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Pass catch rule change means Zach Miller would have had that last TD if it had happened this year, plus a Cam Meredith update

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Carolina Panthers v Chicago Bears
Zach Miller #86 of the Chicago Bears carries the football against Shaq Thompson #54 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter at Soldier Field on October 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

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

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Finley: NFL mock draft: Debating pros and cons of top 10 picks - Chicago Sun Times - The latest installment of the Sun-Times' mock draft gives a pick for all 32 teams but debates the pros and cons of each top-10 selection:

Jahns: Under NFL's proposed catch rules, Bears' Zach Miller scored TD vs. Saints - Chicago Sun-Times - Under the proposed revisions for what constitutes as a catch in the NFL, Bears tight end Zach Miller scored a touchdown in New Orleans last season.

Finley: Bears free agency: WR Cam Meredith adds Saints to restricted free agent tour - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears receiver Cam Meredith had previously spoken with the Ravens and Colts.

Jahns: Bears chairman George McCaskey - 'We need to reward (fans') patience' - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are a completely different team now under general manager Ryan Pace and new coach Matt Nagy.

Robbie Gould helps dedicate Lurie Children's Hospital library - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears and current 49ers kicker Robbie Gould dedicates the Lurie Children's Hospital library with 8-year-old cancer survivor Chase Ewoldt.

Thompson: Ex-Bear Robbie Gould 'adopted' 8-year-old cancer survivor - Chicago Tribune - Robbie Gould got some help Monday cutting the ribbon on a new library at Lurie Children’s Hospital from an 8-year-old cancer survivor he knows pretty well,

Campbell: Zach Miller's catch would be touchdown under new rule, NFL says - Chicago Tribune - Bears tight end Zach Miller's overturned touchdown catch would have stood as a touchdown under the amended catch rule that the NFL competition committee is proposing this week, NFL head of officiating Al Riveron said.

Biggs: Decision time likely coming soon for Bears on homegrown Cameron Meredith -Chicago Tribune - Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith visited the Saints over the weekend, the third team the restricted free agent has met with. Soon, the Bears might have to consider matching an offer sheet for him.

Stankevitz: By NFL’s proposed common sense catch rules, Zach Miller would’ve kept his touchdown - NBC Sports Chicago - Zach Miller's potentially career-ending touchdown would've remained a touchdown under the league's proposed catch rule, NFL head of officiating Al Riveron said Monday.

Perez: Zach Miller play vs. Saints ruled a catch at NFL owners meeting - Bears Wire - The play that ended Zach Miller's NFL career against the New Orleans Saints was ruled a touchdown at the NFL owners meeting Monday. Ken's Note: Well, the NFL didn't say that Zach Miller's play has been ruled a catch, they said it would be a catch under the new rules... but hey, what's actual accuracy got to do with it? With Bears Wire? Not much.

Florio: Will NFL eventually dump kickoffs? – ProFootballTalk - Getting rid of the kickoff currently isn't on the agenda for the NFL's owners as they prepare to meet in Orlando. But it soon could be. NFL executive V.P.

Hughes: A Frothy Pint of Optimism - Da Bears Blog - Optimism in sports is a perfectly-poured pint of Guinness, served with the harp facing OUT. It’s frothy. It’s delicious. Every time you lift the glass to your lips you think, “this is going to be the one that gets everything right.” And most mortals drinking “the dark stuff” – much like those overly optimistic – omit a noxious plume that those within a five-foot radius find…disconcerting.

Mayer: Akiem Hicks answered fan questions on Twitter - ChicagoBears.com - Friday night Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks answered dozens of questions on Twitter, including which teammate is his favorite and least favorite.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Tandler: The Redskins make signing of OLB Pernell McPhee official - NBC Sports Washington - Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins a week ago and on Monday he decided that he wanted to stick around.

Report: Washington (finally) signs Pernell McPhee - Hogs Haven - Washington gets the pass rusher to replace Murphy and Galette

Mayer: NFL owners to mull new catch rule, 9 others - ChicagoBears.com - NFL owners will consider adopting 10 new rules at their annual league meetings this week in Orlando, most notably one that "changes [the] standard for a catch."

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers Free Agency: WR Allen Robinson almost came to Green Bay before signing with Bears - Acme Packing Company - The Packers apparently were one of the final two teams in the running for the top free agent wideout.

2018 NFL free agency: Detroit Lions reportedly ‘not currently in on’ DT Johnathan Hankins - Pride Of Detroit - The dream is over, Detroit Lions fans. One of the hottest, most popular names for the Detroit Lions to sign this free agency period was defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Once the Colts released...

Reisman: NFL admits it was incompetently slow in fixing the catch rule - Pride Of Detroit - The NFL didn’t even realize there was a problem until well after Lions fans had screamed themselves hoarse.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Link's Checking the “Bears Box” Draft Profile: WR - Windy City Gridiron - Based on the last 10 years, the Bears front office and coaching staff have given us clues as to what physical profiles they value at each position. This series aims at zeroing in on those players while separating the wheat from the chaff.

Wiltfong: Mitchell Trubisky ranked the 14th QB in 2017 - Windy City Gridiron - Only one NFL North quarterback ranked higher than Chicago Bears’ rookie Mitchell Trubisky in 2017.

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