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The Bear's Den, June 21, 2016

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
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports



Patra: John Fox says keeping Jay Cutler comfortable was key - - 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...


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 - - 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.


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 - - 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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