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The Bears Den: June 15, 2015 - offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

"Unless your team selected a QB in the first round of the 2011 draft, odds are they hit on their pick." Ditkadamnit.

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Bears rookies being forced to prove they belong - Moon Mullin: Eddie Goldman and Kevin White are expected to secure starting jobs before the end of the preseason, but John Fox won't simply hand them to a rookie based on draft status [Video].

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John Fox explains mandatory minicamp compared to OTAs - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears' offseason program reaches its climax this week when the team holds a three-day mandatory minicamp beginning on Tuesday.

Fuller driven to take next step for Bears - Adam Jahns: The Bears are counting on Kyle Fuller, the 14th overall pick in the 2014 draft, to be one of their best players this season.

Kevin White feels comfortable in Bears offense - Jeff Dickerson's Q&A with the rookie wide receiver from West Virginia, picked No. 7 overall in the NFL draft.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs's readers' Q&As. Does Christian Jones fit as a 3-4 linebacker?

Bears rookies attend Cubs-Reds game - Larry Mayer: After participating in OTA practices Monday through Thursday, Bears rookies spent their off day at Wrigley Field Friday as guests of the Chicago Cubs [Video]. ["Cruel and unusual rookie hazing is still going on, then?" - White Sox fans]

Bears doing good things - Not-Hub Bartelson: Matt Forte continues to be a strong force in the community, hosting his third Football ProCamp at Addison Trail High School Saturday morning [Video].

Former Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Former Bears Charles Tillman and Jerry Azumah are teaming up with Jarrett Payton to host the inaugural Monsters of the 5K/10K Thursday night at Soldier Field.


Ditka still wields power that ­separates him from others - Rick Telander: Like the ’85 Bears, the damage wreaked upon many NFL players and their unrequited suffering in later years is a topic that won’t go away.

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2011 NFL draft: The Year of the Superstar - Matt Pearce: Unless your team selected a QB in the first round of the 2011 draft, odds are they hit on their pick.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tom Pelissero: The secret to Packers' success? Re-sign own stars to second deals, avoid free agents.   Rob DemovskyPlay-calling not left to top QBs, as some assume.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Not blessed with tremendous size or speed, Golden Tate makes up for it with competitiveness, great hips, and and a knack for making catches.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tania Ganguli: Adrian Peterson aims to open up Vikings' offense for Teddy Bridgewater.  Adam ScheinAP is NFL's most indispensable offensive player.


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