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The Bear’s Den, August 3, 2020

It’s Bear vs. Bear in training camp, and although we are a couple of weeks from actual contact, every rep counts.

Training Camp means Bear vs. Bear, although contact is a couple of weeks away. Photo by Denmaster Ken.
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Today starts “street music” week in the Den!



Time for Bears QBs Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles to show their ‘compete level’ - Chicago Sun-Times - “I love competitions,” Foles said. “But sometimes competitions, if you approach them the wrong way, become very toxic for a team ... because it becomes about ‘me’ and not about the team.”

Recapping Week 1 of Bears Camp - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys recap everything you may have missed during the first week of Bears Camp.

Mitch Trubisky vs. Nick Foles: Bears’ QB battle could be decided by one thing - NBC Sports Chicago - There’s a lot of talk, but no action, in the Bears’ quarterback competition right now. But there is one critical theme emerging for when the battle is on later this month.

Mitchell Trubisky’s 2020 Goal: Read and React - - Mitchell Trubisky was supposed to become a master at reading defenses.

What Bears QB Choice Can Say About Rushing Success - - The amount of faith both Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace have placed in offensive line coach Juan Castillo is staggering.

The Bears are going to get creative with QB battle in training camp - Bears Wire
- With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bears have just training camp reps to determine whether Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles will be the starter.

2020 Bears salary cap: Where Chicago stands this year - Bears Wire
- The Bears enter training camp with a decent salary cap situation following news of one prominent defensive player opting out of the season.

On “Opting Out”… Da Bears Blog - Tuesday, Eddie Goldman opted out of the 2020 NFL season. He wasn’t alone. He was joined by essentially the whole of the New England Patriots. So why are players punching out of this season? A few things to remember about Covid-19.

2020 NFL season: Saints’ Cameron Jordan leads top 10 edge rushers, Khalil Mack #7 - - Former All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas KNOWS edge rushers, having spent years trying to stop them. He reveals his top 10 edge rushers heading into the 2020 NFL season — and you can expect a surprise at No. 1.

No excuses? Even in a pandemic, Bears GM Ryan Pace still on the hot seat - Chicago Sun-Times - The restrictions of the COVID-19 quarantine have put a crimp on the Bears’ offensive overhaul, but — unfair or not — Pace and coach Matt Nagy likely won’t get a pass for the altered 2020 season. Ken’s Note: We don’t even know that there will BE a season at this point, so all this talk of hot-seat is ludicrous.


Bills' E.J. Gaines opts out of 2020 - ProFootballTalk - Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines is the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season.

Jaguars place QB Gardner Minshew on reserve/COVID-19 list - - The Jaguars announced that quarterback Gardner Minshew was among five players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday.

New York Jets release guard Brian Winters, clear cap space - - New York Jets guard Brian Winters, the longest-tenured player on the team, was released on Sunday. The move cleared cap space for the Jets and could prompt another move in the near future.

Teams worry that opt-out privilege isn't being used in good faith - ProFootballTalk - As one source explained it to PFT, teams are concerned that some players who think they won’t make the team are choosing to opt out and to take the six-figure stipend. While players apparently would owe the money back to the teams if they fail to make the roster in 2021, no team wants to have to chase a former player around next year in an effort to retrieve $150,000 or $350,000.

Devin McCourty: "BS" that the league wants to change opt-out deadline - ProFootballTalk - “It’s an absolute joke that the NFL is changing the opt-out period, mainly because they don’t want to continue to see guys opt out,” McCourty told reporters.

Negotiations continue on revised CBA - ProFootballTalk - Per a source with knowledge of the situation, negotiations continue regarding the precise language of the final document, with terms supposedly settled nine days ago still in play.


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Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Training Camp Battles - Windy City Gridiron - In this 11-part series we’ll go position by position on the Chicago Bears examining how the training camp battles should shake out for the 2020 season. Keep in mind that rosters still need to be...

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Position Battles: Any changes to the specialists this year? - Windy City Gridiron - We examine the Bears training camp competition at kicker, punter, and long snapper right here.


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