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The Bear’s Den, June 7, 2018

The Bears wrap up football activities today then head out for a short seemingly endless summer break

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NFL: Chicago Bears-Minicamp
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) hands the ball to running back Tarik Cohen (29) during veterans minicamp at Halas Hall. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Morrissey: The love for Mitch Trubisky knows no bounds -- for his sake, maybe it should - Chicago Sun-Times - The truth is, we don’t know how good the Bears quarterback is or will be. ‘We’’ means ‘‘those of us abstaining from marathon games of Bear pong.’’

Potash: Matt Nagy, Bears have big plans for Tarik Cohen — 'We'll have some fun with him' - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s a lot to ask of a player coming off his rookie season. But Cohen’s playmaking ability and versatility make him an ideal weapon in Nagy’s offense.

Finley: Bears plan to let QB Mitch Trubisky run - ‘We’d be crazy to not use his legs’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, last year’s rushing leader among NFL quarterbacks, averaged 47.1 yards per game. Mitch Trubisky can do better.

Jahns: Why Matt Nagy's offense will help the Bears' defense 'kick some more butt' - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy’s offense, with its run-pass options (RPOs), various formations, frequent motions, screen calls and so on, is testing the defense.

Wiederer: Can Kevin White's passion and eagerness to learn catalyze his latest comeback attempt? - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears wrap up minicamp this week at Halas Hall, a feel-good atmosphere has the team hoping for big things from receiver Kevin White while the offensive line heaps praise on new coach Harry Hiestand.

Campbell: Mitch Trubisky finishing spring practices confident that difficulties will facilitate growth - Chicago Tribune - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is ending the offseason program confident that his growth operating Matt Nagy's offense has been facilitated by the expected difficulties learning it.

Countdown to Camp 2018: Chicago Bears Secondary Preview - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers share their comprehensive preview of the Bears' secondary. In this discussion, the guys talk about every defensive back on the roster, what to expect from each, and much more including some bold predictions for the unit.

Perez: Aaron Lynch injures hamstring, misses Bears minicamp practice - NBC Sports Chicago - Chicago Bears OLB Aaron Lynch suffered a hamstring injury during the team's mandatory veteran minicamp Wednesday.

Stankevitz: Why the Bears believe they can be more than a top 10 defense in 2018 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense has had continuity before, but not to the level with which they're entering 2018. And that's important.

Stankevitz: Tarik Cohen is getting excited about what the Bears' offense can look like in 2018 - NBC Sports Chicago - Tarik Cohen got progressively more and more fired up on Wednesday while talking about what the Bears' offense can look like in 2018.

Hub Arkush: Is Aaron Lynch the missing link to Chicago Bears pass rush? - Pro Football Weekly - Lynch thinks reunion with Fangio could be the key to revival with Bears

Arthur Arkush: New era of Chicago Bears offense generating progress on field, palpable buzz in building - Pro Football Weekly - Leno, Trubisky and Cohen all praise attacking nature of Matt Nagy's Bears offense

LeGere: Chicago Bears new offense a work in progress for Trubisky - Pro Football Weekly - Young QB shows coach Nagy flashes during minicamp

Cox: 5 things we’ve learned about Bears offense through mandatory minicamp - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears offense under Matt Nagy is really starting to take shape as the team advances through mandatory veteran minicamp.

Cox: Aaron Lynch misses Bears minicamp practice with hamstring injury - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears outside linebacker Aaron Lynch suffered his second injury of the offseason, forcing him to miss practice during minicamp.

Cox: Zach Miller hasn’t ruled out playing football again - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller is unlikely to ever play in the NFL again after his knee injury, but technically he hasn't ruled it out.

Mayer: Versatile Cohen an excellent fit in offense - ChicagoBears.com - With his versatility and explosiveness, running back Tarik Cohen appears to be ideally suited for the new offense the Bears are installing under first-year coach Matt Nagy.

Dannehy: Forget Patience, Bears Offense Should Be Good - Da Bears Blog - If Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky are what Ryan Pace thinks they are, there’s no reason to think the Bears offense won’t be good in 2018.

Teope: Bears used J.R. Smith clock gaffe as teaching tool - NFL.com - Chicago Bears quarterback and Cleveland Cavaliers fan Mitch Trubisky is looking forward to Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but wishes he could suit up with LeBron James on the court.

Eurich: Charles Leno explains why he loves Bears head coach Matt Nagy - 247Sports - There's just something different about the new Chicago Bears head coach... In a good way.

Eurich: Aaron Lynch misses Bears minicamp practice with hamstring injury - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears linebacker missed practice with a hamstring injury on Wednesday.

Eurich: Dion Sims projected to be a surprise emerging starter for Bears - 247Sports.com - Bleacher Report sees good things from the Chicago Bears tight end coming this year.

Eurich: Recapping Matt Nagy's June 6 Chicago Bears minicamp press conference - 247Sports - Matt Nagy had a lot to say after the Chicago Bears minicamp practice on Wednesday.

POLISH SAUSAGE

MLB Draft 2018: Grades for all 30 picks and teams - SBNation.com - Do you want to know how your team did in the 2018 MLB Draft? Uh, well, this is certainly one possible link you could have clicked.

DeVante Parker admits his career hasn’t gone to plan – ProFootballTalk - DeVante Parker downplayed his public spat with former Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers. Parker disagrees with Chambers' assessment of his work ethic and maturity, but he agrees his career hasn't been what anyone expected after the Dolphins made him the 14th overall pick in 2015.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers Roster Outlook: Tough cuts coming at cornerback & safety - Acme Packing Company - The Packers will have difficult decisions to make in the secondary this September, with several veterans potentially on the chopping block in favor of young draft picks.

Can Laquon Treadwell Make the Leap? - Daily Norseman - Since Laquon Treadwell was drafted in the first round, with the #23 overall pick, by the Vikings in 2016, he has failed to deliver on the expectations that go with being drafted that high. There...

NFL execs give Vikings solid offseason grade, still have questions - Daily Norseman - And you’ll never guess who most of those questions center around.

Matt Patricia gets a little fiery at Detroit Lions minicamp - Pride Of Detroit - There’s a new head coach in town, and he doesn’t mind raising his voice.

Report: Detroit Lions fear rookie FB Nick Bawden suffered torn ACL - Pride Of Detroit - Minicamp is off to a rough start.

2018 NFL offseason grades: Detroit Lions come in dead last per NFL insiders - Pride Of Detroit - NFL insiders aren’t all that impressed with how the Lions have addressed the offseason.

Matt Patricia is bringing an unorthodox practice schedule to Detroit - Pride Of Detroit - We’re already starting to see some significant differences in the Matt Patricia era.

Hercules Mata’afa’s ACL tear is, apparently, not that bad - Daily Norseman - As far as ACL tears go, I guess. Probably still hurts like hell.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Jordan Howard ranked as the No. 9 player from the 2016 NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears running back was favorably ranked in a recent NFL.com article.

Wiltfong: Was the Chicago Bears offseason not as good as we thought? - Windy City Gridiron - ESPN Senior Writer Mike Sando recently released his annual offseason grades after speaking with more than a dozen NFL executives. I was just waiting for the anonymous kudos to fly around for the C...

Zeglinski: What Matt Nagy’s offense with the Chiefs says about his Bears offense - Windy City Gridiron - Look no further than Kansas City’s scheme to best understand what should unfold with the Bears’ green head coach’s plans.

Sunderbruch: Who Will Be The Fan Darkhorse for 2018? - Windy City Gridiron - It seems like almost every year, the fans get behind an undrafted free agent and expect the player to turn into a diamond-in-the-rough steal. Sometimes this happens. Sometimes it doesn’t. Who will get the love and the expectations this year?

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