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More COVID for the Bears, the NFC North and the NFL as a whole as “Training Camps” start to kick in

Cordarrelle Patterson catches a ball at Bears Training Camp last year at Bourbonnais. Photo by Denmaster Ken.
Ken Mitchell

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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!

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

BEARRRSSSS

What Matt Nagy Plans for Camp to Toughen Bears - SI.com - If people who has seen the Bears practice in training camp at Bourbonnais could travel back in time to the 1980s and watch Mike Ditka’s teams practice at Platteville, Wis., they would be astounded.

Bears Put Eddie Goldman’s Backup On COVID-19 List - SI.com - Only a few days after the Bears learned nose tackle Eddie Goldman had taken the coronavirus opt-out for this season, they’ve temporarily lost his backup.

Should Bears Take a Good Look at Kicker Graham Gano? - SI.com - The Bears have an option available now to challenge kicker Eddy Pineiro, one who has proven effective over the course of five seasons. Ken’s Note: Should the Bears bring in an old, oft-injured kicker who didn’t even play last year? Let me think about this for a bit... I’m going to say no...

NFC North COVID-19 opt out and reserve list tracker - Bears Wire - Here’s an ongoing tracker of all of the opt outs and reserve/COVID-19 transactions for the Bears and the rest of the NFC North.

Bears NT John Jenkins placed on reserve/COVID-19 list - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are currently down another nose tackle as John Jenkins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Chicago Bears QB competition between Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles will be conducted entirely in training camp - ChicagoBears.com - With all offseason workouts and preseason games cancelled due to COVID-19, the competition for the Bears’ starting quarterback job between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles now will be conducted entirely in training camp.

Chicago Bears place DT John Jenkins on Reserve/COVID-19 list - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Thursday placed veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Bears Place DT John Jenkins On COVID-19 List - 670 The Score - Jenkins has either tested positive or come in contact with someone who has.

Bears put DT John Jenkins on Reserve/COVID-19 list - Chicago Sun-Times - The team now has three players on a list that was created to separate players who have either tested positive or been exposed to an infected person.

Bears coach Matt Nagy getting more pressure, but that’s a good thing - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy won Coach of the Year in 2018, then his team fell flat in 2019. That leaves him with a lot to prove this season in order to keep his job.

Bears training camp podcast: Halas Intrigue Episode 104: The start of camp! - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The Bears are in training camp.

Chicago Bears: What’s different at Halas Hall amid COVID-19 - Chicago Tribune - Bears Infection Control Officer Andre Tucker detailed the team’s plans to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within Halas Hall this year. Among other things, he helped develop a plan that general manager Ryan Pace said goes “above and beyond” to help make players feel safe.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL chief medical officer "cautiously optimistic" about 2020 season - ProFootballTalk - Dr. Allen Sills said the virus may be with us throughout the 2020 NFL season, but the league has protocols to keep players, coaches and staff safe.

Buffalo Bills send rookies home to conduct virtual meetings - NFL.com - NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the Buffalo Bills sent all of their rookies home for virtual meetings instead of holding in-person meetings as scheduled in order to stay ahead of any COVID-19-related issues.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Vikings, Browns, Cowboys among clubs set to thrive with new offensive minds - How will new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski get more out of Baker Mayfield? What can Mike McCarthy do to make the Cowboys’ offense even more fearsome? Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to project how new offensive play-callers will benefit six teams in 2020.

Lions add 7th player—TE Isaac Nauta—to reserve/COVID-19 list - Pride Of Detroit - Nauta is the 7th player to be put on COVID-19/reserve.

Vikings add Anthony Barr to COVID-19 list - Daily Norseman - Damn it

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears place John Jenkins on Reserve/COVID-19 list - Windy City Gridiron - For the second consecutive day, and third time this week, the Chicago Bears are placing a player on the reserve/COVID-19 list, this time it’s nose tackle John Jenkins.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Position Battles: Decisions at wide receiver are looming - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have only kept 6 wide outs to open the last two seasons, so if that stays the same in 2020 there could be a surprise cut.

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