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The Bear’s Den, August 17, 2021

Chicago welcomes Jason Peters, a man who takes the idea of “veteran experience” to a whole new level

Wild Card Round - Philadelphia Eagles v Chicago Bears
New Chicago Bear Jason Peters and Khalil Mack have shared some close, bonding moments in the past...
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

It’s a TWO-FOR Tuesday!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears’ Justin Fields ranked as the top rookie QB in preseason debuts - Bears Wire - Bears QB Justin Fields had an impressive preseason debut, and many believed Fields outshined the rest of the first-round rookie QBs.

Navigating Bear Markets: How Soon is Too Soon to Start a Rookie QB? - On Tap Sports Net - How long will Andy Dalton last as the Chicago Bears’ starting QB with Justin Fields behind him? History tells us not long.

Justin Fields being ‘calm, cool, collected’ will serve him on-field and off - Chicago Sun-Times - He’ll need every ounce of that attitude to maneuver through the hype of the next three weeks.

Bears’ rocky ride with Robert Quinn continues as new injury sidelines him - Chicago Sun-Times - How hard could it be to find an outside linebacker who can clean up on sacks while Khalil Mack draws triple teams? Harder than the Bears could’ve imagined.

Matt Nagy: No QB competition between Justin Fields and Andy Dalton at Bears camp - Chicago Sun-Times - Andy Dalton still will be the Week 1 starter regardless of what happens in the preseason. But Justin Fields will get more snaps with first-team offense after his impressive preseason debut. "Ultimately, whatever is best for the Chicago Bears is what we’re going to do."

Column: Chicago Bears preparing Justin Fields to be starting QB - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears are preparing Justin Fields to be QB1, and whether he’s in that role Sept. 12 or at some point later in the first half of the season, they can’t hinder his long-term potential by waiting a few weeks to promote him.

Chicago Bears: 3 things we learned at practice - Chicago Tribune - Jason Peters didn’t practice with the Chicago Bears on Monday, but his new offensive linemates are interested to see what they can learn from him when he officially joins the team.

Column: Tips for Chicago Bears fans who want to see Justin Fields - Chicago Tribune - The first Chicago Bears game with fans since 2019 went relatively smoothly Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Miami Dolphins, Justin Fields’ debut was a smash hit and those of us who got there early and left early were spared a few headaches.

Chicago Bears: Justin Fields’ most impressive play in opener? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears’ first preseason game is in the books, with rookie quarterback Justin Fields impressing during extended playing time in a 20-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Before Mitch Trubisky and the Buffalo Bills come to Soldier Field on Saturday for the second of three exhibitions, the Tribune’s Bears writers offer their takes on four pressing topics.

Bears notes: Andy Dalton, Justin Fields have subpar days; RB Khalil Herbert praised; injury list remains long – The Athletic - The top two Bears QBs exchanged interceptions Monday as key players such as Teven Jenkins and Roquan Smith remain sidelined with injuries.

What's next for Justin Fields? Bears see real progress but stick to plan with rookie QB – The Athletic - The Bears are continuing to be patient with their talented young quarterback despite his strong play in the preseason opener.

Bears want rookie QB Justin Fields to get more reps with starters - Bears Wire - One thing that was made blatantly clear following Justin Fields' dazzling debut is that he needs reps with the Bears' starters.

Bears offensive line lacks cohesion, focused on individual success - RSN - Matt Nagy has had to play with several different starting units already, but lately the offensive line has answered the call.

Why Bears’ Matt Nagy beginning to trust rookie RB Khalil Herbert - RSN - In the NFL, each player has to make the most of each opportunity. Herbert did that in the Bears’ first preseason game against the Dolphins.

Justin Fields Will Start Getting First Team Reps (But There’s a But…) - Bleacher Nation - We’ve seen Justin Fields throw to Allen Robinson II in drills. But soon, Fields will get more as he is set to get some first-team reps.

It’s Officially Official: Chicago Bears Sign Nine-Time Pro Bowl Left Tackle Jason Peters - Bleacher Nation - After seeing flashes of what Justin Fields can doin an exhibition, the Bears moved quickly to bring some experience to their offensive line.

Khalil Herbert making a strong impression, injury update, roster moves - ChicagoBears.com - Impressive throughout training camp, Bears rookie running back Khalil Herbert carried over what he’s shown on the practice field into Saturday’s preseason-opening win over the Dolphins.

Jason Peters signs with Chicago Bears - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday signed veteran left tackle Jason Peters to a one-year contract. Peters, 39, has been voted to nine Pro Bowls during his 17-year NFL career.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Uber Eats dumps Jay Cutler from ad campaign over anti-mask views - Chicago Sun-Times - The one-time Pro Bowl passer-turned-reality TV star also has hinted at a possible run for school board in Tennessee over mask mandates.

Cam Newton hasn’t been told he’s the Week One starter - ProFootballTalk - Since the Patriots drafted Mac Jones, head coach Bill Belichick has maintained Cam Newton will be the team’s starting quarterback until someone beats him out.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears preseason week 1 - Stock up/stock down - Windy City Gridiron - With one preseason game in the books for the Chicago Bears — a 20 to 13 win over the Miami Dolphins — this is a good time to take a glance over the current roster to see which players are trending...

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears camp notes: Andy Dalton still QB1 and an injury update - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy met the media on Monday morning before their training camp practice, and he addressed the question on everyone's mind; is Andy Dalton still the starting...

Wiltfong: Bears waive 3 players - Windy City Gridiron - NFL rosters need to be at 85 players by tomorrow afternoon.

Wiltfong: Grading Chicago’s left tackle play against Miami - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears gave Elijah Wilkinson the start at left tackle on Saturday afternoon against the Miami Dolphins, and if we’re being honest here I had some concerns. I wasn’t impressed with his...

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