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The Bears opened training camp in the rain without Smith and Trevathan... Kwaitkoski & Timu, anybody?

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Zeglinski’s Bears notebook: Nagy takes rainy day in stride, Toliver has huge day – The Rock River Times - “Bear Weather” is a cliche used to say the Bears thrive in inclement conditions, whereas their opponents by association do not. That when it’s raining, sleeting, or hailing the Bears always have a leg up.

Photos: Bears practice at training camp - Chicago Tribune - Photos of the Bears at training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

Wiederer: Matt Nagy eager to continue tutoring quarterback Mitch Trubisky - 'He’s very focused, very driven' - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy has been full of praise for Mitch Trubisky and is eager to begin accelerating the quarterback's development at training camp in Bourbonnais.

Potash: Bears' Kyle Long 'feeling great' in return following two injury-riddled seasons - Chicago Sun-Times - Before the injury, Long was considered pound-for-pound the Bears’ best player when he was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2014.

Jahns: 'Progressive and aggressive' - Matt Nagy is building creative offense for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Adam L. Jahns' Inside the Huddle columns appear in Sunday editions of the Sun-Times.

Finley: Bears training camp report: Observations, analysis from Day 1 of practice - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley breaks down the Bears’ first training camp practice:

Potash's Bears position breakdown: The specialists - Chicago Sun-Times - O’Donnell still figures to win the job, but the message has been sent that the Bears are looking for more.

Potash's Bears position breakdown: The interior linemen - Chicago Sun-Times - 11th in a position-by-position series of training-camp capsules on every player on the Bears’ 90-man roster. The Bears open training camp on

Potash's Bears position breakdown: The offensive tackles - Chicago Sun-Times - While he hasn’t been a dominating player, Leno has been above average, has improved steadily and still has the potential to be a Pro Bowl player.

Potash's Bears position breakdown: The safeties - Chicago Sun-Times - With a year under his belt, in a top-10 defense that returns virtually intact, Eddie Jackson figures to take the next step in 2018.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Back in Bourbonnais for Bears training camp | Chicago Sun-Times - In episode 160 of their podcast, the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio's Adam Hoge report from Bourbonnais.

Arthur Arkush: Burning training camp questions in the NFC North - Pro Football Weekly - What are the primary objectives of Bears' division foes as camps get underway?

LeGere: First-round pick Smith still absent from camp - Pro Football Weekly - GM Pace optimistic that contract dispute won't linger

Neveau: Chicago Bears 1st Round Pick Roquan Smith Absent From Training Camp - NBC Chicago - Chicago Bears first round pick Roquan Smith was not in training camp as the team held its first practice on Friday.

Mullin: Bears could develop 'twin towers' personnel package at WR with Robinson, White - NBC Sports Chicago - Coaches are loath to give away competitive information, but Matt Nagy offered an intriguing what-if personnel grouping that his offense could confront defenses with in 2018.

Training Camp Daily Podcast: Maintaining the balance between physicality and health - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin and producer Paul Aspan discuss how Matt Nagy's desire for a physical camp reconciles with the No. 1 goal of all training camps: stay healthy.

Mullin: Bears Matt Nagy understands what coaching interns are going through - NBC Sports Chicago - After the obvious workload entailed in installing a new offensive system and coaching regime, Matt Nagy’s No. 1 concern is injury, which has plagued the Bears since the 2012 departure of Lovie Smith.

Mullin: Bears starting secondary returns intact for ’18 – but is that a good thing? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need improvement out of their secondary in 2018. The unit returns intact, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will get better.

Wiederer: Jay Cutler on stealing the show on wife Kristin's reality program - 'We were just going to call it "Barely Cavallari" ' - Chicago Tribune - In a radio interview Friday, former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talked about his sudden popularity as a reality TV sensation as well as his potential desire to return to the NFL.

Kane: Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith miss Bears’ first ‘slop-fest’ practice - Chicago Tribune - Despite several rain showers, the Bears had their first training-camp practice outdoors Friday at Olivet Nazarene University, though inside linebackers Danny Trevathan (hamstring) and rookie Roguan Smith (contract) were missing.

Wiederer: Bears expected to honor Brian Urlacher at halftime of home opener - Chicago Tribune - In a radio interview Friday, Bears legend and soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee Brian Urlacher said he expects to be honored by the team at halftime of the home opener on Sept. 17.

Medina: Getting to Know the 2018 Chicago Bears: Offensive Tackles - The Ten-Yard Line - Charles Leno Jr. isn't an elite left tackle, but he does a respectable job.

Ryan Pace answers fan questions on Instagram - ChicagoBears.com - Bears GM Ryan Pace fielded questions directly from fans on Friday, answering everything from hot dog preferences to season expectations.

Nagy sees bad weather as good thing for Bears - ChicagoBears.com - In his first training camp practice as an NFL head coach, Matt Nagy didn't let wet weather rain on his parade.

Long ecstatic to be back in the trenches - ChicagoBears.com - After watching offseason workouts from the sideline, guard Kyle Long was thrilled to trade his bucket hat for a helmet Friday and participate fully in the Bears’ first training camp practice.

LeGere: Return of OG Long brightens Chicago Bears rainy practice - Pro Football Weekly - After 3 surgeries, 3-time Pro Bowler happy to be back

Hub Arkush: Ready or not, here come the new Bears under Nagy, Pace - Pro Football Weekly - Nagy must transition from hot-shot OC, while Pace needs his Bears rebuild plan to crystalize

LeGere: Heavy rains don't change Chicago Bears practice plans - Pro Football Weekly - Coach Nagy sees value in overcoming less-than-ideal conditions

Hub Arkush: With all eyes on offense, how far can 'D' guide Chicago Bears? - Pro Football Weekly - Hicks and Fuller appear ready to lead young Bears

'Zero Dark 10:' Bears QB Trubisky focused on just one thing - Pro Football Weekly - Team leader has no time for distractions, social media

Arthur Arkush: Fresh start - Chicago Bears begin camp with no players on PUP list - Pro Football Weekly - Key Bears coming off surgeries including Floyd, Long and Robinson good to go

Baffoe: Bears Training Camp Brings Back Intrigue - 670 The Score - There's a sense of hope that was missing in years past.

Boilard: The best NFL Free Agents heading into training camp - 247Sports - Big-name stars remain on the market after free agency peak, NFL Draft

Taranto: The most hated NFL player on every team - 247Sports - Stripped down to its core, fandom of an NFL team is tribal. It inspires rabid love and devotion to one team and its players - And outright hatred for the 31 other teams in the way of Super Bowl glory. Most of the time, such hatred is reserved for ones division rival teams, who are painted in broad strokes as being filled with the worst kinds of scoundrels imaginable. But sometimes, there is one player in particular who inspires the ire of both rival teams and outside observers like no one else.

Eurich: Kevin White gives inside look at training camp dorm - 247Sports - Kevin White's NFL career has not gone the way he was hoping it would go. The seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, White has appeared in just five games over the course

Peterson: Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell feels more 'comfortable' with his role heading into training camp - 247Sports - Mitchell Trubisky finds himself entering Bears training camp as the leader of this team and he's more comfortable with that role.

Kaplan: Focused Bears QB Mitch Trubisky going off social media - ESPN - Mitchell Trubisky last posted to social media on July 2, saying he has gone "Zero Dark 10" as a way of tuning out the noise.

Hughes: Five Questions as the Bears Begin Training Camp Practices This Weekend - Da Bears Blog - In this clandestine modern NFL, there’s something to remember: very little NFL teams show the fans or the media, prior to the start of the regular season, is all that valuable. “Open” training camp practices and preseason games exist to drain every possible nickel out of loyal fanbases. Might you catch a glimpse of a gimmick play or two? Sure. But that’s it.

Medina: Sweet! The Bears Are Expected To Honor Brian Urlacher at Home Opener Against Seahawks - The Ten Yard Line - It's going to be some kind of party!

Bears Top-10 in NFL run-defense rankings - Pro Football Focus - Senior Analysts Gordon McGuinness & Mike Renner take a look at our PFF preseason rankings for all 32 team's units in terms of run defense.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Joe Flacco: Wins will halt Lamar Jackson questions - NFL.com - Baltimore Ravens quaterback Joe Flacco responds to inquiries on the team’s selection of first round draft pick Lamar Jackson. Flacco says winning will halt Jackson questions.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions’ revamped running game has tough road ahead in 2018 - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions running game looks better on paper, but their divisional foes won’t make it easy.

Schein: Everson Griffen among league’s most “indispensable” defensive players - Daily Norseman - He certainly had a lot to choose from

Four reasons why the Packers can and can’t win the NFC crown - Acme Packing Company - An offseason of widespread change brings new optimism, but doubt remains for a team seeking a return to the Super Bowl.

Florio: No meaningful progress between Packers, Aaron Rodgers – ProFootballTalk - It’s good that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t thinking much about getting a new deal. Because it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting one imminently.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2018 Position Battles: The offensive line needs continuity - Windy City Gridiron - Next up in our 11-part position by position look at the Chicago Bears’ training camp battles is the offensive line.

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears Preview: WCG predicts...the 53-man roster! - Windy City Gridiron - Our annual list of roster predictions is out! Who has the best chance of nailing the final roster in 2018?

Wiltfong: The Bears almost worked out Kurt Warner three times before the Rams did - Windy City Gridiron - I was aware that the Bears almost added Kurt Warner a couple times late in his career, but I didn’t realize they had three work outs scheduled with him before he led the Greatest Show on Turf to a Super Bowl championship.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Training Camp day one recap - Injuries, hold outs and rain - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears held their first practice on Friday and it wasn’t open to the public, but the media was allowed access. In typical Bears’ fashion the traditional media members are restricted from...

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