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The Bear’s Den, June 4, 2018

It’s Veteran’s Mini-Camp week at Halas Hall in Chicago, the fourth consecutive week of offseason team work

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The Chicago Bears 2018 NFL draft picks pose before a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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Potash: Leonard Floyd emergence, Aaron Lynch resurgence key to filling Bears' OLB void - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears were sixth in the NFL in sacks per pass play last season. But Fangio knows he has work to do to maintain that pass-rush performance in 2018.

Jahns: Bears expect plenty from TE Trey Burton on and off the field - Chicago Sun-Times - "It’s been everything and more with what we thought with Trey," coach Matt Nagy said.

Potash: Former Simeon star Matt Fleming living the dream as a Chicago Bear - Chicago Sun-Times - Making the offseason roster and likely heading to training camp in Bourbonnais only reaffirms Fleming’s faith that his unusual path is the right one.

Finley: Why Bears can benefit from keeping staff, most starters intact on D - Chicago Sun-Times - Not only did the Bears bring back their defensive coaches — only quality control coach Bill Shuey is new — they kept their starters mostly intact.

Countdown to Camp 2018: Chicago Bears Special Teams Preview - Da Bears Brothers - In their first installment of "Countdown to Camp" Da Bears Brothers give a comprehensive preview of the Bears' special teams and discuss everything from the position battle at punter, to their confidence level in Cody Parkey, and more including who should handle return duties.

Stankevitz; Does Jordan Howard fit in Matt Nagy's offense? Yes, but it's complicated - NBC Sports Chicago - There's still a place for Jordan Howard in Matt Nagy's offense, even if it's easy to overlook the only player in franchise history with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons to begin his career.

Stankevitz: Why Anthony Miller quickly came to trust Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - Anthony Miller is the first rookie wide receiver Mitch Trubisky has had to "lead" as he enters his second year in the NFL, providing an interesting case study for the quarterback's leadership skills.

LeGere: Defense could lift Chicago Bears out of NFC North cellar - Pro Football Weekly - Skill-position upgrades should spark new offense

PFW Chicago Podcast 116: 2018 OTA Wrap-Up and Veteran Minicamp Preview - Pro Football Weekly - This week on the PFW Chicago Podcast, the guys recap Week 3 of Bears OTAs and discuss the progress of the receivers, and the defense. In addition, the guys chat about the upcoming training camp schedule and the latest on the run game.

Eager: Callahan named one of top eight slot cornerbacks for 2018 - Pro Football Focus - PFF's Eric Eager showcases the league's top slot cornerbacks for 2018, a position increasingly valuable for NFL defenses.

Roquan Smith throws ceremonial first pitch at Chicago White Sox game - Bears Wire - The Chicago White Sox invited the Bears rookies to their game Saturday, and Roquan Smith threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Cox: Bears guard Earl Watford wants to take up MMA after football career - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears guard Earl Watford said on Twitter that he'd like to get into mixed martial arts after his NFL career is over.

Cox: Matt Nagy quizzes Bears players about team history - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy quizzes his players about the history of the team to make sure they understand its importance.

Cox: Anthony Miller impressed by Mitchell Trubisky’s football I.Q. - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller is building chemistry with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky already in OTAs.

Mayer: Burton takes pride in leadership ability - ChicagoBears.com - The leadership skills that new Bears tight end Trey Burton displays on a daily basis at Halas Hall stem from his days as a quarterback at Venice High School in Florida.

Mayer: How is Leonard Floyd progressing? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses Leonard Floyd's recovery from a knee injury, the undrafted free agent with the best chance of making the roster and if Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel will be on the field together.

Meredith Was Bears' Biggest Mistake So Far This Offseason - Bleacher Report - No NFL team is capable of producing a perfect offseason, although the Philadelphia Eagles flirted with one last year. Every team deals with bad signings, big departures, questionable draft decisions and unresolved talent issues...

Eurich: Anthony Miller predicts he'll score eight touchdowns this year - 247Sports - Anthony Miller already sees himself scoring eight touchdowns as a rookie.

Eurich: Matt Forte believes the Bears shouldn't have fired Lovie Smith - 247Sports - Matt Forte still believes the Chicago Bears should not have fired Lovie Smith in 2012.

Eurich: Bryce Callahan could be the key to the Bears defense this season - 247Sports - Bryce Callahan will be an integral part of the Chicago Bears defense this season.

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

Eurich: Taylor Gabriel reportedly ran 24 miles per hour at Bears OTAs - 247Sports - Taylor Gabriel is among the fastest wide receivers in the entire NFL.

Eurich: Trey Burton wants to be a leader for the Bears this season - 247Sports - Trey Burton wants to be a leader for the Chicago Bears in Year 1.

Eurich: Ryan Nall named Chicago Bears most exciting UDFA addition - 247Sports - One undrafted rookie stands above the rest for the Chicago Bears this offseason.

Bears rookies get treated by the Chicago White Sox - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears rookies were treated well by the Chicago White Sox over the weekend.

Bernstein: Bears' Vic Fangio Is Awesome - 670 The Score - Fangio is a teller of unvarnished truth, and it's glorious.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Free agent DL Ra’Shede Hageman arrested for DWI – ProFootballTalk - Free agent defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman has been arrested for the second straight year. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Hageman was arrested on a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired early on Saturday morning.

The Packers desperately need Davante Adams to stay healthy in 2018 - Acme Packing Company - One APC writer feels that there are disturbing parallels between the Packers’ 2015 receiving corps and the 2018 version, and that the offense is entirely reliant on Adams remaining on the field.

Report: Packers’ Clay Matthews broke nose during charity softball game - Acme Packing Company - Clay Matthews took a line drive off the face during a Packers charity softball game.

Nick Easton would like a long-term deal with the Vikings - Daily Norseman - And the line gets longer

Lions notes: Sam Martin is reportedly crushing it at OTAs - Pride Of Detroit - Don’t worry, Sam Martin is himself again.

Calvin Johnson claims Lions president immediately asked about bonus upon retirement - Pride Of Detroit - Little by little, we’re getting more information on why Calvin Johnson remains bitter about how things ended with the Lions.

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