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The Bear’s Den, August 31, 2020

The Bears hold Family Day at Solider Field, without letting any families watch it, or putting it on a web feed, or... well... anything.

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It’s 50’s Week here in the Den, and who better to start it off with than Buddy Holly?



Two Chicago Bears Starting Battles Nearing an End - - At least two Bears training camp battles could be over before they really went very far.

Time Running Out on Jaylon Johnson to Start in Opener - - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears.

Mission Impossible for Nick Foles? Time Is of the Essence - - “I mean, it’s been a really unique situation with everything going on in the world, and this year, and not having OTAs, and getting here—everything’s expedited,” Foles said.

Matt Nagy Ready to Stretch QB Battle Out Until Opener - - “With naming a quarterback, that’s something internally that we’re going to stick to,” Nagy said. “But I would say for you (media) guys to know just to save you the questions, that that won’t be happening before that game.”

Chicago Bears prep for 2020 season with scrimmage at Soldier Field - - With the entire preseason cancelled due to COVID-19, the Bears held a dress rehearsal for the regular season via a two-hour scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy will not announce winner of QB competition between Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles prior to season opener - - Bears coach Matt Nagy revealed after Saturday’s scrimmage at Soldier Field that he will not announce the winner of the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles prior to the regular season opener.

Emma: Intrigue With Bears Goes Beyond Quarterback Battle - 670 The Score - The Bears held a controlled scrimmage inside Soldier Field on Saturday, which further revealed where the quarterback battle stands along with questions about whether this team is better than in 2019.

Bears QB competition: Mitch Trubisky outplays Nick Foles in Soldier Field scrimmage - NBC Sports Chicago - If Nick Foles was building a lead this week, Mitch Trubisky just closed the gap.

Matt Nagy says Bears won’t publicly name starting quarterback before Lions game - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Patricia and the Lions might have to wait until Sept. 13 to find out which quarterback they'll be facing.

Nick Foles, Robert Quinn discuss Bears' meeting after Jacob Blake shooting - NBC Sports Chicago - The two QBs briefly touched on how last Thursday's team-wide conversation went.

Bears' kicker outlook muddied by Eddy Piñeiro's groin, Cairo Santos' success - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddy Piñeiro hasn't attempted a field goal during any of the Bears' practices open to the media this month. But Cairo Santos hit all of his kicks Saturday at Soldier Field. So what's going on?

Bears’ Robert Quinn: ‘I’m not going to put no game before my God dang life’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears' edge rusher Robert Quinn had some raw, powerful things to say about life as a Black man in the United States on Saturday.

Bears 53-man roster projection: Is there room for Javon Wims? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need to reduce their 80-man training camp roster to 53 on Saturday, Sept. 5 -- less than a week from now.

Here's the Latest From Inside Halas Hall (And on David Montgomery's Injury) - Chicago Audible podcast - Chicago Sun-Times Patrick Finley joins the show to discuss the latest happenings in Halas Hall.

Artavis Pierce: Can Chicago Bears running back prove self? - Chicago Tribune - Artavis Pierce could be in the Bears running back mix because of the groin injury to David Montgomery. Can the undrafted rookie out of Oregon State prove himself with no preseason games and limited practice time?

Chicago Bears: 5 Soldier Field scrimmage observations - Chicago Tribune - Did the predetermined format of Saturday's scrimmage at Soldier Field restrict the Bears quarterbacks from getting into a rhythm?

Chicago Bears: Players protested Jacob Blake police shooting - Chicago Tribune - In the midst of widespread sports postponements, the Bears decided not to practice on Thursday and held an emotional team meeting and discussed the police shooting of Jacob Blake instead.

The home stretch: Nick Foles feeling stronger every day - Chicago Sun-Times - After a slow start getting acclimated to the Bears, his teammates and Matt Nagy’s system, the veteran QB could be set up for a strong finish. But does he have enough time to win the job?

Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles battle at a standstill - Chicago Sun-Times - So even though Foles seemed to win the day, it was a victory by points rather than anything close to a knockout. The Bears’ quarterback against the Lions on Sept. 13 remains a mystery. If somebody’s winning, it’s not by much. Maybe by default.

Bears put justice over football; Matt Nagy backs players mulling boycott of game - Chicago Sun-Times - In their first public comments since protesting by canceling practice Thursday, the Bears continued their push for racial equality with strong statements after their scrimmage Saturday.

Finally in team drills, Bears’ Robert Quinn vows to be ready for opener - Chicago Sun-Times - As soon as they decided to give outside linebacker Robert Quinn a giant free-agent contract, the Bears began envisioning what he would look like playing opposite Khalil Mack. On Saturday, they finally got to see it for themselves.

With Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro injured, Cairo Santos makes his case with perfect day - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy says Santos is simply a Plan B, but it’s looking increasingly likely the Bears will consider using him in their season opener.

Who’s the 1? Answering the Bears’ QB question - Chicago Sun-Times - Saturday will give quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles their most high-profile opportunities to seize the starting job.

Black lives matter? When sports and racial injustice collide, white athletes must choose if they’re allies or foes - Chicago Sun-Times - The bar, in terms of what constitutes true allyship, keeps getting higher, and the choices — in a country whose president calls Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate” — keep becoming more starkly defined.


LSU star Ja'Marr Chase will skip 2020, enter draft - ProFootballTalk - One of the best players in college football has decided he won’t play again until he’s a professional.

Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater reflects on four-year anniversary of career-altering lower leg injury - - On the anniversary of his career-altering lower leg injury, Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater took to Twitter on Sunday to reflect on the difficult experience he endured four years ago.


Jaguars, Vikings agree to Yannick Ngakoue trade - ProFootballTalk - Yannick Ngakoue is on the move.

Which Chicago Bears quarterback would be best for the Detroit Lions to face? - Pride Of Detroit - What gives the Lions the best shot?

Vikings acquire Yannick Ngakoue from Jacksonville Jaguars - Daily Norseman - The Vikings get one of the league’s best young pass rushers.

Yannick Ngakoue takes pay cut to facilitate trade from Jaguars to Vikings - ProFootballTalk - Per multiple sources, Ngakoue agreed to take less money under his one-year franchise tender of $17.788 million to facilitate the trade from the Jaguars to the Vikings.


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Schmitz: It’s time to see what Tyler Bray can do as the Chicago Bears’ QB - Windy City Gridiron - Maybe the Chicago Bears’ answer at QB has been right in front of them all along...

Infante: Previewing Bears players slated to hit free agency in 2021 - Windy City Gridiron - Allen Robinson’s contract extension could be around the corner, but which other Bears players are on track to hit the open market next offseason?

Salo's Bears Training Camp Update 8/29: Nagy won’t name starter until Lions game as Fuller intercepts two - Windy City Gridiron - Kyle Fuller picked Mitch Trubisky off twice, Nagy said the quarterback decision won’t be publicly announced until week 1, and both quarterbacks spoke with the media today.


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