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Bears wrap up minicamp, John Fox is confident & Bears seem motivated

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Chicago Bears offensive lineman Charles Leno Jr. (72) drills during mini camp at Halas Hall.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Everything You Need To Know From Minicamp - WGN Radio - Bears mandatory minicamp officially came to a close Thursday afternoon after head coach John Fox called off an official practice following a walk-through. Here's everything you need to know following three busy days at Halas Hall.

Haugh: NFL Network player ranking shows 2017 Bears will have more motivation than talent - Chicago Tribune - Beyond Jordan Howard, no Bears really can complain about being left off the NFL Network's list.

Halas Hall Pass: Wrapping up the Bears' offseason program - Chicago Tribune - Tribune writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell recap the Bears' offseason program after the conclusion of minicamp on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

LeGere: Fox says Hicks' consistency a big asset to Bears - Daily Herald - Defensive end Akiem Hicks was arguably the Chicago Bears' defensive MVP last year and maybe even the team MVP, and coach John Fox is looking for the big man to build on that in the coming season.

Emma: John Fox On His Bears ‘Most Encouraged’ I’ve Been In My Tenure - CBS Chicago - Coach John Fox feels like his team has made quality strides this offseason.

Stankevitz: John Fox doesn’t see cause for concern with Mitch Trubisky still unsigned - CSN Chicago - Mitch Trubisky hasn't signed his rookie contract yet, but all parties involved haven't sounded concerned about that.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Thoughts and observations from Bears minicamp - Chicago Sun-Times - The guys discuss which quarterback has looked better in the offseason program.

Finley: John Fox not worried Mitch Trubisky hasn't signed Bears contract yet - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky broke minicamp without a contract.

Potash: Bears DE Akiem Hicks motivated after Pro Bowl snub to take next step - Chicago Sun-Times - Hicks’ ascension as an impact player is a big key to the Bears’ hopes for a quantum leap from 3-13 to playoff contender.

Jahns: What do the changes at quarterback mean to John Fox and the Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - In Fox's experience, the defense typically tends to be ahead of the offense at this point on the calendar.

Kaberon: Bears begin their summer break - ChicagoBears.com - With perfect attendance at practices throughout the offseason, the Bears were given an early start to their vacation.

Hub Arkush: Leonard Floyd, potential key to Bears' 2017 'D,' opens up on concussions that marred rookie season (updated) - Pro Football Weekly - Bears' Floyd happy to be back after needing two months of offseason to feel like himself again

Fishbain: Chicago Bears conclude minicamp, wrap up offseason training program - Pro Football Weekly - Bears are on vacation for six weeks before training camp

POLISH SAUSAGE

Hernandez: Miami Dolphins Suh Backup Kicker? - Scout.com - Miami Dolphins Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach Darren Rizzi has named a backup kicker for the team and quite shockingly, it’s not punter Matt Darr.

Suh has experience as a kicker in the NFL

AP: First 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million - Chicago Sun-Times - Those amounts mean that both individuals played a minimum of five NFL seasons and were diagnosed before their 45th birthdays.

Alper: Mike Zimmer “just about out of the woods” with eye issue - ProFootballTalk - Vikings coach Mike Zimmer missed a couple of weeks of the team's offseason program after having his eighth eye surgery since suffering a detached retina last November, but his chances of avoiding a ninth are looking good.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Saxyprince: Get In Formation - Daily Norseman - With all the new players added to the Minnesota Vikings, the Vikings need to find ways to optimize their offense in the areas they were deficient. The Vikings struggled on first and second down...

Turf Show Times: It will take a ‘massive effort’ to fix Greg Robinson - Pride Of Detroit - We turn to Rams blog Turf Show Times to give us an idea of what to expect from Greg Robinson.

Reisman: Did the Lions win or lose the Greg Robinson trade? Twitter reacts - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s how analysts and fans are reacting to the Lions’ trade on Thursday.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch's NFC North Roster Comparisons: Quarterback - Windy City Gridiron - How does Chicago’s roster stack up against its division rivals?

Wiltfong: Video of how Jordan Howard ran over the entire NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out the latest Film Room video from Brett Kollmann, who writes for SB Nation’s Battle Red Blog. Chicago Bears’ fans are going to like this one.

Link: 30 Day Challenge - Most Respected Opposing Player - 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...

Zeglinski: Bears mini-camp recap: John Fox cancels last practice, glows about future - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears now go on a six-week break before training camp as their coach is encouraged by their progress.

Zeglinski & Link: WCG Radio, Episode 3 - Danny Parkins talks Bears as mini-camp wraps up - Windy City Gridiron - The Score host joins the guys to talk the John Fox-Ryan Pace dynamic, Mitch Trubisky’s future, and so much more.

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