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The Bear's Den: May 10, 2016

Questions abound this off season about the Chicago Bears running back corps. Matt Forte is now a New York Jet, leaving the mantle of "main man" in the RB room up for grabs. Will Jeremy Langford step up? Will Ka'Deem Carey impress? How about just-signed rookie Jordan Howard, or veteran Jacquizz Rodgers? Will Senorise Perrry make the squad on his strong special teams play? Let's find out.

Ka'Deem Carey with the first down...
Ka'Deem Carey with the first down...
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports



Mayer: NFL analyst lauds Jordan Howard pick - - analyst Lance Zierlein's favorite pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft was the Bears' selection of Indiana running back Jordan Howard at No. 150 overall.

Kiper (audio): Mel's Draft Breakdown - ESPN - Mel completely breaks down the NFL Draft, division-by-division with his best picks, most questionable selections, late-round values and grades for all 32 teams.


Jahns: Get to know the Bears' undrafted free-agent signings - Chicago Sun-Times - Don’t underestimate the value of undrafted free-agent signings. At various points last season, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio started seven players who went undrafted to start their NFL careers: linebackers John Timu, Christian Jones, Jonathan Anderson and LaRoy Reynolds, safety Harold Jones-Quartey, nickel back Bryce Callahan and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.

Report: Bears To Promote Mark Sadowski To College Scouting Director - CBS Chicago - Sadowski has worked for the Bears since 2005.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears announce they've signed 7 draft picks and 10 rookie free agents - Windy City Gridiron - Earlier today it leaked out that the Chicago Bears signed 2nd round pick Cody Whitehair, but just moments ago the Bears put out a press release that they've actually signed seven of their nine draft picks along with ten undrafted free agents.

Mayer: Bears sign seven draft picks, 10 others - - The Bears on Monday signed seven of their nine draft picks, including second-round offensive lineman Cody Whitehair, as well as 10 undrafted free agents.

Bears announce signings of seven draftees, 10 more rookie free agents - CSN Chicago - The Bears have signed seven of their nine selections from this year's draft and 10 more undrafted free agents, the team announced Monday.

Ingrassa: Bears' Danny Trevathan admits to failing on his Mother's Day message - FOX Sports - Bears' Danny Trevathan admits to failing on his Mother's Day message

Dickerson: Chicago Bears hope Brian Hoyer solves backup quarterback dilemma - ESPN - Signing veteran backup quarterback Brian Hoyer is one of the most important transactions the Bears have made this offseason.

Wiltfong: Alshon Jeffery named #88 on the Pro Football Focus Top 101 - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears' wide out Alshon Jeffery is named number 88 on the Pro Football Focus Top 101 players of 2015.

Groller: Bears' Kevin White has jersey retired by Lackawanna College - Chicago Tribune - Emmaus graduate and current Chicago Bear Kevin White is honored by Lackawanna College

Wiltfong: Five Questions With State Of The U about Deon Bush - Windy City Gridiron - We're visiting the SB Nation college sites of the Bears' rookie class to gain some insight on their newest players. Today we'll talk to Jerry Steinberg of State of the U, about hard hitting 4th round draft pick Deon Bush of the University of Miami.


Perez (video): Bears fourth-round pick Deon Bush in action - Bears Wire - Is Chicago Bears rookie safety Deon Bush capable of starting for the team in 2016?

Cox: Bears Wire Film Room, Analyzing Leonard Floyd in coverage - Bears Wire - Leonard Floyd's tape in coverage at Georgia.

Cox: Bears Wire Film Room, Leonard Floyd versus the run - Bears Wire - Leonard Floyd's ability to set the edge and get off blocks versus the run.

Cox: Bears Wire Film Room, dissecting Leonard Floyd’s pass rushing - Bears Wire - Leonard Floyd's pass rushing at Georgia, analyzing the good and the bad of the first-round pick.

Inside the Huddle: Most improved teams - ESPN Video - ESPN NFL Analyst John Clayton looks at the most improved teams around the NFL.


Ranking the NFL's QB situations, from worst (Philly) to first (Green Bay) | FOX Sports - Now that most NFL teams' QB depth charts are almost, sort of set for 2016, we looked at all 32 to determine which franchise was in most trouble at the sport's marquee position. We ranked every team, from worst to first, based on expectations for 2016 and 2016 only, with everything factored in with varying degrees of importance - starter and backup quality, injuries, salaries, potential for messiness, presence of Brandon Weeden, etc.

Rothstein: Detroit Lions acquire Jonathan Bostic in trade with New England Patriots - ESPN - The Lions made a trade Monday for linebacker Jonathan Bostic, who they got from the Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft.

Alper: Seahawks sign five tryout players, Vernon Adams not among them - ProFootballTalk - Former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams was the best-known player among the aspiring Seahawks trying out for the team during their rookie minicamp, but he wasn't one of the five to get a spot on the 90-man roster.


Green Bay Packers Early 2016 53-Man Roster Projection - - Here's their thoughts on the 53-men we love to hate.

Eccher: Bud Grant's garage sale back on Twitter - - Legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant opened a Twitter account to promote his garage sale last year and is back at it this summer.

Risdon: Bob Quinn Taking the Patriot Way Seriously - - Bob Quinn taking the Patriot Way seriously in Detroit. New Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn comes from the New England Patriots, the most consistently successful team in the modern NFL. It makes perfect sense Quinn would borrow heavily upon the "Patriot Way", a broad term which encompasses roster building, scouting principles, dealing with the media and organizational security.

Wobschall: Vikings Monday Morning Mailbag, Teddy Set Up For Success - - Read all about Teddy & how he's going to stomp all over us. As if.

Patra: Peterson says Vikings can 'win everything' this season - - The Minnesota Vikings leaped from upstart to playoffs in 2015. This year, veteran running back Adrian Peterson believes the Vikes can leap from good to great. Super Bowl great.

Dubin: Adrian Peterson on aging, 'My end is going to be better than my beginning' - - Peterson has three remaining goals: break the single-season rushing record, break the all-time rushing record, and win a Super Bowl.


In 2011, WCG's Sam Householder did an outstanding "Bears By The Number" series that a lot of folks with us today haven't read. With Sam's permission, I am sharing some of the info with you folks over the next 20 Dens as it appeared in 2011, plus the link to the original post that contains more information.

For the most part, little has changed, but there are some numbers that may well be transforming from one "greatest Bear" to a new one.

Let's start with 00-4, here's what Sam posted (all credit for this series goes to Sam):

00 - Staley Da Bear - Click his name to read his incredibly cheesy and pun-filled bio on the official Bears site.

1 - Paddy Driscoll, HB (1920, 1926-29) - A Hall of Fame quarterback and while his best years may not have come for the Bears (rather the rival Chicago Cardinals) he gets the nod. Honorable mention: Jeff Jaeger, K, (1996-99)

2 - Edward "Dutch" Sternaman, HB (1920-30) Sternaman played a major role in developing the Bears and helping them win a lot in their early days. He currently ranks 28th in franchise history in scoring. Not bad. Honorable Mention - Paul Edinger, K (2000-04)

3 - Bronko Nagurski, FB (1930-37, '43) - Seriously, if you wanna dispute this then you know nothing of Bears history. Read the post linked on his name, READ IT!!

4 - Jim Harbaugh, QB (1987-93) - One of the best QBs this franchise has ever seen. Arguably 2nd best after Luckman. Captain Comeback!

Want the full read? Click here and comment on your thoughts below! Check back tomorrow for the next installment of Sam's excellent series.

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