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The Bear’s Den, April 14, 2021

Players from two teams (so far) say “thanks but no thanks” to in person offseason organized activities

Seattle Seahawks vs Chicago Bears - December 20, 1987
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth (55) pressures Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Tomczak (18) during a 34-21 Seahawks victory on December 20, 1987, at Soldier Field
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Anthony Miller trade possibilities appear limited for Bears - RSN - Three months after an embarrassing ejection that drew criticism from the owner, Anthony Miller remains on the Bears’ roster.

Former NFL Coach Sees Chicago Bears QB Issues with Andy Dalton - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears are in for problems at the usual position if SI and FanNation analyst Jim Mora Jr. is right about quarterback Andy Dalton and his abilities at this stage of his career.

Chicago Bears Sitting in Draft’s Danger Zone - Sports Illustrated - Wide receiver and cornerback options in Round 1 could come down to making a choice between injured players or pursuing the safe alternative of an offensive lineman

Mocks Put Chicago Bears All Over the Board - Sports Illustrated - NFL Draft Bible put a top receiver in the Bears’ laps with a Monday mock draft while Pro Football Focus made an entirely unrealistic and silly selection for them.

Ryan Pace’s Draft M.O.: Analyzing the Bears GM - Sports Illustrated - The book on Ryan Pace in the NFL draft, from his strengths and weaknesses to positions he most often drafts and when and how often he trades.

Bears Should Double-Dip at QB - Da Bears Blog - If the Bears can get high enough to get one of the four best quarterbacks, it would be hard to criticize them. Assuming that isn’t possible, however, the Bears should strongly consider taking two quarterbacks in this draft.

Chalk Talk: What college has produced most Bears picks? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how the Bears might approach a reduced preseason slate, the franchise record most in jeopardy of being broken during a 17-game season and running back Lamar Miller’s status.

If Bears drafts had been ‘perfect,’ here’s what GM Ryan Pace could have assembled – The Athletic - In examining the Bears’ draft history and looking for “perfect” picks, there are obvious lessons for Pace and his staff to learn.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Vaccine required to attend Buffalo sporting events - Chicago Tribune - “Our goal is to have a 100% full house for the Bills and the Sabres starting in the fall,” Poloncarz said during a daily briefing.

NFL, players union can't agree on offseason workout plan - Chicago Tribune - The NFL hopes to have teams back on practice fields for offseason workouts later this spring, but negotiations between the league and the NFL Players Association have yet to produce an agreement.

NFLPA sends memo to players recommending they skip in-person workouts - ProFootballTalk - The Broncos became the first group of players to announce they will not participate in voluntary offseason workouts held in-person. Other teams likely follow.

NFL to restrict team employee access without vaccine - 670 The Score - The NFL isn’t requiring all team employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but it’s incentivizing them to do so.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Will Aaron Rodgers stay away from offseason workouts? (probably not) - ProFootballTalk - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the defending NFL MVP, has multiple reasons to ignore the union’s recommendation.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears QB Andy Dalton has 100/1 odds for 2021 NFL MVP - Windy City Gridiron - I would imagine only the truly hardcore (and slightly delusional) Chicago Bears fans will shell out some money betting on Andy Dalton to win the NFL’s MVP award for the 2021 season, but if you’re...

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: Bears go offense in the latest Mel Kiper mock draft - Windy City Gridiron - We examine the latest mock draft from ESPN’s O.G., Mel Kiper Jr., from a Chicago Bears perspective.

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