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The Bear’s Den, June 14, 2018

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Today is Thursday, and it’s time for... ummm... errrr... waiting for training camp. Here are some links to kill the time for a while.

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NFL: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) dives over Detroit Lions free safety Glover Quin (27) for a touchdown during the second half at Soldier Field.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Mayer: NFL.com writer ranks greatest Bears of all-time - ChicagoBears.com - ChicagoBears.com senior writer Larry Mayer comments on NFL.com’s rankings of the greatest Bears players of all time, and we want to know what you think.

Mayer: Howard, Cohen give Bears strong 1-2 punch - ChicagoBears.com - NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks ranks Bears running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen as the NFL’s fourth best “backfield by committee.”

Mayer: Cohen donates P.E. equipment to N.C. school - ChicagoBears.com - During an appearance this week at Hampton Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C., Bears running back Tarik Cohen spoke to students and donated P.E. equipment to replace items that had been destroyed by a tornado.

Cox: Bears enjoying relatively drama-free offseason for first time in years - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have had a quiet offseason in terms of off-field issues. It's been a change of pace compared to recent years.

Morrissey: Which bad team will have a .500 season first -- the Bears, Bulls or White Sox? - Chicago Sun-Times - Why shouldn't fans dream bigger than a .500 record? Because with these three teams, a lot has to go right before that’s even a possibility.

Florio: Mitchell Trubisky prepares for his first year as the clear-cut starter – ProFootballTalk - The NFC North has three great quarterbacks, and a fourth one who may be on his way. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could soon join Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins as short-list franchise guys.

Tranto: Salaam one of NFL's biggest rookie one-season wonders - 247Sports - Several stand out among rookies who ultimately proved to be flashes in the pan

Eurich: Matt Forte jokingly asks Bears for a job on Twitter - 247Sports - Matt Forte would not mind a chance to be a coach.

Kelly: Bears Secondary One Of The Most Underrated Position Groups in the NFL - The Ringer - Which teams are poised for breakout seasons at specific spots on their roster?

Hughes' The Positional Quick 3: Offensive Line - Da Bears Blog - Perhaps the most important positional decision in the coming days will be how Nagy and Harry Hiestand situate the middle of their offensive line.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Landry: I didn’t have good relationship with Tannehill - NFL.com - When new Jarvis Landry told reporters last week Cleveland’s QB situation is “a lot better” that what he had with Ryan Tannehill in Miami, he wasn’t mincing his words, and he wasn’t kidding.

KNOW THY ENEMY

7 things we learned from Detroit Lions minicamp, OTAs - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s what we know as we head towards training camp.

Josh Jackson & Jaire Alexander are impressing Packers coaches in minicamp - Acme Packing Company - Joe Whitt Jr. offered major compliments for the Packers first two picks from the 2018 draft.

Vikings’ Terence Newman works at safety during camp - NFL.com - Vikings cornerback Terence Newman is embracing the veteran role in Minnesota. He is taking some repetitions at safety during minicamp and is impressing coaches.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: What If Buddy Ryan Hadn’t Left? - Windy City Gridiron - As we continue to explore hypothetical scenarios this offseason, it’s important to consider the lost potential dynasty of the 1980s.

Zeglinski: The best World Cup starting XI from the Bears’ roster - Windy City Gridiron - The world’s most famous sports tournament returns this week. An infallible effort at piecing together a Bears team to hoist the World Cup.

Zeglinski: Bears’ Ryan Pace ranked 29th among NFL general managers - Windy City Gridiron - In the thick of “list season,” the Bears’ GM needs concrete results to garner the respect many think he already deserves.

Wiltfong: Is the Chicago Bears’ “weakness” offensive cohesion? - Windy City Gridiron - If the “biggest weak spot” for the 2018 Chicago Bears is how quickly the new offense comes together, then I feel pretty good about this team.

The Optimists; Duerrwaechter’s historic fantasy draft breakdown - Windy City Gridiron - Optimist Prime has assembled his team. One that will dominate the competition.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - Robert Zeglinski

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