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The GOAT, Devin Hester.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Moton: Bears In Top 5 - Power Ranking Every NFL Team's 2017 Draft Haul One Year Later - Bleacher Report - Each NFL team's 2017 draft class either raised the bar for expectations or left much to be desired for the upcoming season. This power ranking isn't an indicator of how good or underwhelming a group will become over the next few years...

Jahns: The 10 most important Bears players for a successful 2018 season - Chicago Sun-Times - The era of Matt Nagy begins with optimism and expectations of an overdue turnaround. And Nagy’s embraced everything.

Jahns: Football, family and focus: An inside look at the world of Bears coach Matt Nagy - Chicago Sun-Times - Here's Nagy after a wide-ranging conversation about everything from his offensive plans to his marriage to fatherhood to his favorite foods.

Potash's Bears position breakdown: The wide receivers - Chicago Sun-Times - Typical of the Bears’ plight in recent years, their biggest splurge in free-agency is an X-factor entering camp.

Cox: Should the Bears bring back Lamarr Houston again? - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears still have question marks at the outside linebacker position, and Lamarr Houston could be a cheap and reliable solution.

Cox: Bears CB Prince Amukamara ‘looking for a 10-pick season’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara has a goal for the 2018 season: 10 interceptions. He has seven total in his career so far.

Kyle Long: New OL coach Harry Hiestand is ‘a stickler for technique’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long has been impressed by new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, who came up from Notre Dame this offseason.

Cox: Former Bears DT Tommie Harris helps inmates make music - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle partnered with a Nashville prison to help inmates tell their stories through music.

PFW Chicago Podcast 118: 2018 Training Camp Defense Preview - Pro Football Weekly - This week on the PFW Chicago Podcast, familiar voices going the cast as Pro Football Weekly Managing Editor Arthur Arkush and Pro Football Weekly NFL Writer Eric Edholm fill in for Hub and Bob to preview the Defense heading into Bears Training Camp.

Stankevitz: Three questions for Bears OL: What kind of an impact will Harry Hiestand make? - NBC Sports Chicago - We're getting you ready for training camp with three pressing questions about Harry Hiestand and the kind of impact he can make on the Bears offensive line in 2018.

Three questions for Bears WRs: Can Kevin White save his career? - NBC Sports Chicago - It was hardly a surprise that Pace aggressively tried to improve what was a pitifully bad wide receiver group from 2017, but the question still remains: How good can this group be?

Three questions for Bears tight ends: Can Trey Burton be ‘the guy?’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Burton worked in an iteration of Nagy’s offense under Doug Pederson (another Andy Reid disciple) in Philadelphia. That knowledge showed up during OTAs, and has allowed Burton and Mitch Trubisky to quickly develop good chemistry.

Had to be 'U': Tight end Trey Burton's transformative position in the Bears offense - Chicago Tribune - Tight ends preview of Chicago Bears training camp focuses on Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen and Dion Sims, as they take on one of the most important positions in new coach Matt Nagy's innovative scheme.

Kane: Bears safeties Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos look to reach next level in 2nd year together - Chicago Tribune - The Bears’ lack of offseason movement at safety indicates some faith in the group that returns, led by Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos.

Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Training Camp Profile: QB Mitchell Trubisky [Opinion] - The Inquisitr - What should the Chicago Bears and their fans expect from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky during 2018 NFL training camp?

Eurich: Madden simulation predicts Bears to go 7-9 in 2018 - 247Sports - The simulations are in for how it will play out for the Chicago Bears in 2018.

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

Eurich: Chase Daniel works out with Drew Brees ahead of Bears camp - 247Sports - Chase Daniel is putting in work before the start of Chicago Bears training camp.

Eurich: Bears past should make fans cautious with Matt Nagy - 247Sports - Chicago Bears fans need to remain cautiously optimistic this offseason.

Audibles: Enthusiasm Grows, Cutler Stars, Gabriel Catches & More! - Da Bears Blog - Mentioned it on KFAN in Minnesota earlier in the week but I can’t remember this much enthusiasm and excitement around the Bears heading into a season.

Medina: Get Pumped! One Week Until Training Camp's First Public Practice Begins and Other Bullets - The Ten-Yard Line - Almost there!

Mayer: Tabor, Parkey hope to spark special teams - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears gave their special teams a major boost during the offseason by hiring coordinator Chris Tabor and signing free-agent place-kicker Cody Parkey.

Cox: Robbie Gould says 49ers locker room is better than any year with Bears - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould called the San Francisco 49ers "probably the best locker room" he's been apart of.

Liotta: Bears coach Matt Nagy is letting Mitch Trubisky ‘fly his freak flag’ - Touchdown Wire - See what Bears guard Kyle Long had to say about new head coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Thurman Thomas not happy with Terrell Owens’ decision – ProFootballTalk - With everyone having an opinion about Terrell Owens not showing up for the Hall of Fame ceremony (and with the opinions of non-football people like Charles Barkley and Dick Vitale getting noticed), it makes sense to listen to the comments from the actual members of the Hall of Fame -- especially whe...

DeMarco Murray announces retirement after 7 seasons - NFL.com - DeMarco Murray’s romp through the NFL is over. The former Cowboys, Titans and Eagles running back announced his retirement on Friday after seven seasons in the league.

KNOW THY ENEMY

AUDIO: Anthony Harris sits down with SB Nation Radio - Daily Norseman - They talked to him about a number of different topics

What would you buy if you were the #1 pick in the NFL Draft? - Daily Norseman - Another of our social media questions makes its way onto the site

Packers’ defense struggled to get consistent pressure in 2017 - Acme Packing Company - The numbers around pressure tells a brutal tale for the Packers’ defense in Dom Capers’ final year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Curl’s Chicago Bears Fan Fiction Chapter 4: Family Secrets - Windy City Gridiron - Things start to heat up during the playoff bye week. And we’re not just talking about the grill at Jo Ho’s barbecue!

Duerrwaechter’s take on Colin Cowherd’s NFC North predictions for the 2018 regular season - Windy City Gridiron - It appears that one NFL analyst isn’t very cheerful about the Bears this year...

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