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The Bear's Den, June 21, 2016

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The summer solstice has passed, and now we start working our way through the dog days of summer towards fall... and fall means FOOTBALL!

Rob Housler
Rob Housler
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Patra: John Fox says keeping Jay Cutler comfortable was key - NFL.com - John Fox knows that Jay Cutler remains the key to any success the Chicago Bears have in 2016. The team spent this offseason ensuring the quarterback remained in a comfortable system.

Stevens: Can Tony Moeaki make final Bears roster? - Cover32 - At the end of last week’s minicamp the Chicago Bears added veteran tight end and former Falcon Tony Moeaki to their 90 man roster.

Emma: Bears’ Cutler, Loggains Are Two Of A Kind - CBS Chicago - "I respect him, and he respects me," Loggains says of Cutler. "When you have that mutual respect, all dialogue is legal."

Lavaccare: Marc Mariani with a 'quiet confidence' in another year working to make Chicago Bears' roster - Pro Football WeeklyMarc Mariani was one of the last Bears off the Halas Hall practice field at Tuesday’s minicamp. Mariani spent extra time after practice catching balls from a machine. "Just something I like to do, just seeing the ball, feeling the ball in your hands," Mariani said. "It’s a good way to get a lot of catches quick so you can get good habits and make sure you’re doing the right thing out there

Arthur Arkush: Lamarr Houston's versatility, improved health should benefit ascending Chicago Bears 'D' - Pro Football Weekly - Houston's ability to play three-tech in sub packages could help Bears maximize improved personnel

Perez: Predicting which tight ends will make the Chicago Bears’ final roster - Bears Wire - A look at which tight ends are most likely to make the Chicago Bears final roster

Cox: Bears rookies to begin NFL Transition Program this week - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears' rookies are taking part of the NFL Rookie Transition Program this week, which replaced the NFL Rookie Symposium.

Finley: Jordan Howard studies, knows Bears aren't 'going to wait on you' - Chicago Sun-Times - Jordan Howard is learning how to study. The running back writes the Bears’ plays into a notebook the day they’re installed during practice. He underlines the pass routes he has trouble remembering and color-codes the plays with highlighters.

Potash: Bears rookie DeAndre Houston-Carson could be a sleeper at safety - Chicago Sun-Times - Only Amos has been a full-time starter and that was his rookie year last season, when he led the team in tackles (109).

Finley: 'Comfortable' Bears coach John Fox eyes another Year 2 turnaround - Chicago Sun-Times - With his second season looming — the Bears open training camp July 27 — John Fox has settled in. His team is getting there.

Brad Biggs' five thoughts as the Bears break for summer - Chicago Tribune - Coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace have good reason to believe the Bears have improved their team speed and talent level.

Dickerson: Bears' 53-man roster projection includes Harvard TE Ben Braunecker - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN - An early look at how the Bears' roster is shaping up as the players break for the summer.

Schweickert (From September, 2015, for comparison purposes): Chicago Bears 2015 Roster, official 53-player roster identified - Windy City Gridiron - The initial 2015 Chicago Bears have identified their final (for now) 53-man roster. Come inside for details...

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: NFL seeks special teams’ coaches input on kickoff changes - ProFootballTalk - As the NFL continues to tinker with kickoffs, it's seeking the input of those who study the play the most. NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino recently took part in a conference call with all 32 special teams coordinators, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

Arthur Arkush: Head of NFL officiating held call with 32 ST coordinators about kickoff rule changes - Pro Football Weekly - This is the first time the NFL has gathered input on rule changes from all 32 teams

Bears react to NBA Finals on Twitter - ChicagoBears.com - Following the conclusion of the NBA Finals on Sunday, Bears players took to Twitter to express their feelings about the Cleveland Cavaliers title and Game 7 victory.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Monday Morning Rewind, Donald Driver and the next generation of Green Bay Packers players | FOX Sports - Looking to catch up on the best of the web from across the Wisconsin sports scene? We've got you covered

Peterson gives back to hometown in time of need - ESPN VideoAdrian Peterson helps his hometown of Palestine, Texas after severe flooding that took several lives and caused millions of dollars in damage.

Everything you need to know to become a Detroit Lions Cheerleader - MLive.com - It's one of the hottest available positions in Detroit. The Detroit Lions organization made the big announcement to add cheerleaders beginning for the 2016 season. This is how you can become a Detroit Lions cheerleader.

Demovsky: Green Bay Packers or Minnesota Vikings division kings? - ESPN - The Vikings ended the Packers' four-year reign atop the division last season. Is there a changing of the guard or is the Pack still the team to beat?

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