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The Bear’s Den, August 20, 2020

We hear from Bears assistant coaches as the quarterbacking competition intensifies...

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Bears training camp: 5 takeaways from assistant coaches - Chicago Sun-Times - From Robert Quinn ramp-up work to Jaylon Johnson’s baptism by fire, we analyze what assistants are saying.

Bears hope for resurgence at tight end with Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s risky to bet on a veteran who has shown signs of decline and a rookie, but it’s a better position than the Bears were in last year.

Bears camp: Rookie TE Cole Kmet ahead of schedule in NFL development - Chicago Sun-Times - Kmet has been an early hit for the Bears and has made a significant impression on the coaching staff two days into padded practices.

Soldier Field will ‘definitely be different without fans’ - Chicago Sun-Times - One day after the Bears said they won’t have fans at Soldier Field for the foreseeable future, Bears coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that health and safety should be paramount.

Chicago Bears: Wide receivers vs. defensive backs for WWE belt - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears wide receivers coach Mike Furrey raised the WWE championship belt into the air in victory and noted he would prefer it polished the next time he picked it up from the defensive backs.

NFL is considering a postseason bubble - Chicago Tribune - Just as MLB is considering the creation of a bubble or bubbles for postseason play, the NFL is actively discussing the idea for conference championship games and the Super Bowl.

Robert Quinn's Status Clouds Bears Personnel Picture - - Outside linebacker Robert Quinn didn't go through either of the two padded practices and the Bears have been vague about his situation or return.

Bears See 'Whole New Player' In Mitchell Trubisky - On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears are at Halas Hall as summer camp gets under way. Early on there has been positive buzz about quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

What Cordarrelle Patterson Finds Tough About Position Change - - There's running with the football and then there's playing running back.

Top Options Available for Bears to Replace Artie Burns - - With the Bears' depth at cornerback whittled down following Artie Burns' season-ending ACL tear, there are options available among free agency.

Bears training camp: Is Nick Foles closing the familiarity gap on Mitch Trubisky? - Chicago Sun-Times - Foles’ experience in learning new systems and adapting to new teammates might neutralize Trubisky’s advantage of incumbency. They already seem to be playing on a level playing field.

WWE championship belt ratchets up intensity in Chicago Bears offense vs. defense training camp drills - - Bears receivers coach Mike Furrey proudly strutted along the sideline during the most entertaining part of Tuesday’s training camp practice, holding a WWE championship belt high over his head.

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano discusses competition for safety, cornerback spots in training camp - - Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is still looking for the right combination for his defensive backfield.

Chalk Talk: Could Buster Skrine start at cornerback for the Chicago Bears? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether nickel back Buster Skrine could start at cornerback this season, if either Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles has an early edge in the quarterback competition and the biggest difference between the 2019 and 2020 Be

Chicago Bears continue Community All-Pros initiative - - The Chicago Bears will continue their Community All-Pros initiative, giving one local organization $101,000.

Ranking the Bears: The Contributors (39-11) - Da Bears Blog - The bottom of this list is utterly unimpressive; late-round rookies and NFL journeymen. The top ten: a handful of established NFL players, some who have been stars and some who can be stars going forward.

Florio: Bears’ QB Competition Likely To Last All Season - 670 The Score - While Bears coach Matt Nagy has already acknowledged the team wants to stretch its quarterback competition out “as far as we can” without the benefit of preseason games, just how long could it last?


No sideline reporters, pregame TV reporters in 2020 - ProFootballTalk - The NFL sideline will indeed look very different in 2020.

Bashaud Breeland confirms NFL suspended him four games - ProFootballTalk - Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland has confirmed that he will serve a suspension for the first four games of this NFL season.

NFL considering postseason bubble upon suggestion from Sean Payton - - The NFL could have a bubble after all, but not until January.


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Infante: Bears have high expectations for rookie Cole Kmet - Windy City Gridiron - The tight end position is an important one for Matt Nagy’s offense, and the Bears’ coaching staff is hopeful that Cole Kmet will give them the producer they need.

Infante: Bears sign wide receiver Rodney Adams - Windy City Gridiron - The 25-year-old wide receiver had been retired since 2018 before returning to football back in January.

Wiltfong: Bears face the 3rd toughest schedule based on this unique S.O.S. methodology - Windy City Gridiron - Using opposing quarterbacks the Bears are scheduled to face-off with in 2020 is an interesting way to rank a strength of schedule.

Who will be the first inside linebacker off the bench? - Windy City Gridiron - The WCG staff is running through some Bears training camp topics in a round table format this week, and we’re sticking with the defense on question number three...


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