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The Bear's Den: July 25, 2016

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The journey to the trophy begins this week. Welcome along for the ride, Chicago Bears fans...

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Emma: Danny Trevathan Ready To Be Face Of The Bears’ Defense - CBS Chicago - "I love being in the front, and I love working my tail off," Trevathan says.

Mitchell: Bears announce retirement of Nate Chandler - Windy City GridironChandler was a Chicago Bear for a little over a month, becoming the second Bears offensive lineman to retire this year without playing a down for Chicago.

Perez: Predicting which cornerbacks will make the Chicago Bears’ final roster - Bears Wire - A look at which Chicago Bears' cornerbacks will make the final roster in 2016

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears waive Omar Bolden - Windy City Gridiron - In a surprising move, the Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of vested veteran defensive back Omar Bolden. The Bears signed Bolden this offseason to bolster their special teams and to push...

Perez: Three free agents who could help the Bears’ dangerously thin offensive line - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are suddenly dangerously thin at offensive line with the retirement. Here are three free agents who could provide depth.

Jahns: Three changes to watch for at Bears training camp - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears open training camp Wednesday in Bourbonnais.

Jahns: Fueling the Bears' fire, meet nutrition guru Jennifer Gibson - Chicago Sun-Times - The "Kyle Long special" includes chocolate protein, oatmeal and either almond butter or peanut butter. The ingredients make up his go-to shake

Mullen: The one thing Charles Tillman will miss the most in retirement - CSN Chicago - As he rides off into the sunset, Charles Tillman runs down his career highlights, including the one thing he'll miss the most.

Wiederer: Memories flood back as Charles Tillman walks away a Bear - Chicago Tribune - Charles Tillman signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Chicago Bears and promptly finalized his retirement from the NFL.

Haugh: John Fox's reputation biggest selling point of Bears' season, again - Chicago Tribune - Coach John Fox's reputation will take the Bears only so far, especially with an offense that looks challenged merely to equal last season's.

Wiedman: 3 Ways to Sweep the Green Bay Packers - NFL Spin Zone - The rivalry is deep between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, but which team will own the other? It's a fight for the division throne.

Alcaraz: 5 Chicago Bears on the Roster Bubble During Training Camp - NFL Spin Zone - With 2016 training camp just around the corner, these five Chicago Bears players find themselves squarely on the roster bubble.

LIVING IN THE SEASON OF THE PREVIEWS

Wiltfong: 2016 Chicago Bears Season Preview, Week 6 Jacksonville Jaguars - Windy City Gridiron - We’re bringing you all the changes made by the Chicago Bears’ 2016 opponents so you’re primed and ready for the NFL season!

Fishbain: 2016 Chicago Bears training camp preview: Safeties - Pro Football Weekly - Amos leads a young group of Bears safeties into camp

Campbell: Bears position preview, Specialists - Chicago TribuneRobbie Gould spent the offseason eating junk food to try to put on weight. Presumably to gain strength and durability, he said he wants to weigh 191 pounds.

Take 2: Can this Chicago Bears team make the playoffs? - Pro Football Weekly - With the Bears commuting down to Bourbonnais for training camp next week, Pro Football Weekly's Kevin Fishbain and Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times try to answer the question on every fan's mind this summer: how good are the 2016 Bears?

Campbell: Bears position preview, tight ends - Chicago Tribune - Tight end Zach Miller's overdue run of good health last season and his second-half emergence gave the Bears confidence they could part with Martellus Bennett.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Morpheus: The Silver Lining In J.J. Watt's Back Surgery - Battle Red Blog
J.J. Watt will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. His absence will force Houston's coaching staff to give additional emphasis to the defensive end position as they make evaluations during the preseason.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lemieux: The Lions will work out quarterback Jimmy Clausen - Pride Of DetroitClausen played for both the Bears and Ravens last season before being benched for Ryan Mallett.

Gates: U.S. Bank Stadium Vandalized By Rock-Throwing Idiot - Daily Norseman - Someone threw a rock through one of the panes of glass on the outside of U.S. Bank Stadium.

Western: Aaron Rodgers is Vegas’ favorite to win NFL MVP in 2016 - Acme Packing Company - Is QB12 going to bounce back from his down year in 2015? Vegas’ position is an emphatic "yes."

Noble: JJ Watt has surgery, could miss game 1 versus Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears may face a Houston Texans team in Week 1 without JJ Watt.

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