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The Bear’s Den: June 15, 2017

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Leonard Floyd talks concussions, Jordan Howard talks rushing and Glennon talks Trubisky

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hicago Bears head coach John Fox speaks during a press conference after mini camp at Halas Hall.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Waack: Jordan Howard 'Trying to be the No. 1 rusher in the league this year' - Chicago Tribune - Bears' Jordan Howard believes he can get better as a receiver in his second year and has league rushing title as his goal after finishing second last season.

Rosenbloom: Here's the timeline the Bears ought to have for the 'Mitch Trubisky package' - Chicago Tribune - Will the Bears put together a so-called “Mitch Trubisky package’’ for the rookie quarterback they traded up to draft?

Wiederer: John Fox encouraged by heightened competition at Bears minicamp - Chicago Tribune - Asked what signs he had seen that give him optimism, Bears coach John Fox alluded to the positive energy emanating from the players during OTAs and minicamp.

LeGere: For Bears 'everyone's new' on offense so expect sharp learning curve - Daily Herald - There's no denying that the Bears' offense is faced with a steep learning curve in preparation for a regular season that is three months away.And no one has had more to learn than No. 1 quarterback Mike Glennon, who has never thrown a pass to any of his receivers or handed off to any of his running backs in so much as a preseason game.

Stankevitz: Leonard Floyd's scary concussions changed the way he thought about everything - CSN Chicago - Leonard Floyd needed about two months after suffering his second concussion to feel right again.

Cox: Kendall Wright says ‘I haven’t lost a step like people might think’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright is confident that he is still just as good as ever as he enters his sixth season in the NFL.

Kwiecinski: Penn State coach James Franklin visits Bears minicamp - Bears Wire - The Bears have been the talk of two Big Ten head coaches in the month of May, and on Wednesday they had a visit from another. Keeping with the Big Ten theme, according to Zach Zaidman, the Bears hosted Penn State coach James Franklin Wednesday, who was watching the Bears' minicamp walkthrough.

Smith: Mike Glennon says he can compete while helping Mitchell Trubisky - ProFootballTalk - After the NFL draft, Bears quarterback Mike Glennon went from feeling confident he owned the starting job to wondering how long it would be before first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky replaced him. But while that might seem like an awkward arrangement, Glennon says he's fine with it.

Kaberon: Floyd feeling good, ready to play - ChicagoBears.com - Leonard Floyd said he feels good physically and mentally heading into Year Two.

Photos: Bears minicamp at Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - Photos from Bears minicamp at Halas Hall on June 13-15, 2017.

Video: Leonard Floyd key to Bears' defense this season - Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs catch up after Day 2 of Bears' minicamp at Halas Hall.

Wiederer: Leonard Floyd needed 2 months to recover from concussion setbacks - Chicago Tribune - Leonard Floyd was inactive for the season finale and left to fight through head trauma that set him back for far longer than he anticipated.

Biggs: Bob Stoops says buying property in Chicago has nothing to do with Bears job - Chicago Tribune - Bob Stoops retired as Oklahoma's coach June 7, and bought a second property in Chicago. But he says he's not thinking about coaching the Bears.

LeGere: Bears likely to start training camp with injury issues - Daily Herald - Even with six more weeks of rest and rehabilitation, it's highly unlikely the Bears will be 100 percent healthy when they report for the start of training camp July 26.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears CB Cre'Von LeBlanc looking to build off surprising rookie success - Pro Football Weekly - An undrafted rookie in 2016, LeBlanc led the Bears in passes defensed

Gutierrez: Would You Accept a New Football Team in Chicago - Cover32 - No matter what Chicago team you root for, there have been long stretches without any Championships being won and the fans never gave up hope on their team. But is there enough room in the hearts of Chicagoans for another NFL team?

Eurich: Cre'Von LeBlanc outlines what he needs to work on this offseason - 247sports - Cre'Von LeBlanc is looking to improve his footwork this offseason.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Alper: Matt Forte says "We’re not tanking the season" - ProFootballTalk - When the Jets' offseason house cleaning moved on to linebacker David Harris and wide receiver Eric Decker over the last week or so, it wasn't hard to find people sharing their opinion that the Jets look like a team doing everything they can to get the first overall pick of the 2018 draft.

Fabiano: The best fantasy football draft strategy for 2017 - NFL.com - Winning a fantasy football championship starts with a successful fantasy draft. Michael Fabiano shares with you the best fantasy football draft strategy to use for the 2017 NFL season.

Shook: Myles Garrett limps off field with apparent foot injury - NFL.com - We've yet to reach July, but we've had a second mild scare related to No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett. The defensive end appeared to suffer a foot injury during Browns minicamp on Wednesday.

Jared Allen interview: Father’s Day Surprises and Life After Football - Daily Norseman - The Vikings legend chatted with Daily Norseman about his life post-retirement and how he helped deliver the Father’s Day gift of a lifetime.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lions minicamp Day 2 recap: Jake Rudock looks ‘pretty far ahead’ of Brad Kaaya - Pride Of Detroit - The backup quarterback battle is just kicking off.

Demovsky: David Bakhtiari is the richest man at Packers' 'mandatory' minicamp - Green Bay Packers Blog- ESPN - David Bakhtiari, who signed a $48M extension in '16, is the richest player in the mandatory workouts for those with less than five years in the NFL.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: 30-Day Challenge - The Coach Who Got Away - Windy City Gridiron - Every day in the month of June, we'll ask a different Chicago Bears-related question to our readers. Make sure you guys participate the entire month, so we can all get to know the WCG community a...

Silverstein: The WCG All-Bears Post-Ditka Team - Linebacker - Windy City Gridiron - Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs anchor arguably the franchise’s signature position. Who joins them?

Zeglinski's Bears mini-camp mailbag: From Trubisky’s contract to Kyle Long’s recovery - Windy City Gridiron - When is it time to get concerned about Mitchell Trubisky’s contract proceedings? What level of play can we expect from Kyle Long? All that and more in this WCG mini-camp mailbag.

Wiltfong: Bears roster breakdown, 90-in-90: Rashaad Reynolds - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s another in our 90-in-90 series, which is our spotlight of every single player on the Chicago Bears’ offseason roster.

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