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

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Gabriel: Bears Should Have Quality Tight End Options In Mid-Rounds Of NFL Draft - 670 The Score - The Bears are in need of a tight end in the NFL Draft, as in Matt Nagy’s ideal world, the position would play a bigger role than in 2018.

Bears Reveal Preseason Opponents - 670 The Score - The Bears host the Panthers in their preseason opener between Aug. 8-11.

Mayer: Bears announce 2019 preseason opponents - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears will open the preseason by hosting the Carolina Panthers before visiting the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts and then closing at home against the Tennessee Titans.

Medina: After Getting Interest From 49ers, Gostkowski Re-Signs With Pats (And Ices Dreams of Gould-Bears Reunion) - Bleacher Nation - The best free agent kicker returns to the Patriots.

Medina: RB Prospect Devin Singletary is Looking Forward to His THIRD Meeting with the Bears - Bleacher Nation - The Bears are really doing their homework on Devin Singletary, one of the NFL Draft’s top running back prospects.

Medina: The Bears’ Preseason Schedule Is Out and Features an Intriguing Week 3 Showdown - Bleacher Nation - Who’s ready for Bears v. Colts?

Dannehy: Bears Receiver Depth Should Be A Concern - Da Bears Blog - The Bears seem to like their wide receivers right now, but that shouldn’t stop them from looking hard at the position in the draft later this month.

Letizia: 2019 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings - Chicago Audible - A comprehensive guide ranking the top 17 running backs for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Stankevitz: As a decision looms for Zach Miller, the Bears tight end maintains his remarkable outlook on life - NBC Sports Chicago - Zach Miller knows he has to make a decision on his future in football at some point 16 1/2 months after suffering a horrific leg injury.

Ellis: The Bears just announced their four opponents and the schedule for the 2019 preseason - NBC Sports Chicago - We'll take what we can get!

Mullin: Bears pre-draft contacts long on RB, CB, but 'best available' rankings still a mystery - NBC Sports Chicago - Divining NFL draft intentions has never been particularly easy.

Schwarz: Tight Ends the Bears Should Consider: Caleb Wilson - Club Dub Bears Blog - Caleb Wilson is a late round target the Bears should keep an eye on in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has some upside and would be a solid depth piece.

Sikes: Bears Were Present For Kentucky, Mike Edward's Pro Day - Club Dub Bears Blog - The Bears had their defensive back coaches on hand for Mike Edward’s pro day. Edwards was the only Kentucky defensive back to workout yesterday and was credited with an official 40-yard dash time of 4.52 seconds. He sustained an injury to his hamstring on his second 40-yard dash, and was unable to run the 3 Cone Drill.

Sikes: Bears Meeting With Singletary Again, Missouri WR Emanuel Hall Set To Visit, Zach Miller Wins Award, Aaron Rodgers Is Whiny And Other Bullets - Club Dub Bears Blog - We are just over two weeks away from the start of the 2019 NFL Draft. It will be nice to move past these mock drafts and analyze the players the Bears have selected. There isn’t a whole lot going on right now either. Free agency is mostly wrapped up minus a few signings here and there. The primary item going on right now is the AAF folding and select players from that league getting signed to NFL teams. That was always the intent of the league, but it’s a shame they couldn’t even finish their first season. You wonder how long the XFL will last, which is set to launch (again) next year.

Sugrue: Chicago Bears announce 2019 preseason schedule - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears preseason schedule includes a reunion for defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano against his former team.

Earl Bennett on Antonio Brown drama: ‘I have a similar story’ - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears receiver Earl Bennett said he experienced an Antonio Brown-like drama in Chicago

Mayer: Miller honored, humbled to receive award - ChicagoBears.com - Bears tight end Zach Miller, who has displayed fierce determination and perseverance since sustaining a serious leg injury 17 months ago, was presented with the Ed Block Courage Award Tuesday in Des Plaines.

Finley: Bears’ Zach Miller not ready for retirement call, but ‘can’t hold it hostage’ - Sun-Times - Zach Miller isn’t ready to retire yet, but he knows the clock is ticking.

Finley: Bears name preseason opponents - Sun-Times - It won’t take long for Chuck Pagano to return to Indianapolis.

Draft analysis: With addition of Bilal Nichols, Bears have quality, depth at DL - Sun-Times - Nichols quickly emerged as a rotation player in Fangio’s defense, then became a starter for most of the second half of the season.

Biggs: Zach Miller has had 9 surgeries since his horrific injury in 2017. But he still hasn’t made a decision about his playing career — or retirement. - Chicago Tribune - Zach Miller wants to continue to work on his physical comeback before making a final determination about retirement from playing.

Campbell: Bears coach Matt Nagy adds college commencement speaker to his list of 2019 honors - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy will speak at the June 1 commencement ceremony for his alma mater, the University of Delaware.

Campbell; Bears announce 2019 preseason schedule featuring home games against the Panthers and Titans - Chicago Tribune - The Bears announced their 2019 preseason schedule. They will open against the Panthers and close against the Titans, both at home.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Stephen Gostkowski re-signs with the Patriots – ProFootballTalk - The 49ers might have had some interest in kicker Stephen Gostkowski, but any notions of signing him to replace Robbie Gould will have to be put on ice. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Gostkowski has agreed to a new two-year contract with the Patriots.

NFL releases 65-game 2019 preseason schedule - NFL.com - The NFL announced the 2019 preseason schedule, which features eight matchups on prime-time television. Preseason action kicks off on Aug. 1 with the Hall of Fame Game between the Broncos and Falcons.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers announce 2019 preseason schedule - Acme Packing Company - The Packers will play preseason games against the Raiders and Chiefs, each for the fourth time in six years. Green Bay will also host the Texans for an exhibition and joint practice.

Detroit Lions sign QB Tom Savage - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have a backup quarterback that could contend for the backup job.

NFL draft debate: Why I chose Brian Burns for the Lions in the SB Nation mock - Pride Of Detroit - We explain why we chose the FSU edge for the Lions at eight overall.

2019 NFL schedule: Detroit Lions preseason schedule, opponents - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the Lions’ 2019 preseason opponents.

NFL.com says don’t sleep on the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - The Kool Aid is spreading nationally.

Vikings 2019 Preseason Schedule Announced - Daily Norseman - The Vikings now know who they will face to tune up for the upcoming season.

NFL announces names of 23 prospects who will attend 2019 NFL Draft - Acme Packing Company - Which of these players will be the Packers’ first pick on April 25th? Or will they surprise and pick someone not in attendance?

Vikings sign AAF defensive end Karter Schult - Daily Norseman - And the Vikings add to their defensive line

Aaron Rodgers details tibial fracture, concussion in '18 - NFL.com - Aaron Rodgers had a rough 2018 season to say the least. The Green Bay Packers QB was apparently playing through a knee injury that was far more serious than we were led to believe.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2019 preseason opponents are set - Windy City Gridiron - Here is everything we know about the Chicago Bears’ 2019 opponents, both preseason and regular season...

Leming: Chicago Bears Draft - Top Five running back fits for Matt Nagy’s offense - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL draft is a little over two weeks away and so far, the Bears have met with 15 different running backs. With the departure of Jordan Howard, it’s clear they will be draft a running back. It’s just a matter of who and when.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Zach Miller to be honored with Ed Block Courage Award - Windy City Gridiron - As the battle back to normalcy after a horrific injury continues for Miller, the Bears are recognizing his tremendous efforts.

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