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The Bear’s Den, July 30, 2021

We know where Eddie Goldman was (at practice) Friday, but where was Akiem Hicks?

NFL: Chicago Bears Training Camp
Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks to throw the ball as quarterback Nick Foles (9) watches during a Chicago Bears training camp session at Halas Hall.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

What is Chicago Bears COVID-19 vaccination rate? - Chalk Talk - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears’ COVID-19 vaccination rate, the latest on running back Tarik Cohen’s recovery from a torn ACL and Bears players who have worn jersey No. 1.

Here’s what Bears TE Cole Kmet learned from Chiefs TE Travis Kelce - Bears Wire - Bears TE Cole Kmet got to learn from one of the best in Travis Kelce at Tight End University. Here's the biggest thing Kmet learned.

Bears training camp: Andy Dalton, Justin Fields look as expected - RSN - Get the quarterback report after one full day of training camp at Halas Hall

Justin Fields Has the Highest-Selling Jersey Among NFL Rookies! - Bleacher Nation - Justin Fields jerseys are selling like hot cakes. Ya think this city was starved for a QB to love?

Chicago Bears want ball in David Montgomery's hands as much as possible - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears leaned heavily on running back David Montgomery late last season when they were battling for a playoff berth and could continue to do so this year.

Eddie Goldman thrilled to be back with Chicago Bears after one-year hiatus - ChicagoBears.com - Saying that opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns “really took a toll on me,” Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman was ecstatic to practice with his teammates for the first time since December 2019.

After ‘bad year,’ Robert Quinn aims to rebound in 2021 - 670 The Score - Following a disappointing 2020 season, Bears veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn has his sights set on bringing the defense much more production in 2021.

Bears radio broadcasts set to return to the road - Chicago Sun-Times - Flagship station WBBM-AM (780) cleared Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer to travel, and sideline reporter Mark Grote will return to the field for home games.

Bears notebook: News on Akiem Hicks’ absence, John DeFilippo, Jeremiah Attaochu - Chicago Sun-Times - A roundup of Bears notes after the second practice of training camp.

Chicago Bears: What we learned at Thursday’s practice - Chicago Tribune - Cole Kmet didn’t just attend TEU — Tight Ends University — with some of the better players at the position this summer. He’s been getting one-on-one time in coach Matt Nagy’s office.

Chicago Bears: Breaking down wide receiver options - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears will have some intriguing August battles to sort out their depth at wide receiver. But if the 1-2 punch of Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney produces up to its potential, that should provide a lot to like for the passing attack.

Inside Bears camp: Andy Dalton’s connections, Cole Kmet’s expectations and David Montgomery’s leadership – The Athletic - Our observations from Bears camp, as Andy Dalton had a pretty good day at the first practice in front of fans since 2019.

Chicago Bears 2021 Training Camp Practice Report, Day 2 - The Chicago Audible - In this episode, Nicholas Moreano gives you his top takeaways from the second day of Bears training camp.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL says 87.9 percent of players have had at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine - ProFootballTalk - NFL players are doing a better job than the country as a whole of getting vaccinated.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Tension still lingers between Aaron Rodgers, Packers - ProFootballTalk - They may have hammered out the terms of a revised contract and the player may be in camp with the rest of the team, but there’s still tension between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong’s Bears camp Day 2 recap: The 3 quarterbacks are performing as you’d expect - Windy City Gridiron - It’s only been two days of training camp practices at Halas Hall for the Chicago Bears, but so far the three quarterbacks are performing exactly how one would expect they’d be performing at this...

Sunderbruch: The Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge - Final - Windy City Gridiron - Six years are being summed up in two polls. Is it fair? Not at all. Is it fun? Let’s hope so. If, not, at least real football is coming soon.

Berckes & Snyder’s Bears Over Beers: The Wide Receiver Room - Windy City Gridiron - The guys discuss a wide receiver room with a lot of new faces with a renewed emphasis on speed.

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