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The Bear’s Den, August 22, 2020

Hicks out with a tweaked quad, Clark heads to IR and today’s preseason game against Denver is, of course, toast

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This week is Cat Week here in the Den. Well, perhaps it’s actually Kat week:



Deon Bush Believes He Has Fighting Chance to Start - - Safety Deon Bush believes he’s never had the chance to show the Bears what he can do until now.

How Nick Foles Can Be the Better RPO QB Fit for Bears - - Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo seemed to offset all of this Trubisky advantage in the QB battle with a simple explanation of the zone-read in the RPO-style offense.

Quick Hits: Chicago Bears rookie WR Darnell Mooney off to fast start in training camp - - Rookie receiver Darnell Mooney has impressed coaches with his maturity and ability throughout the first week of training camp. Coach Matt Nagy talks tight ends and quarterbacks. And more from Bears training camp.

Veteran safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. ready to fit into ‘elite’ Chicago Bears defense - - Veteran safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. talks about the Bears defense, defending tight ends and his position battle against Deon Bush.

Bears Place TE Darion Clark On Injured Reserve - 670 The Score - The Bears have placed tight end Darion Clark on injured reserve, they announced Friday.

Chalk Talk: Will Chicago Bears RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson lose special-teams reps with his expanded role on offense? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether an expanded role on offense will result in fewer special teams plays for Cordarrelle Patterson, the criteria being used to determine the quarterback competition and if assistant coaches Mike Furrey and Deshea Townsend.

Bears rookie watch: Making sense of Darnell Mooney’s impressive training camp - NBC Sports Chicago - Darnell Mooney is off to a good start in training camp, but has a ways to go before he can parlay work at Halas Hall into snaps at Ford Field next month.

Recapping Days 2-3 of Chicago Bears Padded Practices - Chicago Audible - Catching you up with what’s going on at Chicago Bears training camp.

Chicago Bears balance patience with urgency at training camp - Chicago Tribune - At the tail end of August, the Bears are both in the early stages of training camp and entering the stretch run. So how are they working to strike a proper balance between patience and urgency? Said tight ends coach Clancy Barone: “I’ve got to make sure I take my meds, I’ll tell you that."

Bears’ pass rush depleted with Akiem Hicks hurt, Robert Quinn ramping up - Chicago Sun-Times - As Quinn continues to work “on his own program” to get ready for the season, the Bears sidelined Hicks with an injury Friday.

Bears training camp: Deon Bush, Tashaun Gipson relish golden opportunity at safety - Chicago Sun-Times - “Being part of this is truly crazy, man,” Gipson said, “to see how everybody moves and how things work and when the defense is flowing, it’s just a beautiful thing. I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

Chicago Bears: 4 things we learned from practice - Chicago Tribune - The Bears practiced for two hours at Halas Hall on Friday in shells and helmets. Here are four things we learned after the session.

Bears camp: How coaches are ensuring QB derby remains a fair fight - Chicago Sun-Times - They structure practices with the goal of giving each quarterback a similar number of snaps — and ensure they run the same plays. When it’s over, they analyze the film and break down, dispassionately, how each man played. And then they do it again the next day,

Bears training camp: Checking in on Bears’ draft picks, including early splash by WR Darnell Mooney - Chicago Sun-Times - With 4.38 speed and Allen Robinson as his mentor, the fifth-round pick could be better than anyone expected.


NCAA eligibility decision leaves 2021 NFL Draft pool murky - - The NCAA is providing an additional year of eligibility to all fall sports athletes, adding another layer of uncertainty to the 2021 NFL Draft pool. Chase Goodbread explores the potential impact of the decision.

There's still no interest in Colin Kaepernick - ProFootballTalk - Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick has drawn no interest.


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Salo: Notes & Quotes from Chicago Bears Press Conference: Matt Nagy, Darnell Mooney, Deon Bush, and Tashaun Gipson speak - Windy City Gridiron - Notes & Quotes from today’s Chicago Bears presser, where Matt Nagy, Darnell Mooney, Deon Bush, and Tashaun Gipson spoke with the media

Salo: Former Chicago Bears player and coach Ron Rivera diagnosed with cancer - Windy City Gridiron - Former Chicago Bears player and coach Ron Rivera, who is currently the head coach of the Washington Football Team, has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of the neck.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Injury Update - Darion Clark to IR, Akiem Hicks held out - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears made a roster move today and two other players were held out of practice.

Who will lead the Bears in sacks in 2020? - Windy City Gridiron - This week’s Windy City Gridiron Chicago Bears round table continues with yet another topic about the defense, but tomorrow will have a special teams question and Sunday’s series finale will be an...


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