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The Bear’s Den, June 25, 2021

The NFL will allow teams to have alternate helmet colors in 2022. Will Chicago join the party?

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THE DAILY SPONGIE EDDIE GOLDMAN SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears 53-man roster projections before training camp - RSN - There’s a ways to go until Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace have to make cuts, but here’s our first crack at the team’s final roster.

The NFL Will Allow Alternate Helmets For Throwbacks in 2022, Which Opens Some Doors for the Bears - Bleacher Nation - The Bears have been rocking a classic look for ages. But the NFL will allow for throwback helmets starting in 2022. And now I’m thinking...

Despite Being One of the Oldest Teams in the NFL, the Bears Quietly Have Some Young Studs - Bleacher Nation - The Bears have more young talent than some might otherwise expect from one of the oldest teams in the league.

Chicago Bears rookie OL Teven Jenkins eager for start of training camp - ChicagoBears.com - Bears rookie tackle Teven Jenkins, a second-round pick from Oklahoma State, is eager for training camp to begin so he can continue to develop his game and also practice in pads for the first time as a pro.

Chicago Bears training camp tickets, deadline to opt out of 2021 season, home stadiums - Chalk Talk - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the deadline for NFL players to opt out of the 2021 season due to COVID, the number of stadiums the Bears have hosted a game in and when the training camp schedule is expected to be released.

Teams withhold pay from non-vaccinated players who get COVID - 670 The Score - The NFL and NFL Players Association appear united on putting as much pressure on players to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of the 2021 season.

NFL players who voluntarily opt out get no stipend this year - Chicago Tribune - NFL players must decide by July 2 if they plan to opt out of playing this season due to COVID-19 concerns, though voluntary opt-outs will not be paid any stipend this year.

Former Chicago Bear Mike Singletary comes to Aurora to announce program to help young people - Chicago Tribune - Stressing unity, Mike Singletary, a member of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame, announced in Aurora this week he wants to establish a new initiative to reward good choices by youths.

5 Bears predictions for 2021 NFL season before training camp - RSN - If these wild picks come through, Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace will be very happy.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Ranking 2021 NFL backup quarterbacks: 49ers' Trey Lance headlines list of 32; Teddy Bridgewater in top five - CBSSports.com - Assessing which teams are best suited at the No. 2 QB spot

NFL will allow teams to use alternate-color helmets again, starting in 2022 - ProFootballTalk - The NFL will bring back alternate-color helmets next year.

For many teams, it may be too late to take advantage of helmet rule change for 2022 - ProFootballTalk - According to the memo disseminated on Thursday by the NFL, all teams must decide and declare by July 31 whether they’ll be using a second helmet in 2022.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Andrew Whitworth on Matthew Stafford: You can see how hungry he is for success - ProFootballTalk - You know what, just being around Stafford, Matthew is one of those guys you can tell, [he’s] just a veteran QB who has played a lot of football and has been a really good football player in this league for a while and is just yearning to have some success,” Whitworth said on Thursday’s episode of the Jim Rome Show.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Breaking down Darnell Mooney, the Bears 1B receiver - Windy City Gridiron - It’s always good perspective to check out video breakdowns not made by Chicago Bears fans every once in a while. Us fans can view things through Navy and Orange colored glasses at times, so to get...

After making strides, Bears TE Cole Kmet striving for growth - 670 The Score - Bears tight end Cole Kmet set a foundation for his career as a rookie last season. Now, he’s striving for more and his team recognizes his desire to be great.

Wiltfong: Roquan Smith is one of the ‘NFL’s rising stars’ - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears defense has players at each level that have a Pro Bowl on their resume, in defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, linebacker Khalil Mack, and safety Eddie Jackson, but it could be...

Householder: What’s the worst Chicago Bears hot take you’ve ever heard? - 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, and since Chicago is a hot take town, there has been loads of them over the years, so let’s hear yours.

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