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The Bear’s Den, May 1, 2021

One day after trading up for their franchise quarterback, the Bears traded up for a franchise bodyguard. Bears running backs should be ecstatic, too.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Treash: The Chicago Bears pulled off one of the biggest steals in the modern draft era by trading up for QB Justin Fields - PFF - The Chicago Bears, who have been forced to suffer through arguably the worst quarterback play of any franchise in NFL history, have finally found their franchise signal-caller. Jack’s note: This is a must-read article, and a 5-minute read at that. Click the link.

Bears trade up to draft Jenkins in Round 2 - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears traded up in the NFL Draft for the second straight night Friday, moving up 13 slots to select Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins with the 39th overall pick in the second round.

Bears take OT Teven Jenkins in second round - Chicago Sun-Times - Jenkins is the presumptive starter at right tackle this season and could take over at left tackle starting in 2022.

Bears trade up, select OT Jenkins in round 2 of NFL draft - Daily Herald - With No. 39 pick they obtained from Panthers, the Bears drafted Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins in the second round on Friday night.

Reuter: Day 1 quick-snap grades for all 32 teams: A+ for Bears - NFL.com - Chad Reuter reveals his quick-snap grades for all 32 teams based on their decisions from Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Moreano: Chicago Bears Begin NFL Draft With A Fields Day - The Chicago Audible Blog - Despite the skepticism going into the 2021 NFL Draft, Chicago got their franchise quarterback.

Might Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears be a match made in heaven? - FOX Sports - The search for a franchise quarterback in Chicago might finally be over.

Bears QB Justin Fields tries to pattern game after Russell Wilson - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears tried to trade for Wilson in March, offering the Seahawks a fortune in draft picks, only to be told that coach Pete Carroll didn’t want to deal his star quarterback.

Bears GM Ryan Pace says QB Andy Dalton is starter despite drafting Justin Fields - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears envision Fields as their long-term answer but still plan on Dalton opening the season as their starter.

Biggs: Justin Fields worth it if Chicago Bears fix QB woes - Chicago Tribune - If Justin Fields turns into the kind of quarterback the Chicago Bears are hoping, the price paid to move up and acquire him will be more than worth it and quickly forgotten.

Lightfoot Addresses Concerns Over Bears’ Potential Move to Arlington Park – NBC Chicago - As reports come forward that the Bears are interested in potentially moving out the of the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’s working with ownership to accommodate their concerns.

Chicago Mayor is talking with Bears about Soldier Field - Daily Herald - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday addressed rumors the Chicago Bears could be exploring a move to Arlington Heights.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions executive John Dorsey prank called Colts GM on draft day... again - Pride Of Detroit - One of the best draft day traditions continued on Thursday.

Detroit Lions select DT Levi Onwuzurike with the 41st overall pick - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions continue to build through the trenches in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Minnesota Vikings select Christian Darrisaw - Daily Norseman - An anchor for the offensive line.

If a Rodgers trade is inevitable, Green Bay should look for a return akin to NBA superstars - Acme Packing Company - The NFL rarely sees trades for superstars, so Green Bay should look to a different league for a model.

Packers select CB Eric Stokes with 29th overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay got pure speed with the 29th pick in the draft.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong Jr: The Chicago Bears trade up to No. 39 overall, draft Teven Jenkins - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago has found a franchise tackle after another aggressive trade.

Sunderbruch: Grade the Trade Round 2 - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace has done it again. This time he moved up to get an offensive tackle, jumping more than a dozen spots.

Curl: Winners and Losers of Day One (SPOILER BEARS ARE WINNERS) - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears traded up for Justin Fields. The Bears literally drafted Justin Fields. The Bears came into the draft with the 20th pick and left with the 2nd best QB.

Wiltfong Jr: Justin Fields thinks he’s a perfect fit for Chicago - Windy City Gridiron - Even though there were three other quarterbacks selected in front of him, Fields didn’t express any disappointment in lasting until the 11th overall pick.

O'Donnell: Justin Fields is everything the Chicago Bears have never had at QB - SBNation.com - The Bears finally have hope at quarterback with Justin Fields.

Wiltfong Jr: Justin Fields is the real QB1 - Windy City Gridiron - BreakingT has three new designs for Chicago Bears’ fans to choose from, their Justin Fields "Hope," Fields "QB1," and a “Daaaa Fields,” so which one do you like better?

Duerrwaechter: Mission Accomplished - the Bears’ Real Plan for QB1 Revealed - Windy City Gridiron - Did you really think Andy Dalton was "the guy?"

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