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The Bear’s Den, July 23, 2020

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The Bears prepare for the strangest training camp in memory as players arrive to be virus tested

Ben Braunecker at Bears Camp in 2019... will he be back in camp in 2020 with the pending cuts to 80 players? Photo by Denmaster Ken
Ken Mitchell

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Bombastic Songs week continues with one of the most bombastic tunes ever...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Allen Robinson: Elite Receiver? - On Tap Sports Net - It’s the question that keeps getting asked and it doesn’t seem to be going away.

Ryan Pace's Biggest Mistake Can Cost Bears the Opener - SI.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace may have already lost the season opener for the team. Ken's Note: Perhaps SI might try this one again using coherent thoughts instead of... well... this... read this one only if you don’t mind horrible “journalism”...

Nick Foles is 2nd highest-graded postseason QB of the decade - Bears Wire - Bears QB Nick Foles orchestrated one of the most impressive postseason performances in NFL history with the Eagles in 2017.

Bears 2020 training camp preview: Cornerbacks - Bears Wire - Here is a breakdown of each cornerback as the Bears prepare for the start of training camp.

5 Chicago Bears defensive players to watch in training camp, including LBs Robert Quinn & Roquan Smith, DT Akiem Hicks - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies five Bears players to watch on defense when training camp begins next week, including free-agent acquisition Robert Quinn.

Da Bears Blog | NFL Must Address, Right Now, a Coming Issue: No Sports Bars This Fall - Da Bears Blog - Millions of Americans watch NFL football in sports bars each week. And in 2020, in most areas of the country, sports bars will not exist. So how does the NFL plan to address this potential gap in their viewership?

Ten most egregiously off-base player ratings in ‘Madden NFL 21’ Includes Allen Robinson - NFL.com - Adam Rank runs through the most off-base player ratings in Madden NFL 21...

With no preseason games, Mitch Trubisky figures to be Bears’ QB - Chicago Sun-Times - A training camp with no preseason games figures to favor Trubisky over Nick Foles.

NFL mandates masks for all fans in 2020 season - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s yet to be determined whether Bears will be able to allow fans in, but they’ll be required to wear masks if attending.

Countdown to Camp 2020: Chicago Bears Tight End Preview - Chicago Audible Podcast - A preview of the 2020 Chicago Bears tight ends.

2020 Bears training camp: What direction is Roquan Smith’s career headed? - NBC Sports Chicago - This season is shaping up to be a defining one for the Bears’ young star.

Bears RB Tarik Cohen disappointed by low Madden 21 ratings for catching - NBC Sports Chicago - Cohen makes some good points when arguing his ratings should be higher.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Falcons expect 10,000 to 20,000 fans at games - ProFootballTalk - The Falcons plan to have some fans in the stands but significantly reduced capacity this season.

Masks required at all NFL games this season - ProFootballTalk - It’s official: If you’re going to an NFL game this season, you have to wear a mask.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions’ infectious disease emergency response approved by NFLPA - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are one of eight teams to have their IDER plan approved.

NFL & NFLPA agree to smaller training camp rosters and no preseason in 2020 - Acme Packing Company - Teams will have to cut down from 90 to 80 players before starting camp, but no games will take place prior to the regular season.

Packers’ finances are well-suited to handle pandemic - Acme Packing Company - The team has plenty of money in the bank to keep operating without interruption or issue throughout the 2020 footballseason.

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 offensive line ranks as mostly “solid/average” - Windy City Gridiron - When one of the best o-line analysts in the business speaks up about the Bears’ o-line, we should listen.

Wiltfong: Fans required to wear face coverings at NFL games this year - Windy City Gridiron - Specific fan attendance guidelines will likely be different in all 32 home stadiums, with some states not even allowing fans to attend at all, but the NFL has announced that if fans are allowed to...

Wiltfong’s 2020 NFC North Preview: Are the Packers due for a regression? - Windy City Gridiron - With NFL Training Camps getting underway, we wanted to take a peek around the other NFC North teams to see what they’re thinking as they prepare for the 2020 season, and to do so we got some help from our friends at SB Nation.

Wiltfong’s 10 Most Important Bears of 2020: #4 Khalil Mack is the best edge rusher in the NFL - 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. Up next at number 5 is one of the most dominant players in the league today, Khalil Mack.

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