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The Bear’s Den, September 2, 2020

We hear from coaches, “The Other” Mack, and get updates from yesterday’s practices.

NFL: Chicago Bears-Training Camp
Josh Woods brought the doughnuts for camp today. NFL players are really big, so they need some really large Krispy Kremes.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

It’s 50’s Week here in the Den, and we continue on with Ritchie Valens...

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Allen Robinson contract talk - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is entering the final year of his contract, and there has been no known movement on a new deal to this point. “That’s pretty much out of my control,” Robinson said. “My main focus is on Detroit and this year.”

Chicago Bears to announce quarterback next week - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy clarified his plans after a Monday evening practice at Halas Hall, noting that he likely will reveal the winner of the quarterback duel between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles no later than the middle of next week.

Bears’ long-term QB plans will be shaped by 1 of these 5 scenarios in 2020 - RSN - We’ve focused all our attention the last few months on the narrow outcome of the Bears’ quarterback competition. We’re finally nearing the finish line, with Matt Nagy saying he’ll name either Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles his starting quarterback next week

Bears’ Ledarius Mack follows brother Khalil’s lead: ‘Break through every door’ - RSN - As soon as Ledarius Mack set foot in Chicago, the “grind,” as he called it, began. Mack is like every other undrafted free agent in 2020, fighting a steeper-than-usual uphill battle to try to earn a spot on a 53-man roster or practice squad. There are no preseason games for the outside linebacker to put good things on tape for the rest of the league.

Two Years Later Mack Trade Is Gift That Keeps on Giving - SI.com - Two years later, on the anniversary of the trade that made the Chicago Bears defense, Bears coach Matt Nagy still learns more and more about Khalil Mack.

Bears’ CB situation dubbed one of biggest Achilles’s heels of 2020 - Bears Wire - ESPN ranked Chicago’s cornerback situation among the biggest concerns in the NFL heading into the 2020 season.

Hitting the ATM: The Mitch We Already Know - Da Bears Blog - After visible training camp practices concluded Saturday, nearly ever beat reporter had Nick Foles ahead of Mitch Trubisky in the team’s quarterback competition. That tells us all we need to know about Trubisky.

Bears camp: Robert Quinn, Cordarrelle Patterson absent from practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Outside linebacker Robert Quinn was not in attendance during the portion of practice open to the media. Neither was running back/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Both practiced Monday.

Bears’ Allen Robinson: Big Ten shouldn’t rush to return to football - Chicago Sun-Times - “I probably would say that I don’t think they should play,” he said, “and I know that a lot of college players may hate hearing that.”

Bears camp: Ledarius Mack trying to make his own name - Chicago Sun-Times - Sticking on the practice squad would mark be an unlikely stop in Ledarius Mack’s journey. Like his brother, he focused on basketball in high school. Khalil Mack played one year of prep football — Ledarius didn’t play at all.

After 8 months to make a deal, no contract extension yet for Bears WR Allen Robinson - Chicago Sun-Times - A deal that should’ve been automatic is anything but, and Robinson doesn’t seem to know why it hasn’t happened.

Ledarius Mack looking for a place with Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - Ledarius Mack said his brother, Chicago Bears superstar Khalil Mack, "gave me that mentality of just break through every door." Ledarius faces his first door this weekend, when the Bears must whittle their roster to 53 players.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Kamara says he's made no trade request, holdout threat - NFL.com - Saints RB Alvin Kamara and his agent told Ian Rapoport on Tuesday that neither had asked nor demanded a trade, were under the belief that they were actively negotiating and making progress on an extension and had never threatened a holdout.

Which Championship Sunday team is most likely to miss the 2020 NFL playoffs: Chiefs, Titans, 49ers or Packers? - Every year since 1996, at least one team that played on Championship Sunday has missed the playoffs entirely in the following season. Who'll it be in 2020?

Roger Goodell confirms plans for 'End Racism' signage - NFL.com - In a conference call with the media on Tuesday, Goodell confirmed the phrases "It Takes All of Us" and "End Racism" would appear in NFL end zones this season and also encouraged voter registration.

NFL using end-zone stencils, helmet stickers in social-justice push - Chicago Sun-Times - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that teams will stencil two phrases into the backs of their end zones — "End Racism" and "It Takes All of Us" — this season.

No, the Jaguars aren't tanking - ProFootballTalk - Every year, one or more teams will be pegged as potentially positioning themselves to be so bad that it ultimately will be good. This year, the Jaguars definitely are not one of those teams.

Leonard Fournette unclaimed on waivers - ProFootballTalk - No one wants Leonard Fournette. At least not at a $4.167 million salary.

Commissioner: No competitive advantage for teams that can have fans present this year - ProFootballTalk - In a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said that there’s no competitive advantage from some teams having fans present while others cannot. Goodell explained that he and the Competition Committee came to that conclusion after discussing the issue.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Report: Riley Reiff agrees to redo deal with Vikings - ProFootballTalk - There won’t be a change of address for left tackle Riley Reiff after all.

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Leming: Projecting the Chicago Bears final roster before Saturday’s cutdown - Windy City Gridiron - With the NFL’s cutdown slated for Saturday afternoon, we breakdown who will make the Bears final roster and what their practice squad could look like with the new rules.

Wiltfong's 5 Questions with Football Outsiders: Did the Bears do enough to fix the o-line? - Windy City Gridiron - Every day this week we’ll be sharing some insight from our friends over at Football Outsiders about the Chicago Bears. Today’s topic the offensive line and the running game.

Schmitz' Bear With Me: Talking through Bears’ Training Camp with Zack Pearson - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. brings on one of the few people who’s actually been at Bears’ practices to talk through camp battles, the QB competition, and more.

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