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Bear’s Den Weekend Open Thread: June 17-18, 2017

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The Post-Minicamp lull is upon us, but at least it’s the weekend, right?

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Chicago Bears offensive guard Kyle Long (75) during mini camp at Halas Hall. 
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Welcome to your Weekend Den Open Thread.

We have a relaxed atmosphere here in the Weekend Den and we make it an Open Thread to give you good people a place to come and leave comments, links, mock the Vikings because… well… VIKINGS, and whatever else you want to say (as long as you stay within the community guidelines). The seat belt light is off, feel free to get up and wander around the cabin! As always, open thread responsibly!!!!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Rosenbloom: Can someone explain John Fox? Somebody? Anybody? - Chicago Tribune - For John Fox, saying the Bears are the “furthest along" in his tenure, must be code for “I can’t believe I still have this job."

Bernstein: What Does John Fox Know That We Don’t? - CBS Chicago - Fox is overly optimistic about his Bears. Is he on to something?

Biggs: Durable Bears big man Akiem Hicks primed for contract year - Chicago Tribune - With Akiem Hicks nine months from free agency, it will be interesting to see if the Bears craft a new deal for him before the season.

BearsTalk Pick Six: Results of most important storylines from Bears minicamp - CSN Chicago - Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz look at the results of the six storylines that were worth focusing on during this week's veteran minicamp.

Stankevitz: Heading into summer, it's good vibrations for John Fox and the Bears bunch - CSN Chicago - The Bears head into summer break feeling like the competition fostered during OTAs and minicamps will benefit them in Bourbonnais.

Halas Intrigue podcast: 3 things we learned from Bears minicamp - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley breaks down the three things he learned from mandatory minicamp:

Finley: Analyzing the Bears after their offseason program - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley breaks down the gains made and questions looming after the Bears’ offseason program:

Perez: Will the Bears really use Mitchell Trubisky like Tim Tebow? - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears coach John Fox hinted at using Mitchell Trubisky like the Denver Broncos used Tim Tebow

Fishbain: Hroniss Grasu 'ready to roll' for Chicago Bears training camp following '16 ACL tear - Pro Football Weekly - Bears '15 third-rounder, Grasu hopes to be a factor for interior O-line

DaSilva: Meredith one of 12 NFL wide receivers and tight ends ready to break out in 2017 - FOX Sports - These pass-catchers will put up big numbers this season.

Nick's Quick Column: Amukamara set for a big season - After the Bears second day of veteran minicamp concluded, head coach John Fox made some interesting comments on the play of offseason acquisition Prince Amukamara. “Well, he’s sticky,” Fox told reporters Wednesday. “‘I call him ‘Sticky Man.’ He sticks on guys. He’s got good explosion.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

North: Will the 2016 Cubs follow the path of 1985 Bears? - Daily Herald - Mike North sees a similarity among the Super Bowl-winning 1985 Chicago Bears and the 2016 World Series Championship Chicago Cubs.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Florio: Report - Michael Floyd blamed positive alcohol test on Kombucha tea - ProFootballTalk - TMZ supplied it, Michael Floyd denied it, and now Floyd's representatives are leaking some other version of it. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, conveying without comment or scrutiny leaks from Floyd's lawyers and/or agents, reports that Floyd's "flagged" alcohol test occurred between...

Gates: Reports state Michael Floyd Violated The Terms Of His House Arrest - Daily Norseman - Reports say he’s tested positive for alcohol, which is prohibited under the terms of his agreement

Schwartz: The Lions are giving Greg Robinson the chance to be more than a ‘draft bust’ - SBNation.com - Retired NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz sees a golden opportunity for Greg Robinson to revive his career and keep the Lions’ playoff hopes alive in 2017.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Curl: 30 Day Challenge - My favorite current Bear - 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 participate over the entire month so we can all get to know the WCG community...

Wiltfong: Bears roster breakdown, 90-in-90 - Deonte Thompson - Windy City Gridiron - We discuss the chances Deonte Thompson opening up the 2017 season with the Chicago Bears in our 90-in-90 series; our look at every single player on their offseason roster.

Infante: Miller suggests Jeff Fisher might be next coach of the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller did some speculating regarding who the Bears’ next head coach will be.

FANPOSTS

ADClock: Are the Bears Above Average or Below Average on Draft Day? - Windy City Gridiron - 553 picks, 23,948 games played, 17,094 games in a Bears uniform, and 47 Super Bowl rings won since 1967.

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there's a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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