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The Bear’s Den, June 20, 2018, The Mann Week, Day 3

Howard, Kwaitkoski, Simms winners in today’s “season of the list” sweepstakes, plus Day 3 of The Mann Week.

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Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts v Chicago Bears
Patrick Mannelly #65 of the Chicago Bears prepares to snap the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007
Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

THE MANN

Silverstein: The Life of the Long Snapper - Windy City Gridiron - Patrick Mannelly spent a record 16 seasons in the Navy and Orange. He discusses which current Bears special teamers are “keepers,” how he extended his career by eating real food, and the time Mike Tice banished him from the o-line meeting room.

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Zeglinski’s Bears 2018 training camp preview: How can Roquan Smith impact Chicago’s defense? – The Rock River Times - Almost unanimous praise for a Bears’ first round draft selection is an unfamiliar concept. When Chicago went out and selected 2017 Butkus Award Winner – given to college football’s best linebacker – Roquan Smith in April, the unthinkable became reality. One of the safest picks in the draft (if any draft selection can be considered “safe”), Smith has been revered as the next step in special Bears’ linebacking tradition

Gabriel's Bears Positional Breakdown: QB Situation As Healthy As It's Been In A Long Time - 670 The Score - The Bears believe they've put Mitchell Trubisky in position to make a big leap.

Gagnon: Cutler Signing Bears Biggest Mistake of the Past Decade - Bleacher Report - The Chicago Bears almost have too many miscues to pick from.

Sobleski: Simms Named Surprise Starter That Could Emerge For Bears - Bleacher Report - Dion Sims started 14 games for the Chicago Bears last season. However, his role came into question once the Bears hired Matt Nagy as their new head coach.

Dickerson: Bears strengthen offense to support Mitchell Trubisky - ESPN - The Bears brought in offensive whiz Matt Nagy as head coach to bring along Mitchell Trubisky, then went about putting more talent around the young QB.

Wood: Establishing realistic expectations for Anthony Miller’s rookie season - Da Bears Blog - Bears fans have generally been excited about Anthony Miller, and it’s not hard to see why. He has a great rags-to-riches story as a former walk-on who became a 2nd round pick, is very fun and engaging on Twitter, and is confident enough in himself that he wrote a letter to NFL GMs saying he was the best WR in the draft.

Mayer: Amukamara helps surprise high school seniors - ChicagoBears.com - Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara was on hand at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) Saturday to help the museum and CDW surprise high school seniors with new laptops.

Video: Acho and McKie help Save Da Planet - Inside The Bears - Linebacker Sam Acho and former Bear Jason McKie volunteer at the

ESPN fantasy football expert predicts 60 catches for Tarik Cohen this season - Bears Wire - ESPN put out its projections for running backs, and they have Tarik Cohen catching 60 passes for the Chicago Bears in 2018.

Inside Linebacker Spotlight - Kwiatkoski one of top five in PFF signature statistics - Pro Football Focus - Examining the top five inside linebackers from 2017 in each of our major PFF Signature Statistic categories at the position.

Jones-Drew: Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley lead NFL's top running backs for 2018, Howard top 10 - NFL.com - Le'Veon Bell leads NFL Network analyst and former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew's ranking of the top 10 running backs heading into the 2018 season.

Mullin: Three compulsories loom as make-or-breaks for Mitch Trubisky Bears 'installation' - NBC Sports Chicago - The Mitch Trubisky developmental group – coach Matt Nagy, coordinator Mark Helfrich, quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, backup Chase Daniel – has three chief points of attention with what was drafted to be the foundation of the franchise.

Ingalls: Pleased to meet you, Ryan Pace - Da Bears Brothers - We’ve known you for over three years now, but it feels like we have just met for the first time. We’re pretty fired up about it.

Medina: Get Ready to Start Buying Stock in Allen Robinson's Fantasy Football Future - The Ten-Yard Line - Fantasy football stock watch: Figure Allen Robinson to get a ton of targets in 2018.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Browns sign former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson - NFL.com - The Cleveland Browns are signing Greg Robinson, the former No. 2 overall pick in 2014 by the Rams. Robinson played six games for the Lions last season before being waived.

Congress to hold hearing on sports betting next week – ProFootballTalk - The NFL has refrained from lobbying the various states regarding their sports gambling programs, opting instead to push for a comprehensive federal regulatory scheme. Next week, the effort to craft such a system will commence. David Purdum of ESPN.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Your complete Minnesota Vikings Training Camp schedule - Daily Norseman - What’s going to be happening and when?

Marcus Sherels Might Have Competition This Year In Mike Hughes - Daily Norseman - That question seems comical at this point, right?

Mike McCarthy’s committee backfield plan is the right move for Packers’ running game - Acme Packing Company - It may be hell for fantasy football players, but McCarthy’s acceptance of a committee approach should be good for the offense.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: The greatest Chicago Bears draft picks by round - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and break down the best draft picks the Bears have made in each round.

Wiltfong: Bears’ Tarik Cohen makes the All-Under-25 team - Windy City Gridiron - NFL.com Analyst, Elliot Harrison, recently picked his All-Under-25 team featuring the very best of the best players that will be under twenty-five years old at the start of the 2018 season.

Lemming: A launch point - Chicago Bears 2018 off-season in review - Windy City Gridiron - From coaching hires, to free agents additions: did general manager Ryan Pace finally put the Bears over the top?

Zeglinski: Can the Bears overcome their struggles with the Buccaneers and Jameis Winston? - Windy City Gridiron - On the latest WCG Radio, we take a look at this budding "rivalry" between the Bears and Buccaneers, and whether Chicago can enjoy better fortune in 2018.

The Butkus-ers & Brown-nosers vs The Jaywalkers: All-Bears Historical Fantasy Tournament - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and Jacob battle it out on the imaginary gridiron!

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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