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The Bear’s Den: Rookie Mini Camp Update Edition

Rookie mini camp news, and we have the details of Saturday, plus news from our NFC North rivals and the NFL

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2018 NFL Draft
Roquan Smith of Georgia poses after being picked #8 overall by the Chicago Bears during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft
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Link: Why James Daniels is the Perfect Fit for the Bears - The Loop Sports - In the second installment of our series detailing the 2018 Bears draft picks and how they fit the scheme, we move on to the first of the second-round picks: James Daniels. If you missed the first part on Roquan Smith, you can find that here.

Finley: The Bears' big bet on G James Daniels is also one on their offensive line guru - Chicago Sun-Times - Having coached college kids all decade before returning to the Bears, Harry Hiestand knows the importance of explaining why.

Finley: CB Kevin Toliver vows to be 'different beast,' but Bears have short leash - Chicago Sun-Times - It's been was a promising start for the undrafted free agent. His 6-2, 192-pound frame looks like that of an NFL star — as does his five-star rating.

Finley: 'Grind' and grunts - How Bears WR Anthony Miller is already exuding attitude - Chicago Sun-Times - When Anthony Miller first met the player he fashioned his game around, he couldn’t believe Steve Smith knew he existed.

Emma: Run blocking could be path to early playing time for Bears receiver Anthony Miller - Chicago Tribune - Notes on Anthony Miller, Olin Kreutz, Joel Iyiegbuniwe and more from Bears rookie minicamp.

Emma: Bears rookie receiver Anthony Miller eager to prove himself all over again - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie receiver Anthony Miller went from walk-on to second-round pick because of a burning work ethic that he must tap into as a pro.

LeGere: Chicago Bears confident Daniels will succeed at guard - Daily Herald - When the Chicago Bears drafted James Daniels with the 39th overall pick, many believed it meant Cody Whitehair would shift from center to guard. But Daniels is the one making the position change.

Mullin: Bears of Matt Nagy looking to get faster up front, not necessarily bigger - NBC Sports Chicago - Some offseason moves for the Bears and Matt Nagy's history say that perhaps the Bears will go smaller and faster in the offensive line.

Stankevitz: Why Harry Hiestand and James Daniels are a good match for the Bears' offensive line - NBC Sports Chicago - Harry Hiestand sounds like the ideal person to coach James Daniels through a move back to guard upon entering the NFL.

LeGere: Chicago Bears confident Daniels will grow into new position - Pro Football Weekly - Iowa C has what it takes to make the move to OG

Cox: Matt Nagy has soft spot for small-school prospects at Bears rookie minicamp - Bears Wire - Matt Nagy played at an FCS program in college, so he can relate to the struggle of small-school prospects at Chicago Bears rookie minicamp.

Cox: Roquan Smith willing to start on special teams, work his way up - Bears Wire - First-round pick Roquan Smith knows he has to earn his playing time in the middle of the Chicago Bears defense.

Cox: Bears WR Anthony Miller enjoys blocking for teammates ‘You can’t be a pretty boy’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller takes pride in his blocking ability and physicality on the field.

Cox: James Daniels and Kyle Long bonding over popular video game ‘Fortnite’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears guards Kyle Long and James Daniels started bonding over a shared love of "Fortnite."

Mayer: Smith getting up to speed at minicamp - - The Bears are confident that first-round draft pick Roquan Smith will pick up the defense quickly, which should enable the speedy rookie linebacker to play fast.

Mayer: Miller convinced self-confidence is vital - - Bears second-round draft pick Anthony Miller believes that the self-confidence he possesses is absolutely essential to become a great NFL wide receiver.


Tranto: The best remaining NFL Free Agents - 247Sports - Big-name stars remain on the market after free agency peak, NFL Draft

McDaniels: 'I definitely want to be a head coach again' - - Josh McDaniels might have spurned the Indianapolis Colts to remain Patriots offensive coordinator, but the New England OC said Friday it's still his goal to be a head coach again some day.

Over-unders for rookie QB starts make Lamar Jackson a very good bet – ProFootballTalk - On PFT Live, we recently had some fun with rookie quarterback over-unders. (Stats wouldn't do well as "the house," based on some of the numbers he picked). The folks at Bovada recently set the line for games started by the five rookie first-round signal callers in 2018.

Tom Brady’s next goal: 1,000 career rushing yards – ProFootballTalk - Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a workout video on Instagram, as he often does, but this video was a little different. The video shows Brady running on the beach with a band around his waist, a partner holding the band for resistance, and a football in his hand.


Potential sites for 2019 and 2020 NFL Drafts emerge - Daily Norseman - Neither of them will be held in Minneapolis

Should the Detroit Lions have found the Matt Patricia allegations during their coaching search? - Pride Of Detroit - Did the Lions slip up during their background search or was this too hard to find?

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah expresses frustration, doesn’t blame coaches - Pride Of Detroit - Abdullah admitted on podcast the last three years have been frustrating.

Three Packers undrafted free agents to watch this summer - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay has a number of rookie hopefuls battling for a spot on the 53-man roster at positions searching for depth, but three have particularly caught this author’s attention.


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