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The Bear’s Den: May 23, 2017

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

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Thompson: Comparing Mitch Trubisky to Jim McMahon - Chicago Tribune - Jim McMahon tweeted his approval of Mitch Trubisky using his name as an alias for dinner reservations. Let's compare what the two have in common.

Waack: Bears building a 'special' bond with quarterback Mike Glennon - Chicago Tribune - Tight end Zach Miller had Mike Glennon’s cellphone number before the quarterback even signed with the Bears a few months

How does Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer think Mitch Trubisky will do with Bears? - CSN Chicago - How does Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer think rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky will do with the Bears? CSN's Pat Boyle asked him.

Why Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be 'pulling hard' for the Bears this season - CSN Chicago - Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is a former Chicago Bear, but that's not the main reason why he'll be rooting for the Monsters of the Midway this fall.

Boden: Bears QB coach Dave Ragone doesn't mind this type of turnover - CSN Chicago - Bears QB coach Dave Ragone won't hide his excitement of having three new signal callers in the meeting room this offseason.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Talking shop (and Bears) with MMQB's Peter King - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio's Adam Hoge are back with their Bears podcast.

Morrissey: Bears shouldn't tire of saying Mitch Trubisky will watch, learn in '17 - Chicago Sun-Times - Rookie quarterback needs a season to develop.

Potash: All eyes on Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky as OTAs open - Chicago Sun-Times - But now the real work begins — managing an inherently awkward quarterback situation out in the open.

Video: Hicks unique path to the NFL - ChicagoBears.com - Akiem Hicks talks about his unique journey that led him to the NFL and eventually Chicago.

Mullin: 5 players to watch in OTA practices - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies five players to watch as the Bears kick off the third and final phase of their offseason program Monday by conducting the first of 10 OTA practices.

MMQB's Peter King's thoughts on Trubisky, Howard, White and the Bears offense - CSN Chicago - MMQB's Peter King shares his thoughts on what the new-look Bears offense could look like heading into 2017 and beyond.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: Doug Whaley claims credit for “parting gift” of two first-round picks - ProFootballTalk - Former Bills G.M. Doug Whaley broke his silence after being fired three weeks ago. Some would say he shouldn't have. Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio (via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com), Whaley made this claim regarding the trade that saw the Bills drop from No. 10 in round one to No.

Patra: New York Jets waive 2015 second-rounder Devin Smith - NFL.com - The Jets waived 2015 second-round pick Devin Smith. He was waived with an injury designation. Smith, the No. 37 overall pick two years ago, tore his ACL in Phase One of offseason workouts.

Wyche: Aaron Donald not at start of Rams OTAs; sides talking contract - NFL.com - Rams general manager Les Snead, in addressing All-Pro Defensive tackle Aaron Donald's absence from the first day of OTAs, said both sides are engaging in "serious" contract talks.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Packers earn “A” grade for 2017 undrafted free agent rookie class - Acme Packing Company - Much of this grade is wrapped up in the franchise’s success in developing players, however.

WLudford: Vikings Position Battle - Wide Receiver - Daily Norseman - Wide Receiver - In the past the Vikings have kept 6 wide-receivers on their roster, which seems likely to continue this year as well. The top two spots on the depth chart at wide receiver are pretty...

Ask POD: Get over here and Lions up - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s the mail it never fails...

Orr: Mike Zimmer taking break from Vikings after surgery - NFL.com - Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is taking a short recovery break on the eve of Tuesday's offseason training activities after recently undergoing his eighth eye surgery, the team announced.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Do the Chicago Bears have the worst front office in the NFL? - Windy City Gridiron - Is Chicago’s front office really the worst in the NFL?

Zeglinski: Five Bears storylines to watch during OTA’s - Windy City Gridiron - From a wideout with injury issues to a rookie quarterback and more, this late spring Bears camp is full of intrigue.

Zeglinski's Bears roster breakdown, 90-in-90: Patrick Scales - Windy City Gridiron - The start of a detailed look at every single player on the Bears roster in the lead-up to training camp 2017. First up? Chicago’s starting long snapper.

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