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The Bear’s Den, December 29, 2023

DJ More is a tough, tough man, doesn’t miss practice despite injured ankle

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Justin Fields’ uncertain future hasn’t curbed needed growth as Bears’ QB – NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields is undeterred by his uncertain future in Chicago. As the outside world debates what comes next for the young quarterback, Fields continues to...

Why Bears great Devin Hester should make 2024 NFL Hall of Fame class – NBC Sports Chicago - There will never be a player like Devin Hester again, and he should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bears overreactions: Jim Harbaugh, J.J. McCarthy replace Justin Fields, Matt Eberflus? – NBC Sports Chicago - With only two games left in a season that will fall short of expectations, all the questions surrounding the Bears are focused on finding the right QB-coach...

Evaluating Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy: Why it’s complicated - The Athletic - As the Bears look ahead to 2024, where does Getsy fit in their plans? He’s not as bad as fans think.

My New Year’s Resolution? Beat The Atlanta Falcons - Da Bears Blog - Nick and I dove deep into this matchup (and the current state of the Bears) within the latest episode of Bear With Us, including discussion topics like…

Eddie Jackson named Jeff Dickerson Good Guy Award winner - 670 - Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson was named the Jeff Dickerson Good Guy Award winner, presented on the two-year anniversary of his passing.

Bears special teams coordinator Richard Hightower: There won’t be another Devin Hester in my lifetime - Chicago Sun-Times - Hightower called Hester’s 20 special teams touchdowns “insane” and couldn’t believe he wasn’t a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

S Eddie Jackson nears end of ‘craziest’ season — and possibly his Bears career - Chicago Sun-Times - Jackson won the Jeff Dickerson Good Guy Award for his relationship with the media, and the subject of playing his final home game as a Bear came up.

Bears’ ‘Wolverine’ DJ Moore is full-go for Falcons game after ankle injury - Chicago Sun-Times - Moore hasn’t missed any practice after the ankle hindered him against the Cardinals.

Hard lessons fueling Bears cornerback Tyrique Stevenson’s progress - Chicago Sun-Times - The headstrong rookie gets targeted a lot with Jaylon Johnson on the other side, but he welcomes that challenge, even if he gets beaten. “If you’re scared to fail ... you’re scared to grow,’’ he said.

Bears coach Matt Eberflus seems calm, confident as speculation swirls about future - Chicago Sun-Times - If the Bears are inclined to keep Eberflus, he can help his bosses make that case publicly with two convincing wins to close the season.

Chicago Bears' Eddie Jackson named 2023 Jeff Dickerson Good Guy Award winner - www.chicagotribune.com - On Thursday, Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson was honored as the 2023 recipient of the Jeff Dickerson Good Guy Award, recognized for his courteous and professional interaction with the local media.

Chicago Bears tight end Marcedes Lewis making his presence felt - www.chicagotribune.com - When Marcedes Lewis arrived in August, he knew the Chicago Bears would be counting on him to be a resource for younger players. But Lewis also wanted it known immediately that he would contribute to the offense, “I’m not here just to have a jersey and be all rah-rah."

Chicago Bears: Has the home winning streak flown under the radar? - www.chicagotribune.com - Last weekend’s 27-16 defeat of the Arizona Cardinals was the Chicago Bears’ fourth win in the past six games. So what's ahead for the team as they look to carry this season's momentum into 2024?

Bears overreactions: Jim Harbaugh, J.J. McCarthy replace Justin Fields, Matt Eberflus? – NBC Sports Chicago - With only two games left in a season that will fall short of expectations, all the questions surrounding the Bears are focused on finding the right QB-coach...

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL could easily schedule three games for Christmas 2024 (and one on Christmas Eve) - NBC Sports
- The NFL says it won’t schedule games on Christmas when December 25 lands on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

Ja'Marr Chase says "nothing" stands out about Chiefs secondary - NBC Sports - "It's not really like they got a Jalen Ramsey on their squad, so not much [stands out]," the Bengals WR said.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

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An Infante 2024 NFL Draft interview: North Carolina WR Devontez Walker - Windy City Gridiron - WCG’s lead draft analyst speaks with one of the top wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Overreacting to the Holiday Bowl: A full mock draft for the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago probably needs to consider a new quarterback soon, and they have the option of going after Caleb Williams. What if they went a different route?

Householder: Week 17 game preview - Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons - Windy City Gridiron - Finish out 2023 with the Bears hosting the Falcons.

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