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The Bear’s Den, April 20, 2018

The schedule is out, mini camp is done and the draft is less than a week away, plus a photo of Richard Dent on the prowl...

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Chicago Bears: Richard Dent
Defensive end Richard Dent #95 of the Chicago Bears stretches during game in November of 1987 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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Finley: Game by game - breaking down the Bears' 2018 schedule, opponents and TV stations - Chicago Sun-Times - New coach Matt Nagy will have his first two games broadcast to the nation in prime time — one against a rival.

Jahns: A whole new world: Why QB Mitch Trubisky sees 'exciting stuff' ahead for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - “He’s ready to take over,” running back Jordan Howard said of Mitch Trubisky.

Jahns' Draft analysis: Should Bears be bold again and trade up for OLB Bradley Chubb? - Chicago Sun-Times - Part 10 of a 10-part series previewing the NFL draft and analyzing the Bears’ needs.

Potash: Leonard Floyd sits out mini-camp, but Matt Nagy "not concerned" - Chicago Sun-Times - Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, still recovering from a sprained knee that forced him to miss the final six games

Finley: Bears to sign WR Marlon Brown - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are signing former Ravens receiver Marlon Brown after he tried over for the team over its three-day minicamp.

Bears schedule 2018: Dates, start times, matchups and more - Chicago Sun-times - The Bears open the 2018 NFL season with back-to-back primetime games against the Packers and Seahawks.

Finley: Bears to sign WR Marlon Brown - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are signing former Ravens receiver Marlon Brown after he tried over for the team over its three-day minicamp.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Best draft scenarios for the first round? Why didn't the Bears bring back receiver Dontrelle Inman? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Why didn't the Bears bring back wide receiver Dontrelle Inman? What is the best scenario for the Bears in the top seven picks? What about the position switch for Rashaad Coward and more.

Campbell: What to watch for in every 2018 Bears game - Chicago Tribune - A preliminary breakdown of every 2018 Bears matchup following the NFL schedule release Thursday.

Rosenthal: NFL draft tries air game with Fox and ABC; ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. talks Bears pick at No. 8 - Chicago Tribune - No one who watches the NFL draft can complain that baseball games take too long. The draft, set for next week in Texas, will be broadcast over the air by Fox and then ABC, in addition to cable's ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. offers his analysis of the Bears' pick at No. 8.

Biggs: Bears open the 2018 season in Green Bay, host Seahawks a week later, both in prime time - Chicago Tribune - The Bears kick off the 2018 season against the rival Packers in prime time on Sunday, Sept. 9. The home opener a week later is also in prime time, a Monday Night Football contest against Seattle.

Tidwell: Will Kevin White Bounce Back or Bounce Backwards? - Da Bears Brothers - Even though nobody knows what to expect from the wideout, DeVante Tidwell is adamant that it's okay to be optimistic.

Stankevitz: Matt Nagy can make a statement with Bears opening 2018 season in Green Bay - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy will begin his tenure as Bears coach at Lambeau Field in a primetime date with the Packers, according to multiple reports.

Stankevitz: The hype is real for the 'natural' Matt Nagy-Mitch Trubisky relationship - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky's first practices running Matt Nagy's offense revealed plenty of positives for the Bears' two most important figures.

Mullin: Predicting the 2018 Bears - Turnaround can only come game by game by game - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL schedule has been announced so John 'Moon' Mullin predicted each Bears game in 2018.

[Video] Bears voluntary minicamp wraps up with "immensely focused" Trubisky - Pro Football Weekly - After three days of voluntary mini camp, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy was happy with the progress the team made. Nagy spoke on Trubisky being "immensely focused", along with the positives on both sides of the ball.

Hoge: Ranking The Top 10 Quarterbacks in The 2018 NFL Draft - Pro Football Weekly - Adam Hoge spends months putting together his QB evaluations before the draft. Here are his top 10 QBs for the 2018 draft.

LeGere: Chicago Bears open vs. Packers in Green Bay - Pro Football Weekly - Top concern for Bears coach Nagy is improving NFC North record

LeGere: Chicago Bears fans can choose from some ideal road destinations - Pro Football Weekly - 2018 Bears schedule presents several enticing travel options

Cox: Mitchell Trubisky - ‘I’ve been coached more than I ever have’ in 3 days of minicamp - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said he's received more coaching in three days of voluntary minicamp than he ever has before.

Perez: Mitchell Trubisky makes NFLPA’s Top-50 player sales list - Bears Wire - Mitchell Trubisky merchandise ranked in the top-50 of sales in 2018, according to the NFLPA

Mayer: Capsules of 2018 Bears opponents - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL regular-season schedule being released Thursday night, ChicagoBears.com senior writer Larry Mayer takes a capsule look at the Bears’ 13 opponents.

Mayer: Bears to visit Broncos for joint practices - ChicagoBears.com - Just as they did two years ago with the Patriots in New England the Bears will conduct joint practices with the Denver Broncos this summer in Colorado.

Mayer: Bears sign two players after minicamp auditions - ChicagoBears.com - After concluding their three-day voluntary minicamp Thursday, the Bears signed receiver Marlon Brown and defensive end Nick Williams and released receiver Mekale McKay.

Mayer: Chicago Bears release 2018 season schedule - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears will kick off the Matt Nagy era on a national stage with back-to-back prime-time games, beginning with their season opener against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Mayer: Bears 2018 schedule by the numbers - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer takes a unique look at the Bears’ 2018 regular-season schedule by the numbers, with items about streaks, stretches, trends and other interesting tidbits.

Eurich: Bears aren't concerned about Leonard Floyd's health - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are feeling good about Leonard Floyd coming off his injury.

Eurich: Matt Nagy won't underestimate the importance of division games - 247Sports - Matt Nagy does not want his Chicago Bears to get out ahead too far with the schedule release.

Eurich: Broncos and Bears to hold joint practices during preseason - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos will be holding joint practices come August.

Eurich: Bears sign Marlon Brown and Nick Williams, waive Mekale McKay - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have added a new wideout and new defensive lineman while saying goodbye to a young wide receiver.

Dickerson: Mitchell Trubisky - 'Exciting stuff' going on in Chicago Bears' offense - ESPN - Mitchell Trubisky sounds convinced that Matt Nagy's offense is a good fit for the team -- and the quarterback -- and is stoked about its potential.

POLISH SAUSAGE

2018's toughest NFL schedules: Hard road for NFC East, Rams - NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal eyes the 2018 NFL season's toughest schedules -- including the difficult path in front of Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers 2018 schedule: Green Bay draws Bears for Week 1 on Sunday night - Acme Packing Company - The Packers will kick off their 100th season at home against their archrival in prime time.

Packers Schedule 2018: Green Bay loads up on home games to open season - Acme Packing Company - The Packers will host three dome teams at Lambeau Field in December.

Minnesota Vikings 2018 Schedule Announced - Daily Norseman - Follow along as the Vikings schedule is announced at 7 PM CT Thursday.

2018 Lions schedule leak: Detroit to face Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving - Pride Of Detroit - The Thanksgiving Day Classic is set for 2018!

Lions 2018 schedule quick analysis: President Rod Wood doesn’t get his wish - Pride Of Detroit - Our immediate thoughts on the Lions’ 2018 schedule.

Lions 2018 schedule: Dates, times, opponents for the NFL regular season - Pride Of Detroit - Your first look at the Detroit Lions’ 2018 schedule.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: 2018 NFL Draft - A prospect the Chicago Bears could target on each day - Windy City Gridiron - In a recent ESPN Insider article, Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. goes through each day of the NFL Draft and he picks a player that fills a need for every team. It’s not a mock draft, but rather an...

Zeglinski: 2018 NFL Schedule - Bears open with Packers on “Sunday Night Football” - Windy City Gridiron - The Matt Nagy era kicks off with a primetime bout against Chicago’s long time rival, among other schedule tidbits.

Infante: Bears sign wide receiver Marlon Brown - Windy City Gridiron - The move comes just six days after the Bears also added former teammate and fellow wide receiver Bennie Fowler.

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