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The NFL has cut two games from the preseason, killed the 2020 supplemental draft but much more importantly, Jays eggers are safe!

Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler stands on the field prior to the game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 05, 2019 in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Welcome to Jay Cutler’s Chicken Songs week... Celebrating Victory over the dreaded racoon!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears Kicking Competition 2.0 - On Tap Sports Net - Well, it seems as if the Chicago Bears are going to continue the trend of bringing in kicking competition. So, Mr. Eddy Piñeiro, do not get too comfortable. The competition might not be as crazy as what happened in 2019, and he should have a little bit of a ‘leg’ up on his competition.

Bear Bashing Hits New Heights in Fantasy Snubbings - SI.com - It’s often said the national media hates the Bears. At least Bears fans say it a lot but what often seemed like whining in the past carries along an awful lot of truth these days.

Bears Who Could Pull Off Upsets in Starting Battles - SI.com
- When players arrive for July 28 training camp at Halas Hall, the dynamic has changed.

Chicago Bears S Jordan Lucas brings talent, versatility to special teams - ChicagoBears.com - In his first season in Chicago, safety Jordan Lucas has a chance to become one of the Bears’ top special-teams contributors.

Wood: Advanced Defensive Stats - Missed Tackles - Da Bears Blog - I’ve written quite a bit about Chicago’s offense so far this offseason, but not as much about the other side of the ball. I want to change that in the next series of articles, using advanced defensive statistics from Pro Football Reference (PFR). We’ll start today by looking at missed tackles.

Report: NFL Preseason Cut To 2 Games - 670 The Score - The exhibition slate will be cut in half as part of the league’s health precautions.

Bears Giving Adam Shaheen One More Chance - 670 The Score - A second-round pick of the Bears in 2017, tight end Adam Shaheen is facing his last chance with the organization this season. But Shaheen will get a fair shot under new Bears tight ends coach Clancy Barone.

Jay Cutler: How the former QB solved the ‘chicken serial killer’ mystery on his farm - CBSSports.com - Cutler has solved the case

For Jay Cutler’s farm killer, the chickens finally came home to roost - NBC Sports Chicago - It’s over. It’s really over.

Why Bears TE Cole Kmet’s potential reminds Chris Simms of Rob Gronkowski - NBC Sports Chicago - Chris Simms thinks Kmet can be the Bears’ answer to their TE problem.

NFL cancels 2 preseason games for every team, delays start: report - Chicago Sun-Times - The long-rumored decision is now in place, and it pushes back the start of the preseason by a week.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL cuts 2020 preseason in half - ProFootballTalk - It’s been rumored and expected. It’s now official: The 2020 preseason will be trimmed from four games to two.

NFL will not have a supplemental draft this year - ProFootballTalk - There will be no supplemental draft in 2020.

Tony Dungy on Washington: “It’s not hard to change the name” - ProFootballTalk
- Washington coach Ron Rivera believes that now isn’t the time to discuss whether the team’s name should change. Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy believes that time already has come and gone; Dungy tells William C. Rhoden of ESPN.com’s The Undefeated that Dungy already has stopped using the name on the air. Ken’s Note: It’s been my policy in the Den to not use the nickname of the Washington NFL team for years, but I don’t restrict others from using it because it is still the name of the team. Unfortunately.

Harrison Butker: A ton of kickers can kick a 65-yard field goal, just need a chance - ProFootballTalk - Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker got some attention this offseason when he posted a video of himself kicking a 77-yard field goal on an empty practice field. In a game, however, Butker has never even come within 20 yards of that.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

What was your favorite Vikings win over a division rival? - Daily Norseman - I think a lot of people are going to have the same answer

Packers will not use St. Norbert College for 2020 training camp due to COVID-19 - Acme Packing Company - Though there is no date yet for the start of camp, the Packers will be holding all activities at Lambeau Field this year.

Packers sign first-round pick Jordan Love to fully-guaranteed rookie contract - Acme Packing Company - The Packers sign their second draft pick of the day, striking a fully guaranteed deal with their first pick of the 2020 Draft.

Top 5 Detroit Lions rival villains in team history - Pride Of Detroit - These five players tormented the Lions for years. Ken's Note: Nice to see three of the five Lions most hated played in Chicago (although one was far from his prime when he did).

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong & Silverstein: The only argument you’ll ever need to show that Walter Payton is the G.O.A.T. - Windy City Gridiron - Question: When is a G.O.A.T. argument not really a G.O.A.T. argument?

Wiltfong: Report - NFL preseason cut in half - Windy City Gridiron - According to a report from Pro Football Talk, the NFL plans to announce that the 2020 preseason will be cut from four games to two, with games one and four chopped from the schedule.

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