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Bears hold first day of voluntary veteran’s mini-camp at Halas Hall, and Nagy, Howard and Hicks meet with press

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NFL: Chicago Bears-Press Conference
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy speaks
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Campbell: Bears' Akiem Hicks savoring benefits of defensive continuity with Vic Fangio - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks appreciates the continuity on defense established by the organization's retention of Vic Fangio.

Kane: Jordan Howard coy about disappearing Bears photos on Instagram - Chicago Tribune - What was up with Bears running back Jordan Howard’s Instagram account this offseason?

Wiederer: After separation, Bears coach Matt Nagy wishes WR Cameron Meredith well - Chicago Tribune - A week after the Bears let restricted free-agent receiver Cameron Meredith depart for the Saints, head coach Matt Nagy offered his best wishes to Meredith.

Kane: Matt Nagy - ‘Hard not to smile’ working with Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy pulled aside Mitch Trubisky for a few moments after their first practice together as Bears coach and quarterback inside the Walter Payton Center on Tuesday.

Williams: Bryce Callahan signs restricted free agent tender – ProFootballTalk - The Bears announced defensive back Bryce Callahan has signed his restricted free agent tender. Callahan, 26, played 12 games last season with six starts, including three at corner and three at the nickel. He made 25 tackles, six pass breakups, one sack and two interceptions.

Haugh: Matt Nagy looks and sounds ready to put the fun back in football for Bears and Chicago - Chicago Tribune - On the Bears' first practice of minicamp, coach Matt Nagy left the most lasting impression with authenticity and not a hint of insecurity, offering hope for a more vibrant and transparent time at Halas Hall.

Price: The Bears' best selections in history, pick by pick - Chicago Sun Times - Over 80 years of drafting has led the Bears to some major successes, even if they're never hit it big on a No. 1 overall pick.

Photos: Bears voluntary minicamp at Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - Photos from Bears voluntary minicamp at Halas Hall on April 17, 2018.

Jahns' Draft analysis: Should Bears pass on top CBs Denzel Ward or Josh Jackson? - Chicago Sun-Times - Part 8 of a 10-part series previewing the NFL draft and analyzing the Bears’ needs.

Finley: 'We're building this thing' — how coach Matt Nagy started Bears' construction - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy didn’t have to look far for the perfect analogy to share with his team Tuesday.

Potash: Matt Nagy endorsement of Jordan Howard as Bears feature RB comes without a catch - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy tacitly acknowledged that receiving is not a strength of Howard’s game ... but disputed the notion that it made Howard a bad fit for his offense.

Finley: Matt Nagy defends Cam Meredith decision, says Bears' WR depth 'could improve' - Chicago Sun-Times - New coach Matt Nagy defended the Bears’ decision to let Cam Meredith leave for the Saints, even as he admitted the team should add another receiver.

Finley: Bears coach Matt Nagy on WR Allen Robinson's knee 'I know he'll be ready' - Chicago Sun-Times - Allen Robinson’s challenge “mental, mental, mental,” the coach said after the Bears' first day of voluntary minicamp practices Tuesday.

Finley: Jordan Howard - Bears said they won't trade me - Chicago Sun-Times - After an offseason in which some tried to link him to a trade, the running back said the Bears assured his agent that he won't be dealt.

Stankevitz: Bears enjoying consistency on defense, but reinforcements are coming via NFL Draft - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are returning most of their prominent players from 2017's decent-to-good defense, but will look to add more pieces to Vic Fangio's group via the NFL Draft.

Stankevitz: Jordan Howard on Instagram kerfuffle ‘Wasn’t nothing to it’ - NBC Sports Chicago - What's happening with Jordan Howard's Instagram? He doesn't want you to worry about it.

LeGere: Chicago Bears will have options to add needed ILB depth - Pro Football Weekly - Georgia's Smith would bring immediate help

Eric Edholm’s NFL mock draft 3.0 - Pro Football Weekly - Josh Rosen sliding? Raiders surprise pick? Patriots find their Brady successor?

LeGere: Cornerback not a pressing concern for Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - But Bears could seek depth behind starters Fuller, Amukamara

Biggs: Alabama's Fitzpatrick makes sense for Chicago Bears at No. 8 - Pro Football Weekly - Versatile S-CB could fill multiple roles in Bears secondary

LeGere: Akiem Hicks anticipates Chicago Bears defense taking another step - Pro Football Weekly - Bears defensive MVP believes improvement under Fangio will continue

LeGere: Chicago Bears tell Pro Bowl RB Howard he's in their future - Pro Football Weekly - Bears coach Nagy denies that featured runner doesn't fit in his offense

Cox: Bears switching DL Rashaad Coward to guard - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are moving defensive lineman Rashaad Coward to guard, adding a project for new OL coach Harry Hiestand.

Bears Care Auction allows fans to buy game-used, signed items - ChicagoBears.com - Fans can bid on and purchase exclusive game-used items, signed memorabilia and one-of-a-kind Bears experiences with the new Bears Care Auction feature in the Chicago Bears Official App.

Mayer: Hicks praises veteran coordinator Fangio - ChicagoBears.com - With coordinator Vic Fangio bringing continuity and a no-nonsense approach to the Bears defense, Akiem Hicks and his teammates are aiming to become a top-five unit.

Roster Moves: Callahan inks one-year tender with Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Restricted free agent defensive back Bryce Callahan on Tuesday signed his one-year tender offer from the Bears.

Mayer: Nagy 'amazed' with Trubisky's first practice - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy told Mitchell Trubisky that he was "amazed" at how well the quarterback handled their first minicamp practice together Tuesday at Halas Hall.

Manwickle: Bears Players Impressed With Detail-Oriented Nagy As Minicamp Begins - CBS Chicago - Another round of major changes for the Bears was ramped up Tuesday with the start of a three-day mini-camp, under the direction of newly hired head coach Matt Nagy.

Heckman: Big board for 2018 NFL Draft - Da Windy City - With the 2018 NFL Draft just under two weeks away, take a look at some of the higher profile players atop the Chicago Bears big board.

Thompson: Akiem Hicks thinks Leonard Floyd will make 2018 Pro Bowl - Da Windy City - Entering his third year with the Chicago Bears, will Leonard Floyd finally make the jump everyone is hoping to see? Akiem Hicks thinks so.

Dickerson: 'Comforting' that Chicago Bears don't plan to trade me - ESPN - Jordan Howard downplayed the temporary disappearance of some of his social media photos and said the Bears have reassured him of his spot on the team.

Dickerson: Akiem Hicks - Chicago Bears aiming for top-five defense in 2018 - ESPN - The Bears defense was a bright spot in 2017, and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks believes the unit will continue to make strides under Vic Fangio.

Wood: Establishing Ryan Pace’s draft profile, day 3 - Da Bears Blog - Under Ryan Pace, the Bears are averaging two round 4 picks per year and are currently slated to have two in 2018. They will potentially have more if Pace trades down in round 2 again, as is he wont.

2018 NFL Draft: Tracking AFC East teams' interest in prospects - NFL.com - We're taking a look at the buzz surrounding each team leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, connecting prospects with their potential future NFL clubs.

Wesseling: Nagy - Jordan Howard absolutely feature back for Bears - NFL.com - After weeks of trade speculation, Jordan Howard is locked in as the Chicago Bears' lead back. Asked Tuesday if Howard would be the team's featured running back for the upcoming season, new coach Matt Nagy replied, "Absolutely, yeah."

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL regular-season schedule coming Thursday – ProFootballTalk - The "when" will be attached to the "who" and the "where" soon. The NFL has announced that the 256-game regular-season schedule will be released on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. At that time, the question of who plays whom and where will be enhanced with when the ball will be kicked.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers' Aaron Rodgers: My role is to play quarterback - NFL.com - After a report circulated stating Aaron Rodgers was "frustrated' with some of the Packers' personnel decisions, the signal-caller said he knows his role is to play quarterback.

Robinson: Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers 'frustrated' - Yahoo News - Rodgers might want a bigger hand in some of the roster-shaping decisions, but he lacks the leverage to change the dynamic with the Packers’ new general manager.

NFL Draft 2018: Missouri’s J’Mon Moore is another wide receiver to watch for the Packers - Acme Packing Company - Don’t let one bad drill at the Combine keep this athlete off your radar.

Reisman: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers reportedly frustrated with management as negotiations loom - Pride Of Detroit - Could some trouble be brewing between Rodgers and Green Bay?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Silverstein: The 50-Year Plan: how the Bears can unretire numbers and honor more legends - Windy City Gridiron - WCG historian Jack M Silverstein offers a plan to unretire numbers in a way that will, hopefully, be a win-win for everyone.

Zeglinski: South Carolina State’s Darius Leonard to visit the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The sleeper linebacker is raw but has ability that might entice the Bears.

Zeglinski Chicago Bears Mock Draft 2018 2.0: Georgia of all trades - Windy City Gridiron - A trade down with a powerhouse puts the Bears in position to address every need. Georgia football acts as the test dummy.

Zeglinski: Bears re-sign Bryce Callahan to one-year contract - Windy City Gridiron - The solid nickel corner makes his return to Chicago amongst familiarity.

Wiltfong: 2018 NFL Schedule will be released on Thursday - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears’ fans, are you guys ready to find out when the Matt Nagy era officially kicks off?

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