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The Bear's Den: May 9, 2016

Today begins the week leading up to Bear's rookie mini camp. With several draft picks expected to compete for starting positions while others fight for roster spots, it promises to be an interesting spring and summer for a Bears team well along in it's transition from the oldest team in the NFL (2014) into one of the youngest.

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BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Hanzus: Matt Slauson inks two-year deal with Chargers - NFL.com - ESPN reported Saturday that the Chargers have signed veteran guard Matt Slauson to a two-year deal. Slauson visited with both the Bolts and the Bills after being released by the Bears last weekend.

Weaver: Chicago Bears Rewind: Draft reviews - Cover32 - The reviews are in and the Chicago Bears had a great 2016 NFL draft. Most experts agree that Chicago scored more talent...

Dickerson: Harvard TE Ben Braunecker among Chicago Bears' undrafted free agents - ESPN - The Bears have agreed to terms with eight undrafted free agents, including Ben Braunecker, who caught 48 passes for 850 yards and eight TDs in 2015.

Pace breaks down the 2016 Draft (video) - ChicagoBears.com - General Manager Ryan Pace sits down with Jeff Joniak to discuss the Bears 2016 Draft and offseason roster moves.

Perez: NFL.com rates Bears RB Jordan Howard as best 5th-round value in 2016 NFL draft - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard was described as the best fifth-round value of the 2016 NFL draft by NFL.com

Polcher: Bears among 8 teams that improved the most in their divisions - Pro Football Focus - While every NFL team finds ways to improve in the offseason, a team can only gain ground in their division if they improve more than their divisional rivals. These eight teams improved the most in each of their respective divisions through the draft and free agency this offseason

Robinson: Bears third most improved after 2016 draft - NFL.com - The draft is complete, so which teams improved the most? Michael Robinson does the research and gives you the three teams that improved the most!

Florio: The NFL once had a draft lottery (and should have one again) - ProFootballTalk - Last week's debate regarding whether being drafted by a pro sports team is an honor (along with the broader question of whether the NFL draft has outlived its usefulness) caused me to forget about one of the other arguments that appears in this space from time to time: The NFL should have a draft ...

Perez: Are the Chicago Bears interested in Arian Foster? - Bears Wire - A report suggests the Chicago Bears are interested in adding a veteran running back like Arian Foster or Alfred Morris.

Zierlein: Ranking every club's 2016 NFL Draft haul: Teams 5-8 - NFL.com
- How did each team's draft rate among the other NFL clubs? Lance Zierlein ranks each haul, a list led off by a franchise that had four of the first 45 picks and deftly utilized those selections.

Mullen: Besides ’16 draft picks, Bears hope for nuggets among UnFA’s coming to minicamp - CSN Chicago - Aside from the 2016 draft picks, the Bears are hoping they can find some new additions in unrestricted free agents coming to minicamp.

Early 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Who would Bears take? - CSN Chicago - Who would the Bears take in the 2017 NFL Draft? Rotoworld's Josh Norris releases his early mock draft.

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Ottochian: Jonathan Bullard’s rare athletic traits make him a third-round steal - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears' third-round pick has elite explosiveness and power that make him a huge steal in the draft.

Cox: Jeremy Langford is one of NFLPA’s Rising 50 future top-selling stars - Bears Wire - The NFL Players Association named Langford to their Rising 50 list as a player who they think could be a future top jersey seller.

Bowden: Bears losing key piece from this year's draft - CSN Chicago - Joe Douglas joined the Bears a year ago as the Director of College Scouting and already appears set to leave.

Cox: Leonard Floyd’s combine measurables don’t correlate with historical success - Bears Wire - Leonard Floyd's lack of size and strength, combined with his average three-cone time, doesn't correlate with success, historically.

Biggs: Bears raise stakes for Hroniss Grasu with release of Matt Slauson - Chicago Tribune - There are four primary candidates for the two starting positions, and if anything is clear it's that the Bears have raised the stakes for center Hroniss Grasu.

LeGere: Extreme makeover: How the revamped Chicago Bears could look - DailyHerald.com - With an influx of free agents and rookies and the departure of several starters, the 2016 Bears are a completely different team from last year -- for better or worse. Bob LeGere examines the possible starting lineup.

Rozner: New Bear Braverman a study in perseverance - DailyHerald.com - New Bears receiver Daniel Braverman has plenty of motivation to prove he belongs in the NFL, while living a life that is all about his faith, his father and his football.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears Uniform history - ChicagoBears.com - The Chicago Bears, originally called the Decatur Staleys when founded in 1920, wore blue jerseys with tan colored vertical striping in their inaugural season. The vertical stripes were actually stripes of leather sewn onto the uniform to help the ball carrier secure the ball.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: Arians chides Nkemdiche for "killing people in walk-through" - ProFootballTalk - Most new NFL players get their first taste of the league at a rookie minicamp. And some of them can't turn off their taste for physicality, even through offseason practices are supposed to entail no contact at all.

Chiefs' Tyreek Hill arrives for minicamp amid controversy - DailyHeraldChiefs rookie Tyreek Hill says that fans have every right to be mad at him after his domestic abuse case, but he insists that he has changed and is trying to make the most of a second chance.

Mother's Day at the Fuller house - ESPN Video - Nina Dorsey-Fuller, mother of four NFL players, is joined by her sons, Bears CB Kyle and Redskins CB Kendall, to share their plans for Mother's Day and how the four Fuller boys made it to the pros.

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Demovsky: Green Bay Packers' Mike McCarthy reverses course on teaching theory - ESPNPackers coach Mike McCarthy plans to go back to his tried and true style of coaching after adopting a different philosophy last season.

Gates: ESPN's Sports Science, Featuring Laquon Treadwell - Daily Norseman - The folks from Bristol put together a video look at some of the physical traits of the newest member of the Vikings' receiving corps.

USA Today doesn't troll Minnesota Vikings - Daily NorsemanNate Davis over at USA Today thinks pretty highly of what the Minnesota Vikings have accomplished this offseason.

Smith: Vikings’ German receiver learns how much he has to learn - ProFootballTalk - After the first day of rookie minicamp, Moritz Boehringer knows just how much he doesn't know. Boehringer, a sixth-round draft pick of the Vikings whose only football experience is in a German league, acknowledged after the first rookie practice that while every rookie has to learn the offense, he's got more work to do than most.

Smith: Kenny Clark dislikes NFL’s rule forcing him to leave Green Bay | ProFootballTalk - Packers first-round pick Kenny Clark wants to keep working with his team after this weekend's rookie minicamp ends. The NFL won't let him. Because UCLA's academic year goes until June, Clark can't do offseason workouts in Green Bay, as his teammates can.