Major League Baseball shared its postseason schedule, and I am really hoping to have big plans for Sunday, October 6th. A noon start for Bears-Raiders and playoff baseball after that would truly make for a Sunday Funday (Michael: Oh man, that sounds like either a ton of fun or an extremely painful day … either way, I’m in).
- I have spent a lot of time this summer trying to drive home the importance of staying hydrated for those of you attending Bears camp. The heat can sneak up on you when you are accustomed to just hanging out in the sun for a while. And yet, I did not take my own advice yesterday and it hit me hard shortly after I arrived home. I’m glad it didn’t happen at an earlier point in the day, because that could have been troublesome. Saturday marks the final open practice in Bourbonnais. If you haven’t made it out there yet, go ahead and enjoy it for one last time. I’ll see you next year!
- The #bankickers movement is officially underway:
Not a single FG attempt in today’s #Bears practice.
— Bear Report (@BearReport) August 6, 2019
- OK, it really isn’t. But wasn’t it fun to think about it for a minute? A world without kickers … what a dream.
- Thursday’s preseason game between the Bears and Panthers would be a lot more interesting if it was a game that meant something in the standings. Sure, coaches (and maybe even some fans) might lose sleep over how the defense would stop Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen, and others — but the cat-and-mouse game is part of what makes football great. Instead, the biggest thing on our radar is the in-house kicking competition between Eddy Piñeiro and Elliott Fry. After alternating days to start training camp, the two did some head-to-head work in Monday’s practice. And in order to really ramp up the competition, both kickers will get their shot on Thursday against Carolina. This is where the fun begins.
- This is art:
- I find it far more interesting when a position battle other than kicker catches the eyes of others. ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson offers up the wide receiver group as one to watch during training camp and as preseason rolls through.
- I can’t get enough Tarik Cohen:
- Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar names Bears running back David Montgomery among the most intriguing late-round rookies to keep an eye on during the preseason. Montgomery was one of the best running back prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft and the Bears made a move up to snag him. Obviously, the Bears like him a lot and the running back position is one of major intrigue in Chicago. Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall are the only rushers who were in camp last year who are back again in 2019. But with Jordan Howard out of the picture, there are snaps to be had for whoever goes out there and earns them.
- Even though Montgomery is starting the summer as RB3, he won’t be there for long if he continues to explode with runs like this:
- Matt Nagy is the best:
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) August 5, 2019
- There is something aesthetically pleasing about a wide receiver wearing No. 88 and making plays:
Nice round of applause for Riley Ridley, who makes a sliding catch in team drills – wonder if he’s on track to play Thursday after missing most of camp so far with that hamstring injury.
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) August 6, 2019
- It was good to see rookie Riley Ridley on the field Monday with my own eyes. And it is a pleasure to read reports that he was back at it again on Tuesday. Ridley has missed a chunk of training camp due to a hamstring injury, but hopes are still high for the University of Georgia product. The work to get to this point will hopefully be rewarded sooner, rather than later.
- A Hall of Fame fan:
— BEARMAN (@bearman4634) August 5, 2019
- Splash sale going on today at Fanatics (because the code is SPLASH, you see).
- Here is an interesting collection of teams:
- Noticeably absent from the teams on decline list? The Bears! Four teams on Bill Barnwell’s list of being most likely to be on the decline are Bears opponents. Let’s store this information away for application at a later date.
- These are going to be $0.69 at the training camp pro shop next summer, aren’t they?
How long have the Bears been trying to get rid of these? pic.twitter.com/YFrfEoH5Y2
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) August 5, 2019
- Get it together, Vic:
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 5, 2019
Another scuffle at Broncos practice. Don Barclay and DeShawn Williams in this one. Vic Fangio got in the middle to break it up.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 6, 2019
- Special things can happen when talent works hard:
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) August 5, 2019