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The Bear's Den: August 1, 2016

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The first weekend of training camp is now in the books, and some big names have dropped from injury around the league.

Cameron Meredith is fighting for a spot on the roster
Cameron Meredith is fighting for a spot on the roster
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Mayer: Hicks making an impact early in camp - ChicagoBears.com - Akiem Hicks is easy spot because of his immense size. But the new Bears defensive lineman is also standing out in practice because of the impact plays he's been making.

Dickerson: Eddie Goldman, Cody Whitehair involved in minor scuffle at Bears camp - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN - After skirmish, nose tackle Eddie Goldman leaves practice early due to heat-related symptoms.

Fishbain: Zach Miller preparing for a full season as every-down tight end - Pro Football WeeklyMiller impressed the Bears when he was the No. 1 TE last year and is continuing it in camp

Lavaccare: Chicago Bears rookie WR Daniel Braverman maintaining focus on day-to-day grind of NFL camp - Pro Football Weekly - Braverman has caught fans' attention at Bears camp for his play

Mullen: Jordan Howard thrilled to be going through first training camp - CSN Chicago - Nobody pinch rookie Jordan Howard, because he still "can't believe" he's getting paid to play in the NFL with the Bears.

Fishbain: CB Brandon Boykin hopes to return to high level of play with Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Boykin has experience and production, but has to work his way up the Bears' depth chart

Morrissey: Sly John Fox keeps Bears' injuries a mystery, for no good reason - Chicago Sun-Times - The team says Kyle Long is making progress on his strained calf. Should we believe them?

Jahns: Bears brute Eddie Goldman leaves practice with 'heat illness' - Chicago Sun-Times - The heat and humidity got the best of a heated Eddie Goldman Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University.

Mullen: Leonard Floyd debuts, front-7 goes on the attack - CSN ChicagoLeonard Floyd made his debut after a few days off with an illness, while the Bears' front seven dominated the line of scrimmage Friday.

Finley: Bears' Bryce Callahan hopes nickelback spot is a slam dunk - Chicago Sun-Times - If the Bears ever hold a dunk contest, the favorite wouldn’t be Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler or Kevin White.

Mullen: For Willie Young, Bears contract extension more than just a simple business transaction - CSN Chicago - For Willie Young, a former seventh-round draft selection, his contract extension with the Bears was more than a business transaction.

Finley: What we saw, day 4 of Bears training camp - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns, Patrick Finley and Mark Potash break down the third day of Bears training camp:

Postash: Bears' offense counting on a lot of x-factors - Chicago Sun-Times - Will center Hroniss Grasu take the next step after an uneven rookie season? Is Cody Whitehair ready to start at left guard?

Mullen: For Willie Young, Bears contract extension more than just a simple business transaction - CSN Chicago - For Willie Young, a former seventh-round draft selection, his contract extension with the Bears was more than a business transaction.

Campbell: Lamarr Houston and Willie Young out to prove themselves - Chicago Tribune - Both Lamarr Houston and Willie Young are healthy to start training camp and battling for roster spots at outside linebacker

Lincicome: What passes for quarterback euphoria for Bears? Jay Cutler's mediocrity - Chicago Tribune - The Bears and their fans are so used to their quarterbacks being bad that when Jay Cutler posts middle-of-the-pack stats it's cause for joy.

Campbell: Five observations from Bears practice Saturday - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears practiced Saturday in full pads for the first time this season. That means it's time for our annual series of daily practice observations.

Wiederer: Camp rundown, Harold Jones-Quartey tries to hold off rookie Deon Bush - Chicago TribuneHarold Jones-Quartey seems to be putting a vise grip on a starting safety job. The Bears love the soon-to-be 23-year-old's physicality and edge.

Campbell: New contract means the world to NFL survivor Willie Young - Chicago Tribune - The Bears signed Willie Young to a new three-year deal that amounts to a two-year extension. His third NFL contract is the first time a team has re-signed him.

Video: Young extension tops the news - ChicagoBears.com - Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer break down the Bears wide receiver position group from the Chicago Bears 2016 Training Camp.

Video Breakdown: Wide Receivers - ChicagoBears.com - Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer break down the Bears wide receiver position group from the Chicago Bears 2016 Training Camp.

Bears and USA Football award grants - ChicagoBears.com - The Chicago Bears and USA Football recently awarded football equipment and uniform grants to youth and scholastic football programs throughout the Chicago area based on merit and need.

Mayer: Young inks two-year contract extension - ChicagoBears.com - Bears veteran outside linebacker Willie Young has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Emma: Bears’ Mitch Unrein Ready To Watch Wife Shoot For Olympic Gold - CBS Chicago - Corey Cogdell-Unrein is a trap shooter participating in her third Olympic games.

Perez: Pernell McPhee is fourth-highest rated OLB in Madden 17 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears OLB Pernell McPhee received a favorable grade from EA Sports in Madden 17

Campbell: Success in Green Bay is measured by one thing: Lombardi trophies - Chicago Tribune - With receiver Jordy Nelson expected back from a knee injury before the start of the regular season, Aaron Rodgers and the offense should be humming again.

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