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The Bear’s Den, May 17, 2021

Rookie Mini-Camp is in the books and Justin Fields impressed all eyes across the board

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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) gets the ball to running back Khalil Herbert (24) during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall.
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When it Comes to QBs in the NFL, Studs are Studs.- Da Bears Blog - While everybody loves a “QB guru”, fans, media members and NFL teams waste entirely too much time talking about the development of young quarterbacks. It is just as likely that studs will be studs and duds, well, you get the picture.

Bears pleased with Justin Fields’ ‘sharp’ first weekend - 670 The Score - Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields had an impressive first weekend at Halas Hall, drawing the praise of coach Matt Nagy and other teammates as rookie minicamp came to a close.

The Bears Are Signing Receiver Chris Lacy, Waiving Linebacker Michael Pinckney - Bleacher Nation - Chicago swaps out linebacker depth for receiver help after the first weekend of rookie minicamp.

Chicago Bears rookie OL Larry Borom drops weight, gains quickness - ChicagoBears.com - They say the camera adds 10 pounds. But that’s not why tackle Larry Borom has looked slimmer in person this weekend at Halas Hall than he did on tape playing for Missouri last year.

Bears OLB Charles Snowden is not your typical undrafted rookie - Chicago Sun-Times - Teams always like to think they’ve struck gold with undrafter free agents, but in Snowden’s case, some analysts expected him to be a third-round pick.

Dazz Newsome: Chicago Bears rookie showing gift of gab - Chicago Tribune - For a Virginian, by way of North Carolina, it didn’t take long for Bears rookie Dazz Newsome to learn Chicago’s language.

Justin Fields: What's next in Chicago Bears offseason program? - Chicago Tribune - If quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Nick Foles report for voluntary work this week, it will mark the start of a juggling act for Chicago Bears coaches as they try to get Dalton ready for the season with a new team while also developing Justin Fields.

Justin Fields: Progress report from Chicago Bears rookie minicamp - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears fans are growing antsier by the day, dealing with a combination of giddiness, curiosity and impatience. Just what does Justin Fields look like? It's far too early for any grand conclusions. But after two practices, it's easy to see why the excitement at Halas Hall is building.

The Justin Fields Show, and 10 observations from Bears rookie minicamp – The Athletic - Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields, the 11th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, continues to impress in rookie minicamp.

What Matt Nagy wants Justin Fields to work on before Bears OTAs - RSN - Justin Fields had an impressive weekend at Bears rookie minicamp, but his work is far from done.

Bears' Matt Nagy impressed with Justin Fields after rookie minicamp - RSN
Matt Nagy, and pretty much everyone who watched him, had high praise for Bears rookie QB Justin Fields over minicamp.

Bears' Matt Nagy explains how Justin Fields' deep ball helps offense - RSN - Justin Fields' accuracy with the deep ball is something the Bears and Matt Nagy are excited about.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy returns to Halas Hall for final rookie minicamp practice - ChicagoBears.com - After participating in the Bears rookie minicamp virtually Friday and Saturday, coach Matt Nagy was thrilled to be back at Halas Hall for Sunday’s practice, saying: “It was awesome.”

Chicago Bears defensive lineman Thomas Schaffer's unique path from Austria to Stanford to NFL - ChicagoBears.com - Introduced to American football in his native Austria via the movies “The Longest Yard” and “Remember the Titans,” defensive lineman Thomas Schaffer is trying to create his own story in the sport as a Bears undrafted rookie.

Quick start still leaves Justin Fields long way from first start - Chicago Sun-Times
- “I know for everybody the biggest question is, ‘When is that going to happen?’ coach Matt Nagy said. “As time goes by and we see how things go, we’ll know and we’ll all see it and feel it.”

Upstart WR Chris Lacy earns offseason roster spot after strong tryout: source - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears had Lacy, an undrafted player in the 2018 class, participate in rookie minicamp and will sign him before OTAs.

Bears CB Thomas Graham will get a chance; will he be ready? - Chicago Sun-Times - The former Oregon cornerback can make an impact right away. The Bears cut two-time Pro Bowl player Kyle Fuller and nickel cornerback Buster Skrine.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jon Gruden: We're going to try to circulate touches Kenyan Drake's way - ProFootballTalk - “We’d like to see him get more and more real estate,” Gruden said.

As Phase Two of offseason program begins, how many players will show up? - ProFootballTalk - Phase Two, including the first opportunity for on-field coaching, begins on Monday. How many players will show up?

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions will stay in Allen Park for training camp, no joint practices in 2021 - Pride Of Detroit - Joint practices may return to Detroit in the future but staying home is what’s best for this season.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears day 3 rookie minicamp recap - Windy City Gridiron - We check in on all the latest from Halas Hall as the Chicago Bears wrap up rookie minicamp.

Infante: Bears sign WR Chris Lacy after tryout - Windy City Gridiron - Lacy had been brought in for the Bears’ rookie minicamp this week.

Chicago Bears 2021 roundtable: Peak spectacle - Windy City Gridiron - There are the world-beaters, there are the cupcakes, and then there’s flat-out hype. Our staff decides what Bears matchup each excites them most in 2021.

Chicago Bears 2021 schedule roundtable: Get your Garrett Popcorn ready - Windy City Gridiron - A bevy of gauntlets await the Bears. They’ll have to take advantage of any cupcakes when they come around. The second part of a scheduling roundtable focuses on those obstacles and delectable baked goods.

Wiltfong: How does Justin Fields impact Bears’ record projections? - Windy City Gridiron - Danny and Robert preview the Chicago Bears’ 2021 schedule while discussing early (rave) reviews of Justin Fields’ rookie minicamp practices.

Wiltfong: Matt Nagy talks day 2 of the Bears rookie minicamp - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy met the media today after day two of rookie minicamp, and you can watch the entire press conference in the embed above.

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