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The Bear’s Den, May 12, Rookie Mini Camp Edition

The Bears Rookies are at Halas Hall doing that thing that rookies do, and tryout invitees try to impress

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Finley: Bears being cautious with second-round pick Anthony Miller's foot - Chicago Sun-Times - Receiver Anthony Miller, a second-round draft pick, did individual work but didn't participate in live team drills during Friday's rookie minicamp.

Finley: From Roquan Smith to Elijah Norris, Bears' Matt Nagy giving everyone a fair shot - Chicago Sun-Times - Even tryout players who come in with unheralded resumes and lotto odds will get a good look from a head coach who went to Division I-AA Delaware.

Finley: Georgia student arrested, charged in theft from Bears LB Roquan Smith's car | Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears wiped their iPad clean of any playbook material. It is the lone item of Roquan Smith's that has yet to be recovered.

Jahns: 'You got to earn it' - Roquan Smith embraces what it means to be great Bears LB - Chicago Sun-Times - “It’s great to try to come in and do something special,” Smith said. “But I’ll just be the best player I can be.”

Photos: Bears rookie minicamp at Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - Photos from Bears rookie minicamp at Halas Hall.

Kane: Bears roommates Roquan Smith, Joel Iyiegbuniwe get to know each other during rookie minicamp - Chicago Tribune - Joel Iyiegbuniwe plans to pick the brain of fellow Bears rookie inside linebacker Roquan Smith, who doubles as his roommate.

Wiederer: After car burglary, Bears rookie Roquan Smith eager for his on-field NFL start - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears rookie Roquan Smith hopes the unfortunate incident of his car getting burglarized will be in the past soon enough. And it should be. On Friday, in a fresh white No. 58 Bears practice jersey, he went through the paces of his first NFL practice.

Stankevitz: Roquan Smith is taking the right approach to his place with the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Roquan Smith may be expected to start in 2018, but he's still an early-stage rookie and is well aware of his place on the Bears at this point.

LeGere: Bears rookie ILBs Smith, Iyiegbuniwe rooming and learning together - Pro Football Weekly - Different expectations for Bears' first-rounder and fourth-rounder

[Video] Nagy sets expectations at Chicago Bears rookie minicamp - Pro Football Weekly - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy set the tone at Halas Hall on Friday, May 11, as the Bears kicked off Rookie Minicamp for the weekend. Nagy talked about the expectations of the team and the importance of leaving it all on the field. 2018 NFL Draft

Hub Arkush: Matt Nagy's first Bears rookie minicamp strikes familiar chord - Pro Football Weekly - Once a rookie longshot himself, Nagy vows Bears will leave no stone unturned

Jones: John Fox on His Bears Departure, New ESPN Gig - - While he believes the Bears improved during his three years in Chicago, he knows the W-L record is unforgiving. He’s staying close to the game and prepping for an analyst role for 2018.

Cox: 4 things we learned from 1st day of Bears rookie minicamp - Bears Wire - It was only one minicamp practice, but we already learned a few things about the next crop of Chicago Bears rookies.

Mayer: Players arrive for Bears rookie minicamp - - Halas Hall was teeming with activity Thursday as 70 NFL hopefuls from across the country arrived throughout the day for the start of Bears rookie minicamp.

Mayer: Bears alums provide history lesson to rookies - - Seven men who combined to play 982 games and 72 seasons with the Bears spent an hour addressing the young hopefuls at the team’s rookie minicamp.

Mayer: Smith, Iyiegbuniwe helping each other assimilate - - Bears draft picks and inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Joel Iyiegbuniwe are bonding at the team's rookie minicamp and helping each other transition into the NFL.

Mayer: Nagy sees himself in unheralded prospects - - Having played quarterback at I-AA Delaware and in the Arena Football League, Bears coach Matt Nagy sees himself in many of the unsigned prospects who are participating in rookie minicamp.

Eurich: CBS Sports suggests Bears should trade for Shane Ray - 247Sports - A trade for Shane Ray could help the Chicago Bears shore up their pass-rush in 2018.

Monson: Roquan Smith leads PFF's top 5 Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates for 2018 - Pro Football Focus - Senior Analyst Sam Monson gives his all-too-early look at PFF's favorites to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award for the 2018 NFL season.

Stoltz: Chicago Bears rookie linebackers building early bond at rookie minicamp - 247Sports - Bears rookie LBs Roquan Smith and Joel Iyiegbuniwe, the team's first- and fourth-round draft picks respectively, will lean on each other during rookie minicamp and beyond

Eurich: Bears 2018 preseason schedule dates and times made official - 247Sports - The dates and times are now official for the Chicago Bears in the preseason.

Eurich: Anthony Miller is taking it slow in first Bears minicamp - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are letting Anthony Miller ease back from a foot fracture.

Tranto: The Top 15 Best Remaining NFL Free Agents - 247Sports - Big-name stars remain on the market after free agency peak, NFL Draft

Farrar: Mitchell Trubisky Is Primed to Be NFL's Breakout Sophomore - Bleacher Report - There are few more graphic examples of a coaching staff hindering and then helping a quarterback than the two Jared Goff has had...


Patra: Twenty-two teams holding rookie camps this weekend - - Twenty-two NFL squads are holding their rookie minicamps over the weekend. Nine teams held their rookie sessions last week. The Rams are the only team not holding a traditional rookie camp.


Packers CB Josh Jackson mentioned as 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate - Acme Packing Company - Jackson’s ball skills are the primary reason for his mention in the same breath as a few of the top players in this year’s draft class.

A possible new ride for the Vikings fan in your life - Daily Norseman - It’s a skolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll van. . .

Waiting too long to get your Vikings in fantasy football might be a mistake - Daily Norseman - If this new mock from is any indication

Grading the Detroit Lions’ offseason - Pride Of Detroit - Now that the offseason is mostly done and workouts are underway, how do you think the Lions did acquiring players?


Wiltfong: PFF really likes the Bears’ 2018 Draft - Windy City Gridiron - All this praise being heaped on our Chicago Bears’ 2018 draft class is getting old. I mean, we get it, Ryan Pace nailed it. Big deal. Instant upgrades, plug and play, building a winner, yada, yada,...


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