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The Weekend Bear's Den: May 14-15, 2016

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Weekend is here, Bears rookie mini-camp is underway, and the season is one week closer to starting! Here's all the news you need to know to kick-off your weekend!

Dave Duerson helped the Chicago Bears shut out Don Majkowski & the Packers 16-0 November 27, 1988
Dave Duerson helped the Chicago Bears shut out Don Majkowski & the Packers 16-0 November 27, 1988
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY / MINICAMP

Reineking: Bears #2 in 2016 NFL Draft class power rankings - NFL.com - The Titans took home the best class in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to a point system based on Gil Brandt's Hot 100. Find out where your team lands in the draft class power rankings.

Reineking: Packers, Vikings in botom half of 2016 NFL Draft class power rankings - NFL.com - We've ranked all 32 classes from the 2016 NFL Draft using NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt's Hot 100 prospect rankings as the measuring stick. The draft class power rankings continue with teams 17-24.

Dickerson: Malik Jackson's twin brother at Bears' rookie camp on tryout basis - ESPNMarquis Jackson is one of seven veteran players attending the Bears' rookie minicamp without a contract, on a tryout basis.

Video: Chicago Bears Rookie Minicamp Day One Summary - Pro Football Weekly - Kevin Fishbain and Arthur Arkush recap day one of Bears rookie minicamp practices, and all eyes were on new Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. Loggains addressed the media for the first time since being hired as the offensive coordinator...

Mayer: 5 things that stood out in rookie practice - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses five things that stood out Friday as the Bears kicked off their three-day rookie minicamp with a 70-minute practice at Halas Hall.

Perez: 64 players competing at Bears rookie minicamp | Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears rookie minicamp is underway, with 32 tryout players hoping to earn a contract.

Mullen: Injury concerns not causing John Fox to curtail Bears minicamp work - CSN Chicago - Bears head coach John Fox has elected not to follow the leads of some teams and dial back the workload for rookie minicamp at Halas Hall.

Photos: Bears rookie minicamp - Chicago Tribune - Photos of the Bears' rookie minicamp at Halas Hall from May 13-15, 2016.

Chicago Bears Rookie Minicamp Day 01: Presser Highlights | Pro Football Weekly - On Friday, May 13th, the media has it’s first opportunities to speak with Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, Dowell Loggains, as well as 2016 NFL Draft selections OG Cody Whitehair, S Deon Bush, and RB Jordan Howard. Rookie minicamps run from 5/13

BEARRRSSSS

Mullen: Dowell Loggains: Jay Cutler, Bears offense 'definitely could be better' - CSN Chicago - New Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains believes that the offense and quarterback Jay Cutler could be even better in 2016.

Chicago Bears Salary Cap situation as of this weekend - Over the Cap - Chicago Bears salary cap, contracts, bonus money, dead money, and cap savings for every player in 2016 and beyond.

Wiltfong: Five Questions With Miner Rush about Roy Robertson-Harris - 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 Alex Nicolas of Miner Rush, about Bears' UDFA, Roy Robertson-Harris of the University of Texas-El Paso.

Campbell: Bears' Dowell Loggains on Alshon Jeffery's absence: 'We all wish Alshon was here' - Chicago Tribune - Alshon Jeffery's continued absence from the Bears' voluntary offseason program has left Dowell Loggains to install his offense without the team's No. 1 receiver.

Dickerson (video): The Loggains-Cutler relationship question - ESPN - ESPN's Jeff Dickerson discusses the importance of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler.

Perez: Bears RB Jordan Howard surprised by pace of rookie minicamp - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard will have a big role in 2016, and it started with a faster-than-expected pace at minicamp

Wiederer: Dowell Loggains on Bears progress: 'We're building something here' - Chicago Tribune - With six 2015 opening-day offensive starters gone, new Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has a long inventory of questions for the months ahead.

Dullea: Bears Rookie Profile: WR Daniel Braverman - Cover32 - The Bears got good value by drafting former Western Michigan star receiver, Daniel Braverman. Can he push for reps at slot receiver for the team moving forward?

Weiderer: Bears assistant Curtis Johnson giddy about Alshon Jeffery-Kevin White duo - Chicago TribuneCurtis Johnson, the Bears¿ new receivers coach, feels his energy spiking when envisioning the potential a Alshon Jeffery-Kevin White combination can have.

Bears kicker Gould visits Lincolnshire school - DailyHerald.com - Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould met with students at Wright Junior High in Lincolnshire on Friday.

Jahns: Minus mentor Antrel Rolle, Deon Bush 'thankful' to join Bears - Chicago Sun-TimesAntrel Rolle was released a day after Deon Bush was drafted.

Emma: Bears Depth Chart, Competition Will Be Aplenty - CBS Chicago - The Bears have bolstered their roster with depth across the board.

Dickerson: Questions galore for OC Dowell Loggains at Chicago Bears rookie camp - ESPN - New Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will speak to the media for the first time since his promotion during the start of rookie camp.

Mayer: Floyd touted as rookie of year candidate - NFL.com - NFL.com writer Chase Goodbread has selected Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd as one of six candidates to win the league's defensive rookie of the year award.

Cox: Leonard Floyd pegged as Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate - Bears Wire - An NFL.com writer sees Leonard Floyd as one of the top potential candidates for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Perez: Bears safety Deon Bush: ‘I have a passion for helping others.’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie safety Deon Bush makes just as much of an impact off the field as he does on it.

Finley: Safety first, rookie Nick Kwiatkoski ready for life as Bears LB - Chicago Sun-Times - Having never played linebacker before, anywhere, Nick Kwiatkoski was asked to do just that four years ago this spring.

Campbell: After Kevin White injury, Bears, others seek safer start for NFL rookies - Chicago Tribune - Kevin White's season-ending injury was one high-profile injury to NFL rookies that prompted some teams to rethink how they introduce rookies into the NFL.

Mayer: Floyd donning No. 94 in honor of Ware - ChicagoBears.com - When Leonard Floyd steps on the practice field for the first time as a member of the Bears Friday, he'll be wearing the No. 94 as a tribute to a star player he hopes to emulate.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: Navy confirms Keenan Reynolds, Joe Cardona can play in the NFL - ProFootballTalk - Two recent Naval Academy graduates will be permitted to play in the NFL this season. Ravens rookie Keenan Reynolds and Patriots second-year long snapper Joe Cardona have both been given permission to play this NFL season while serving in the Navy Reserves.

Brother of Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers to appear on reality show - FOX SportsJordan Rodgers, brother of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, will be on 'The Bachelorette'

Jackson: Gronkowski chosen for cover of Madden ’17 - ProFootballTalkPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be on the cover of the 2017 version of the popular EA Sports Madden NFL video game, it was announced Thursday. And, yes, his signature Gronk Spike will be prominently featured on the cover.

Alper: Adam Gase on Ndamukong Suh: His way of preparing really works for him - ProFootballTalk - An old friend (Gase) and an old enemy (Suh). When Dolphins coach Adam Gase was on PFT Live last month, he said that he hadn't heard anything from players to suggest that there was anything to a report that they were "privately steamed" about DT Ndamukong Suh missing voluntary practices.

Wessing: Eagles, Broncos 'couldn't agree on' Sam Bradford price - NFL.comSam Bradford's agent says the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos talked about a trade for quarterback Sam Bradford, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price.

Florio: Pop Warner dumps kickoffs in three youngest age divisions | ProFootballTalk - The NFL keeps saying that the kickoff is the most dangerous play in the game. And someone apparently is listening. At a time when the NFL is trying to reduce the number of kickoffs, Pop Warner youth football has decided to ban kickoffs at the three youngest age divisions.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reno: Football Outsiders project Lions to finish third in NFC North - Pride Of Detroit - NFC predictions place Chicago dead last in the division.

Risdon: A History of Drafted Long Snappers - SideLionReport - How the four long snappers drafted in the NFL have fared and how it relates to Detroit Lions Jimmy Landes. Strangely, this article about long snapping recent-years history doesn't include the greatest long snapper of all time... The Mann...

Tomasson: Vikings' Kentrell Brothers agrees: He's NFL draft 'steal' - twincities.com - Latest news, top news and local breaking news from St Paul, Minnesota and The Pioneer Press including sports, weather, traffic, business, politics, photos and video

Mansour: Hoping To Avoid Big Problems On The Field, Zimmer Stresses The Small Details In Meetings - Vikings Journal - Previous film sessions have aided the media in setting the table for Zimmer’s defensive schemes to be implemented (year one) and explained some of the frustrations the coaching staff has had with players not doing their job (year two). Mixed in...

Katzenstein: Lions' Glasgow ready to push Swanson in camp - TheDetroitNews.com - Third-round pick pleased to reunited with Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock at rookie minicamp

GREATEST BEARS BY THE NUMBER

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 couple of weeks 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. There's one obvious challenge, picking a "Greatest Bear" for Number 22, between Dave Duerson & Matt Forte.

Here's Sam:

Continuing my series looking at the Greatest Bears by Number, we explore the 20's. Last time out we featured a player who also happens to be a member share a name with a member's handle. This time out I'll explore numbers 20-24, which means we can move on from the QBs and kickers and get into the defensive backs. Also a current member of the Bears makes an appearance on the list for the first time in the series. It's probably pretty obvious who that will be....not mention that he too appears in several usernames around the blog.

I was actually pretty surprised by the number of DBs that ended up taking the slots in the early 20's jersey numbers but I probably shouldn't have been. The '80s and '90s proved we had some very good safeties, but one could argue that our loaded defensive line at the time inflated those numbers but either way Carrier, Woolford and Duerson were some bad dudes patrolling deep for the Bears.

20 - Mark Carrier, FS (1990-96): This one was tough, Mark Carrier had one of the best rookie years ever when he had 10 INTs (half of his career total) in addition to 10 career FFs and 551 tackles in 7 seasons with the team. He also has Defensive ROY, 3 Pro Bowls, his 3 All-Conference and 4 All-NFL team selections. He beats out Jones by a hair. Honorable Mention - Thomas Jones (2004-06)

21 - Donnell Woolford, CB (1989-96) - Woolford played 8 seasons for the Bears and nabbed 32 INTs along with 3 sacks, 3 FFs and 536 tackles. He was a Pro-Bowler following the '93 season.

22 - Dave Duerson, S (1983-89) - A 4-time Pro-Bowler whose life was cut tragically short earlier this year will be remembered for his 18 INTs and 16 sacks. A good player who, unfortunately, became a product of his playing time.

23 - Devin Hester, WR/PR/KR/DB (2006-Present) - The first present Bear to make the list, Hester has re-written the book on kick returning and has even gotten HOF talk. If Bears fans voted he'd be a first-ballot but I like to think he'll get in eventually. His honors are almost too many to list; 3-time Pro-Bowler, 3-time All-Pro, 7 All-NFL honors from various outlets. His records, too, are numberous: All-time leader in KRs, single-season record for KR TDs (He set it twice), most PR yards in a season and he's 3rd all-time for non-offensive TDs. Honorable Mention - Shaun Gayle, DB (1984-94)

24 - Rosey Taylor, S (1961-69) - With 23 career INTs this guy was a staple of the Bears of the '60s. During the Championship 1963 season, Taylor tied for the league lead with 9 INTs. He was a 2-time Pro-Bowler and a one-time First Team All-Pro.

Here's the link to the original story & comments:

Householder: The Greatest Bears by Number (20-24) - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest of our series a current member of the team makes the list.

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