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The Bear’s Den, August 25, 2020

We know about the lab’s false positives, but are we also seeing Bears practice highlights being false positives?

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Nick Foles #9 of the Chicago Bears throws a pass during training camp at Halas Hall on August 18, 2020 in Lake Fores
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Practice Notebook: Why Not Put Trubisky in the Bullpen? - Da Bears Blog - There’s a prevailing wisdom circulating among the commentary class when it comes to the Chicago Bears quarterback “competition”. If there’s no clear, discernible victor in these practice sessions, why not give Mitch Trubisky the start of the season, on a short leash, with Nick Foles warming in the bullpen?

Castillo Tasked With Turning Around Bears’ Offensive Line - 670 The Score - For new Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo, technique is where it all begins.

Bears training camp: Could the Bears be right about Jimmy Graham? - Chicago Sun-Times - Graham’s energetic play in the first three days of padded practices seemed to quell some of that doubt. Not so fast, though. NFL training camps are rife with false positives and specious indicators.

Bears name new public-address announcer - Chicago Sun-Times - Tim Sinclair, who has spent six seasons with the Fire and 10 with the University of Illinois, is taking over Soldier Field announcing duties.

Former Bears OL Kyle Long joins CBS Sports Network’s pregame show - Chicago Sun-Times - Long has been eying a post-football career in sports media and found a home at CBS.

Bears training camp: Who’s winning the quarterback battle? The rest of the league - Chicago Sun-Times - Opposing offenses know they might not score much against the Bears’ defense, but they also know they might not need to.

Podcast: What happened with Chicago Bears' COVID-19 tests - Chicago Tribune - Things are confusing at Halas Hall right now. Between the Bears' false positive COVID-19 tests, competitions at quarterback and kicker and several injuries, there's a lot to sort through before the season begins in a few weeks.

NFL's 77 false positive COVID-19 tests blamed on contaminated sample - Chicago Tribune - Was the rash of false positive COVID-19 tests among 11 NFL teams over the weekend a troubling sign? Or were the testing errors a sign that things are working well across the league?

Kyle Long: New studio analyst for ‘That Other Pregame Show’ - Chicago Tribune - Kyle Long, the former Chicago Bears lineman, has been added to “That Other Pregame Show,” an NFL roundtable program on cable’s CBS Sports Network.

Ryan Pace: Chicago Bears GM sees turnaround season. Is he right? - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace offers his sunny forecast for 2020. Is he on to something?

Ex-Bear Lands Broadcasting Gig With CBS Sports - On Tap Sports Net - The move to broadcasting comes as no surprise given Long’s charismatic personality and his knowledge of the game.

Hoge's 10 Bears Things: Eddie Jackson looks like a center fielder again - NBC Sports Chicago - After a week focusing on the quarterback competition, Adam Hoge chimes in with thoughts on the rest of the roster at Bears training camp.

Bears' COVID-19 scare a reminder 2020 is ‘the year of the contingency plan’ - NBC Sports Chicago - While the Bears' nine positive COVID-19 tests were just false positives, it can't come as much relief that these happened only three weeks before the season started.

Why Bears' Mitch Trubisky, Eddy Piñeiro, and Kevin Toliver all need big weeks - NBC Sports Chicago - With three weeks until the season opener, the clock's ticking on these guys.

Matt Nagy clarifies where Bears stand on Eddy Piñeiro/Cairo Santos competition - NBC Sports Chicago - Here's where things stand with the Bears' kickers after one week.

How Bears' Matt Nagy, Andre Tucker navigated 12-hour COVID-19 nightmare - NBC Sports Chicago - It was a hectic Saturday night/Sunday morning at Halas Hall.

Why This Is Most Important Week to Bears Camp - - With false-positive tests for COVID-19 in their rear-view mirror for now, the Bears are about the embark upon the most important week in their season.

Highlights from Bears’ training camp scrimmage - Bears Wire - The Bears released highlights from their Saturday scrimmage, which featured some impressive plays both by offense and defense.

Bears WR Javon Wims ‘looks like a different player’ in Year 3 - Bears Wire - Javon Wims faces an uphill battle to earn a roster spot. The third-year wideout finds himself in a crowded receivers room that will find some players on the outside looking in.

Chicago Bears TEs Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet developing bond as teammates - - When Jimmy Graham was emerging as an NFL star, one of his biggest fans proudly wore the tight end's No. 80 New Orleans Saints jersey.

Chicago Bears introduce Tim Sinclair as new Soldier Field public address announcer - - Lifelong Bears fan Tim Sinclair will take over PA duties at Soldier Field this season.


NFL sees lab error as “learning opportunity” - ProFootballTalk - “This has been a tremendous learning opportunity for us,” Sills said today. “We’re doing something that has never been done before.”

Lab says contamination caused false positives - ProFootballTalk - A lab used by the NFL for COVID-19 testing of players, coaches and other staff says that 77 false positives were returned over the weekend because of a contamination.


Marvin Hall believes Lions receivers will be ‘explosive’ in 2020 - Pride Of Detroit - This is the year of the receiver, Hall says.

2020 NFL training camp's early winners and losers: Raiders rookies shining bright, A.J. Green can't get right - - After the first full week of padded practice, Gregg Rosenthal spotlights winners and losers at training camps across the NFL.

Danielle Hunter keeps missing practices for the Vikings - Daily Norseman - Should we be worried yet?


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Wiltfong: Kyle Long officially moves into the studio for CBS - Windy City Gridiron - During his seven years playing for the Chicago Bears, Kyle Long was as popular as any offensive lineman to ever play in the Windy City. He played with an aggressiveness and passion that resonated...

WhiskeyRanger: WCG Coral Feedback and Mockup Discussion - Windy City Gridiron - We took your feedback, and mocked up a Coral style reference!

Duerrwaechter: The “New” Chicago Bears’ Defense - Windy City Gridiron - The depth chart is not the only change being made on defense this year. Philosophies, and alignments, are all subject to serious change as well.


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