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It’s the first day of training camp. Ish. I think. Or testing. Or not. As they get ready for the season. Ish. Or not. I don’t know.

Running back David Montgomery catches a pass at practice during 2019’s Training Camp at Bourbonnais. Photo by Denmaster Ken.
Ken Mitchell

THE DENMASTER KEN SPECIAL

This week I’m going to share a video, one each from my favorite Youtube content providers. I hope you like the videos, and check out their channels! If you actually know Denmaster Ken at all, then you know there’s going to be hot rods, drag racing and forced induction turbski’s & superchargers drinking gas & spinnin’ tires.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Countdown to Camp 2020: Chicago Bears Quarterback Competition Preview - Chicago Audible Podcast - A preview of the Chicago Bears 2020 competition at quarterback. Will Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles win the job?

Does NFL need a bubble? Dr. Fauci thought so, and MLB is proving him right - NBC Sports Chicago - Dr. Anthony Fauci said in June football probably needs a bubble to actually play its 2020 season. Why didn’t the league and players’ association listen to him?

Bears 2020 training camp preview: Will Jaylon Johnson start Week 1? - NBC Sports Chicago - Jaylon Johnson faces a difficult path to start Week 1 without the benefit of minicamps and OTAs during the spring.

NFL insider: Ryan Pace’s Chicago Bears future could hinge on 2020 season - NBC Sports Chicago - One of the NFL’s most connected voices thinks Pace is on the hot seat.

Dr. Allen Sills: “We already have a virtual football bubble” - ProFootballTalk - At a time when some are wondering whether the NFL should consider an NBA/NHL/MLS-style bubble, the NFL’s chief medical officer claims the NFL essentially already has one.

MLB Sees Slew of COVID-19 Cases: Take Note, NFL - On Tap Sports Net - The MLB opening weekend is complete and we are seeing what the potential outcome of having players travel stadium to stadium. Can the NFL learn from it?

COVID-19’s Drastic Effect on Bears Training Camp - SI.com - While Tuesday, July 28 marks the official beginning of Bears training camp, it’s somewhat of a misnomer this year due to the coronavirus.

Chicago Bears Training Camp Checklist: What’s Important - SI.com - The Bears report for training camp Tuesday, looking to accomplish five objectives over the next six weeks as they build toward a regular season without a preseason game as preparation.

Mike Ditka to kneeling athletes: ‘Get the hell out of the country’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The former Bears coach misunderstands purpose of protests.

Five reasons the Bears can get back to the playoffs in 2020 - Chicago Sun-Times - A lot went wrong in 2019, and the Bears certainly aren’t talking about lofty goals such as winning a title this season. But the playoffs? That’s certainly possible.

Chicago Bears: Biggest questions for training camp - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears head into training camp with plenty of questions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Our team of writers weigh in on four timely topics.

Adam Shaheen: 5 things to know about trade by Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - Adam Shaheen’s days with the Chicago Bears are over. He was traded Saturday to the Miami Dolphins. It’s the latest evidence of Ryan Pace’s struggles to hit on high draft picks or solidify the tight end position.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Players must pass three COVID-19 tests before reporting - ProFootballTalk - On the day a team’s infection control officer announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, comes word that players will have to pass another test just to get in the door.

Washington QB Alex Smith expected to start camp on PUP list - NFL.com - Washington QB Alex Smith is expected to start training camp on the team’s active/physically unable to perform list.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Vikings infection control officer tests positive for COVID-19 - NFL.com - The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that Eric Sugarman, the team's head athletic trainer, VP of sports medicine and the club's infection control officer, has tested positive for COVID-19 along with members of his family.

Packers express interest in signing ex-Viking Everson Griffen - NFL.com - After a decade in Minnesota, could Everson Griffen join a division rival? The Green Bay Packers are among the teams who have expressed interest in signing Griffen.

What would it take for Matthew Stafford to win MVP in 2020? - Pride Of Detroit - What does the Lions longtime star have to do to win the NFL’s highest honor?

Eric Sugarman tests positive for COVID-19 - Daily Norseman - With Training Camp set to start tomorrow, the COVID-19 situation has hit home for the Minnesota Vikings. On Monday morning, the team announced that head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman, along with...

NFLPA approves Packers’ IDER plan, clearing the way for training camp to begin - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay can begin fully welcoming players into the team facilities now that the players union has signed off on the Packers’ coronavirus response plan.

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Analyzing current Bears over/under stat lines for 2020 - Windy City Gridiron - How do bettors predict some of the Bears’ notable players will do in 2020?

Wiltfong's 2020 NFC North Preview: Will the Bears rebound after last year’s regression? - Windy City Gridiron - SB Nation asked each NFL team site to give a quick mini-preview for the 2020 season, and since I already spotlighted the other three NFC North team previews, I figured I’d share what I gave my...

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