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The Bear’s Den, May 25, 2021

It’s a light news day in Chicago Gridironland, but in Green Bay? Drama unfolds.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) 
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

KEN’S NOTE: A bit of explicit language in this video.

BEARRRSSSS

NFL Power Rankings: Bears ranked average team by Peter King - RSN - With seemingly everything the Bears this season, King’s assessment comes down to Justin Fields and Andy Dalton.

Expectations high for TE Cole Kmet, DB Jaylon Johnson heading into 2021 NFL season - Chicago Bears - After promising rookie seasons from Cole Kmet and Jaylon Johnson last year, the Bears are optimistic that their top two 2020 draft picks will make major strides in Year 2.

Seahawks GM Reportedly Wanted To Trade Russell Wilson To Bears - SportsMockery - Tyler Dunne of Go Long

Establishing Realistic Expectations for Teven Jenkins - Da Bears Blog - The Bears traded up in the second round to select Teven Jenkins and then promptly cut Charles Leno, paving the way for Jenkins to take over as the starting left tackle on day one. Bears fans have high expectations for Jenkins, helped along by Ryan Pace saying he gave Jenkins a first-round grade.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Deshaun Watson won’t attend OTAs, still wants a trade - ProFootballTalk - There was no reason to think Deshaun Watson would show up for the Texans’ organized team activities. The quarterback, in fact, won’t be there, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Aaron Rodgers not in attendance at start of Packers’ OTAs, per report - Acme Packing Company - This news should come as no surprise after the reports of strife between Rodgers and the Packers’ front office.

QB Aaron Rodgers not at Green Bay Packers OTAs - ESPN - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not among the group of players who reported to Lambeau Field on Monday for the start of organized team activities, a source told ESPN.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

WCG’s 2021 NFC North top 50: Nos. 50-41 - Windy City Gridiron - In the first article of a six-part roundtable series, the staff of Windy City Gridiron come together to rank the top 50 players in the NFC North heading into 2021, starting with the players ranked 50-41.

Zeglinski: A new friend - Justin Fields is the leader the Chicago Bears need - Windy City Gridiron - In the first part of a post-draft series, the legend Justin Fields built in Columbus might soon be a small piece of the tall tale he spins with the Bears.

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