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The Bear’s Den, August 5, 2021

There’s an “old” new Bear in Chicago, as questions remain about the state of the offensive line

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Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) high fives head coach Matt Nagy during a Chicago Bears training camp session at Halas Hall.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Getting to Know the 2021 Chicago Bears: Tight Ends - Bleacher Nation - This is the year for Cole Kmet to take the torch from Jimmy Graham and run with it.

Justin Fields should be Bears’ starter, Dan Orlovsky explains why - RSN - Former NFL quarterback turned ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky says it’s easy, the Chicago Bears should start Justin Fields at quarterback.

Bears sign inside linebacker Alec Ogletree to one-year deal - RSN - The free agent signing adds depth behind Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan.

Will the Bears Turn to Free Agency to Solve Tackle Dilemma? - On Tap Sports Net - Injuries have left the Chicago Bears left tackle position thin, but the free-agent market only has a few options.

OFFICIAL: Chicago Bears sign LB Alec Ogletree to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday signed veteran linebacker Alec Ogletree, who has started 94 games in eight NFL seasons with the Rams (2013-17), Giants (2018-19) and Jets (2020).

Danny Trevathan primed for another productive season - ChicagoBears.com - Expectations are high this season for Bears veteran linebacker Danny Trevathan, who arrived at training camp in excellent condition after incorporating boxing into his offseason training regimen.

Training Camp Diary: If Fields Masters Playbook & Fundamentals in August, He Should Start in September - Da Bears Blog - I don’t know if Justin Fields has it. And it might be a year or two before ANYONE knows.

Justin Fields dubbed rookie to watch in 2021 preseason - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is one of Pro Football Focus' rookies to watch in the 2021 NFL preseason.

The Chicago Bears are signing LB Alec Ogletree - Bears Wire - The Bears are adding depth at inside linebacker with the signing of veteran Alec Ogletree, according to Mike Garafolo.

It sounds like there’s good news for the Bears on the COVID-19 front - Bears Wire - According to Brad Biggs, there's a chance there was a false positive that landed four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Ranking every NFL defense from 1 to 32 going into the 2021 season – The Athletic - The Broncos and Bucs figure to thrive again this season, but a talent influx could mean good things for Cleveland, Carolina and others.

Chicago Bears Q&A: How concerning is Teven Jenkins’ injury? - Chicago Tribune - The first week of Chicago Bears training camp is in the books, and the No. 1 topic in Brad Biggs' weekly mailbag is clearly the absence of both starting offensive tackles due to injuries.

Chicago Bears 2021 season preview: Defensive line - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears bring back a solid, experienced defensive line group driven by Akiem Hicks and Bilal Nichols.

Chicago Bears sign veteran linebacker Alec Ogletree - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears are signing veteran inside Alec Ogletree to join them at training camp, a move that may be out of necessity as the defense deals with attrition in its linebacking corps.

Bears camp first impressions: So far, so good — and bad - Chicago Sun-Times - Andy Dalton looks like an upgrade. Justin Fields looks promising and exciting. But the Bears’ already makeshift offensive line could short-circuit an offensive surge before it even starts.

Bears to sign veteran LB Alec Ogletree - Chicago Sun-Times - Ogletree played just two games for the Jets last season, but has extensive experience at inside linebacker.

A week into training camp, are the Bears off to a good start? - Chicago Sun-Times - Justin Fields and Andy Dalton look good. The offensive line’s trouble is highly concerning. A look at those issues and others after the first week of camp.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jagaurs undecided on how much Trevor Lawrence will play in preseason - ProFootballTalk - The Jaguars have nine days to go before their first preseason game, so Urban Meyer said the team has yet to decide how much Trevor Lawrence will play.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Aaron Rodgers kept Jordan Love in the loop while contemplating his future - ProFootballTalk - “I just felt that’s what I would want in that situation, just to hear from the guy. And also, there’s a love and an appreciation and a friendship there, just like it was with me and Brett. So I wanted to make sure I checked in with him and let him know I was thinking about him.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Checking in on the revamped Bears o-line - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears made several changes to the big fellas up front during the offseason. They released their starting offensive tackles, they allowed their top reserve to leave via free agency,...

Infante: Bears sign former All-Pro LB Alec Ogletree - Windy City Gridiron - The former Rams standout spent part of the 2020 season with the Jets.

Householder: Bears QB Nick Foles the favorite to start for the Indianapolis Colts - Windy City Gridiron - One sportsbooks has him with the best odds, but there’s one problem.

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