Nick Foles Joins the Fun in Peyton Manning’s Golf Win - SI.com - The Match II: Champions for Charity, a golf match pitting Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning, will be best known now for an incredible shot Tom Brady hit on the seventh hole.

Three Reasons Why Mitchell Trubisky Makes This a Fight - SI.com - The popular narrative has Mitchell Trubisky failing miserably in an attempt to retain his job as starting Chicago Bears quarterback and then leaving Chicago after this season.

CB Kindle Vildor could be Chicago Bears’ surprise rookie gem in 2020 - Bears Wire - While Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace hasn’t always landed on his first-round picks, he has managed to snag some late-round gems in the NFL Draft.

This week in Chicago Bears history: May 25-31 - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, take a look at what transpired this week in Bears history, including the days that Hall of Famers Brian Urlacher and Gale Sayers were born.

What the Bears could lose with no fans in stands for games - Bear Report - We take a look at how much money the Chicago Bears could lose if there are no fans or limited fans in the stands for the 2020 NFL season.

Chicago Bears tabbed ‘best value’ bets for several NFL futures - NBC Sports Chicago - They may not be favorites, but that doesn’t make the Bears a bad bet.

One Of These 8 NFL Free Agents Best Fit Is With The Chicago Bears - Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights - It has been the oddest of NFL off seasons . With the COVID -19 pandemic putting most of America under restrictions for much of the spring, a massive monkey wrench has been thrown into most offseason activities...

Bears’ Nagy to use starters in preseason, regrets 2019 benching - NFL.com - Matt Nagy made a controversial decision last year, electing to sit his starters in the preseason. The move ultimately backfired, leading the third-year Bears coach to change his approach this offseason.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy finally sees light about preseason - Chicago Sun-Times - He no longer will keep starters out of exhibition games, as he mostly did in his first two seasons.

Chicago Bears’ Roquan Smith is ready for take-off - Chicago Sun-Times - The third-year inside linebacker — the eighth overall pick in the 2018 draft — heads a group of young players whose development will be a big key toward a Bears rejuvenation in 2020.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Retirement an option for Devonta Freeman - ProFootballTalk - Free agent running back Devonta Freeman is prepared to wait until he gets a contract offer to his liking. He may be waiting forever.

NFL's "broken system" of minority hiring can be fixed in only two ways - ProFootballTalk - NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent admits that the league’s minority hiring system is broken. Ultimately, there are only two ways to truly fix it.

Defenseless player protections may be extended for kick returners - ProFootballTalk - NFL owners will vote this week on a rule proposal that will expand the definition of “defenseless” players to include punt and kickoff returners even after they have caught the kick.

Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson headline NFL's top 10 deep passers - NFL.com - Everybody loves the deep ball. Which quarterbacks throw it best? Nick Shook dove into Next Gen Stats from the 2019 season to find an answer.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares, not even after a holiday weekend. Do they even have holiday weekends in Green Bay? Don’t know, don’t care. Nobody does.

Detroit - SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Quitting Being A Lions Fan Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health. (Legally required to be printed on Lions tickets this year).

Minnesota: Did you know that Minnesota was birthplace to the popular game the Oregon Trail. Apparently watching the Vikings helplessness in the playoffs over the years inspired game designers to make sure everybody dies of some horrible malady on the way to the promised land. It’s what Minnesotans are used to.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes' Chicago Bears History by the Decade: The Nifty 50s - Windy City Gridiron - Episode four of our limited podcast series, Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the Decade - now in technicolor!

THE RULES

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