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Learn more about rookie running backs Montgomery & Whyte as well as where James Daniels got his graduation jersey

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Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears sacks Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Zeglinski: David Montgomery gets one chance to add to Bears running back history – The Rock River Times
Read the writing on the wall and the Bears always wanted David Montgomery to be their next lead running back. There was no backup plan in the 2019 NFL Draft because Montgomery was Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. Post-draft, general manager Ryan Pace said Montgomery “is everything you look for in a running back.”

Mayer: Daniels borrows his own jersey from Bears fan - ChicagoBears.com
Wanting to wear his No. 68 Bears jersey to his graduation at the University of Iowa, James Daniels asked his Twitter followers to lend him one for the ceremony.

Mayer: Bears100 panel will include Nagy, Pace, Phillips - ChicagoBears.com
Bears coach Matt Nagy, general manager Ryan Pace and president/CEO Ted Phillips will be featured together in a panel discussion at the Bears100 Celebration June 7-9 in Rosemont.

Medina: The Bears Can Win the NFC North Even Without Mitch Trubisky at His Best - Bleacher Nation
Peter King thinks so highly of the Bears, but I’m not sure he’s sold on the quarterback.

Chicago Bears top cap hits for 2019 - 247Sports
The Chicago Bears once had a reputation for being cheap but that has all changed within the last few years. The Bears inked outside linebacker Khalil Mack to the largest contract for a defensive player in NFL history last year and have invested a lot of money on both sides of the ball the last few offseasons.

Wiederer: Get to know Bears draft pick Kerrith Whyte - A Q&A with Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin - Chicago Tribune
The Bears are hopeful rookie running back Kerrith Whyte can use his elite speed to become a factor on offense and special teams.

RIP

Bills superfan Pancho Billa dies after cancer fight - NFL.com
Ezra Castro, better known by his superfan persona “Pancho Billa,” died on Tuesday morning following a lengthy battle with cancer, his family announced on Twitter. He was 39 years old.

Remembering Ezra “Pancho Billa” Castro - Buffalo Rumblings
”He lives inside of his own heart. That’s an awful big place to live in.” That quote from the movie Sling Blade has been an inspiration for people for years but there is one man that truly... Ken’s Note: He left the world a better place for being in it. Godspeed Pancho.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Panthers are this year’s All or Nothing team – ProFootballTalk
From 2016 through 2018, Amazon dropped without much advance notice and with no advance identification of the involved team a full season of All or Nothing, a full-season look at one specific NFL franchise.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Taylor Decker thinks Lions’ offensive line chemistry is the best he’s ever had - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions offensive line group is a tight-knit group.

No Detroit Lions make PFF’s top 25 players under 25 list - Pride Of Detroit
Did any Lions get snubbed?

Matt Patricia loves the other NFC North teams getting all the attention - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions are the underdogs, and Matt Patricia is perfectly fine with that.

Breaking Down Olisaemeka (Oli) Udoh - Daily Norseman
One of the more intriguing of the Vikings’ Day 3 draft picks is Olisaemeka (Oli) Udoh, a right-tackle out of Elon University. The Vikings drafted him in the sixth round, number 193 overall.

Eric Kendricks restructures contract to give Vikings cap relief - Daily Norseman
And that’s how the Bradbury signing happened

Vikings sign Garrett Bradbury to rookie contract - Daily Norseman
Where’s the cap space coming from?

Packers announce dates for open OTA practices, starting May 21st - Acme Packing Company
Good news, everyone! Open practices begin next week!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

What is your favorite non-1985 Bears moment ever? - Windy City Gridiron
Our latest WCG offseason roundtable topic is all about some of the greatest moments in Bears’ history, but we’re staying away from that one year.

Chicago Bears blog Windy City Gridiron is hiring a social media contributor - Windy City Gridiron
Here’s a great opportunity for you to join our team.

Schmitz' Chicago Bears’ Podcast: Will TE Trey Burton Ever Live Up To His Contract? - Windy City Gridiron
On his latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. dives further into Mitch Trubisky’s 3rd Down and Red Zone play before cracking open a loaded Bears’ mailbag.

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