BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
Welcome to “The Mann” Week here in the Den, when we honor the GOAT of all long snappers, the man who NEVER missed. Not ONCE. Who is “The Mann?” you ask?
Patrick Mannelly - Wikipedia - Patrick Mannelly (born April 18, 1975) is a former American football long snapper. He played college football at Duke and was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Mannelly played with the Bears for 16 years before retiring in 2014.
BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY
Cox: When will Roquan Smith sign his rookie contract? - Bears Wire - With nearly a month until training camp, Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith still hasn't agreed to terms on his rookie contract.
Cox: Tarik Cohen named to NFL.com’s All-Under-25 Team - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears running back and kick returner Tarik Cohen was named to NFL.com's list of the best players under the age of 25.
Mullin: Bears, Matt Nagy working at work-rest balance equation to pull back from annual injury abyss - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy and the Bears are balancing practice and strength training to achieve the football maximum while simultaneously staying within a plan calculated to minimize injuries.
Tranto: Former NFL QB Erik Kramer arrested on domestic violence charge - 247Sports - Former Lions, Bears QB accused of injuring spouse, who has filed for divorce
New Jersey has some unusual Super Bowl odds – ProFootballTalk - With sports betting now legal in New Jersey, and even with football season still more than two months away, bets can be placed on one important NFL proposition: Who will win the Super Bowl? Accompanying an article from Connor Orr of SI.
Seahawks expect Brandon Marshall’s hamstring to be ready by camp – ProFootballTalk - The Seahawks signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall late in May, but Marshall never got into any team drills before the team ended their offseason program with last week's minicamp.
KNOW THY ENEMY
Madden 19 ratings leaked: Which Lions are rated the highest? - Pride Of Detroit - We get our first glimpse of the Madden ratings.
Kirk Cousins may have picked the wrong neighborhood - Daily Norseman - The football uniforms for the local high school? Not good.
Packers' Vince Biegel gets a dog, names it Lambeau (of course) - Acme Packing Company - But sadly there is no Biegel’s Beagle.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Stepo: Reality Versus Kool Aid - Windy City Gridiron - I don’t know about you, but are we looking at the new Head Coach and staff through a Kool Aid glass?
Zeglinski: On Father’s Day and days that alter perspective - Windy City Gridiron - Father’s Day is a celebration of the men in our lives that sacrifice everything to raise and protect us. Sometimes, they give up almost everything to do so.
Mitchell: My Chicago Bears Historical Fantasy Team Is The Best - We Remember... The T-Formation - Windy City Gridiron - The T-Formation and the men who won championship after championship with it, plus all-time Bears legends...
Wiltfong: My Bears Historical Fantasy Team - Here are the Chicago Grizzlies - Windy City Gridiron - Check out Lester’s All Bears Historical Fantasy Team and realize that his is the best of them all.
WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS
2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s Streaming – Twitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - Robert Zeglinski
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