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The Bear’s Den, June 9, 2018

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Chicago Bears superfan Don Wachter shows how to properly honor the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on October 9, 2017 in Chicago
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Finley: As Bears break for summer, they 'feel the new energy' of the Matt Nagy era - Chicago Sun-Times - In March, NFL teams buy. In April, leading up the draft, they lie. They then spend the next two months talking about how optimistic they are.

Potash: Akiem Hicks still expecting big things from Bears' defense in 2018 - Chicago Sun-Times - He knows it’s not a coincidence that he has blossomed as a 3-4 defensive end in Fangio’s scheme.

Jahns: Analyzing the Bears’ offseason gains, training camp expectations - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have started their summer vacation. Sun-Times expert Adam L. Jahns breaks down what he learned during the offseason program.

Finley: Analyzing the Bears' offseason gains, training camp expectations - Chicago Sun-Times - Sun-Times expert Patrick Finley breaks down what he learned during the offseason program and what they expect to see at training camp in July:

Wiederer & Campbell: Next stop - Bears training camp - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Kane: Roquan Smith has to ‘earn his stripes,’ but first month with Bears set foundation - Chicago Tribune - The Bears can truly start to measure whether Roquan Smith is ready to become a difference-maker alongside veteran inside linebacker Danny Trevathan at training camp. But Smith at least has laid a solid foundation to build on in his first season.

Biggs: Ten questions for the Bears looking ahead to Matt Nagy's first training camp - Chicago Tribune - The Bears wrapped up the first offseason under first-year coach Matt Nagy, and the energy and positive vibes at Halas Hall are palpable. Questions remain for the organization looking ahead to training camp and the preseason. Here are 10 to consider.

Stankevitz: Four things we learned about the Bears during OTAs and minicamp - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears wrapped up their offseason program on Thursday, and head into their summer break feeling like they built a good foundation for training camp over the last few months.

Cox: Taylor Gabriel claims he’d beat Tarik Cohen in a race ’10 times out of 10′ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel said he'd win "10 times out of 10" in a race with teammate Tarik Cohen.

Cox: Leonard Floyd looking to take leadership role in 2018 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is looking to fill the shoes of Pernell McPhee and Willie Young as a leader.

Cox: Akiem Hicks expecting offensive growth to help Bears defense - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks feels that Matt Nagy's offense will make things that much easier for Vic Fangio's defense.

Cox: Mitchell Trubisky wishes he could play shooting guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is a huge Cleveland Cavaliers fan and would love to play shooting guard next to LeBron James.

Cox: Bobby Massie expects Mitchell Trubisky to rush ’40 to 60 yards per game’ this season - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears offense under Matt Nagy will feature more rushing from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Hughes: The Positional Quick 3 - Running Backs - Da Bears Blog - Folks comparing Tarik Cohen to Tyreek Hill need to calm down. They are not similar physically, as Hill’s size is what allows him to line-up outside as a de facto wide receiver. That’s not to say Tarik won’t be productive in the Nagy/Helfrich offense. He will. But...

Dickerson: Kevin White hopes to stay on field for last stand with Chicago Bears - ESPN - Kevin White has been on the field for only five games in three seasons, but the new coaching staff sees some promise in the former first-rounder.

Eurich: DeAngelo Williams takes exception with playoff prediction for the Chicago Bears - 247Sports - The former NFL Pro Bowler does not agree with the predictions that the Chicago Bears can go to the playoffs.

Farrar: White Is Bear's Entry In "Every NFL Team's Most Overpaid Player" List - Bleacher Report - When we say that a player is overpaid, that's not necessarily a sweeping value judgment on his talent. Sure, there are times when teams radically overreach financially for a player ...

Eurich: Bears legend Brian Urlacher nails down his best career moment - 247Sports - Brian Urlacher will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

Eurich: Chicago Bears salary cap: Biggest 2018 bargains against the cap - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have plenty of players who offer up tremendous value in 2018.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Carr sees why Rodgers loved throwing to Jordy Nelson - NFL.com - It remains to be seen how much gas 33-year-old wide receiver Jordy Nelson has left in the tank, but he's already made quite an impression on Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Hall of Fame voter: I would have snubbed T.O. if I’d known he wouldn’t show up – ProFootballTalk - One of the most vocal opponents of Terrell Owens' Hall of Fame candidacy has a new retroactive basis for opposing Owens' induction. Gary Myers, formerly of the New York Daily News, was at the front end of the bashing of Owens that occurred when voters snubbed him twice for enshrinement.

Andre Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma – ProFootballTalk - Texans safety Andre Hal announced on Friday that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hal got an initial diagnosis from the team physician and is undergoing further testing at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as he puts together a treatment plan.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Can the kickoff be saved? New rules give Packers' Ron Zook hope - PackersNews - The new NFL kickoff rules will be reevaluated next spring to determine if the primary goal of reducing the number of injuries was accomplished.

We know the teams for Stefon Diggs’ appearance on Celebrity Family Feud - Daily Norseman - It will be "NFL Veterans" vs "NFL Rookies"

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Duerrwaechter: A new age, part two: Constructing the Chicago Bears’ roster - Windy City Gridiron - In the second part of his trilogy, ECD examines all the new players added to a re-tooled roster.

What is your Fearful Projection for the Chicago Bears in 2018? - Windy City Gridiron - A few of us are running down the one thing that we’re wary of with the Bears this season.

Wiltfong: Name your all-time favorite Bears by position - Windy City Gridiron - This exercise has been making the rounds on Twitter the last week, so let’s bring it to WCG!

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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