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The Bear’s Den: June 23, 2017

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Training camp dates are set, Bears rookies report in only 26 days

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky during mini camp at Halas Hall. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Rank: Why you should root for the Chicago Bears - NFL.com - Gale Sayers ... Walter Payton ... Jordan Howard? OK, maybe we're jumping the gun a bit. But Adam Rank's hopeful about the young RB and the team as a whole. Here's why you should be, too!

DeWitt: Countdown to Camp, An In-Depth Preview of the Bears' Secondary - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers discuss every defensive back on the roster and explain who makes the team and what type of impact they will make in 2017.

Boden: Bears announce training camp schedule - CSN Chicago - The Bears released their official training camp schedule on Thursday morning. The Bears will report to Olivet Nazarene on Wednesday, July 26.

Campbell & Weiderer: Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer on Leonard Floyd's concussion problem (2:15 mark), the over/under on games rookie Mitch Trubisky will play in 2017 (21:12), offer sage advice to a Packers fan (38:05), answer your Twitter questions (42:12) and name their most intriguing newcomer (57:56). H.A.G.S.

Stankevitz: After historically low turnover total in 2016, what can Bears do to get more takeaways? - CSN Chicago - The Bears are putting more of an emphasis on creating turnovers in 2017, but don't want to go overboard with those efforts.

Perez: Bears RB Jordan Howard has a chance to make team history in 2017 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard has a chance to set another team record in 2017

Eurich: The best Bears player to ever wear No. 7 - 247sports - George Halas epitomized everything it meant to be a member of the Chicago Bears, but he wasn't the last long-term player to wear #7

Joniak: Journey takes Shaheen back to football - ChicagoBears.com - Bears second-round pick Adam Shaheen's journey from the basketball court to the football field is featured in the latest edition of "Meet the Rookies," a four-part series on ChicagoBears.com.

Goodbread: Best NFL draft picks of the century, Long a top selection from Oregon - NFL.com - Despite the school's reputation for offensive playmakers, linemen hold the top spots in Chase Goodbread's ranking of the best draft picks from Oregon since 2000.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: Looking at the coming waves of quarterback deals - ProFootballTalk - When it comes to quarterback contracts, the player's circumstances tend to have much more relevance to the final numbers than the broader market at the position.

Rosenthal: Derek Carr's actually underpaid, like all franchise QBs - NFL.com - Derek Carr's $125 million extension with the Raiders has some folks questioning the quarterback's worth. That's a waste of time, Gregg Rosenthal writes, as top QBs deserve even MORE money.

Orr: Kansas City Chiefs, GM John Dorsey agree to part ways - NFL.com - The Kansas City Chiefs and general manager John Dorsey agreed to part ways on Thursday, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt announced. Dorsey had been with the team since 2013.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Wagner: The Journey from Division II to Green Bay - Acme Packing Company - Rookies from NCAA Division II look to beat the odds and make the Packers’ final roster.

Reisman: The Detroit Lions had 2 of the 5 worst teams in past 30 years - Pride Of Detroit - BREAKING NEWS: The Lions were bad in the late 2000s.

Schlitt: What Matthew Stafford’s contract extension might look like - Lions Wire - The Detroit Lions are in contract negotiations with Matthew Stafford, but what might his new contract extension look like?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: NFC North Roster Comparison - Tight Ends - Windy City Gridiron - How do the Chicago Bears stack up against their division rivals at tight end?

Berckes: 30 Day Challenge - All Time Favorite Offensive Lineman - 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...

Mitchell: John Fox ranked in top third in NFL.com Coach Power Rankings - Windy City Gridiron - John Fox has his detractors in the Chicago media and fan base, but Elliot Harrison at NFL.com likes him

Zeglinski: Bears release 2017 training camp schedule - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ journey through their time in Bourbonnais has been officially mapped out.

Sunderbruch: Bears Roster Breakdown 90-in-90 - Harold Jones-Quartey - Windy City Gridiron - This next installment looks at a UDFA gem from last year - Harold Jones-Quartey

Zeglinski & Wiltfong: WCG Radio, Episode 4 - The dark Bears off-season - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears head into their ho-hum summer break and have plenty of questions to answer once training camp in Bourbonnais rolls around.

FANPOSTS

EriSoderholm'sbat: 53-man roster projection - Windy City Gridiron - Regular season week 1 vs. Falcons on September 10th (81 days from today): quarterbacks; Mike Glennon, Connor Shaw, Mitch Trubisky, Mark Sanchez PUP...

EricSoderholm'sbat: Bears history, present & future - Windy City Gridiron - Eric breaks down Bears history by the numbers.

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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