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The Bear's Den: July 12, 2016

Which Bears are feared by the rest of the division/league? There's a big difference of opinion, depending upon who you ask. Conflicting views highlight today's edition of the Den.

Josh Bellamy scores a TD against the Lions
Josh Bellamy scores a TD against the Lions
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Mayer: Scruggs adjusting to other side of ball - - Greg Scruggs will head to Bears training camp in two weeks to compete for a tight end position after spending his first three NFL seasons as a defensive end.

Who is the division's best newcomer? Trevathan - ESPN - After watching their defense struggle last season, the Chicago Bears signed linebacker Danny Trevathan, who is familiar with coach John Fox's scheme.

Wiedman: Predicting the 2016 Chicago Bears Preseason - NFLSpinZone - About the only good thing about preseason is watching rookies earn their stripes. For the Chicago Bears, it is all about working together as one unit.

Weaver: The resting Jay Cutler face phenomenon - Cover32 - That last one is my best guess. Jay Cutler would convert a ton of long-time critics if he could only win in the postseason.

Wiederer: For Alshon Jeffery, new contract will have to wait - Chicago Tribune - It would take a dramatic twist at this point — i.e.: Alshon Jeffery and his agent dramatically reducing their salary expectations — for the negotiation stalemate to end.

Householder: Which Bears players would thrive on other teams? - Windy City Gridiron - While we’re sitting and collectively waiting for the Chicago Bears to commence training camp and thus start the path to the 2016 NFL season we’re stuck just wasting time, kicking around silly...

Moton: 5 Over-Under Chicago Bears Predictions for 2016 Season - NFLSpinZone - There's little pressure on the Chicago Bears to shock the NFL world, but what are the expectations for this team and its players?

Sunderbruch: Cutler Fact of Fiction, Accuracy - Windy City Gridiron
It is stated by casual fans, members of this community, and talking heads that all of the strength in Jay's arm has limited value because he just isn't that accurate with it. "He has a cannon," somehow becomes a putdown, suggesting that he's wild with his throws...

Lambert: Proof the NFL Is Just Better When the Chicago Bears Are Good - Sports Mockery - They call it the No Fun League for many reasons but for the most part the NFL is an entertainment juggernaut. However, there is a considerable difference between entertainment when it comes to football fans. It seems like from time to time the league forgets that and that leads to periods of blandness and stretches where, aside from one or two great games, the season is rather forgettable. That is almost never the case when the Chicago Bears are involved.

Ottochain: Creating the All-Time Bears roster, Tight End - Bears Wire - Mike Ditka stands alone as the Chicago Bears' best tight end, but a couple of more modern players make the all-time roster behind him.


Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2016: #6 Is a healthy Pernell McPhee a Pro Bowl player? - Windy City Gridiron - For the 8th straight year, I'm bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. Next up is a player who flashed some great traits last year, but the injury bug slowed him down, Pernell McPhee.

Perez: Top 25 most important Bears of 2016, No. 20 Zach Miller - Bears Wire - The countdown of the top 25 most important Chicago Bears of 2016 continues, this time with oft-injured but highly talented TE Zach Miller

Fishbain: 2016 Bear Necessities No. 11, RB Jeremy Langford - Pro Football Weekly - In Year Two, can Langford be the Bears' answer in replacing Matt Forte?

Twentyman: Top 20 players on Lions' 2016 schedule (does not include a single Bear) - - Tim Twentyman takes a look at the top 20 players the Lions will face this season.


Yedor: Quarterbacks and Pressure, 2015 - Football Outsiders - Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of the NFL and college football. Our writers, led by Aaron Schatz, also provide content to and write the annual book Football Outsiders Almanac. Helmet tip to LostInSTL for the link.

Maske: NFL training camps approach, and yes, we're still waiting on the Deflategate appeal - Chicago Tribune - Monday morning NFL analysis with "First and 10," a dissection of the league's most important developments.


Childers: Green Bay Packers: Davante Adams Needs to Find Efficiency - NFLSpinZone - If Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams can find efficiency and consistency he could be just what the team needs to win a title.

Monday Morning Mailbag: Moving Back Indoors - How built is this team to play back indoors, and does playing back inside impact the overall play calling? Does it change the strategy of how Coach Zimmer and Coach Turner approach the season?

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