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Move to Suburbs Makes Total Sense for Bears

It had always been you-know-what and giggles for Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot when she talked in the past about the Chicago Bears. This was the case, that is, until Thursday's comment on the bid the team made for Arlington Heights property, specifically Arlington International Racecourse. Oh how cute when she...
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Former Packer, Former Bronco Pad Experience

Bears coach Matt Nagy painted a positive picture about Eddie Goldman's return for training camp after he missed minicamp but they've taken action to cover themselves. The team signed former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Mike Pennel, who can play nose tackle in a 3-4. They also signed a pair...
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Pointing Out Bears Minicamp Winners, Losers

Minicamp represents a tiny portion of the offseason for NFL teams but carries huge importance. Simply getting snaps against NFL starters or backups is an enormous step for the rookies, and this year even the second-year players benefited from it because coaches could explain the why of plays to them better without midseason or training camp pressure, or through a computer like last year in the offseason.
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Bears Treat Injuries with Caution for Now

The Bears will head toward training camp watching some players who have injuries, and they added another one on the defensive line as minicamp ended Thursday. With nose tackle Eddie Goldman taking an unexcused absence from the entire mandatory minicamp, the Bears also finished the camp without another starting defensive lineman when Bilal Nichols had to sit out practice.
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QB Plan Nothing Justin Fields Can't Handle

The plan is in place and Justin Fields has no objections even though it means sitting. The Bears rookie quarterback has worked through his first minicamp and has a week still of offseason work with other rookies before he can take a rest and prepare for his first training camp. The plan by Bears coach Matt Nagy to make Fields No. 2 behind Andy Dalton hasn't bothered the former Ohio State standout.
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Report Says Bears Bid on Racetrack

The Bears have made a bid to acquire the Arlington International Racecourse according to a report in the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Team president and CEO Ted Phillips confirmed this in a comment submitted to the newspaper, as reported by Christopher Placek of the Herald. "It's our obligation to explore...
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Matt Nagy Removes Asterisk from Justin Fields

Bears coach Matt Nagy had already cemented Andy Dalton into the starting position for the opener. It doesn't mean Justin Fields can't start, and Nagy verified this at Wednesday's minicamp practice by removing all asterisks from the rookie. No matter what happens, Fields is the backup. Think of it like...
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Teven Jenkins Gains Something Valuable

Teven Jenkins has had a more eventful week of minicamp than most Bears players, to say the least. First, the rookie moved up to take snaps with the first team at left tackle due to an injury to tackle Germain Ifedi. Then, on Wednesday Jenkins became the final Bears draft pick to sign his rookie contract.
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Allen Robinson Focuses on Season and Himself

Allen Robinson wasted no time and made it entirely clear. "Yeah, I'll be here for training camp on time," the Bears wide receiver said before Wednesday's minicamp practice. Robinson didn't hold out of minicamp, so it would have been unlikely he'd hold out of training camp even if he is playing on a franchise tag. It's still possible the Bears could get him a new contract before the July 15 deadline, but he isn't talking much about the topic.
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Bears Planning on Fans for Training Camp

The Bears are officially planning to bring fans to the new Halas Hall in Lake Forest for the first time. In a letter to the team's season ticket holders on Wednesday, team president and CEO Ted Phillips made the announcement along with another letting fans know they've been given the OK for 100% seating capacity at Soldier Field.
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The Only Drawback Ahead for Eddie Jackson

Bears safety Eddie Jackson sees so much familiarity, from the defensive coordinator, to the scheme the Bears will play, to Tashaun Gipson lining up in the secondary at the other safety spot. Something new could be a real problem for the Bears in the secondary, though. That's the absence of...
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Jimmy Graham's "That's It" Moments

Jimmy Graham had a couple of "that's it," moments within a few months of each other. One had a little more "that's it" to it than the other one. On the morning of March 4, the Bears tight end was driving on the turnpike to the airport in Florida and planned to do maintenance so he could fly on a helicopter to a foundation event. As he drove over a hill he saw a police officer going down an off-ramp with his lights on so he moved over a few lanes and as he saw this and the early morning sun he didn't get a look at a disabled vehicle in the center lane.
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Clarification at Last on QB Status for Bears

For the sake of clarity after conflicting comments, Bears coach Matt Nagy on Tuesday made it known Andy Dalton cannot be beaten out of the starting quarterback position by Justin Fields before the beginning of the season. Nagy also said contrary to one published report, no one has promised Dalton...
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Eddie Goldman Absence Creates Concern

The Chicago Bears had most veteran defensive starters back practicing Tuesday for the first time this year as minicamp opened, with the exception of a player they haven't seen on a field in a while. It's been a really long time for nose tackle Eddie Goldman. Goldman missed last season...
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No More Horsing Around for the Bears

One group seeking to obtain Arlington International Racecourse seems confident in its attempt to secure the property and it isn't for a Chicago Bears stadium. According to a report in the Daily Herald, the group led by former Arlington Park president Roy Arnold hopes to buy the property and keep the track while making a few other additions to the area.
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St. Viator Connection for the Bears

The Bears have agreed to bring in two players from The Spring League on a tryout basis at this week's minicamp and one of them is extremely familiar with Bears tight end Cole Kmet. During this week's minicamp the Bears will give tryouts to former Auburn wide receiver Sal Cannella...
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Wide Open Bears Cornerback Battle from Day 1

When the Bears lost both right cornerback Jaylon Johnson and nickel cornerback Buster Skrine to injuries last season within a week of each other, it led to trying times in the secondary. Skrine was veteran in his second year playing in the defensive scheme and Johnson showed great promise as...
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Bears Defense Front and Center at Minicamp

The Bears remain in phase three of the offseason program as they step from organized team activities into minicamp this week. It's not all semantics, but almost. The only major difference for their workouts Tuesday through Thursday is the amount of time they can spend on the field. Now it's...
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How Bears Go About Stocking Tight End Position

There is an opportunity for an all-around tight end type who can become the third behind Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham this season, and then play a bigger role in the future. In a Wednesday OTA practice last week, the Bears had receptions during non-contact work against the defense from tight ends Scooter Harrington, Darion Clark and J.P. Holtz.,
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Justin Fields Could Play the KC Waiting Game

It's not the answer Bears fans would want to hear because they have their new quarterback and want to see him play. So, Matt Nagy at last week's OTAs probably didn't win a popularity contest when he was asked about working with Patrick Mahomes in his first season of 2017, and how it relates to rookie Justin Fields.