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The Bear’s Den, May 24, 2021

Will Khalil Mack come back from the injuries that have nagged him the last two seasons to dominate in 2021?

NFL: Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans
Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) tackles Tennessee Titans linebacker Josh Smith (45) during the second half at Nissan Stadium.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Call Justin Fields a can’t-mess prospect - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy has to enhance all of rookie QB’s great qualities, not try to change him

Justin Fields: Charting when QB will start for Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - When will first-round draft pick Justin Fields start at quarterback? Do we know yet? How about now? The Chicago Bears’ rookie minicamp provided no answers. The past can give us more insight, and when it comes to how many games Fields will sit, bet the under.

Chicago Bears questions: Can Khalil Mack be dominant again? - Chicago Tribune - All of the focus is on Justin Fields, but there are plenty of other issues to consider with the Chicago Bears. Here are 20 questions, non-QB edition, about the team heading into the remainder of the offseason program.

Defining short and long-term expectations for Bears’ 2021 draft class – The Athletic - The Bears have high hopes for their 2021 draft class, starting with quarterback Justin Fields and left tackle Teven Jenkins.

Chicago Bears’ Top-25 Offseason Moves of 2021 (11-25) - ChicagoAudible.com - In this episode, the guys begin counting down the best moves the Chicago Bears made in the 2021 offseason.

How Will Bears Handle Massive Special Teams Turnover in 2021? - Da Bears Blog - Bears special teams were quietly very good last year; they ranked 8th in total DVOA according to Football Outsiders, and were among the 10 best NFL teams in field goals, kickoff coverage, kickoff returns, and punt returns.

Waffle House steps up to help out Bears’ Dazz Newsome - 670 The Score - In an interview during rookie minicamp last weekend, Bears receiver Dazz Newsome lamented how there isn’t a Waffle House in the Chicago area. For a native of Virginia who played collegiately at North Carolina, that was a shocking development.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cam Newton working to "rebuild" some of his throwing fundamentals - ProFootballTalk - In 2019, then-Panthers quarterback Cam Newton changed his throwing motion following shoulder surgery. Before it could be fully and properly evaluated, a foot injury ended his season after only two games.

Ryan Fitzpatrick can become first starting QB to lose to 31 different teams - ProFootballTalk - Fitzpatrick has lost to 28 different teams as a starting quarterback, according to Pro Football Reference. Of the four teams he hasn’t lost to, three are on Washington’s schedule this season: The Packers, Saints and Buccaneers.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Michigan’s plans to lift COVID restrictions paves way for fully-attended Detroit Lions games - Pride Of Detroit - If all goes as planned, we could see a packed Ford Field this year

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Who will break out for the Bears in 2021? - Windy City Gridiron - I threw that question out on Twitter a couple days ago and I received a lot of names, including some names that I wouldn’t necessarily consider players that are in a position to break out, but...

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