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The Bear’s Den, July 22, 2020

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The rookies are showing up at Halas Hall, and it looks like some of them will likely be leaving Halas Hall today as rosters are limited to 80 from 90. Probably.

It’s Camp Time! Kinda. Sorta. Photo by Denmaster Ken
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Bombastic Songs week continues with something a bit different, but still way, way overblown for what it is!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Allen Robinson still isn’t over the double doink heard round the world - Bears Wire - Bears fans, WR Allen Robinson feels your pain two years after Cody Parkey’s infamous double-doink missed field goal.

Chicago Bears sign all seven 2020 draft picks, including TE Cole Kmet, CB Jaylon Johnson - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday signed all seven of their 2020 draft picks to four-year contracts, including their two second-round selections, tight end Cole Kmet and cornerback Jaylon Johnson.

It’s official: Bears sign all seven of their 2020 draft picks - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are wasting no time getting their rookies to work for the 2020 season, inking all seven draft picks to deals.

5 Chicago Bears offensive players to watch in training camp, including QBs Mitchell Trubisky & Nick Foles, RB David Montgomery - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses five Bears players on offense to monitor when training camp begins next week, including second-year running back David Montgomery.

Signs Point to Nagy Returning to Kansas City Roots - Da Bears Blog - In a recent interview on ESPN 1000’s Waddle and Silvy, Louis Riddick, pal of Matt Nagy, indicated the team will be returning to the approach Nagy (and Andy Reid) had taken in Kansas City. That doesn’t mean what most fans think.

Bears Officially Sign All 7 Draft Picks To Rookie Deals - 670 The Score - The Bears’ rookies reported to Halas Hall for the first time Tuesday, and each of the team’s seven draft picks signed his contract.

NFL will allow social justice decals on helmets - Chicago Sun-Times - Unlike the NBA, which is allowing players to wear slogans on their jerseys, the NFL will stick to names and initials.

Chicago Bears: All 7 draft picks sign rookie contracts - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears announced their entire draft class is officially in the fold, including tight end Cole Kmet and cornerback Jaylon Johnson.

2020 Bears training camp: Do Bears have (and need) NFL’s best defense? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears just might have the NFL's best defense (again). But is that what this team needs to contend for a Super Bowl? Ken's Note: DUH! We need the best defense in the NFL every single year, ever. Sheesh!

Vikings' Kirk Cousins-themed TikTok stunt backfires spectacularly - NBC Sports Chicago - A funny QB story! Not about the Bears! It's a mid-summer miracle.

Bears Rookies Report to Training Camp and Sign Contracts - On Tap Sports Net - Chicago Bears' rookies have reported to training camp and signed contracts.

Bears History Says Few Rookie Sacks for Trevis Gipson - SI.com - 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.

What Else Bears Can Do to Assist Khalil Mack's Rush - SI.com - 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.

All Bears Draft Picks Sign Contracts in Time for Camp - SI.com - 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.

Bears roster will need to be trimmed to 80 to start training camp - Bears Wire - The NFLPA said rosters will be trimmed from 90 to 80 to start training camp, meaning the Bears will need to cut 10 players before Tuesday.

NFL players informed there will be no preseason in 2020 - Bears Wire - There will be no preseason games in 2020, which is a big blow to late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents looking to make a roster.

Chicago Bears sign all 7 players from 2020 NFL draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Second-round cornerback Jaylon Johnson started the parade of social media announcements as the team finalized contracts with its draft class on the day they were required to report to Halas Hall.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL hopes that point-of-care testing will be developed soon - ProFootballTalk - In May, the NFL anticipated that rapid-response, point-of-care COVID-19 would be developed by August. As August is arriving, there’s no indication that it will be ready in time for the start of football season. But hope persists that it will become available during the season.

Rosters are expected to be at 80 for training camp - ProFootballTalk - As rookies begin to show up for training camp, some of the undrafted ones may not be staying for very long.

NFLPA tells players there will be no preseason games in 2020 - NFL.com - A day after the NFL offered to have zero preseason games, the NFLPA informed players there will be no preseason contests ahead of the 2020 season. An agreement is all but official.

NFLPA: 95 players have tested positive for COVID-19 - NFL.com - At some point during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, 95 players have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the NFLPA website

Report: NFL will spend roughly $75 million on COVID-19 tests - ProFootballTalk - According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the league expects to spend “about $75M” on these tests.

George Atallah on Monday's progress: "It was not easy" - ProFootballTalk - Atallah said that the league didn’t “offer” to give up preseason games, but that the NFL had the right to set preseason games, or not, under the existing labor deal. He also said that the NFL didn’t “concede” regarding healthy and safety issues, but that the two sides implemented the best COVID-19 protocols togethers.

Chris Jones promises "five-plus" rings for the Chiefs - ProFootballTalk - Appearing on KCSP 610 Sports Radio, Jones made a bold vow for the future performances of the defending Super Bowl champions.

Projecting the most improved player for each NFC team in 2020 - NFL.com - Will we see a better Tom Brady in Tampa? Is Kenyan Drake about to top his 2019 production in Arizona? Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to project the most improved player from each NFC team in 2020.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Packers’ revenue tops $500 million - ProFootballTalk - The NFL’s 32 teams all had a lucrative year, as financial disclosures from the NFL’s one publicly held team make clear.

Report: NFL camp rosters will be reduced to 80 players - Pride Of Detroit - Teams will have to cut down from 90 to 80 by the start of training camp.

Vikings Take the Lead in Covid-19 Protocols - Daily Norseman - Peter King, in his Football Morning in America piece this week, did a feature on the Vikings’ Covid-19 protocols and procedures.

Mark Murphy expecting minimal fans at Lambeau Field in 2020 - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ president isn’t painting a rosy picture as far as attendance at Packers games.

Packers set franchise record for revenues in 2020 and made over $70 million in profits - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ numbers for the last fiscal year are in. They’re real and they’re spectacular.

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

Wiltfong: Bears sign entire 2020 draft class - Windy City Gridiron - With rookies slated to report to training camp today around the NFL, the Chicago Bears are starting to get their draft class all locked up. Earlier we got word of second-rounder Jaylon Johnson the...

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign rookies Johnson, Simmons to contracts - Windy City Gridiron - The rookies are signing on the day they’re set to report to camp

Will the COVID situation keep coaches and general managers off the hot-seat in 2020? - Windy City Gridiron - We’re running through some pre-training camp round table questions with a few of our staffers.

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2020: #5 Akiem Hicks is back to dominate - 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. At number 5 is Akiem Hicks who is healthy and ready to get back to his dominating ways.

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