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The Bear's Den: August 18, 2016

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It's Game Day again! The Bears are in New England to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots. Keep it here at WCG for your game day, pregame and game time threads!

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

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Bears-Patriots Preseason preview - ChicagoBears.com - ChicagoBears.com senior writer Larry Mayer and Patriots team reporter Miranda Mason recap the Bears and Patriots joint practices and look ahead to their preseason matchup Thursday night.

Mayer: Hicks bringing swagger to defense - ChicagoBears.com - New Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks has brought swagger and attitude to a defense that's determined to produce more takeaways and game-changing plays.

Cox: Danny Trevathan headlines Bears sitting out of Wednesday’s practice - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was the most notable player sitting out of Wednesday's joint practice with the Patriots.

Perez: Jay Cutler to regress in 2016? - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler lost his offensive coordinator this offseason and has issues along his offensive line. Is a regression coming?

Jahns: Patriots' passing game perfect test for Bears' young secondary - Chicago Sun-Times - The differences begin with staring down New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo instead of Jay Cutler.

John Fox still sees some rust with Kevin White, so it's WD-40 time - CSN Chicago - Bears head coach John Fox admitted Kevin White looks a little rusty, and so he's bringing the WD-40 out to help White get back into football condition.

Imrem: Nothing wrong with an NFL 'skirmish' now and then - Daily Herald - Let's hope there's a healthy, uh, skirmish in Chicago Bears-New England Patriots game.

LeGere: Chicago Bears receivers coach finds unusual ways to motivate players - There's nothing subtle about Chicago Bears wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson, whose unusual methods make him as entertaining as some of the players on the practice field. "C.J.'s a tough coach but he's a great coach," Bears Pro Bowl wide receiver Jeffery said.

Ditka says Bears need 'leadership' from Jay Cutler - Chicago Tribune - Mike Ditka said he hopes the Bears turn around their fortunes this season but their fate falls more on Jay Cutler's shoulders than John Fox's.

Previewing the Bears' preseason game vs. Patriots - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Rich Campbell with NESN.com's Michaela Vernava and Doug Kyed preview the Bears' preseason game against the Patriots.

Biggs: Bears top draft pick Leonard Floyd already turning heads - Chicago Tribune - None of the other Bears or Patriots players possesses Leonard Floyd's speed off the edge, his ability to bend and turn upfield or his speed closing from the backside.

Wiederer & Campbell: WR Kevin White needs all the work he can get - Chicago Tribune - Bears receiver Kevin White has been productive in practices with the Patriots this week. Retaining that edge during Thursday's exhibition will be mandatory.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Matt Slauson's exit, reading into 1st exhibition game and more - Chicago Tribune - The Bears chose to terminate Slauson's contract on May 1, making him a free agent. I think most people who have an issue with the decision (then and now) fail to realize that the Bears had a significantly different view of Slauson's play than the public did.

Haugh: Bears can thank the Patriots by elevating their play - Chicago Tribune - After getting shut out in the exhibition opener for the first time in 35 years, the Bears must do something well against the Patriots, anything at all.

WIederer: Already in Year 4, Kyle Long's evolution continues to impress - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears move deeper into their reconstruction project, Kyle Long's development remains a bright spot for a team searching for more players like him.

Intentional Grounding, Episode 43: Bears GM Ryan Pace Joins The Show - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns are back with a special episode from New England that includes an exclusive interview with Bears general manager Ryan Pace. They talk about the joint practices with the Patriots and Pace explains what is going on with Pernell McPhee and Kyle Fuller. Take a listen!

Finley: What to watch as Bears' test vs. Patriots continues - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears will be tested in their second exhibition game Thursday night. Then again, they’ve been all week.

Mayer: Bears see benefit in joint practices - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears are confident that they'll benefit on both sides of the ball from the three joint practices they held with the Patriots this week in New England.

Perez: Bears CB Kyle Fuller’s knee injury is a real concern - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears starting CB Kyle Fuller is dealing with a knee injury that appears much more serious than originally thought.

Jahns: Injuries remain a big storyline for the Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ preseason matchup against the New England Patriots could prove to be a good test of their depth.

Wiltfong: How Concerning is the Bears' Offensive Line? - Bears Sports Radio - The Chicago Bears' offensive line had a rough day during the first preseason game of the season, but how big of a concern is the unit moving forward? Lester Wiltfong, Jr. of Windy City Gridiron breaks it down in the debut edition of "T Formation Conversation."

Dickerson: Injury concerns temper fantasy enthusiasm for Bears WR Alshon Jeffery - ESPN - Alshon Jeffery's inability to stay healthy makes the Bears wide receiver's lofty fantasy projections a little difficult to swallow.

Why Kevin White is a 'high-end lottery ticket' - ESPN Video - Field Yates and Stephania Bell explain why WR Kevin White has an opportunity to be a break out receiver for the Bears given Alshon Jeffrey's injury concerns.

Wiltfong: How likely are the Chicago Bears to go worst to first? - Windy City Gridiron - ESPN has the Chicago Bears as the 5th most likely team to make the worst to first trek, I disagree.

Householder: Bears vs. Patriots Preseason Week 2 - Windy City Gridiron - This week it’s all about improvement as the Bears finish their east coast trip with the second preseason tune-up against the New England Patriots. Following last week’s embarrassing 22-0 loss, any...

Wiltfong: Bears vs Patriots Joint Practice recap Day 3, Move along, nothing to see here... - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the recap from the 3rd joint practice between the Chicago Bears and the New England Patriots. Not a lot of "practice" taking place, but we have Bears’ injury updates and some neat pics.

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Florio: The risks of submitting to a PED interview - ProFootballTalk - Many (including unofficial league-office executive Stephen A. Smith) have argued that the players implicated by the Al Jazeera documentary as violators of the PED policy should submit to the NFL's line-in-the-sand demand for an interrogation.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Brown: Martellus Bennett's Legacy Of Disappointment - Concord MonitorMartellus Bennett has raised expectations and crushed hopes everywhere he's gone.

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