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The Bear’s Den, May 15, 2021

Rookie jersey numbers are released along with mini camp, and our own Jacob Infante has the scoop on the betting favorite for the Bears starting quarterback position.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARSSSSSS

Chicago Bears beginning 2021 rookie minicamp at Halas Hall - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears will kick off their rookie minicamp Friday with virtual meetings and the first of three non-contact practices at Halas Hall. A total of 33 players are expected to participate.

Bears’ Justin Fields on pressure, spotlight: ‘I’m made for it’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields might be a rookie, but he’s a veteran when it comes to being in the spotlight.

Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator Earns Rave Reviews - Sports Illustrated - New Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai delighted the wordsmiths in the media with his use of the words “palpable” and “inculcated” during this week’s Zoom conference.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy to miss start of rookie minicamp after COVID-19 close contact - ESPN - Bears coach Matt Nagy will lead all virtual meetings with the rookies and view practice from a remote location, but will not be at the team’s facility.

Chalk Talk: Last time Chicago Bears, NFL played an odd number of games - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the last time the NFL played an odd number of games in a season, teams that have alternated between home and road games for an entire season and the status of cornerback Tre Roberson.

Amid full frenzy, Bears QB Justin Fields says, ‘I’m made for this’ - Chicago Sun-Times - As he prepares to compete against two veterans with a decade in the league, the Bears’ prized rookie is ready to take his shot.

Morrissey: Best-case scenario is Bears’ Andy Dalton plays well, Justin Fields sits. - Chicago Sun-Times - Only good would come from that. You can say that there’s no better teacher than being thrown into the fire. You can also say that fire sometimes burns beyond recognition.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Lawyer disputes claim that he approached Deshaun Watson’s camp regarding settlement - ProFootballTalk - The lawyers in the Deshaun Watson lawsuits can’t agree on which of them made the first move regarding a potential settlement.

Broncos cut right tackle Ja’Wuan James following torn Achilles - NFL.com - James’ release comes after he was placed on the non-football injury list with the intention being not to pay him the $10.58 million he was due in salary because his injury occurred away from the team facility.

Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton suffers ACL tear - NFL.com - With his future as a Denver Bronco already seemingly headed for a conclusion,DaeSean Hamilton’s 2021 season might well have been ended before it began.

Fully vaccinated players, staff no longer required to wear masks at NFL team facilities - NFL.com - Fully vaccinated NFL players and tiered staff will no longer be required to wear masks inside or outside at club facilities, the league announced Friday in a memo obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

After losing his mom to cancer, Titans’ Caleb Farley leaned on faith to help realize his NFL dream - Tennessee Titans- ESPN - Caleb, who developed into a top cornerback prospect, was taken by the Tennessee Titans at No. 22 in the 2021 NFL draft.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions announce signings of rookies NT Alim McNeill and RB Jermar Jefferson - Pride Of Detroit - Lions now have two of their seven drafted players under contract.

Christian Darrisaw signs rookie contract - Daily Norseman - The top pick is in the fold!

Jaylen Twyman signs rookie contract - Daily Norseman - Another draftee puts pen to paper

Shemar Jean-Charles signs rookie contract with Packers, per report - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay now has its final five 2021 draft picks all under contract.

Matt LaFleur on Aaron Rodgers: Packers ‘want him back in the worst way’ - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ head coach also discussed Blake Bortles’ addition and the team’s tryout quarterbacks.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong Jr: Bears reveal jersey numbers of their rookie class and some veteran changes too - Windy City Gridiron - We look at all the newly issued jersey numbers for the Chicago Bears and we take a look at who wore it last.

Sunderbruch: When Analytics Go Bad - Windy City Gridiron - We must first postulate a spherical quarterback...

Wiltfong Jr: Kyle Sloter among 5 try-out players at Bears rookie camp - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are kicking off their first on-field offseason workout today as all the rookies are at Halas Hall for rookie mini-camp.

Infante: Andy Dalton favored to win Bears QB battle - Windy City Gridiron - The veteran Dalton currently has the upper hand on the Bears’ quarterback battle, according to betting experts.

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