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Saturday, a couple of weeks before training camp? Perhaps? We don’t know for sure...

View of the skyline from the North Pier, Chicago

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Will 2020 be Anthony Miller’s breakout year? - NBC Sports Chicago - Anthony Miller was recently dubbed the most likely first-time Pro-Bowler on the Bears in 2020

Should the Bears be all-in on Dak Prescott next offseason? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Chicago Bears could have a shot at landing Dak Prescott next offseason if the Dallas Cowboys don’t sign him to a long-term deal.

Allen Robinson among highest-graded WRs on contested targets in 2019 - Bears Wire - Robinson thrived in contested-catch situations last season, as evidenced by his 92.7 grade by Pro Football Focus.

5@5: How Would 1 Preseason Game Affect Bears? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Column: NFL's suspense-filled waiting game continues - Chicago Tribune - “Players don’t just want to return to work, we want to stay at work.” A push to start NFL training camps on time is nice and all. But the real goal for everyone in the league should be to find a practical path that increases the chances of finishing the season.

Meet the Rookie: Trevis Gipson - On Tap Sports Net - Chicago Bears' rookie outside linebacker Trevis Gipson has always played with a chip on his shoulder. Channeling that motivation will be paramount in how he performs during his first NFL season.

Did Bears Keep the Right Linebacker in Danny Trevathan? - SI.com - Considering Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski both received three-year contracts within $250,000 average annual value of each other, the decision for the Bears truly did come down to keeping one or the other.

Versatility Provides Sherrick McManis Another Chance at Bears Roster - SI.com - There is a strange twist facing safety Sherrick McManis as he attempts to play a ninth straight season for the Chicago Bears at the age of 32.

Joel Iyiegbuniwe's Time May Have Finally Come with Bears - SI.com - It's probably no indictment of Joel Iyiegbuniwe's athletic ability that he hasn't stepped forward into a prominent defensive roll so far with the Bears.

Ranking Chicago Bears position groups from best to worst - Bears Wire - Here are the Bears’ position groups ranked from best to worst heading into the 2020 season.

These players could be Chicago Bears’ defensive MVP in 2020 - Bears Wire - Our Bears Wire staff shares their thoughts on which Bears players will be the team's defensive player of the year in 2020.

10 veterans Chicago Bears added in offseason including Nick Foles, Robert Quinn, Jimmy Graham - ChicagoBears.com - With training camp looming, take an in-depth look at outside linebacker Robert Quinn and the other NFL veterans the Bears acquired during a busy offseason.

Increased Offensive Speed - Bears Huddle - Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer break down the the speed at the wide receiver position and take a look at the Bears young running backs.

2020 Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line - Bear Report - Our 2020 Chicago Bears training camp preview continues on with the offensive line. Can we expect the unit to bounce back after a disappointing 2019 season?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Ron Rivera: No regrets about taking Washington job - ProFootballTalk - Ron Rivera walked into an uglier situation than he could have imagined when he took the head coaching job in Washington, but he says he’s still glad he’s the man leading the franchise.

NFL issues statement regarding ownership call - ProFootballTalk - The NFL conducted a meeting on Friday of ownership. The NFL has issued a statement regarding the meeting, which on close inspection doesn’t state anything new.

NFLPA: Player safety has to be dealt with before cap issues - ProFootballTalk - Among the issues that have been discussed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association ahead of training camp has been how to deal with the projected loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that question came up during a conference call with union leadership on Friday.

In the current NFL-NFLPA negotiations, the usual rules don't apply - ProFootballTalk - Some have described the ongoing discussions between the NFL and the NFL Players Association as a “mini-CBA” negotiation. And that’s accurate. The circumstances, however, make this far different than the usual bargaining model that happens when league and union try to strike a new labor deal.

NFLPA: Players cannot bear brunt of both health risk and revenue shortfall - ProFootballTalk - NFLPA leaders held a 90-minute conference call with Pro Football Writers of America members on Friday. Among the key questions are how to safely play during a pandemic, if that’s possible, and the expected economic impact.

KNOW THINE NFC NORTH WARSHIPS

USS Green Bay (LPD-20) - Wikipedia - USS Green Bay (LPD-20) is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. She is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city and bay of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

USS Minneapolis–Saint Paul (SSN-708) - Wikipedia - USS Minneapolis–Saint Paul (SSN-708), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the first vessel of the United States Navy to be named for the metropolitan area of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, although each city had been honored twice before.

USS Detroit (LCS-7) - Wikipedia - USS Detroit (LCS-7) is the fourth Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.

USS Chicago (SSN-721) - Wikipedia - USS Chicago (SSN-721) is a Los Angeles-class submarine, the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city of Chicago, Illinois.

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

Do you want to do more officially sanctioned WCG Madden stuff? Or just enjoy the game?WCG now has an official Madden Discord server! Feel free to offer suggestions, updates, or anything to help the internet’s best Bears community have the best Madden community as well! Invite link is here.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Who will win this year’s “2020 Bears Fan All-Camp Hero” Award? - Windy City Gridiron - We’re running through a few 2020 Chicago Bears Training Camp preview round table questions with some of our staffers.

Wiltfong’s 10 Most Important Bears of 2020: #9 How big an impact can Tarik Cohen make - Windy City Gridiron - For the 12th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. Checking in at number 9 is one of the most electrifying players on the roster, Tarik Cohen

THE RULES

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