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The Bear’s Den, June 8, 2018

Minicamp is over, as the Bears leave Halas Hall in the hands of the construction workers

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NFL: Chicago Bears-Minicamp
Chicago Bears center Cody Whitehair (65) and offensive lineman Dejon Allen (62) go through blocking drills during veterans minicamp at Halas Hall.
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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

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Wiedman: Can Trubisky Lead the Chicago Bears in Year Two? - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Wanda Wiedman brings us her projections for Chicago Bears Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's sophomore season.

Potash: Matt Nagy - Kyle Long will be 'good to go' when Bears' training camp opens - Chicago Sun-Times - But with Long coming off injury plagued seasons in 2016 (missing eight games) and 2017 (six games), the Bears are taking a cautious approach.

Jahns: Aaron Lynch's ailing hamstring another reminder that he's a wild card for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Before Lynch hurt his hamstring, Fangio sounded encouraged by Lynch’s performance and work ethic during the offseason program.

Price: Bears sign linebacker Kasim Edebali for 2018 season - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears added another outside linebacker to the mix after the conclusion of their three-day minicamp.

Potash: Healthy again, Bears OLB Leonard Floyd ready for Bourbonnais - 'I feel great' - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have room for growth on a defense that ranked 10th in yards and ninth in points, but the 25-year-old Floyd is one of the biggest x-factors.

Kane: Leonard Floyd expects to be 'full go' for Bears camp, looks to expand leadership role - Chicago Tribune - Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd said he hopes to be “full-go” by training camp after his recovery from 2017 right knee surgery to repair his medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments.

Biggs: 'Creativity brewing' on Bears offense as backup QB Chase Daniel serves as sounding board for Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - Veteran backup quarterback Chase Daniel is answering questions for Mitch Trubisky as the Bears install their new offense. Daniels says the Bears have put in far more than the Chiefs did in 2013 when this offense was installed by Andy Reid.

LeGere: Encouraging signs as Trubisky learns Bears' new offense - Daily Herald - While the Chicago Bears still are in the early stages of learning a new offense, there are some encouraging signs that have players and coaches excited.

Tidwell: (Fact or Fiction?) Shedding Light On 5 Popular Bears Takes - Da Bears Brothers - The Chicago Bears have a lot of narratives surrounding the team, both positive and negative. Fans should know what to do with them all either way.

LeGere: Chicago Bears playing it safe with injured OLB Floyd - Pro Football Weekly - Bears pass rush will prosper if former No. 1 pick is healthy

Jones: MMBQ article says Bears record will be worse than 2017 - SI.com - Which teams will reach the NFL playoffs this season and who will be sitting at home? We predict the 2018 record for all 32 teams. Ken's Note: The logic in this article is dumber than a sack of hammers.

Cox: Bears OLB Isaiah Irving looking to make impact after ‘outstanding offseason’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears outside linebacker Isaiah Irving improved his body this offseason and has a shot at a bigger role in 2018.

Cox: Bears sign OLB Kasim Edebali after minicamp tryout - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears signed free-agent outside linebacker Kasim Edebali after his tryout with the team during mandatory minicamp.

Mayer: Nagy saw growth during offseason program - ChicagoBears.com - Coach Matt Nagy was pleased with what the Bears accomplished during their offseason program, which concluded Thursday, saying: “We grew in all three phases.”

Hughes: The Positional Quick 3 - Quarterbacks - Da Bears Blog - Some fans seem to have lost sight of a basic fact: Mitch Trubisky’s development will be the story of the 2018 season. Yes, Wentz went from struggling to MVP candidate. Yes, Goff went from “he’s a bust” to “somebody start making his bust for Canton”. But we have to remember those kinds of leaps are not common in the NFL, especially at the QB position.

Eurich: Mitch Trubisky discusses how he and Matt Nagy are similar - 247Sports - The Chicago quarterback sees a lot of himself in Matt Nagy.

Eurich: Anthony Miller's attitude will make him a favorite of Bears fans - 247Sports - Jonah Jordan of GoTigers247 laid it all out on who the Chicago Bears are getting in wide receiver Anthony Miller.

Eurich: The best current NFL players who are former Chicago Bears - 247Sports - These former Chicago Bears are still making an impact in the NFL.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Frank Reich: Andrew Luck is “real close” to throwing footballs – ProFootballTalk - A year and a half after shoulder surgery, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck should actually throw a football soon. Asked today when Luck will throw a football, Colts coach Frank Reich said, "I think we're real close.

Tranto: NFL Players facing suspensions in 2018 season - 247Sports - Star players, fan favorites among those who have been suspended by NFL

Terrell Owens declines to attend HOF enshrinement - NFL.com - In an unprecedented decision, former All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens has declined his invitation to Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's August enshrinement ceremony.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Alex Guerrero: Julian Edelman PED suspension is “disappointing” – ProFootballTalk - When news broke that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, there was an immediate focus on Alex Guerrero, the trainer who is best known for his work with Tom Brady but also works with Edelman.

Packers’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will attend mandatory minicamp next week, per report - Acme Packing Company - The fifth-year safety was not beholden to attend OTAs, but he will indeed be in Green Bay next week for mandatory practices.

The NFC North is really, really good - Daily Norseman - As evidenced by this set of divisional Power Rankings

Detroit Lions minicamp: Day 2 observation roundup - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the most interesting storylines from Day of Detroit Lions minicamp.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

VIDEO: Josh Bellamy and Cre’Von LeBlanc drop bars in rap music video - Windy City Gridiron - - The Bears wide receiver and cornerback released a music video on Bellamy’s Instagram.

Infante: Sculpting the Offense - How the Bears can get the most out of Taylor Gabriel - Windy City Gridiron - In the first edition of a new offseason series, we’re going to dive into how the Bears can work their offense around Taylor Gabriel’s strengths.

Duerrwaechter: “Swaggy Nagy” is bringing a new attitude to the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - An unprecedented and potentially historic off-season has Optimist Prime feeling extremely...optimistic.

Zeglinski: How does Bobby Massie factor into the Bears’ future? - Windy City Gridiron - Massie is fine as the Bears’ right tackle. That’s just it: he’s fine. It should be time to put a replacement plan in place.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears to sign Kasim Edebali - Windy City Gridiron - According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Chicago Bears are signing outside linebacker Kasim Edebali who played for four different teams last year. He was originally an undrafted free agent...

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