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The Bear’s Den: July 19, 2017

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It’s the first day of Training Camp!!!! Well, for some anyway. Sorta.

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Willie Young (97) during mini camp at Halas Hall. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Wiederer: Why Bears believe running back Jordan Howard can take next step this year - Chicago Tribune - Because of Jordan Howard's development as a rookie, the Bears now have a clear No. 1 running back and the others will have to vie for opportunities.

Finley: Bears DL has starting lineup hole - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue podcast, Patrick Finley examines the Bears' defensive line in anticipation of the start of training camp:

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Analyzing the Bears QBs and offense before camp - Chicago Sun-Times - The guys make cuts and discuss the Bears' quarterback situation in detail. Can Mitch Trubisky beat out Mike Glennon?

Boden: 3 burning questions for the running backs - CSN Chicago - As the Bears training camp draws near, Chris Boden breaks down the top three questions facing the running backs.

Cox: When will Mitchell Trubisky sign his rookie contract? - Bears Wire - Mitchell -Trubisky is one of the few draft picks who has yet to sign his rookie contract, with training camp right around the corner

Mayer: Hicks leads promising group of linemen - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears defensive line that arrives in Bourbonnais next week will be led by veteran Akiem Hicks, who had a breakout first season with the team last year.

Cox: How much has the Bears’ secondary really improved? - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears invested in their secondary in free agency, but Pro Football Focus still ranked their back end group 30th in the NFL.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears 2017 training camp preview - Inside Linebackers - Pro Football Weekly - Trevathan's health a key quesiton mark for Bears ILBs heading into camp

Eurich: Nick Kwiatkoski can cement himself as Bears LB of the future - 247sports - Nick Kwiatkoski will have an opportunity to take advantage of a special situation with the Chicago Bears this season.

Adam Hoge’s Bears Blog - Training Camp Preview - WGN Radio - There will be no shortage of storylines in Bourbonnais this year, so here are 10 "things" to get you prepared for training camp.

Patra's NFC North training camp preview: Key issues, players to watch - NFL.com - What will Mitchell Trubisky show the Bears? Will Martellus Bennett click with Aaron Rodgers? Is Dalvin Cook ready to step up for the Vikings? Kevin Patra previews training camp in the NFC North.

Harrison's NFC bold predictions: Lions win North, Howard Outrushes Elliot - NFL.com - Will Jameis Winston take the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time in a decade? Might Aaron Rodgers take a step back in Green Bay? Elliot Harrison offers one bold prediction for each NFC team.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Gabriel: GMs, head coaches get set for NFL training camps to begin - Pro Football Weekly - NFL teams get back on the field next week and begin the process of forming a 53-man roster

Hanzus: Pain Rankings - Which NFL fan bases suffer the most? - NFL.com - Two summers ago, Dan Hanzus sought to answer an impossible question: Which NFL team and fan base had suffered the most in the Super Bowl era? Well, here's an update with a new No. 1.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Out with the old at Outside Linebacker - Acme Packing Company - With a pair of veterans gone, Green Bay needs to find stability and production out of their young reserve pass-rushers.

WLudford: Spielman Talks Offense - Daily Norseman - The Vikings released a video with Rick Spielman giving a preview about the offensive personnel heading into training camp, and while there is nothing earth-shattering in his comments, there are a...

Reisman: Lions DE Armonty Bryant suspended (again) for 4 games - Pride Of Detroit - Armonty Bryant can’t stay out of trouble.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Another national publication gets it wrong about the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - False narratives are the best kind!

Zeglinski's Bears 2017 training camp battles: Mitchell Trubisky versus Mike Glennon - Windy City Gridiron - Bourbonnais is on the horizon as the battle to become the face of the franchise waits to kick off.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out this weeks Ten Thoughts on the NFL, and make sure you leave a few of your own in the comment section.

Infante: Bears roster breakdown, 90-in-90 - Eddie Jackson - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest installment of our 90-in-90 series, we take a look at a rookie who might sneak his way into the starting lineup.

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