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NFC North Rundown: Will Eddie Goldman return to the Bears’ defense?

One of the centerpieces of Chicago’s run defense could be absent for a second-straight year.

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The countdown to the opening of training camp is now just 20 days away as the quieter part of the NFL summer continues on. Who will and will not show up at camp, however, is a lingering question even outside of Green Bay as July 27th approaches. While Danielle Hunter’s contract dispute appears to be fully resolved in Minnesota in time for camp, a Bears defender is now a question mark in Chicago for other reasons.

Long-time defensive tackle Eddie Goldman opted out of last season due to Covid-19, but did not opt out prior to the recent deadline. Still, Goldman’s status remains unclear going forward. Will he return to the Bears or will he truly consider retirement?

Today’s rundown includes the latest rumbling on Goldman while diving into D’Andre Swift’s rookie year numbers and what to expect during his sophomore campaign.

Chicago Bears

Eddie Goldman situation still not resolved

After opting out last season, the Bears’ run-stuffer might not make a return in 2021 either. Here’s the latest on one of Chicago’s key defenders.

Jones returns to Bears driven to prove himself

With seven years of NFL experience, specifically within the NFC North, Christian Jones will be joining the Bears for a second stint this season.

One player to watch at each defensive position group heading into Bears training camp

Established veterans, minus a cornerback, headline this list of names to keep an eye on as the summer progresses.


Minnesota Vikings

Everson Griffen admits that leaving Vikings for Cowboys was a huge mistake

While a reunion may not be likely, the former Minnesota defensive end acknowledged that leaving the team and tweeting about Kirk Cousins were not smart decisions.

The biggest Vikings weakness no one wants to talk about

If anyone has paid attention this weekly rundown over the past year, the Vikings’ kicker position has been an adventure. A year later, the situation still is not settled.

Three Vikings players who could benefit from new schemes

Two relatively recent defensive acquisitions are featured in this story, particularly a defensive back playing a more zone-oriented scheme with the Vikings.


Detroit Lions

Maurice Jones-Drew gives honest opinion of D’Andre Swift

The former Pro Bowl running back, as well as Head Coach Dan Campbell, provide some interesting quotes about Swift ahead of his highly-anticipated second professional season.

TWENTYMAN: 5 numbers to build on

Swift, however, is still a big reason behind one of the more optimistic numbers the Lions will be looking to maintain or exceed this upcoming season.

Saturday open thread: Which Lions uniform would you bring back?

For a more colorful final headline this week, here are some various shades of silver and blue Lions uniforms from the past to reminisce on.