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The Bear’s Den, June 1, 2018

Bears summer schedule forms as we move one day closer to August 2, the first Bears pre-season game of 2018.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Chase Daniel (4) hands off to running back Benny Cunningham (30) during organized team activities at Halas Hall. 
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Campbell: Excitement about Bears' new offense should embrace a realistic timeline - Chicago Tribune - It’s tempting to envision Mitch Trubisky operating an option attack that makes the Packers’ restructured defense look slow and confused on opening day. More likely, though, Matt Nagy’s offense will debut in a basic form. By midseason there will be more punch, and even more by season’s end.

Jahns: 'The main guy' - What will Jordan Howard become in the Bears' new offense? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears need Howard. The question is for how long? That answer will emerge this season with Nagy modernizing the Bears' offensive approach.

Finley: Bears announce training camp schedule, start times - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears report to training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on July 19, and will hold their first open-to-the-public two days later

Finley: Bears' Matt Nagy not afraid to pair Taylor Gabriel with Tarik Cohen - Chicago Sun-Times - “It’s a lot of catch and run,” Bears receiver Taylor Gabriel said. “That’s one thing I’m good at — catching and running."

Jahns: Five things learned from Bears defensive coaches - Chicago Sun-Times - Starting with the return of Vic Fangio, continuity is king for the Bears’ defense. But there still are jobs to be won.

Campbell & Wiederer: A closer look at the Bears offense - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Kane: Bears to open training camp July 19 - Chicago Tribune - New Bears head coach Matt Nagy is opting for morning practices, with all but three slated for 8:15 or 9:15 a.m.

Rosenthal: Bears shake up preseason TV announcer roster - Chicago Tribune - The Matt Nagy-era Bears are tweaking their approach to preseason TV. Sam Rosen is out on play-by-play after nine preseasons. ESPN's Adam Amin and NFL Network's Kyle Brandt are in. The team also plans to take a non-traditional approach to its last exhibition telecast.

Mullin: Good things coming from Kevin White? - NBC Sports Chicago - John "Moon" Mullin shares his biggest takeaways from the Bears' OTA, which includes some encouraging signs from Kevin White.

Stankevitz: Trey Burton sees plenty of similarities between Carson Wentz and Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - Trey Burton explained on Wednesday why he sees so many similarities between Mitch Trubisky and Carson Wentz.

Cox: Trey Burton says Mitchell Trubisky is ‘really similar’ to Carson Wentz - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton sees a lot of similarities between Mitchell Trubisky and Carson Wentz.

Cox: Deon Bush impressing Vic Fangio during Bears OTAs - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears safety Deon Bush was singled out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for the improvement he's shown this offseason.

Cox: Kevin White putting in extra work after practice at Bears OTAs - Bears Wire - Matt Nagy revealed that Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White is staying late after practice to work on his route-running at OTAs.

Cox: Leonard Floyd ‘doing more each day’ while recovering from knee injury - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is recovering on schedule from his knee injury and should be ready for training camp.

Cox: Roquan Smith starting to get 1st-team reps at practice - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith is already getting mixed in with the starters at organized team activities.

Cox: Matt Nagy reaffirms confidence in Jordan Howard - Bears Wire - Head coach Matt Nagy reiterated that running back Jordan Howard is a good fit in the new Chicago Bears offense.

Mayer: Chicago Bears announce 2018 Training Camp Schedule - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears will conduct training camp from July 21 through Aug. 11 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, where fans will be able to watch practice and park free of charge.

Hughes: Roquan Smith To the Starting Lineup! - Da Bears Blog - There is a belief in some older-school league coaching circles that somehow young players benefit from starting as third-stringers and working their way into the starting lineup over the laborious period of training camp. When Parcells and Walsh were on the sideline, sure, I’d buy it. But now?

Dickerson: Bears encouraged by Allen Robinson's first OTA appearance - ESPN - The Bears were encouraged by Allen Robinson's first appearance in OTA drills as they try to bring him along slowly but have him full-go for July.

Eurich: Chicago Bears make changes to preseason TV announcers - 247Sports - Adam Amin and Kyle Brandt will take on play-by-play duties this summer for the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: The top nicknames for current Chicago Bears - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have plenty of players with hilarious nicknames.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Dolphins trying new approach with DeVante Parker – ProFootballTalk - The Dolphins spent a lot of time talking up wide receiver DeVante Parker last season with offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and other predicting Parker would end the year with big numbers.

Johnny Manziel starting his CFL career as a backup – ProFootballTalk - Johnny Manziel will get in a game for the first time in Canada this week, but he'll be coming off the bench as a backup as the Canadian Football League preseason kicks off.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Mike Remmers at right guard thus far in Vikings OTAs - Daily Norseman - The Vikings’ offensive line is taking shape

Is Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter on the hot seat? - Pride Of Detroit - He saved his job for this year, but is it do or die in 2018 for the offensive coordinator?

Vikings receivers highly encouraged by Kirk Cousins in OTAs - NFL.com - With less than 100 days until the 2018 season kicks off, the Vikings are already encouraged by what new QB Kirk Cousins has shown. Tom Pelissero dives into the rapport Cousins has built with his teammates and coaching staff.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: What if the Bears’ Ryan Pace had burner accounts on Twitter? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ general manager is known for having a dynamite poker face. If he did share his private opinions discretely, here’s what it would look like.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears announce 2018 training camp schedule - Windy City Gridiron - The most anticipated Bears’ journey to Bourbonnais in years has been mapped out.

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