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The Bear’s Den, July 23, 2021

Know what today is? The last Friday before training camp starts!

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NFL: Chicago Bears Minicamp Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports



NFL teams with COVID-19 outbreaks could forfeit games - Chicago Sun-Times - Players on both teams wouldn’t get paid if a game has to be called off.

Most important Bears players for successful 2021 season: Rookies Justin Fields, Teven Jenkins among top 5 – The Athletic - Our annual series concludes with Justin Fields and Teven Jenkins highlighted as keys to the Bears’ 2021 season.

Bears CB Jaylon Johnson talks about stepping into Kyle Fuller’s shoes - Bears Wire - Following the release of Kyle Fuller, Jaylon Johnson is the Bears’ new CB1. Johnson discussed the challenge of stepping into that new role.

Bears’ Teven Jenkins recounts family support after mother’s death - RSN - In the Bears’ premiere episode of ‘Meet the Rookies,’ Jenkins described his strong relationship with his father, and how family has helped him reach the NFL.

ESPN Unexpectedly Paints a Rosy Picture of the Bears’ Future, Which Begins and Ends With Justin Fields - Bleacher Nation - Even when piecing together a gloomy looking puzzle, Justin Fields’ presence represents a silver lining of hope.

Bears camp mailbag: Can Justin Fields win QB1 job by Week 1? - 670 The Score - As Bears training camp gets underway next week, 670 The Score writer Cam Ellis took fan questions about what the 2021 season may look like.


In the event of a forfeit, players from both teams will lose game checks - ProFootballTalk - The NFL has found a way essentially to mandate COVID-19 vaccines while still maintaining (with a straight face) it’s an individual decision. As expected, some NFL players have not reacted favorably to news of the league’s Thursday memo to teams.

NFL puts forfeits in play for outbreaks among non-vaccinated players/staff - ProFootballTalk - The NFL continues to create more and more incentives for players and staff to get vaccinated.


Packers 2021 Roster Preview: Defensive line still needs contributors alongside Kenny Clark - Acme Packing Company - Clark is the headliner, but the Packers need a few of their young linemen to step up around him.


Sunderbruch: Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge - Draft Round 2 (‘2’ vs. ‘3’) - Windy City Gridiron - It really seems like Pace struggles to draft players on the offense, but the top seeds in this bracket challenge suggest that hope springs eternal among Chicago fans.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2021 Position Battles - Will a new mix on the offensive line help? - Windy City Gridiron - Kicking off our eleven-part Chicago Bears training camp preview series is the re-vamped offensive line.


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