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NFL combine storylines: Matt Nagy’s rejuvenated vibe, the combine’s prime-time shakeup, and a peek at tight end prospect Harrison Bryant

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The activity is escalating in downtown Indianapolis as the NFL combine continues into the weekend. Here’s the inside slant on three notable storylines. ‘Let’s stay in attack mode’

A year ago at the scouting combine, Matt Nagy had every reason to have extra spring in his step as he jetted through the convention hallways, hotels and stadium concourses. Nagy’s Bears were coming off a surprise 12-4 season, still savoring their run to an NFC North championship. Three weeks prior Nagy had been on stage with Joe Namath and Barry Sanders in Atlanta, collecting his Coach of the Year award at the NFL Honors show, barely a year after accepting his first head coaching job at any level.

At that time, the reasons for Nagy’s heightened vitality were easy to understand.

But this year at the combine? Coming off a third-place season? In the wake of an 8-8 disappointment defined by the inconsistency and ineptitude of Nagy’s offense? With outside fears that the Bears may be swirling back into another maddening cycle of mediocrity?

Well … Same old Nagy really.

The 41-year-old coach has had much the same deportment at this combine, the same chin-up excitement and high-energy purpose. While still irritated by all that unraveled in 2019 — particularly with an offense and quarterback he was hired to take to the next level — Nagy keeps coming back to the same feeling.

“I feel rejuvenated,” he said. “And I’m refreshed in a lot of different ways.”The anti-Nagy crowd — a mob that significantly increased […]

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