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NFL: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) hands the ball off to running back Jordan Howard (24) in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Finley's Draft analysis: Do Bears need a DL to team with Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman? - Chicago Sun-Times - For all Ryan Pace’s hits — and misses — in his three seasons as the Bears’ general manager, no position has fared better than defensive line.

Morrissey: Hard not to be suspicious of PED alibis, even from former Bears QB Mark Sanchez - We're leery. The number of professional athletes who have said their failed drug test was somebody else’s fault would fill a fleet of Boeing 737s.

Finley: Four things to watch when Bears coach Matt Nagy begins his first minicamp - Chicago Sun-Times - Change at Halas Hall feels even more significant than it did three years ago. Nagy is ushering in a modern offense not seen during John Fox’s tenure

Campbell: Quarterbacks will shape the top of NFL draft while Bears enjoy the view - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will be affected by how this year's heralded quarterback class slots ahead of them in the NFL draft. Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield might be drafted in the top six, ahead of the Bears at No. 8.

Tidwell: No Cam, Now What? - Da Bears Brothers - Now that the Bears and Cameron Meredith have officially parted ways, what's next for Chicago?

Previewing the 2018 NFL Draft: Wide Receivers - Bears Wire - A look at the top-5 wide receivers the Chicago Bears could target in the 2018 NFL Draft

Tidwell: No Cam, Now What? - Da Bears Brothers - Now that the Bears and Cameron Meredith have officially parted ways, what's next for Chicago?

Previewing the 2018 NFL Draft: Wide Receivers - Bears Wire - A look at the top-5 wide receivers the Chicago Bears could target in the 2018 NFL Draft

Previewing the 2018 NFL Draft: Linebackers - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have the opportunity to add an elite athlete at the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Eurich: Jeremy Langford waived by the New York Jets - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears took Jeremy Langford in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Eurich: Selecting a QB should still be an option for the Bears- 247Sports - Drafting another quarterback should not be out of the question for the Chicago Bears in 2018.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: Will Giants pass on a quarterback? – ProFootballTalk - The most recent reporting regarding the Giants' plan for the second overall pick was simple: Quarterback Sam Darnold if he's there; otherwise, running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post has a new take on the situation.

KNOW THY ENEMY

NFL Draft 2018: Tyquan Lewis tested like Nick Perry & may be a Packers target on day 3 - Acme Packing Company - Ohio State’s Tyquan Lewis has a similar physical profile as the Packers’ former first-round pass rusher but was overshadowed on a loaded Buckeye squad.

2018 NFL Draft profile: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions need a pass rush, and they are hosting one of the top pass rushing prospects.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The Bears met with Pittsburgh punter Ryan Winslow - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears used one of their top 30 pre-draft visits on a punter.

Infante's 2018 NFL Draft: Fringe first-round prospects the Bears should hope fall to them in Round 2 - Windy City Gridiron - Every year, there seem to be a few NFL Draft prospects who shockingly fall out of the first round. Who could those prospects be, and could the Bears end up with any of them?

Zeglinski: The Bears’ options with Dez Bryant and a 2018 Draft Edge Preview - Windy City Gridiron - Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys. On the latest WCG Radio, we discuss why the Bears shouldn’t sign him. Plus we go in depth on the team’s two biggest draft needs.

Wiltfong & Snyder's 2018 NFL Draft: Wide receiver is back in the mix for the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation podcast he was joined by the always insightful EJ Snyder and they discussed some wide receivers in the draft that the Chicago Bears could target.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - Robert Zeglinski

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