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The Bear’s Den, April 9, 2019

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It’s day two of “Sack A Norseman” week here in the Den, today’s honors goes to Akiem Hicks

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Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears sacks Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 25-20.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Eurich: Mitch Trubisky called a QB ‘you can win with’ by CBS Sports - 247Sports - Mitch Trubisky is going to have doubters until he can put together a strong 16-game stretch.

Emma: Bears Name Zach Miller Winner Of Ed Block Courage Award - 670 The Score - Bears tight end Zach Miller was named the Ed Block Courage Award winner in a vote by his teammates.

Wood: Building a Tight End Profile for the Matt Nagy/Andy Reid Offense - Da Bears Blog - Like I have previously done with wide receivers and running backs, today I’m going to look at tight ends who have been drafted for this offense to see if there’s a physical profile they typically follow. In order to increase the sample size, I looked at every tight end drafted for a Reid offense in Philadelphia (1999-2012, 2016-18 with Doug Pederson) or Kansas City (2013-present). This list included ten players. Then I combed through their Combine performance to see if any patterns emerged.

Mayer: Miller to receive prestigious Ed Block Award - ChicagoBears.com - Tight end Zach Miller will be presented with the Bears’ 2018 Ed Block Courage Award Tuesday at a luncheon in Des Plaines. Miller has spent the last 17 months rehabbing and recovering from a serious leg injury.

Medina: The Bears Can Draft a Top-50 Prospect, Despite Not Picking Until No. 87 - Bleacher Nation - The Bears drafting a top-50 prospect isn’t as far-fetched as one might believe.

Be the first to see Bears rookies in action - ChicagoBears.com - Through the Bears First Look Sweepstakes brought to you by Miller Lite, one grand prize winner and his or her guest will be able to come to Halas Hall May 4 to watch practice during rookie mini-camp.

Medina; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Was “Blind” to the Aaron Rodgers-Mike McCarthy Drama in Green Bay - Bleacher Nation - Staying out of the drama was a wise decision.

Jack Del Rio on Khalil Mack: ‘You keep those guys’ - NFL.com - Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio ended his silence on the blockbuster trade that sent outside linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in September 2018.

Finley’s Draft analysis: With Mitch Trubisky’s growth in mind, Bears keep QB room intact - Sun Times - After a 12-4 season in which Trubisky reached the Pro Bowl as an alternate, the Bears are pleased with the support system surrounding him.

Finley: TE Zach Miller to receive the Bears’ Ed Block Courage Award - Sun Times - The Bears will hand tight end Zach Miller their Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday, the team said Monday

Kane: Bears honor Zach Miller with the Ed Block Courage Award - Chicago Tribune - The Bears named tight end Zach Miller the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award and will present him with the honor at a banquet Tuesday.

Bocker: Debunking the Myth - The 2018 Bears are not the 2017 Jaguars - The Chicago Audible - The claim that the Chicago Bears are comparable to the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars is simply bogus. There are numerous reasons why this is simply not true.

Stankevitz: Bears happy for Adrian Amos, see ‘win-win’ in signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears felt a sense of pride in seeing Adrian Amos sign with the Packers, and believe Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's one-year deal can be beneficial for everyone involved.

Cox: Bears showing heavy interest in FAU running back Devin Singletary - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears can’t hide how much they’re looking into running back prospects in the NFL Draft.

Cox: Former Raiders coach calls Khalil Mack ‘a future Hall of Fame player’ - NBC Sports Chicago - If the Oakland Raiders hadn’t fired their head coach last offseason, Khalil Mack might not be on the Bears.

Cox: Bears players vote Zach Miller as winner of 2018 Ed Block Courage Award - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have shown nothing but support for Zach Miller since his devastating knee injury in 2017.

Sikes: Other Running Backs In The Draft The Bears Could Consider - Club Dub Bears Blog - Now that we’ve wrapped up the 10 running backs the Bears had met with (as of April 3), let’s look at a few more running backs the Bears could take in the Draft.

Sikes: The Athletic's 7-Round Mock Draft Has Bears Taking A RB In The 4th Round - Club Dub Bears Blog - Dane Brugler of The Athletic went through all seven rounds of a mock draft. I can only imagine how much time that took. Anyways, he states up front that he doesn’t think this is what should happen, but rather what he’s hearing. So without further ado, here were his picks for the Bears.

Barbieri: Antonio Brown’santics a lesson of importance of Bears’ ‘We’ mentality - Bears Wire - Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown's behavior is proof of why the Chicago Bears' 'We' mentality is so crucial to building a winning team

Barbieri: Bears focused on fine-tuning offense in 2019 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have a clear focus heading into the 2019 season: fine-tuning the offense

Farrar: Memphis’ Darrell Henderson reviews his 2018 tape - Touchdown Wire - If you're looking for a do-it-all back in the 2019 draft class, Memphis' Darrell Henderson just might be your man.

POLISH SAUSAGE

2019 NFL Draft guide: One burning question for each NFC team - NFL.com - Are the Cardinals determined to move on from Josh Rosen? Will the Redskins go all in on a quarterback prospect? Elliot Harrison unleashes one burning draft question for each NFC team.

‘Very Cavallari’ recap: Jay Cutler ditches a tense dinner, calls out the baloney | Chicago Sun-Times - The retired Bears QB seems more than a little tipsy as he settles into a meal with wife Kristin Cavallari’s visiting friends.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Cole Madison returns to Packers & has been reinstated to active roster, per reports - Acme Packing Company - It was a welcome surprise to hear that the 2018 fifth-round draft pick has returned to Green Bay to get his football career underway.

Free agent DT Rodney Gunter re-signs with Cardinals after visiting Packers, per report - Acme Packing Company - The Packers ended up missing out on — or deciding not to offer a contract to — the young tackle.

NFC Championship Game loss to Seahawks spelled doom for Rodgers-McCarthy - Acme Packing Company - It was a blown opportunity that will come to define the underperformance of the Packers in the McCarthy era. Recent reporting suggests that was when Rodgers fully lost faith in his coach. His performance and his numbers bear that out.

Aaron Rodgers decries “smear attack” – ProFootballTalk - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken his silence. In a major way. Appearing on radio with Jason Wilde and Mark Tauscher of ESPN Milwaukee, Rodgers decried last week's exhaustive article from Tyler Dunne of BleacherReport.com as a "smear attack.

A Realistic (and ideal?) Vikings Draft - Daily Norseman - What a real Vikings draft may look like this year

2019 NFL Draft; The Detroit Lions top 5 needs - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have holes to fill, so let's look at where they should start.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Were the Bears a fluke in 2018? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears might be here to stay, and that pisses a lot of people off.

Wiltfong: Bears doing plenty of homework on Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have been checking out a lot of running back prospects, but none more than FAU’s Devin Singletary.

Snyder & Berckes: Bears Over Beers Episode 6: Running Backs (Part 2) - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and EJ break down their favorite all-time Bears RB’s and finish their deep dive into this year’s class of draft-eligible runners.

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