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The Weekend Bears Den: May 09, 2015 - Rookie minicamp Chicago Bears news & notes

Somewhere in this photo of the Bears' innovative 28-player formations, designed to confuse opponents, there are two members of the Fighting Illini. Schweickert rejoices!

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New OC is more than a sidekick - Is-Hub Arkush: Adam Gase seems to be a lot more than Peyton Manning’s caddy and, unlike his failed predecessors, is the first who is actually ascending with his arrow pointing up.

X&Os - Dan Durkin: Given Kevin White’s willingness to work over the middle of the field, his aggressive open-field running style and big-play speed, he’s a prototype target in Adam Gase’s base concept mesh and rub routes.

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Bears commence rookie minicamp

Bears kick off rookie minicamp - Larry Mayer: First-round draft pick Kevin White and the rest of the Bears' rookies participated in their first NFL practice Friday at Halas Hall.  Patrick FinleyBears tryouts include two QBs, two Illini.

Q&A with John Fox - Jeff Dickerson: John Fox spoke to reporters off the field Friday at the opening of rookie minicamp.

Kevin White impossible to miss at rookie minicamp - Jeff Dickerson: Kevin White already has made a good impression on Adam Gase, who endorsed him after the receiver’s April pre-draft visit to Halas Hall ... Brad BiggsBears see no limit to White's potential.

Rookie watch - Dan Wiederer: Kevin White learning to line up at different spots; Eddie Goldman and Tayo Fabuluje unable to complete Friday's practice; three QBs in attendance at rookie minicamp.

Rookie watch - Patrick Finley: Hroniss Grasu leans on Kyle Long to learn; Jeremy Langford looking forward to being tutored by Matt Forte and earning playing time on special teams; Cameron Meredith, Illinois State’s leading receiver last year, feels pull of hometown team.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush, Not-Hub Fishbain, and Spawn of Hub report from Halas Hall as the Bears began their three day weekend minicamp with the newly acquired rookies.

[Audio] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: Bears' first three picks could be eventual starters.

Photos - takes you to the practice fields at Halas Hall for the first day of rookie minicamp ... more from


Bears sign Grasu to 4-year contract - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Friday signed third-round draft pick Hroniss Grasu to a four-year deal and now have their entire 2015 draft class under contract.

Gase: Cutler ready for a fresh start - Larry Mayer: New Bears OC Adam Gase has watched Jay Cutler evolve and grow since he entered the NFL and is excited about working with the veteran QB.

Gase 'comfortable' with Cutler - Jeff Dickerson: Adam Gase expresses enthusiasm about working with QB who is on his fifth OC in seven years ... Rich CampbellDuo aren't starting from scratch ... discusses Cutler, new offense. Patrick FinleyNot crossing anything off playbook at this stage.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Adam Gase expresses confidence in Jay Cutler. [Kaplan and Greenberg don't really say anything; I doubt we missed much. - Den]

Adam Gase: 'I haven’t seen [Bennett] in a while' - Adam L. Jahns: Martellus Bennett is looking for a new contract and has continued to miss the Bears’ voluntary work ... Blair SheadeBennett shows off offseason workouts.

Draft analysis - Bucky Brooks handed out seven A-grades in the wake of the 2015 draft, among them the Bears.

Bears' odds of winning worsen, but here's why - Phil Thompson: With all the work that went into improving the Bears this offseason, how did their chances of winning it all get worse?

2014 Incomplete pass breakdown: Receivers - Football Outsiders with a detailed look at incomplete passes from the other side of the ball.

Mock draft - Josh Norris suggests a Michigan State product who could be drafted in 2016 as the Bears' QB of the future.

Draft analysis - Adam Grossman with a look at the Bears' drafts from the perspective of a metric that examines a player’s economic contributions to the franchise compared to the minimum performing player that could play the same position.

Ex-Bear news - Blair Sheade: Mike Singletary will be inducted into the Texas High School Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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Ex-Bear news - Jeff Dickerson: Brandon Marshall revealed that before he signed a three-year extension last offseason, the Bears explored the possibility of trading him to the Patriots [with Video] ... [Video] SportsTalk Live.

Ex-Bear news - Fred Greetham: Mike Pettine says Josh McCown starter for "foreseeable future", Browns taking their time with Manziel.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Matt Kalil, who had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees this offseason, has the team optimistic about his health for the 2015 season.  Brian HallTrae Waynes catches on quickly on first day as a Viking.


This... saga... by the 1986 Cleveland Browns is so epic that I wanted to devote an entire weekend to it without the distraction of the draft.  Part 2 tomorrow, if you can wait (link should be available at the end of part 1 if you can't).  Also, if that isn't how Ozzie Newsome is dressed (at 5:17 into the clip) when he arrives for work at the Ravens' facility every day, I'm sorely disappointed.