Let Fields Go Deep, Re-Visiting Jaylon's Draft Snub, NFL Eyeing a Game in Germany? And Other Bears Bullets

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Let Fields Go Deep, Re-Visiting Jaylon’s Draft Snub, NFL Eyeing a Game in Germany? And Other Bears Bullets

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Once I push publish here, I’ll be trying my hand at making French toast with mini croissants. Wish me luck!

•   The Raiders enter Sunday’s game against the Bears down two key cornerbacks. Trayvon Mullen Jr. and Damon Arnette won’t play in Vegas. Mullen has been in on the third-most defensive snaps among Raiders corners this year. Arnette was a 2020 first-round pick. In fact, Vegas chose Arnette with one of the first-round picks that was given away by Chicago in the Khalil Mack trade. So much for that potential revenge game.

•   Being down two cornerbacks should give the Bears ample inspiration to go deep. If not, this should:

•   Meanwhile, the Bears have a healthy CB1. And he’s been darn good to start the year:

•   A reminder that Raiders inactive corner Damon Arnette was one of six cornerbacks taken before Johnson in the 2020 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, I’m looking at how Vegas could’ve really turned that Mack trade on its ear had it done something like take Justin Jefferson (who went 22nd overall in 2020) instead. Imagining Derek Carr throwing to Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow, and Justin Jefferson is the stuff that nightmares are made of this time of year.

•   Going to see the Bears in Vegas? Keep this in mind:


•   It was eight years between London trips for the Bears. So I don’t think the NFL would nudge them to play internationally any time soon. But a new country is emerging as a real possibility — and it could be soon:

•   For what it’s worth, the Bears played in Berlin back in 1991. And Mike Ditka was not thrilled with his team’s performance. “More or less we embarrassed ourselves out there today,” Ditka said, via the LA Times’ archives. “We didn’t execute. When we did have people open, we didn’t throw the ball that well. There’s a lot of room for improvement.”

•   This one-liner from that story stands out: “The game drew 66,876 to the stadium in which Jesse Owens destroyed Adolf Hitler’s theory of Aryan supremacy by winning four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics.” 

•   For your listening pleasure:

•   Good offensive line play is fun to watch:

•   It’ll be awhile until we see Russell Wilson again:

•   I wonder if, knowing what they know now, the Seahawks reset not sealing the deal on one of the Bears’ rumored trade offers for Wilson. Maybe things are different in an alternate universe. Not that it matters now. The Bears have Justin Fields and fans seem happy with where their favorite team is regarding thaat quarterback carousel. And that, on its own, is so valuable.

•   The Raiders’ situation with Jon Gruden and emails from 10 years ago that came to light isn’t going away quietly:

•   Speaking of NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith:

•   Seeing a different side of Justin Fields’ college coach:

•   Always nice to see teams reward home-grown talent:

•   An old friend had a bad day at the office:

•   And I’ll say this as a sidebar to the Craig Kimbrel discussion, because I think it’s relevant across the sports landscape. Put players in positions in which they are set up to succeed. I say this as someone who was a once one of those “great pitchers can pitch anywhere” people. But in hindsight, I was wrong to disregard the human element of pitching, pitchers, and the roles they play. We wouldn’t ask Justin Fields to block Maxx Crosby off the edge on Sunday. Right? Moving forward, the human aspect of roles is something we should be cognizant of when discussing our favorite players and teams.

•   I, too, am excited to see DeMar DeRozan play alongside Zach LaVine:

•   Catch Mario from BN Blackhawks talking hockey on the PuckTales podcast:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.