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The Bear’s Den, May 14, 2021

Has Anthony Miller matured? I guess we will find out

Wild Card Round - Chicago Bears v New Orleans Saints
Anthony Miller #17 of the Chicago Bears talks with head coach Matt Nagy after being ejected from the game on a penalty of Unsportsmanlike Conduct because Miller punched Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 10, 2021 in New Orleans
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Which Bears game will Justin Fields first start at QB? An educated guess – The Athletic - Will Fields start Week 1? Probably not, but Jon Greenberg has some guesses on when he will make his Bears starting QB debut.

How Chicago Bears Can Approach the Coming QB Battle - Sports Illustrated - Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor tries to view the Andy Dalton/Justin Fields quarterback situation through a simple prism.

Shift in Direction Needed for Chicago Bears Receivers - Sports Illustrated - Chicago Bears receivers Anthony Miller and Marquise Goodwin are in need of a change of course and receivers coach Mike Furrey thinks they’re capable of achieving it.

Matt Nagy COVID Sidelined for Rookie Minicamp - Sports Illustrated - Close contact with a family member who has tested positive for COVID-19 will limit Bears coach Matt Nagy’s participation in on-field work at the weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson switching jersey numbers, free agents & rookies assigned uniform numbers - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears announced Thursday that safety Eddie Jackson is changing jersey numbers from No. 39 to No. 4 and also revealed the numbers that have been assigned to their rookies.

Bears put Anthony Miller, struggling receivers on notice - 670 The Score - The Bears’ patience is running thin with receivers Anthony Miller, Javon Wims and Riley Ridley, and the new additions this offseason have put those three on notice entering the 2021 season.

How Much Value Do Teams Lose When They Don’t Draft A Quarterback In The First Round? - FiveThirtyEight - As the clock ticked down on the Carolina Panthers’ eighth overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, many wondered if general manager Scott Fitterer would add another …

What Bears coaches want to see from Justin Fields in his first practice - Chicago Sun-Times - When quarterback Justin Fields walks onto the practice field Friday at Halas Hall, he’ll be taking the first step toward what the Bears hope is a transcendent NFL career. His coaches, though, will be watching the basics all three days of the Bears’ rookie minicamp

Bears’ Matt Nagy ruled a COVID-19 close contact, will coach rookie camp remotely - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears head coach Matt Nagy won’t coach the team’s rookie minicamp in person this weekend after being ruled a high-risk close contact for a family member who tested positive for the coronavirus, sources confirmed.

Bears schedule: predicting records, best games and Justin Fields’ debut - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Bears experts — Patrick Finley, Jason Lieser and Mark Potash — break down the team’s 2021 schedule.

Matt Nagy: Why Chicago Bears coach won’t be at rookie minicamp - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy will participate in the start of rookie minicamp this weekend virtually after he was a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Bears capitalize on ‘unique opportunity’ in adding tackles Teven Jenkins, Larry Borom – The Athletic - The Bears have high hopes for their two rookie tackles Jenkins and Borom, whom they selected in the second and fifth rounds, respectively.

Breaking Down the Chicago Bears 2021 Schedule - The Chicago Audible - In this episode of The Chicago Audible, the guys analyze the recently released 2021 Chicago Bears Schedule.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

2021 NFL strength of schedule rankings: Detroit Lions among 5 most difficult - Pride Of Detroit - No matter how you look at it, the Lions have their work cut out for them in 2021.

Vikings trade Mike Hughes to Kansas City Chiefs - Daily Norseman - Well. . .didn’t see this coming

A timeline of the major moments in tensions between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers - Acme Packing Company - There was no inciting incident, no one thing that sent Aaron Rodgers over the edge to come to this standoff with the team. In fact, disagreements go back years. We try to take a full accounting of the reported touchstone moments (some good, some bad) between the two sides.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Colts sign Eddy Piñeiro - Windy City Gridiron - On Thursday the Indianapolis Colts signed kicker Eddy Piñeiro to a 1-yeal deal to compete with current kicker Rodrigo Blankenship.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears announce their 2021 UDFA class of signees - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears made 7 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, but that’s not all the rookies they’ll bring into the offseason workout programs as they’ve just announced their 2021 UDFA class.

Infante: Bears sign former Patriots LB Michael Pinckney - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have added a young defensive piece to compete for a roster spot.

Wiltfong: Eddie Jackson switching his jersey number to 4 - Windy City Gridiron - Safety Eddie Jackson is the first Chicago Bears veteran to take advantage of the new rule allowing more jersey number flexibility among players, as he’s switching from 39 to 4, which his is old...

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