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The Bear’s Den, July 4, 2018 Open Thread

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Jay Cutler in an orange jersey against the Packers in an open thread... what could possibly go wrong?

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Jay Cutler vs Green Bay

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

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Zeglinski’s Bears 2018 training camp preview: Bullard or Robertson-Harris must emerge – The Rock River Times - Since 2016, the Bears’ defense has had the fortune of steady dominance from Akiem Hicks. Hicks, 28, has become one of the best free agent signings in franchise history due to relentless pass pressure up front.

Dannehy's The Most Important Bears: Defense - Da Bears Blog - Returning most of their defensive roster, the common thought is the Bears are going to take a big step up next year. That’s only true if their key players stay on the field and improve.

Mayer: Howard tabbed as 28th best fantasy player - ChicagoBears.com - NFL Fantasy Football has ranked Bears running back Jordan Howard as the league’s 28th best fantasy player, one spot ahead of teammate Allen Robinson.

Brian Urlacher receives his Hall of Fame gold jacket - 247Sports - Brian Urlacher is going to look good sporting a gold jacket in the Hall of Fame.

Eurich: Ranking each Bears position group heading into the 2018 season - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears roster is taking shape this offseason.

Perez: Former CB Bryant McFadden says the Monsters of the Midway are back - NBC Sports Chicago - Former NFL CB and current CBS analyst Bryant McFadden said the Monsters of the Midway are back in Chicago.

Perez: Jordan Howard ranked as Top 50 player for Fantasy Football - NBC Sports Chicago - Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard was ranked as a top 50 player in fantasy football for the 2018 season.

Miller: I'm Ready. Are you? - Anthony Miller Official Platform - It's hard for me to imagine another person who loves football as much as I do. Football isn't just a sport for me. This is my identity. I didn...

Eurich: Chicago Bears Roquan Smith and Anthony Miller rated among best rookies in Madden 19 - 247Sports - A pair of Chicago Bears rookies are among the highest rated in their class.

Eurich: Bears legend Gary Fencik believes NFL needs better concussion awareness - 247Sports - Gary Fencik will be donating his brain to science after he passes away.

Hyde: Is Jay Cutler coming back? Kristin Cavallari hints he isn't done ... - Chicago Tribune - Jay Cutler looked done last year with the Dolphins - but is his career over?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Kenney: Kristin Cavallari asks him to support her ‘football’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Jay Cutler won’t say whether or not he is officially retired from football — not even to his wife, Kristin Cavallari.

Authorities seize 108 fake Super Bowl rings – ProFootballTalk - When United States Customs and Border Protection agents in Philadelphia came across 108 Super Bowl rings being shipped into the country from Hong Kong last month, they were immediately suspicious about the authenticity of the items. Ken’s Note: First hint something was wrong was when some rings showed the Detroit Lions winning a Super Bowl.

KNOW THY ENEMY

NFL delivers more suspensions as Lions stand to benefit - Pride Of Detroit - Two more decisions by the NFL will benefit the Lions this season.

Aaron Jones suspended two games, will miss matchup with Vikings - Daily Norseman - The Packers will be without the man that might be their best running back

Pay The Man - Daily Norseman - I’ll be the first to admit I don’t understand the ‘let Diggs walk’ mentality

Packers RB Aaron Jones suspended two games for substance abuse violation - Acme Packing Company - The Packers will be without one of their three talented running backs for the first two contests of 2018.

NFL suspends Packers RB Aaron Jones for 2 games, including season opener vs. Bears - Chicago Tribune - The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones for the first two games of the 2018 season without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Bears’ Brian Urlacher receives Hall of Fame jacket - Windy City Gridiron - A little over a month out from his induction ceremony, Urlacher gets a golden treat.

Zeglinski's Bears mailbag: Who will be this year’s Bears camp stars? - Windy City Gridiron - Who captures the hearts of Bourbonnais this year? What should be expected from the Bears’ offensive line? That and more in this week’s mailbag.

Zeglinski: Bears 2018 training camp preview - A major bet on Trey Burton’s upside - Windy City Gridiro - Burton and Adam Shaheen have the talent. Both must seamlessly step into their responsibilities.

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears Preview: The sneakiest most important Bears for 2018: No. 8 - Taylor Gabriel - Windy City Gridiron - Unsung heroes will help make or break the Bears’ 2018 season. Speedy wide receiver Taylor Gabriel has a part to play.

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