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NFL teams seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual 2020 NFL draft

NFL teams seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual 2020 NFL draft

The NFL Draft is going "fully virtual" this year, which means the Bears won't get to witness the firepower of their fully armed and operational battle station. 

And because the NFL is ultimately a league run by dads, concerns about technology use are HIGH:

The article goes on to quote several people within the organization, including head coach John Harbaugh/your dad:

"It's a big concern," Harbaugh said during the Ravens' pre-draft news conference. "Hopefully we'll be okay. I really wouldn't want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that."

Everything is awful right now, but the idea of John Harbaugh going Full Dad (never go Full Dad) with his newest draft picks is undeniably less awful than most things. Kenneth Murray's going to have to confirm that it's really him three different ways. Jonathan Taylor's going to get three digits into sending his phone number to the team before Harbaugh sends an all-caps email forcing him to stop. Michael Pittman Jr.'s explanation of TikTok will be pointless. 

NFL front offices have spent decades trying to outsmart and outposition each other, and that's all going to be worthless because they have to log on to the internet on their own. It's going to be great.

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Ravens sign former Bears kicker Elliott Fry

Ravens sign former Bears kicker Elliott Fry

After getting released by the Bears on Aug. 18, kicker Elliott Fry has a new gig.

Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens announced that they've signed Fry.

The signing is a rather curious one for the Ravens, as incumbent kicker Justin Tucker is one of the best in the NFL. The Ravens may have just signed Fry for the remainder of the preseason, as they don't want to risk Tucker getting hurt before the regular season begins.

Fry went 1-for-2 on field goals in the preseason with the Bears (hitting from 43, missing from 47) while hitting both of the his extra point attempts. Although releasing Fry left Eddy Pineiro as the lone kicker on the Bears roster, the latter hasn't won the job just yet. 

Pineiro did convert on a 58-yard try in Saturday's game against the Colts, perhaps moving him one step closer to locking the job down.

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Report: One team thinks Bears will trade for Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik

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Report: One team thinks Bears will trade for Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik

At the start of training camp, Ryan Pace said “everything is on the table” to find their starting kicker for Week 1, not ruling out the possibility of a future free agent signing or trade.

Baltimore Ravens backup kicker Kaare Vedvik could be sitting at the metaphorical table.

He’s a popular name for kicker-needy teams, and now the New York Daily News is linking him to the Bears with their latest report on the Jets’ own kicking situation.

The 25-year-old former soccer player stood out in the Ravens first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, hitting kicks from 55, 45, 26 and 29 yards and also delivering two punts of over 50 yards.

"I fully expect that he’ll kick well enough for us to trade him," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said earlier this offseason. "That’s kind of the goal. He’s capable of kicking in the NFL. We probably could have traded him last year."

For the Bears, Elliott Fry hit his only field goal Thursday against the Panthers from 43 yards — the same distance as Cody Parkey’s "double doink" — while Eddy Pineiro missed from 48 and later hit from 23.

If Pace wants to strike a deal for the Ravens kicker, he could have some competition from teams like the Jets and Arizona Cardinals, but at least one of them reportedly feels Vedvik should already be packing his bags for Chicago.

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