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The Bear’s Den, September 3, 2021

Well howdy, pardners, and welcome to Friday here at Demaster Ken’s Den. Take a seat around the fire, grab yourself a bowl and take a heaping helping of these beans...

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) turns to run after a catch as Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan (37) makes the tackle during the first quarter on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears “Among Interested Teams” in Slot Cornerback Bryce Callahan - Bleacher Nation - Bryce Callahan had a nice run with the Bears from 2015-18. A reunion could be on the horizon if the Broncos go through and make him available.

Report: Two former Chicago Bears DB’s on the trade block? - Bleacher Report - A pair of former Chicago Bears defensive backs are reportedly on the trade block but will the Denver Broncos move them ahead of the season?

Life is good for Zach Miller, though he has physical issues - 670 The Score - Almost four years after suffering a career-ending injury, former Bears tight end Zach Miller is enjoying life and thankful for his physical state, despite a few limitations and problems.

Lemming: How four moves in the 2020 offseason have hampered the Chicago Bears - Bleacher Report - We take a look at four contracts from the 2020 offseason that have hampered the Chicago Bears here in 2021.

Akiem Hicks facing uncertain future with Bears - 670 The Score - Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and the team haven’t made substantial progress on a contract extension, leading to questions about what lies beyond 2021.

Akiem Hicks’ silence is golden to Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - The standout defensive end isn’t talking. But if he’s unhappy about his contract situation, he’s not showing it on or off the field. “Akiem has been in an unbelievable place,” GM Ryan Pace said.

WR Breshad Perriman another first-round reclamation for Bears, GM Ryan Pace - Chicago Sun-Times - Following Germain Ifedi, Artie Burns, Barkevious Mingo and Ted Ginn last year, Perriman is expected to join the Bears by Monday.

Breaking down the Chicago Bears’ latest roster moves - Bears Wire - The Bears made quite a few roster moves on Wednesday, which we’re breaking down right here.

Chicago Bears: Updated projected depth chart for new 53-man roster - Bears Wire - Following Wednesday’s roster moves, here’s a look at the Bears’ projected depth chart heading into Week 1.

Bears GM Ryan Pace says Teven Jenkins’ back surgery ‘fixed the problem’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins was place on injured reserve following back surgery that GM Ryan Pace said ‘fixed the problem’

Ryan Pace Speaks: What’s Up with Jenkins’ Back? Belief in Dalton, Fields of Excitement, More - Bleacher Nation - The Bears GM sounds off on QB1, QB1-of-the-future, the big left tackle who’s supposed to protect them, and more.

Who will call Bears games on Fox and CBS? Here’s what we know and what we guess. - Chicago Sun-Times - We know the announcers for the prime-time games and the Thanksgiving game, and I was able to unearth the Bears’ first three Fox games.

Bears LB Alec Ogletree can finally make himself at home - Chicago Sun-Times - Before Alec Ogletree’s wife came back to the Chicago area last weekend with a bag full of his clothes from back home, the Bears linebacker was living out of a suitcase he brought a month ago for what he thought was a short family vacation.

Bears GM Ryan Pace better have more answers on the field than he had in his press conference - Chicago Sun-Times - It was another round of Pace being “excited” and “feeling good about” whatever red flags were raised Wednesday. But the season will show whether he has any real answers. Ken’s note: Or what, Jason? You will hold your breath and pout? Sheesh I hate stories of the “holier than thou” variety.

Alec Ogletree making most of odd Chicago Bears opportunity - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears linebacker Alec Ogletree cited a favorite quote of his Thursday — “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” — in explaining how he rose so quickly from street free agent to Week 1 starter over the last month.

Column: Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace confident but questions persist - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace ultimately will be judged on the development of rookie QB Justin Fields this season. But the team has plenty of other questions worth monitoring, specifically on the offensive line and at cornerback.

Chicago Bears Q&A: Was Ryan Pace’s offseason a disaster? - Chicago Tribune - With the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams only 10 days away, the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs opens the Bears mailbag and answers questions about Ryan Pace’s wide receiver drafting, regrets about releasing Kyle Fuller and whether Matt Nagy is cooking up any special plays involving Justin Fields.

10 takeaways from Bears GM Ryan Pace’s conference: On Justin Fields, Andy Dalton, Teven Jenkins and more – The Athletic - Ryan Pace addressed the media Wednesday, and while he didn’t divulge much, here are the tidbits we could glean from what he did say.

Bears bullish on Jason Peters at left tackle - Chicago Sun-Times - The nine-time Pro Bowl player shook off some rust against the Titans in his Bears debut last week. But the Bears were encouraged. “He’s just a savvy vet that’s still moving well,” GM Ryan Pace said.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Could Deshaun Watson force a trade by telling the Texans he's ready to play? - ProFootballTalk - Today, while discussing the lingering presence of quarterback Deshaun Watson on the Houston roster, a light flickered for me. What happens if Watson tells the Texans, “I’m ready to play”?

Kyle Shanahan: I don't need to announce the 49ers' starting quarterback, you can figure it out - ProFootballTalk - Shanahan told reporters that he doesn’t need to make any announcements about starters at quarterback or any other position.

It’s time for more NFL teams to step up and support Hurricane Ida relief - ProFootballTalk - The Saints, Falcons, Panthers, and Ravens have each made the contribution. The league itself has done the same thing.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

The Saints Chose to Play Week 1 in Jacksonville Partly Because It Was an Inconvenience for Packers Fans - Bleacher Nation - NFL teams often go out of their way to secure any and all advantages.

NFC North Rundown: Desmond Trufant among one of the division’s surprising final cuts - Acme Packing Company - Final cuts come and go across the NFC North, with names like Trufant and Tyrell Crosby standing out.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zimmerman: Talking through the choices on the 53-man roster - Windy City Gridiron - The latest Bears Banter Podcast is here after a summer hiatus! The Chicago Bears introduced their 53-man roster and we break it all down with Danny Meehan from the our Rule of 3 and Lunchpail...

Wiltfong: Bears Roster Reset: Rodney Adams to the practice squad and all the latest - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears made several transactions yesterday, which we’ll recap in a moment, but today they brought wide out Rodney Adams back to their practice squad. They released him on Wednesday to...

Sunderbruch: NFL Rebuilds Part 3 (What Trends Emerge?) - Windy City Gridiron - Is it possible to crack the code on how to rebuild an NFL team? If so, why isn’t everyone following this playbook already?

Householder: 2021 Chicago Bears betting props, odds and over/unders set - Windy City Gridiron - SportsBettingDime.com has all the props and over/unders for the Bears including Justin Fields starts and more

Wiltfong: When will Justin Fields start his first game for the Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have been singing the same Andy Dalton song since they signed him back in March. He was brought in to be the starting quarterback, he chose the Bears because they told him he’d be...

THE RULES

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