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The Bear’s Den, July 20, 2021

You can count the number of days until Bears players report to training camp on two hands!

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears fan survey results: Justin Fields confidence rating, Matt Nagy/Ryan Pace report cards and more – The Athletic - How soon do respondents think rookie QB Justin Fields will start? Who’s your favorite Bear? See the results of our 22-question survey.

Bears Preseason Games to be Aired on NFL Network - On Tap Sports Net - On Tap Sports - The NFL Network released their preseason schedule. Which consists of the Bears being featured for all three weeks of the preseason.

NFL Network is Carrying All Three of the Bears’ Preseason Games - Bleacher Nation - Bears fans scattered around the country can tune into NFL Network for all of the team’s preseason action.

Advanced Stats Suggest Robert Quinn is in Line For a Bounce Back Year - Bleacher Nation - Robert Quinn’s first year in Chicago didn’t leave a good impression. But advanced analytics are pointing toward a bounce back.

9 players to watch during Chicago Bears 2021 training camp | Eddie Goldman, Cole Kmet, Jaylon Johnson, Teven Jenkins - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears’ three second-round picks in the last two drafts—Cole Kmet, Jaylon Johnson and Teven Jenkins—will be among the key players to watch when training camp kicks off next week.

Wood: Grading the Bears Roster - Offense - Da Bears Blog - Camp approaches, which means it’s time for me to grade the roster. Like I did last year, I’ll grade on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the worst in the NFL, 10 being the best, and 5 being an average NFL unit. Let’s get right down to it.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Peyton Manning and ESPN Are Teaming Up for 10 Alternate Monday Night Football Broadcasts - Bleacher Nation - After years of pursuing Peyton Manning for Monday Night Football, ESPN finally got its man. Well, sort of...

NFL players on the roster bubble entering 2021 training camps - 32 cut candidates, from veterans to former first-rounders - ESPN - Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and a recent Patriots first-round pick are among the players whose roster spots aren’t secure as camps approach.

NFL knows it must reconsider accountability for hiding and faking injuries - ProFootballTalk - The NFL publicly has had nothing to say about the news that quarterback Tom Brady played the entire 2020 season with a torn MCL in his knee without the Buccaneers ever disclosing the injury. Privately, the NFL recognizes the potential problems that can arise from teams violating the injury report.

Peyton, Eli Manning to headline alternate ‘Monday Night Football’ telecast - NFL.com - Monday nights will be for the Mannings. Peyton and Eli Manning will co-host a “Monday Night Football” MegaCast on ESPN2 for 10 games each of the next three NFL seasons.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

If Aaron Rodgers was leaving the Packers, we’d know by now - Acme Packing Company - Non-committal answers won’t get Rodgers moved from Green Bay and the clock is ticking on his leverage.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears full preseason slate will air live on NFL Network - Windy City Gridiron - Suddenly the Chicago Bears are must-see TV!

Sunderbruch: The Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge - Management 4 vs 5 - Windy City Gridiron - With one more first-round matchup to go, it’s time for fans to decide on which operational moves Pace made that deserve more scorn and which ones he made that deserve more praise.

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2021: #3 Sean Desai - Windy City Gridiron - For the 13th straight year I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Bears for the upcoming season, and checking in at number 3 is brand new defensive play caller, Sean Desai.

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