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The Bear's Den: May 16, 2016

The Chicago Bears have wrapped up rookie mini-camp at Halas Hall, and we now enter "the waiting time" again for the next big off-season date to approach. Here's the weekend's news from Chicago.

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Arthur Arkush: Chicago Bears rookie minicamp Day 2 notes, Bullard benefits from returning for senior year | Pro Football Weekly - And Houston-Carson and Hall discuss potential early roles with Bears

Mayer: Pace offers his take on key Bears issues - - During an appearance on the Bears All-Access radio show, general manager Ryan Pace discussed Kevin White's return from injury, Alshon Jeffery's contract situation and more.

Mayer: Fangio eager to see how new pieces fit - - For the first time in 2016, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio shared his thoughts with reporters Saturday about the five players the Bears have acquired this offseason to bolster their front seven.

Mayer: Bullard focused on learning playbook - - Bears third-round pick Jonathan Bullard believes that the key to contributing as a rookie has more to do with digesting the playbook than anything else.

Perez (video): Cody Whitehair on Day 1 of Bears rookie minicamp - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears second-round pick Cody Whitehair discusses day one of the Bears rookie minicamp.

Perez: Bears’ offensive coordinator says offense will stay the same - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will have a new offensive coordinator in 2016, but the offense, and Jay Cutler, should produce much like they did in 2015.

Perez: Is Kevin White the next Andre Johnson? - Bears Wire - Despite not playing a single snap in 2015, Bears second-year receiver Kevin White is receiving some pretty lofty praise.

Perez: John Fox hints at running back by committee for Bears in 2016 - Bears Wire - Bears head coach John Fox hinted that the team is likely to use a running back by committee approach in 2016.

Ottochain: Playing Kyle Long at left tackle is the best move for the Bears offensive line | Bears Wire - If the Chicago Bears want to form the best possible offensive line, then they should move Kyle Long to left tackle.

Jahns: John Fox defends Halas Hall fields after Antrel Rolle criticisms - Chicago Sun-Times - The rain that swept through the Chicago area didn't prevent the Bears from working outside during Day 2 of their rookie minicamp on Saturday.

Finley: Ex-QB, radio host Dave Ragone tuned in to Bears' Jay Cutler - Chicago Sun-Times - Sports talk radio hosts have been telling Jay Cutler what to do his entire career. This year just makes it official

Potash: Vic Fangio upbeat about 'better pieces to work with' on Bears' D - Chicago Sun-Times - "The No. 1 trait when you’re looking for in a linebacker is instincts. You can’t coach that," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said.

Jahns: Rookie RB Howard offers powerful complement to faster Langford - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s not a long run or a quick move that running backs coach Stan Drayton recalls about Jordan Howard. ‘‘You saw people not wanting to tackle him."

Mullen: Takeaways from Bears' rookie minicamp, speed has been evident - CSN Chicago - Something that has impressed the Bears coaching staff at rookie minicamp at Halas Hall over the weekend has been the team speed.

LeGere: 'Country strong' Cody Whitehair ready for challenges ahead - - The Bears' second-round draft pick Cody Whitehair started games at four different offensive line positions at Kansas State, and aside from that versatility, his new coaches are impressed by the character, toughness and technique he brings to the O-line.

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.

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.

Biggs: Jonathan Bullard knows 'job available' at defensive end for Bears - Chicago Tribune - Jonathan Bullard says the disappointment of his wait on Day 2 of the NFL draft ended when Bears general manager Ryan Pace called.

Wiederer: Vic Fangio willing to work around Leonard Floyd's thin build - Chicago Tribune - The Bears' first-round draft pick already is displaying a combination of versatility, athleticism and length at rookie minicamp this weekend.


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.

Campbell: NFL teams mull safer start after 2015 rookie injuries, including Bears' Kevin White - Chicago TribuneKevin 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.


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

Packers' 2015 Offensive Failure: Aberration or Sign of a New Trend? - - Unlike most, we have not hesitated to point the finger in Aaron Rodgers’ direction for the abysmal performance of the passing offense, which finished in a statistical dead heat with the Tennessee Titans for 25th in the league. Going after Richard Rodgers for his terrible yards per reception is a low-hanging fruit, but what do you expect when his quarterback averaged a dismal 6.7 yards per passing attempt?

Peterson compares Bridgewater to Brady and Shows Vikings a Blueprint for Success in the Process - Vikings Journal - Saying: "He reminds me of a Tom Brady because Tom Brady is great at those mediocre passes," Peterson said. "Those short passes and mid-range passes and that’s exactly what Teddy does as well. He’s the type of guy that needs the receiver that ru...


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.

Here's Sam:

Let's get right back into it, continuing my series of looking at the greatest players ever to wear every jersey, today we'll look at numbers 25-29. The twenties, as jerseys are concerned, I always think of running backs but as we know, DBs also use them and they took up the majority of the 20-24 post, so will that trend continue with this group? Let's find out, shall we?

25 - J.C. Caroline, DB (1956-65): I honestly had not heard of this guy but his 10 seasons with the Bears is the most by anyone who has worn number 25. He was a Pro-Bowler as a rookie when he had 6 INTs, returning 2 for TDs. He also saw duty as a HB, rushing 68 times for 263 yards and two scores in his career. Honorable Mention: Brad Muster, FB (1988-92)

26 - Matt Suhey, FB (1980-89): Suhey is known as the lead blocker for Walter Payton, but he was a pretty good player himself, logging a 3.6 career YPC for 2,946 yards and 20 TDs. He was also a receiving threat tallying up 2,113 yards and 5 TDs catching the ball too.

27 - Walt Harris, CB (1996-2001): Harris started 83 of 87 games he played in as a Bear and brought in 15 INTs which he returned for three TDs and he added nine forced fumbles and 366 tackles.

28 - Willie Galimore, RB (1957-63): The number is retired for him, so it's a slam dunk. Nicknamed "Willie The Wisp" he was known for his speed and elusiveness when dodging would-be tacklers. Unfortunately he was killed during training camp with teammate Bo Farrington when he was only 29. He finished with 2,985 yards and 26 TDs rushing and another 1,201 yards and 10 TDs receiving. He also had one kick return TD.

29 - Dennis Gentry, WR/RB/KR (1982-92): This was a tough one because there were four guys who had similar careers play out with the Bears, not great, but good contributors. I went with Gentry because Raymont Harris played for the Packers and Ronnie Bull and Joe Kopcha had numbers that didn't really blow me away. Gentry played his entire career in Chicago and finished with 171 receptions for 2, 076 yards and seven TDs. He also had 764 rushing yards and five rushing TDs. He's probably best remembered as the KR for all those years; he returned 192 kickoffs for 4,353 yards and 3 TDs.

Sam's original article:

Householder: The Greatest Bears by Number (25-29) - Windy City Gridiron - The latest edition of our series exploring the greatest Bears by their jersey number. See who checks in for numbers 25-29.

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