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The Bear’s Den, June 6, 2018

Miller placed on PUP reserve list, coaches and players interviewed after mini-camp session

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NFL: Chicago Bears-Minicamp
Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) speaks to the media members during veterans minicamp at Halas Hall.
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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Jahns: For Bears' Matt Nagy, attending funeral for firefighter was right thing to do - Chicago Sun-Times - Several firefighters stopped Nagy, who wore a blue suit with an orange tie, to thank him for attending the funeral.

Potash: Contract with Bears a 'huge' step in Zach Miller's recovery - Chicago Sun-Times - But he is still a Bear for one reason — because the McCaskey family still considers Miller one of its own.

Jahns: Bears TE Zach Miller - 'I don’t think I’ve ever really been mentally defeated' - Chicago Sun-Times - Here are some of the highlights from Miller's news conference Tuesday at Halas Hall.

Jahns: Bears coach Matt Nagy pleased with Mitch Trubisky's 'fast' day at minicamp - Chicago Sun-Times - “We're growing, he's growing, the offense is growing,’’ Nagy said. ‘‘The defense, again, they challenge us every day."

Biggs: Stronger Isaiah Irving eager for chance to boost Bears at outside linebacker - Chicago Tribune - Outside linebacker Isaiah Irving, an undrafted free agent last year, will have the first shot at a reserve spot after veteran Aaron Lynch this summer. He's stronger than he was a year ago and hopes to turn heads.

Kane: Zach Miller on his recovery, rejoining the Bears - 'I’m in a good place right now' - Chicago Tribune - Zach Miller doesn’t know when he might return to the football field, but he expects to contribute in other ways this season to the team that has taken care of him.

Stankevitz: Zach Miller grateful for contract with Bears - 'I don’t think that would have happened throughout the league' - NBC Sports Chicago - Zach Miller was appreciative and grateful for the one-year contract he signed with the Bears that allows him to continue rehabbing his gruesome knee injury at Halas Hall.

Hoge and Jahns, Episode 158: Bears Re-Sign Zach Miller - WGN Radio - The Bears kicked off veteran minicamp week by re-signing tight end Zach Miller, who is still recovering from the horrible leg injury he suffered in New Orleans last season. Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns discuss why the Bears made the move and exactly what kind of role he will have

LeGere: Chicago Bears TE Miller in a good place on long road to recovery - Pro Football Weekly - Injured Bear mentally tough after grotesque knee injury

Cox: Trey Burton says Bears run-pass options plays can be ‘unguardable’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton thinks the run-pass option plays Matt Nagy is adding to the offense are practically "unguardable."

Easterling: Biggest steal of the 2018 NFL draft - The Draft Wire - Who was the Chicago Bears' biggest steal in the 2018 NFL draft?

Cox: Bears released OT Matt McCants to clear roster spot for Zach Miller - Bears Wire - Offensive tackle Matt McCants lasted less than a month on the Chicago Bears roster this offseason.

Cox: Could Matt Nagy follow in Sean McVay’s footsteps and win Coach of the Year? - Bears Wire - Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams laid out the blueprint for Matt Nagy to win Coach of the Year for the Chicago Bears in 2018.

Cox: ESPN projects 6 Bears as draftable in fantasy football leagues - Bears Wire - ESPN projected the 192 players that are draftable in 12-team fantasy football leagues, and six Chicago Bears made the cut.

Cox: Bears place Zach Miller on physically unable to perform list, as expected - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears placed injured tight end on the physically unable to perform list, one day after re-signing him to a one-year contract.

Cox: Tarik Cohen explains why Bears offense is like ‘backyard football’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen raved about Matt Nagy's offense during his appearance on NFL Network Tuesday.

Mayer: Miller thankful Bears re-signed him - ChicagoBears.com - Injured tight end Zach Miller expressed his gratitude to the Bears for re-signing him, calling the move "a testament to the entire organization and the McCaskey family."

Mayer: Nagy pleased with offense’s performance - ChicagoBears.com - Operating a new scheme with several new players, the Bears offense has lagged behind an experienced defense this offseason. But the two units both excelled Tuesday.

Wood: Excluding Cleveland How Quickly Do Perennially Bad Offenses Actually Turn It Around? - Da Bears Blog - Chicago’s offense has been consistently bad for the last four years, ranking in the bottom ten in points scored each of those seasons. It’s been especially awful the last two years, when a host of QB issues have left the Bears 28th and 29th in that same category.

Dickerson: Despite having emergency vascular surgery last fall to save his left leg, Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller has not abandoned hope of playing again in the NFL.- ESPN - Despite suffering a career-threatening knee injury last season, Bears tight end Zach Miller still hopes to play in the NFL again.

Bears minicamp: Top storylines from players media session - 247Sports - The buzz around the Chicago Bears on Tuesday centered on the new offense.

Eurich: Zach Miller makes first comments after Bears re-signing - 247Sports - Zach Miller is grateful for what the Chicago Bears have done for him.

Eurich: Bears bring in multiple players for a tryout in minicamp - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are still looking to fine-tune their roster.

Jones: NFC North lands at No. 2 on NFL.com's Division Power Rankings - 247Sports - The NFC North is on pace to be the best division in the NFL.

Eurich: Roquan Smith is becoming more comfortable with the Bears - 247Sports - Roquan Smith is quickly earning the respect of the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Recapping Matt Nagy's first minicamp press conference - 247Sports - Matt Nagy continues to see signs of improvement from his Chicago Bears offense.

Bergman: Bears place Zach Miller on reserve/PUP, ending season - NFL.com - One day after re-signing with the Bears, Zach Miller has been shelved for the season. The tight end was placed on the reserve/PUP list on Tuesday, which effectively ends his season before it begins.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Only three Packers offensive linemen are locks to make the team this fall - Acme Packing Company - How does the Packers’ OL stand at this point? We break down the group into tiers to see who’s got the best shot at making the team.

Packers players embrace defensive attitude adjustment under Mike Pettine - Acme Packing Company - It’s only the first week of June, but the Packers’ new defensive coordinator is already making friends.

Vikings believe former Texas CB Holton Hill has ‘starter ability’ - Burnt Orange Nation - Despite going undrafted, Holton Hill is impressing early and could emerge as a starter during his debut season with the Vikings.

T.J. Lang: Matt Patricia runs a ‘tight ship’ but nothing close to Patriots’ no-fun attitude - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are working hard, but finding time for fun, too.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Scouting Nick Bosa: Ohio State DE dominant like brother Joey - NFL.com - Daniel Jeremiah saw plenty to like in his first look at Ohio State stud defensive end Nick Bosa. He calls him one of the best pure pass rushers he's ever evaluated and offers a couple different player comps for the star Buckeye.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Duerrwaechter: Bears place Zach Miller on Reserve/PUP list - Windy City Gridiron - After officially re-signing with the Bears, comes some unfortunate news.

Zeglinski: The prove-it and breakout Bears of 2018 - Windy City Gridiron - There are a few Bears who haven’t yet reached their full potential. They’re going to have to prove themselves if Chicago is to become a contender.

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