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The Bear’s Den, June 18, 2020

We hear news from Bears offensive assistants about Riley Ridley, Adam Shaheen, Cole Kmet, Mitchell Trubisky and many more

Bears punter & holder Pat O’Donnell does his thing during the turbulent kicking zoo that was 2019 training camp. Photo by Denmaster Ken
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Are We on the Doorstep of a Riley Ridley Breakout? - Bleacher Nation - Entering the 2020 season, the Chicago Bears’ wide receiver corps leaves much to be desired. Sure, Allen Robinson is a stud (albeit one too often underrated and overlooked). But the depth behind him is littered with questions.

John DeFilippo Called Out Mitch Trubisky’s Footwork: It Needs “Significant Refinement” - Bleacher Nation - I didn’t mean it (totally) in jest this morning, when I said that I’d love to been a fly on the wall for the conversation between Mitchell Trubisky and new QBs Coach John DeFilippo. Oh, to be in on a conversation detailing what Trubisky can list as strengths and what needs to be improved.

Well, At Least One Person Still Has Hope For Adam Shaheen - Bleacher Nation - Adam Shaheen’s position coach is keeping the faith.

The Pundits Are Already Mocking 2021 First Round QBs to the Bears - Bleacher Nation - We’re still closer to the 2020 NFL Draft than we are to its 2021 edition, but that isn’t stopping anyone from looking forward to what’s on the horizon.

John DeFilippo Brings New ‘Juice’ For Bears’ Quarterbacks - 670 The Score - When the Bears were conducting their coaching search in January 2018, the team’s selection committee was struck by candidate John DeFilippo.

Bears’ Cole Kmet A ‘Quick Study’ In Odd Circumstances - 670 The Score - Bears tight end coach Clancy Braone sees a rookie in Cole Kmet who’s a “quick study” in his virtual work from afar amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bears Envision Big Growth For Riley Ridley - 670 The Score - The Bears are in need of several breakout offensive performers in 2020, and receivers coach Mike Furrey has a candidate in mind. That would be second-year receiver Riley Ridley.

Chalk Talk: Is WR Riley Ridley in Chicago Bears’ plans this year? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what role receiver Riley Ridley could play this season, position groups hurt most by the cancellation of offseason practices and the Bears’ second all-time leading receiving tight end behind Hall of Famer Mike Ditka.

Why Bears' Riley Ridley had 'the biggest growth' of any wide receiver - NBC Sports Chicago - It sounds like the receiver's first full NFL offseason is going well.

Chicago Bears News on Sports Illustrated - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears.

Why Juan Castillo is the Bears' most important addition on the offensive line - NBC Sports Chicago - The new coach is bringing new philosophies to the Bears O-line room.

In revamped Bears QB room, Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles battle is taking shape - NBC Sports Chicago - Can Bill Lazor and John DeFilippo find the answers?

Plenty of Coaching Eyes on Nick Foles, Mitch Trubisky - - Both new Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and new quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo have pasts working with Nick Foles.

Juan Castillo's Plans for Turning Around Bears Offensive Line - - Bears coach Matt Nagy raves constantly about the success new offensive line coach Juan Castillo has enjoyed in his NFL career.

Bears' 2020 Roster Breakdown: Darnell Mooney - WR - - Catch percentages probably don't apply to Darnell Mooney.

Bears' 2020 Roster Breakdown: Anthony Miller - WR - - Each summer, goes player by player to break down the Chicago Bears' roster. This includes all 90 of them.

Chicago Bears encouraging fans to celebrate Juneteenth - - The Bears are encouraging fans to join them on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States.

5 highlights from new Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's media session - - New Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor discussed the open competition at quarterback, the jump running back David Montgomery is expected to make in his second NFL season and more Wednesday during a video call with the media.

Bears close for Juneteenth, make it company holiday going forward - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears join NFL headquarters and several other teams in honoring the holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States.

Bill Lazor’s job as Bears’ new offensive coordinator? Make Matt Nagy better - Chicago Sun-Times - Why were seemingly good game plans ending with the Bears barely scoring? Lazor is helping Nagy try to solve that puzzle.

Chicago Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo: ‘My guys are going to outwork everybody’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ new offensive line coach passionately believes in simple solutions to a 2019 problem area: fundamentals and repetition. “It’s about doing it over and over and over and over.”

New Chicago Bears coaches are ‘going to let Mitch Trubisky determine the story’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Speaking publicly Wednesday for the first time since they were hired, Bill Lazor and John DeFilippo explained how they’re just getting to know Mitch Trubisky via the computer — be it game film or Zoom chats.


Expansion of practice squads from 12 to 16 is under consideration - ProFootballTalk - As the NFL further processes the challenges of playing 269 total games that count amid an ongoing pandemic, the NFL is beginning to realize that more players than usual will likely be needed.

Some teams may take fewer than 90 players to camp - ProFootballTalk - The roster limit for NFL teams in training camp is 90. It’s not a minimum; however, they can bring fewer than 90. And some may do just that.

NFL working to refine COVID-19 protocols, testing guidelines - - As the COVID-19 pandemic affects everyday life in America, the NFL continues to adapt its standards accordingly. NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills made as much clear during a conference call Wednesday while discussing the conversations he's had w


Green Bay: Nobody cares - Fun Fact: Did you know that the Niagara Escarpment... the large long layer of rock who’s sudden fall-off in the Niagara River gives us Niagara Falls in New York... runs all the way over to Green Bay? What a sucky way for an escarpment to end.

Detroit: Nobody cares - Fun Fact: Detroit has more registered bowlers than any other city. I guess if you want a place to go rolling your balls around and slamming them into large hard objects, Detroit is the place for you.

Minnesota: Nobody cares - Fun Fact: Mystery Science Theater 3000 got it’s start in Minneapolis. That and Prince are the only two reasons the place need exist.


Wiltfong: Juan Castillo preaches consistency in the fundamentals - Windy City Gridiron - When the 2019 season ended the Chicago Bears parted ways with several offensive assistant coaches. One of which was well respected and experienced offensive line coach Harry Heistand. His former...

Wiltfong: Three Bears go in PFF’s 4-round NFL re-draft - Windy City Gridiron - Three Chicago Bears go among the 128 players drafted, but the Bears’ psuedo-GM taking Jameis Winston for them in the first-round is a real head-scratcher.


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