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A photo shout-out to the vastly underrated Thomas Jones, one great RB gone from our lineup far too soon... plus news of the day...

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Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts v Chicago Bears
Runningback Thomas Jones #20 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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

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Biggs Bears Q&A: What’s up with Jordan Howard? Scenarios to trade down? Cameron Meredith’s situation? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Wiederer: Bargain bin - How Bears boss Ryan Pace can find hidden WR gems late in the draft - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace set out this offseason to upgrade the talent and depth at wide receiver. After making a splash in free agency, Pace must now look to find a hidden gem at the position later in the draft.

Podcast: Chicago Bears' 5 Best Moves of the Offseason, Phase One Kicks Off (And More) - Da Bears Brothers - Listen as Da Bears Brothers discuss the five best moves Chicago has made in 2018, Phase One of the offseason program kicking off, and much more.

Stankevitz: Sizing up the Bears' defensive depth chart with an eye on the NFL Draft - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need to add players to Vic Fangio's defense through the NFL Draft, but what positions present the most pressing needs?

PFW Podcast 091: Breaking down the scouting process with Dan Hatman - Pro Football Weekly - This week on the Pro Football Weekly podcast, Eric is joined by Dan Hatman, the Director of Scouting Development at The Scouting Academy. We discuss what goes into the scouting process, how Dan teaches scouting, and we break down Quenton Nelson, Saqu

Way We Hear It: Concern over LSU's Arden Key starts with his outside influences - Pro Football Weekly - A one-time top-10 prospect, Key must rebuild his stock by proving accountability to NFL teams

NFL Draft: Building the perfect EDGE by combining top prospects' traits - Pro Football Weekly - From Chubb's hands to Landry's bend and burst, the EDGE prototype materialized

PFW NFL Draft: Gabriel's top 3 DT prospects - Pro Football Weekly - In deep DT draft class, Gabriel's top three prospects can plug and penetrate

Eric Edholm's 2018 NFL mock draft 2.0 - Pro Football Weekly - What does Eric Edholm have in store in his latest mock draft

Mayer: Long eager to be coached by Hiestand - ChicagoBears.com - Bears guard Kyle Long is excited about working with the new coaching staff and trying to regain his Pro Bowl form after injuries limited him to 18 games the last two seasons.

Mayer: Bowen tabs Trubisky, Cohen as breakout performers - ChicagoBears.com - ESPN.com writer Matt Bowen includes Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and running back Tarik Cohen among 10 NFL rookies who are primed to break out in Year 2.

Mayer: Urlacher will focus on others in HOF speech - ChicagoBears.com - During an appearance on the Bears All-Access radio show, Brian Urlacher discussed his impending Hall of Fame induction as well as the Bears' bright future.

PFW Chicago Podcast 110: Jordan Howard Instagram drama - Pro Football Weekly - Although none of them are on Instagram, Arthur, Bob and Hub dive into the drama surrounding Jordan Howard's removal of all his Bears-related photos. Is it a sign!?!? Hub mentioned a few weeks ago on the pod that he's heard of a few folks inside Halas

Perez: Roquan Smith, Courtland Sutton highlight Bears 4-round mock draft - Bears Wire - A Chicago Bears 4-round 2018 NFL Mock Draft

Perez: The time is now for Ryan Pace, Bears to take next step - Bears Wire - The time is now for Ryan Pace to win in Chicago, plus Allen Robinson's fantasy value, Tarik Cohen's role on offense and Aaron Lynch's upside

POLISH SAUSAGE

Hughes: How The Masters is Like the NFL (And a Few Other Thoughts) - Da Bears Blog - Here are a bunch of Around the League thoughts for this random April Thursday.

Video: Who are the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL? – ProFootballTalk - With Robert Griffin III joining the Ravens as a backup quarterback, inspiration arrived quickly and easily for Thursday's PFT Live draft. Who are the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL? The obvious No. 1 pick is the backup who became the Super Bowl LII MVP.

Williams: Marquette King on never meeting Jon Gruden - I just saw him on car commercials and stuff – ProFootballTalk - Marquette King denies his celebrations or his personality are reasons Oakland cut him. The punter said he never even met Jon Gruden. "I just saw him on car commercials and stuff," King said in a conference call with Denver writers, via quotes distributed by the team.

Harrison: Ranking the 51 No. 1 overall picks of the common-draft era - NFL.com - If you're scoring at home, the 2018 NFL Draft will be the league's 52nd since the great college marketplace was turned into a single venture. Prior to 1967, the NFL and the AFL were employing their own drafts. That lasted until bidding wars for prospects with two suitors got too pricey. Thus, we now have one prime, combined NFL draft.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Kruse: Cameron Meredith is perfect option for Packers to replace Jordy Nelson - Packers Wire - If healthy, Bears free agent receiver Cameron Meredith could be the Packers' next Jordy Nelson at receiver.

2018 NFL Draft: Packers could be a destination for three Grambling standouts - Acme Packing Company - The Packers were Pro Day attendees for a handful of late-round Tiger hopefuls.

Detroit Lions free agency: Do you approve of the Lions signing QB Matt Cassel? - Pride Of Detroit - What do you think of the Lions adding another backup quarterback?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears invite Eastern Illinois’ Nick Horne to their April 13th local pro day - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago’s local workout day will take place on Friday, April 13th, and here’s another name to add to the list.

Link's Checking the “Bears Box” Draft Profile: CB - 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's Mocking the Mocks: Kiper and McShay go 2 rounds for the Chicago Bears - Windy Cindy Gridiron - ESPN Draft Guru’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay each go two rounds deep in their latest mock draft. We highlight their choices for the Chicago Bears right here.

x160630: What do you know? - Windy City Gridiron - So you think you know how to spot a draft pick? You think you can do better than Ryan Pace himself? It's time to put your ego to the test in this fanpost. Let's assume you take over as GM of the...

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