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The Bear’s Den, July 21, 2021

Justin Fields leads the way off the field, how long until he leads it between the lines?

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Most important Bears players for a successful 2021 season: Cole Kmet highlights No. 10 through 6 list – The Athletic - The Bears’ roster will look very different compared to Week 1 last season. As such, the key players for a successful campaign have changed.

Countdown to Camp 2021: Chicago Bears Quarterback Preview - The Chicago Audible - In this episode, the guys provide a complete preview of the Chicago Bears quarterbacks heading into 2021 training camp.

Who leads Chicago Bears vs. Las Vegas Raiders all-time series? - Chalk Talk - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears-Raiders series history, a memorable performance by a Bears backup running back in 2003 and Bears players who wore No. 51 after Dick Butkus.

Johnathan Wood’s Grading the Roster: Defense & Specials - Da Bears Blog - Akiem Hicks is still a stud, Eddie Goldman is back after opting out in 2020, and Bilal Nichols can now man the defensive end spot where he is best. That gives the Bears an excellent starting trio.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Acme Packing Company is adding contributors and podcasters to the team - Acme Packing Company - Here’s your chance to cover the Packers with us! Ken’s Note: Some Packers fans read this feature daily, so this is for them.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Aaron Rodgers surely won’t make his plans known before July 26 shareholders meeting - ProFootballTalk - It’s not a matter of procrastination. Rodgers undoubtedly knows what he’s doing. But he has no reason to disclose his plans, for one very important reason. The Packers will conduct their annual shareholder meeting on Monday.

NFC North Rundown: Previewing the division’s top training camp storylines - Acme Packing Company - The Bears have a few wide receivers fighting for roster positioning, and are also counting on a promising second campaign from tight end Cole Kmet.

The news of the Packers offering Aaron Rodgers a new contract isn’t new - ProFootballTalk - It’s unclear why the notion that the Packers offered to make quarterback Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in football suddenly has been repackaged and repurposed as news. Because it’s not.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge - Draft Round 2 (‘1’ vs ‘4’) - Windy City Gridiron - With one round of voting in the books, the matchups get harder as we ask fans to evaluate Ryan Pace’s best and worst moments as a GM

Sunderbruch: Justin Fields inspiring on and off the field - Windy City Gridiron - Fields has yet to take a snap or suit up, but there are a number of ways he is already stepping forward and embracing a leadership role.

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2021: #2 Andy Dalton and Justin Fields - 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 at number 2 are the quarterbacks. Well, just two of them...

Infante: Fantasy football - Playing buy and sell with Bears players in 2021 - Windy City Gridiron - Which Bears players offer the most value in fantasy football this year?

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