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The Bear’s Den, June 22, 2021

It’s the first full day of summer (more or less), and Justin Fields is totally ready to get training camp started...

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Thomas Graham Jr. dubbed Bears’ most intriguing project player - Bears Wire - Bleacher Report believes CB Thomas Graham Jr. has a good chance of becoming a solid player for the Bears down the line.

Bears QB Justin Fields will get a lot of work during preseason games - Bears Wire - While Justin Fields might not see the field immediately in the regular season, he’s going to get plenty of reps during the preseason.

Jaylon Johnson believes Bears defense can generate more takeaways - Bears Wire - The goal is simple for the Bears defense: generate more takeaways. And for CB Jaylon Johnson, interceptions have become a priority.

Greg Olsen thought he was coming back to Bears last offseason - Bears Wire - Bears fans hoped for a Greg Olsen reunion in Chicago. And it could’ve happened if management wanted it.

Bears road to Arlington Park far from over if bid accepted - RSN - The Bears could face several legal challenges with the city of Chicago if they do sign a contract to move to Arlington Heights.

Chicago Bears celebrate Juneteenth at DuSable Museum of African American History - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears recognized Juneteenth by joining the DuSable Museum of African American History Saturday as the museum reopened for the first time since the pandemic hit last spring.

Chicago Bears to help launch girls flag football league with Chicago Public Schools - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears and Chicago Public Schools announced Monday the launch of Chicago Public League Girls Flag Football, in conjunction with NFL FLAG and Nike.

Ankle-breaking DNA: Devin Hester’s elusiveness is evident in 8-year-old son Dray – The Athletic - The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree as the all-time great NFL return man’s son is already a human highlight reel. Ken’s Note: If you can, read this one.

HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE NFL

Vikings defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman is shot four times - ProFootballTalk - His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN.com that Twyman was shot while visiting his aunt in Washington, D.C.

Raiders’ Carl Nassib comes out as openly gay - ProFootballTalk - Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out today, making him the NFL’s only openly gay player.

Tom Brady vs. Mac Jones would be the largest age difference between starting QBs ever - ProFootballTalk - If rookie Mac Jones is the Patriots’ starter, his matchup with Brady would set a new NFL record for the largest age difference between starting quarterbacks in NFL history.

Colt Brennan: The life and death of a Hawaii football great - Los Angeles Times - Colt Brennan was a star football player at Hawaii who finished third in Heisman Trophy voting before years of substance abuse problems cost him his life.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Sheldon Richardson took less money from Vikings than Browns were offering - ProFootballTalk - When Sheldon Richardson signed with the Vikings last week, he reportedly eschewed a better offer from the Browns.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Justin Fields to see ‘a lot’ of work this preseason - Windy City Gridiron - The pecking order in the Chicago Bears quarterback room hasn‘t changed based on the few voluntary OTA practices and the one mandatory minicamp the team held. And based on comments from head coach...

Wiltfong: The Look Ahead on Matt Nagy, Andy Dalton, Justin Fields and ‘the plan’ - Windy City Gridiron - Hopefully by now all you guys are subscribed to the Windy City Gridiron podcast channel (available where ever you get your podcasts), because not only do you get all our fantastic Chicago Bears...

Bears fans, who is your all-time ‘favorite’ Packers player? - Windy City Gridiron - We’re taking a look at the Bears rivals in this series of roundtable topics.

Salo: 30-Day Challenge - Which current or historical Bear would you like to have a beer with? - Windy City Gridiron - Every day in the month of June, we’ll ask a different Chicago Bears-related question to our readers. Make sure you guys participate the entire month so we can all get to know the WCG Community a little better.

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