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It’s the last Friday before the Chicago Bears report to training camp... we’ve almost made it, Bears Fans!

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Chicago Bears center James Daniels (68) and center Cody Whitehair (65) train during organized team activities at Halas Hall.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Kane: Bears relying on several comeback stories from their outside linebackers - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears prepare to report July 19 for training camp at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, the Tribune is taking a look at each position group. Today: outside linebackers.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: 10 Important Questions For The 2018 Season - 720 AM - Here are 10 important questions as the Bears get ready for Year 4 under general manager Ryan Pace and Year 1 under new head coach Matt Nagy.

Jay Cutler Talks Retirement With Wife Kristin Cavallari on New TV Show - NBC Chicago - Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is enjoying a new career as a reality TV star thanks to his wife Kristin Cavallari’s new show, but is he done with football?

Countdown to Camp 2018: Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Preview - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - In this episode, the guys preview every receiver on the Bears' roster. Listen as they discuss what Allen Robinson brings to the table, why Taylor Gabriel will make a larger impact than stats will indicate, Anthony Miller's potential to blow up during his rookie year, who makes the roster and much more.

Kane: Can an upgraded Bears receiving corps give the offense new life? - Chicago Tribune - There’s no doubt the Bears are in better shape with this wide receivers group than they were in 2017.

Bears training camp preview: Outside linebackers - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears outside linebacker depth chart might have the most question marks of any position on the team this training camp.

Eurich: Brian Urlacher is a big fan of Bears head coach Matt Nagy - 247Sports - Brian Urlacher is a big fan of Matt Nagy as the Chicago Bears new head coach.

Mellor: Trubisky most accurate QB in first quarter in 2017 - Pro Football Focus - Editor Cam Mellor takes a closer look at the highest-graded quarterbacks, per quarter from a season ago.

Trubisky? Accurate!

Eurich: Comparing current Bears to Matt Nagy's weapons in Kansas City - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are hoping to replicate the success of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Eurich: Five ways Tarik Cohen can score for Bears in 2018 - 247Sports - Tarik Cohen can score in a variety of ways for the Chicago Bears this season.

Barnwell: Bears in top 10 when ranking NFL's best, worst offensive arsenals, weapons - ESPN - Which team has the top offensive firepower? We ranked all 32. Just running backs and pass-catchers -- no quarterbacks, linemen or coordinators allowed.

Mayer: Returning starters provide stability in secondary - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears defense boasts continuity in the secondary, returning all four starters in cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara and safeties Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos.

Bears training camp preview: Inside linebacker - Bears Wire - The two draft picks shook up the Chicago Bears inside linebacker depth chart as they head to training camp.

Pro Football Focus ranks Bears offensive line near middle of the pack - Bears Wire - Pro Football Focus ranked every team's offensive line, and they're cautiously optimistic about what the Chicago Bears have up front.

Williams: Kyle Long says Bears have “taken the training wheels off” Mitchell Trubisky – ProFootballTalk - Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had a quiet rookie season, or quiet compared to the other two quarterbacks selected in the first round. New coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich are expected to demand more of Trubisky this season, and the Bears are confident Trubisky is read...

Cox: Former Bears TE Desmond Clark feels NFL doctors are paid ‘to deny you’ - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark is weary of how the NFL handles the medical issues of its players.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFC North Q&A: Who will be the division MVP? - NFC North- ESPN - The last time Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, he came back the next season and won NFL MVP. Will history repeat itself in 2018? Ken’s Note: If I recall correctly, Shea McClellin of the Chicago Bears broke Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone. Just sayin.

4 veterans the Lions could trade for in training camp - Lions Wire - 4 veterans the Lions could trade for in training camp

Pro Football Focus still doesn’t like the Vikings’ offensive line - Daily Norseman - Understandable, I suppose. Ken’s Note: One the one hand, PFF’s opinion of offensive line play is sketchy to say the least. On the other hand, Minnesota’s line does indeed suck, so... there’s that.

Packers’ preseason game vs. Raiders will be broadcast live on NFL Network - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay gets a nationally-televised preseason game in 2018, and, as an added bonus, it’s probably the best one to watch.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Tony Romo predicts Packers-Jaguars matchup in SB LIII - NFL.com - We’re about 15 months into Tony Romo’s retirement, and after a stellar first season in the booth, he’s cruising at an enviable altitude. But does that give him the right to predict the future?

Chris Ivory will be first option if LeSean McCoy isn’t available – ProFootballTalk - The day began with a post regarding the wisdom of the Bills having a Plan B ready in the event that running back LeSean McCoy can’t play. Intervening developments tend to make the necessity of a fallback option even more advisable.

HOF ceremonies won’t individually honor Terrell Owens - NFL.com - The Pro Football Hall of Fame isn’t planning to bring up Terrell Owens “as an individual” during its Gold Jacket and enshrinement ceremonies, HOF executive director Joe Horrigan says.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2018: No. 2 - Matt Nagy brings the Bears’ offense into the 21st century - Windy City Gridiron - For the 10th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. At No. 2 we’re finally moving to the coaching side of the equation.

Berkes: Fantasy Files - AFC South Divisional Preview - Windy City Gridiron - We kick off our fantasy previews with the AFC South in all its glory

Zeglinski's Bears 2018 training camp preview: Roquan Smith, the Bears defensive face - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are once again prepared for greatness at linebacker. Smith gives them that luxury.

Infante: Five pessimistic thoughts for the Bears’ 2018 season - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are expected to bounce back in 2018, so that naturally calls for a little bit of skepticism.

Householder: Chicago Bears offensive line ranked 13th by Pro-Football Focus - Windy City Gridiron - One analytics website thinks the Bears have an above average offensive line. See who’s ahead of them...

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