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We rap up our mini-camp week and get ready for the madness that will be the 2018 NFL Draft

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Fans cheer during the game between the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field on December 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the Cleveland Browns 20-3.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Bob Pickens, former Bear who was among first black Olympic wrestlers, dead at 75 - Chicago Sun-Times - Bob Pickens wrestled in the Olympics, played for the Bears and was a businessman, Chicago Park District commissioner and Big 10 football referee.

Finley: Every Sun-Times NFL prospect preview, breakdown of Bears needs - Chicago Sun-Times - Less than a week before the draft, here's how the Sun-Times' Bears experts have evaluated the draft's top prospects, position by position:

Bears schedule 2018: Ranking all 16 games based on how exciting they'll be - Chicago Sun-Times - Planning to go to Solider Field this year, or taking a road trip? We rank the Bears’ 2018 schedule based on sheer excitement:

Jahns: To make a good defense great, Bears must consider these three draft prospects - Chicago Sun-Times - General manager Ryan Pace is expected to have three players who are considered the best at their respective positions to choose from.

Jahns: Consider Matt Nagy the wild card of the Bears' draft evaluations - Chicago Sun-Times - What’s Nagy’s sense for the caliber of players who could be available at the No. 8 selection?

Bear Download Podcast: Matt Nagy gets to work - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Haugh: Bears fans are going to love this draft if Ryan Pace plays it safe and stays at No. 8 - Chicago Tribune - Find somebody that looks at you the way America looks at the NFL draft. Bears fans should love this draft, especially if Ryan Pace ends up with a choice at No. 8 between Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson or Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.

What does 2018 Bears schedule mean for Matt Nagy & Co.? - Chicago Tribune - What does the 2018 Bears schedule mean for the team in the first year under Matt Nagy? Tribune writers provide their insight.

Wiederer: Bears have a golden opportunity to get defensive with the No. 8 pick - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace should have quite a menu of defensive playmakers to choose from with the No. 8 overall pick in the draft. That list could include Bradley Chubb, Roquan Smith, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Denzel Ward, Derwin James and Tremaine Edmunds.

Brad Biggs' NFL mock draft 2.0 - Chicago Tribune - Tribune NFL writer Brad Biggs takes his second crack at projecting who will go where in Thursday's first round.

Gabriel: Scouting Boston College DE Harold Landry - 670 The Score - Landry doesn't have the upside of some pass rushers but is more NFL-ready.

Baffoe: How The 2018 Chicago Bears Can Go Undefeated - 670 The Score - Let's build a path to history, shall we?

DeWitt: Chicago Bears 2018 Schedule Initial Reaction & Analysis - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers discuss the newly released schedule with a week-by-week breakdown. Plus, the guys share their top takeaways from minicamp.

Stankevitz: What should we make of Kevin White's minicamp? - NBC Sports Chicago - Kevin White had a solid week of practice, but it was just the first in a long and uncertain road back for the 2015 first-round pick.

LeGere: Chicago Bears' Nagy-Trubisky collaboration off to flying start - Pro Football Weekly - Head coach and franchise QB seem to be in lockstep

LeGere: Could Chicago Bears pass on Notre Dame OG Nelson at No. 8? - Pro Football Weekly - OL has multiple questions beginning with Long's health

PFW Chicago Podcast 112: On Nagy's first Bears minicamp, new schedule - Pro Football Weekly - After spending the week at Halas Hall for the first vet minicamp of Matt Nagy's Bears tenure, Bob joins Arthur to talk Mitch Trubisky's positive first impression; the conclusion of the Jordan Howard saga; Akiem Hicks' predictions for Leonard Floyd an

Cox: Kevin White’s 5th-year option would cost Bears nearly $14 million - Bears Wire - If the Chicago Bears choose to pick up the 5th-year option on Kevin White's contract, it would cost them just under $14 million.

Bears form 'Monster' partnership with Idonije - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday announced the "Monsters of the Midway" project in partnership with ATHLiTACOMiCS to meld the worlds of comics and sports.

The Pick Is In: Reporters predict how Bears will fare - ChicagoBears.com - With the release of the NFL schedule Thursday night, ChicagoBears.com takes a look at how Chicago reporters think the Bears will fare game-by-game this season.

Mayer: Trubisky enjoys first 'test drive' of offense - ChicagoBears.com - After a two-week introduction to the Bears’ new offense in the classroom, Mitchell Trubisky had a chance to take it for a test drive for the first time during this week’s three-day minicamp.

Eurich: Bears listed as 9-point underdogs to Packers in Week 1 - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are already viewed as underdogs to the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.

Eurich: CBS Sports suggests Bears make 2nd-round trade in mock draft - 247Sports - Trading back in the second round could open up a chance to gain more prospects for the Chicago Bears.

Hughes: Five Quick Reflections on the 2018 Schedule - Da Bears Blog - As for the Thanksgiving game in Detroit, that’s fine. The early Thanksgiving game is far less annoying than playing the evening game, which requires discipline I simply don’t possess.

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Alper: Eagles strike new deal with Nick Foles – ProFootballTalk - One of the questions heading into the offseason was whether the Eagles would consider trading quarterback Nick Foles, but no one hit the "high price tag" the team said it would take to move the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

Chris Ballard: Colts 'open to moving back' in NFL draft - NFL.com - The Indianapolis Colts already traded down once from No. 3 to No. 6 in next week's NFL draft. Could they move down once again? GM Chris Ballard said he's "open" to the idea.

KNOW THY ENEMY

PFF’s 7-round mock is a dream scenario for the Detroit Lions... but a fantasy - Pride Of Detroit - This is one of the most optimistic mock drafts you’ll ever see for the Lions.

Thompson: Vikings Linebacker Kentrell Brothers Suspended Four Games - Daily Norseman - The third year linebacker for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

Bukowski: Packers’ 2018 schedule could set up Green Bay to fight for No. 1 seed in NFC - Acme Packing Company - Even with tough stretch in the middle of the season, Green Bay should be a 12 or 13-win team next season.Ken's Note: Well, since we will beat their asses like a drum two times, that doesn't leave a lot of room left in this prediction. Only in minds filled with cheese fans is GB, a team that consists of a QB and 52 stiffs, a 13-win-team.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: A beefier Tarik Cohen and fond memories define Bears’ mini camp storylines - Windy City Gridiron - Cohen certainly doesn’t lack confidence, as he noted this week. We discuss his improvements and go through Bears’ draft ideals on the latest WCG Radio.

General Zimpok: A Mike Ditka Parallel with Matt Nagy? - Windy City Gridiron - Matt Nagy is to Mike Ditka, as Vic Fangio is to Buddy Ryan; without the dislike for each other. This is how I see it. Nagy creates and runs the offense, like Ditka. Fangio gets full control of the...

JDeLong42: Are the Bears bad at holding onto 4th quarter leads? - Windy City Gridiron - My name is Jonathan. I am a contributor for Cat Scratch Reader, the Panthers SB Nation site. I've been doing a deep dive into the statistics to try to find a pattern as to why the Panthers are so...

Anna Spooner: The Big Number 7 - Windy City Gridiron - What's up Bears fans! Is everyone ready for another thrilling NFL draft? It may not be in vogue with everyone, but I really love the draft. I get excited about new players, explosive talent, and...

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