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The Bear’s Den, July 8, 2020

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The preseason is up in the air as are many player issues regarding training camp as well as player like NFLPA president JC Tretter (the Cleveland center pictured below) speak out against league plans

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JC Tretter #64 of the Cleveland Browns prepares for the snap in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

You knew it was coming... but not which one. It’s the offseason, how about I give you both?

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

BEARRRSSSS

Lineman Alex Bars on His Own to Secure Roster Spot - SI.com - Players on the edge of a roster always have to be wary of new job competition.

There’s No Doubt It’s Cody Whitehair’s Bears Line Now - SI.com - For seven years Kyle Long was viewed as the leader of the Bears’ offensive line.

Where is Bears WR Allen Robinson’s contract extension? - Bears Wire - If there’s anyone worthy of a contract extension on the Bears, it’s WR Allen Robinson, who was one of the lone bright spots on offense.

Should we expect big leap from Bears RB David Montgomery in 2020? - Bears Wire - The Bears’ biggest fantasy football question hinges on the production of second-year RB David Montgomery in 2020.

Chalk Talk: What are the expectations for Chicago Bears rookie TE Cole Kmet? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the impact tight end Cole Kmet could make as a rookie, how the Bears intend to improve their running game and the last time a Bears game ended in a tie.

Chicago Bears have high expectations for running backs David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen heading into training camp - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears have high expectations this season for top running backs David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen, who provide a strong complementary tandem in the backfield.

After Three Years, 2020 is on Matt Nagy Now - On Tap Sports Net - There are no more excuses for Matt Nagy in 2020. The Bears offense needs to start putting up points. Ken’s Note: Assuming there is football in 2020. Assuming street free agents don’t play half the games on offense. Assuming a lot.

Where Time Is Working Most Against the Bears - SI.com - The 2020 schedule for the Bears comes with its share of challenges.

Chicago Bears: Training camp during COVID-19 - Chicago Tribune - As Matt Nagy and the rest of the Chicago Bears coaches prepare for a training camp unlike any they’ve held before, adaptability will be key. A whole new batch of complications awaits when they meet their players in person for the first time this year in late July.

Bears, Mitch Trubisky trolled after Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs agree to deal - NBC Sports Chicago - Sometimes it helps to just laugh it off.

POLISH SAUSAGE

DeAndre Hopkins zings Texans while responding to Patrick Mahomes deal - ProFootballTalk - The last time that wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins played a game, he was a member of the Texans taking on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Opt outs are one of the unresolved issues between NFL, NFL Players Association - ProFootballTalk - As the NFL and NFL Players Association work toward a resolution of all outstanding issues regarding training camp, the preseason (if there is one), and the regular season (hopefully, there is one), one of the lingering issues relates to the question of whether players will have the ability to opt out of the 2020 season, with no penalty beyond forfeited base salary for the coming season.

Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply - NBC Sports Chicago - Leigh Steinberg explains how the QB has come so far in such little time.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

The time the Vikings signed a quarterback to a ten-year contract - Daily Norseman - And, at the time, the money was considered astronomical

Notes: PFF ranks Detroit Lions’ offensive line middle of the pack for 2020 - Pride Of Detroit - Will average be good enough for the Lions’ offense to succeed?

NFLPA president JC Tretter criticizes NFL’s current plans to begin 2020 season - Acme Packing Company - It looks like football could be headed for similar labor strife to that of other major sports as the start date for training camps approaches.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Soldier Field ranked as the 7th best stadium in the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - This according to The Athletic’s NFL writers, but I wanted to see what the fans thought as well, so I asked Twitter...

Wiltfong: Bears unlucky when it comes to head coaching hires - Windy City Gridiron - View the FanShot on SB Nation.

Schmitz’ BWM: What do the stats say about the 2019 Chicago Bears? (with Johnathan Wood!) - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of Bear With Me, Robert brings on DaBearsBlog’s statistical guru Johnathan Wood to talk through various numbers that stuck out from 2019. What do they mean for the 2020 season? Find out below!

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