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The Raiders contacted the Bears before of free agency to inquire about a Khalil Mack reunion, according to sources.

Jon Gruden wants to win, and there have been occasions during the Raiders’ three non-winning seasons when he has been visibly unhappy.
He admitted to crying for three days after transferring former NFL defensive player of the year Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears shortly before the start of his return season in 2018.The Raiders have had a clear need for a proven pass rusher since trading Mack to the Bears over three years ago, and when free agency started in March, they targeted and expected to acquire Yannick Ngakoue.
The Bears were dealing with serious salary-cap concerns, forcing them to release All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller and restructure other contracts, and the Raiders decided it was worth a risk.
The Bears were not interested, according to sources, and the Raiders moved ahead and signed Ngakoue to a two-year, $26 million contract. Raiders officials had no comment, since they don’t discuss about trade proposals given or took, even the most interesting ones.Gruden received fire from the media when he sold Mack for a slew of draft picks, including two first-rounders, nine days before the 2018 season began.

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Reddit: Watch NFL preseason Week 2 live stream: Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears will play the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game at Soldier Field.
The Chicago Bears will visit the Buffalo Bills at Solder Field on Saturday afternoon in the second week of the NFL preseason in 2021.
Two of the 14 teams who qualified for the NFL playoffs last season will compete in this preseason game.
While the Bears barely made it in, they plan to be back, this time with rookie quarterback Justin Fields at the helm.
The Bills, on the other hand, fell one win short of reaching the Super Bowl.
Buffalo is the favorite to win the AFC East again, but it’s now Super Bowl or bust for the Bills.
Here’s everything you need to know about seeing the Bears play the Bills on Saturday afternoon.
Today’s Bears game: How to Watch Today’s Bears Bills Preseason Game
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12:00 p.m. ET
CT Venue: Soldier Field TV Info: NFL Network, FOX (Bears), ABC (Bills) Live Stream: NFL Game Pass, fuboTV, Reddit Kickoff will be at 1:00 p.m. from Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
12:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, August 1st, at 9 a.m. CT
The national telecast will be shown on the NFL Network.
In Chicagoland, the Bears’ broadcast can be found on the FOX affiliate.
The Bills game is televised on an ABC affiliate in Western New York.
This preseason game will be broadcast live on NFL Game Pass, fuboTV, and Reddit.
The starters on both the Bears and the Bills are expected to play a little more in this game than they did last week.

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‘It’s my time,’ Andy Dalton says of the Bears’ quarterback competition with Justin Fields.

Justin Fields, a rookie quarterback, wowed the Bears crowd with a two-touchdown performance in his preseason debut on Sunday, but not everyone is ready to crown him the starter just yet. Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports
On Tuesday, Andy Dalton addressed his rivalry with Fields for the starting job, and he isn’t ready to relinquish his role ahead of Week 1.
“[Fields] is going to have his time and he’s going to have a wonderful career,” Dalton said. “[Fields] is going to have his time and he’s going to have a great career,” Dalton said.
“But for now, it’s my turn, so my emphasis is on being the greatest player I can be for this club,” Dalton said. The Bears meet the Rams in Week 1, so Dalton might be able to keep Fields on the bench, but it’s hard to picture Chicago sticking with the veteran quarterback into 2021.
As a starter, Dalton has a mediocre 74-66-2 record, averaging less than seven yards per attempt in three of the last four seasons.
Fields joins the Bears after being chosen with the No. 1 overall pick.
11th overall pick in the NFL draft in 2021
In two seasons at Ohio State, he made 22 starts and threw for 63 touchdowns while completing 64.8% of his passes.
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Is Justin Fields on his way to become the Bears’ starting quarterback?

Justin Fields has made a lot of noise in his first NFL training camp, and he’ll have even more chances to do so this week in practice.
Fields will receive additional experience with the offensive starters and against the No. 1 defense, according to Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy.
This week, there is only one defense.
The idea is “part of the assessment process,” according to Nagy, who has stated throughout the offseason that Andy Dalton will start for the Bears in Week 1.
Many supporters, however, want to see Fields receive a chance after his preseason and practice performances.
When asked about the situation on Monday, Nagy looked unsure about anointing Dalton the Week 1 starter, though he did indicate Dalton is still the starting quarterback.
“I believe Andy had six plays (in the first preseason game),” says the coach.
With six plays, it’s difficult to say much good or bad.
“We’re going to get him some more snaps this preseason game,” Nagy stated, according to NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.
“And with Justin, I’ll go back to what I said earlier: we want to be able to view live plays and situations, and he’s got that.”
The only thing he can do now is keep doing it, and we must ensure that our strategy allows us to assess how effectively he performs in light of those circumstances.
In the end, we’re going to do whatever is best for the Chicago Bears.” Fields completed 14 of 20 throws for 142 yards and a touchdown in Chicago’s exhibition victory over the Miami Dolphins.
In addition, the former Ohio State standout carried for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Fans saw one play in particular (video here) that demonstrated his ability to create nightmares for defenses.
Nagy is likely to adhere to his plan of starting Dalton in Week 1 as planned.
Dalton, on the other hand, will almost definitely have to play well and win games in order to keep his job.
Nagy will be under a lot of pressure to give Fields a chance if the veteran struggles.

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The Falcons are the first team in the NFL to achieve a 100% COVID-19 vaccination rate.

In recent years, the Atlanta Falcons have become a punchline in NFL circles due to their on-field antics.
Theyre No. 1 when it comes to one crucial subject, however.
1 (and deserve a pat on the back for their efforts): We have achieved a COVID-19 immunization rate of 100%.
The Atlanta Falcons claim they now have a 100% COVID-19 immunization rate. https://t.co/9stG5womHQ — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 16, 2021
If this is correct, they will be the first NFL team to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Not only is having a fully vaccinated team an crucial milestone for the league, but it also represents a big turnaround for the Falcons.
As you recall, Atlanta’s football team was the first in the NFL to get a positive COVID test during the season.
You may recall that it occurred shortly before the Falcons’ game versus the Bears.
A month after that occurrence, the team was shut down again due to COVID.
In conclusion, it is encouraging to hear this news from the Falcons.
The Bears were doing well on the vaccine front last we heard.
GM Ryan Pace stated that he believed the squad had already reached (or exceeded!) the 85 percent vaccination rate.
While the squad had a few players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list at one point, everyone was off the list by the time last Saturday’s game started.
On multiple occasions this summer, we’ve addressed the benefits, incentives, and competitive advantages of NFL players taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
We’ve also talked about the dangers for teams if unvaccinated players or personnel lead to a team-wide outbreak and game postponement.
The Bears should keep climbing for their own health and safety, as well as to avoid any competitive disadvantages.
Finally, witnessing the Falcons reach their goal of 100 percent puts things into perspective for me.
Perhaps it will have the same effect on others.

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After his NFL debut, Bears’ Justin Fields says game tempo was’slow to me.’

Justin Fields, the rookie quarterback for the Chicago Bears, looked the part in his NFL debut.
The No. 1 is Fields.
11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, shone in the Bears’ first preseason game.
In Chicago’s 20-13 win over the Miami Dolphins, he completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE FOXNEWS.COM SPORTS COVERAGE AFTER THE GAME Fields discussed his thoughts on the NFL’s speed after the game.
According to NFL.com, Fields answered to the question after the game, “That was actually kind of sluggish to me, to be honest.”
“I think I was anticipating it to be a little bit faster,” Fields said, “but practicing game speed, playing at it with my teammates every day, of course, you know, we have a terrific defense so, me going against them every day, it probably slowed the game down a little bit for me.”
He scored his first touchdown on an 8-yard run into the endzone, followed by a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jesse James, who was wide open downfield.
Fields is classified as starting quarterback Andy Daltons backup as of Sunday, but if he continues to play at a high level, Bears head coach Matt Nagy will have no choice but to bench the Ohio State product.
DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS APP HERE “My goal was just to go out there and play for today, no matter what happened, and sort of behave like it was my final time on the field and just grab every opportunity and make the most of it,” Fields said.
On August 2, the Bears will face the Buffalo Bills.

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Allen Robinson is ranked No. 87 on NFL Network’s Top-100 Players (But He’s Still Underrated)

The Bears, like an overused insurance cliche, were in good hands when No.
There were 12 players on the pitch.
An off-screen narrator has never spoken anything more true.
And if the quarterbacks who have thrown to Chicago Bears receiver Allen Robinson II have been as sharp or as accurate in recent years, his ranking on NFL Network’s top-100 list would be higher.
Nonetheless, Robinson is ranked No.
87: Robinson joins the NFL Top 100 list for the second year in a row after pulling in 102 catches, 1,250 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.
Robinson improves six spots from last year’s 93rd place finish, which is an incremental improvement — even if I believe he should be higher on the list.
Robinson had his greatest season with the Bears last year.
Robinson is coming off a season in which he was PFF’s fifth-highest-graded receiver, in addition to those excellent accomplishments.
Per the Pro Football Focus grading scale, only Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, AJ Brown, and Stefan Diggs were better.
What a great way to keep excellent company!
Robinson was ranked No. 1 by PFF in June.
Right now, it has 34 players on its Top-50 list.
Can you understand why I still get the notion that the panel that compiles the NFL Networks list is undervaluing Robinson?
It’s too late to persuade any judges to change their minds.
But, before putting Robinson in the lower half of a top-100 list, I would advise people to look at the video more closely the next time:

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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers says Bears quarterback Justin Fields is “very special.”

James is a Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns supporter, but Fields appears to have the potential to turn him into a Bears fan in the future.
Fields threw for 142 yards and a touchdown on 14 of 20 passing attempts.
He also scored on a 33-yard run.
Fields was taken 11th overall in this year’s NFL Draft by the Bears.
After Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars), Zach Wilson (New York Jets), and Trey Lance (San Francisco 49ers), he was the fourth quarterback selected.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Bears “believe that Fields’ command of the playbook is developing every single day,” which was evident in the rookie’s preseason debut.
If he keeps impressing, he might just sway head coach Matt Nagy, who has said all summer that Andy Dalton will be the Bears’ starting quarterback this season.

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‘Justin Fields is really special,’ LeBron James said of the Bears quarterback following his outstanding NFL debut.

In the Chicago Bears’ 20-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins, NBA superstar LeBron James was blown away by rookie Justin Fields’ outstanding performance in his NFL preseason debut.
On Twitter, the five-time NBA champion described Fields as “amazing.”
Justin Fields is a ONE-OF-A-KIND GUY!!
Keep going young, LeBron James (@KingJames) August 14, 2021 Justin Fields impresses in debut For the Bears, incumbent starter Andy Dalton opened the game and played the first quarter before being substituted by Fields for the second and third quarters.
The rookie quarterback got off to a shaky start, throwing three interceptions in his first three possessions.
During the third quarter, he almost threw an interception and then mishandled the ball, only to recover it himself.
The rookie guided the offense down the field on his fourth and final drive of the quarter, setting up a field-goal try that helped the Bears get on the board.
On the first drive of the third quarter, Fields looked much more collected, throwing some assured passes before sprinting for an eight-yard touchdown.
As the game progressed, the rookie quarterback gained confidence and began to show why the Bears selected him first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
He marched down the field with the team on his penultimate drive and delivered a 30-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears ahead.
Fields was ejected from the game after the Bears’ final third-quarter drive ended in a three-and-out.
Fields rushed for 33 yards on five attempts and completed 14 of his 20 pass attempts for 142 yards.
He scored both of the Bears’ touchdowns during the contest.
While head coach Matt Nagy has designated Andy Dalton as the Bears’ starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, Fields’ performance likely force him to reconsider that choice.
The NFL is too slow for Justin Fields pic.twitter.com/pkL9nhaeWk — PFF (@PFF) August 14, 2021 The Bears will play the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 21st, before concluding their preseason on August 29th in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Fields take the Bears’ first snap against the Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12th, if he can perform as well and sound as confident as he did today.
Shivam Damohe edited the piece.

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Ryan Pace believes the Bears have already reached (or exceeded!) the 85 percent vaccination rate.

Last week, Judy Battista of the NFL Network revealed that 14 clubs had reached the 85 percent COVID-19 immunization rate criteria.
Bears GM Ryan Pace on COVID vaccinations: “We feel good about that 85 percent number.” — Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) July 27, 2021 #Bears GM Ryan Pace stated he feels his club has reached an 85 percent vaccination rate.
— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) July 27, 2021 Bears GM Ryan Pace believes the players have already had 85% (or greater) vaccinations.
July 27, 2021 Okay, Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain)
Pace is pleased not just with his team’s immunization record of 85 percent, but also with the possibility of exceeding it.
With the NFL’s push to have players vaccinated against COVID-19, and the fact that teams with an 85 percent vaccination rate will have their restrictions eased, this is great news.
Getting the vaccine is a step toward a more typical football season from a football standpoint.
During Tuesday’s press conference, Head Coach Matt Nagy made a point of emphasizing how more players getting vaccinated equals less football-related problems.
It’s unclear whether this is contributing to these figures, but I can’t picture players wishing to repeat last year’s procedures.
Finally, I hope the Bears join a growing trend of teams acquiring the vaccine as part of a dual-front struggle to improve their football life as well as the health, safety, and well-being of themselves and those around them.