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The Bear’s Den, May 21, 2019

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OTA’s are here, the Bears start in with week’s worth of Organized Team Activities at Halas Hall

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1989: William Perry #72 of the Chicago Bears undergoes ice treatment with a teammate during Training Camp in 1989.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Long ‘really proud’ of ex-college teammate - ChicagoBears.com - Bears guard Kyle Long isn’t surprised that his former Oregon teammate, Keanon Lowe, is being hailed as a hero after tackling a gunman in a high school classroom last Friday near Portland.

Mayer: Centennial Scrapbook chronicles Bears history - ChicagoBears.com - The first 100 years of Bears history is documented beautifully in the Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook, a 320-page masterpiece authored by award-winning writers Dan Pompei and Don Pierson.

Ranking best Bears of all time: Nos. 76-100 - ChicagoBears.com - In a ranking of the top 100 players in Bears history in the Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook, All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson highlights the group listed from No. 76 to 100.

Allen Robinson: The Offense is “Years Ahead” of 2018, After Offseason Workouts with Trubisky - Bleacher Nation - Allen Robinson and Mitch Trubisky working out together in the offseason is like music to my ears.

Wood: Examining 2018 Offensive Trends - Da Bears Blog - The offseason is the perfect time to do a deep dive into what exactly we saw on the field last year, so today I want to look more closely at how frequently and effectively the offense used various formations and personnel groupings in 2018. We’ll look at it from a few different perspectives.

Eurich: Chicago Bears current roster compared to Ryan Pace’s first squad - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears were in a desperate place in 2015. The experiment that was Phil Emery as general manager and Marc Trestman as head coach completely blew up in the organization’s face.

Chicago Bears Rookie Film Review: Emanuel Hall - 247Sports - We take a look at the film for undrafted rookie free agent signing Emanuel Hall and what he can bring to the Chicago Bears.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Reuben Foster has torn ACL – ProFootballTalk - Washington linebacker Reuben Foster has reportedly been lost for the season with an injury suffered just minutes into his first practice at Organized Team Activities.

NFL summer subplots: One burning question for each NFC team - NFL.com - Can first-time play caller Kellen Moore give the Cowboys’ offense some juice? Can Mike Pettine field a championship D in Green Bay? Which Todd Gurley will show up in September? Gennaro Filice explores one burning question for each NFC team.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Jahlani Tavai impressed with Detroit Lions’ rookie LB class... including Austin Bryant - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ rookie linebacker may have let a little secret slip.

2019 Detroit Lions week-by-week gambling odds: Lions favored in just 2 games - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are entering the 2019 season as big underdogs.

John Carney reached out to Vikings about kicking coach job - Daily Norseman - But the team wants a full-time coach

Matt LaFleur’s DC in Tennessee hand-picked Za’Darius Smith when the Ravens drafted him - Acme Packing Company - According to The Athletic Baltimore, former Ravens defensive coordinate Dean Pees identified Za’Darius Smith as a draft target. Pees later worked opposite LaFleur with the Titans.

Packers’ draft picks left out of 2019 NFLPA Rookie Premiere - Acme Packing Company - No Packers were in attendance for the event for the first time in seven years.

Detroit Lions OTA Day 1 photos suggest potential offensive line shakeup - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions utilized their offensive linemen in several different ways on the opening day of OTAs.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Who is the most underrated Chicago Bears player? - Windy City Gridiron - The next two installments in our WCG offseason, roundtable topics are all about the most underrated and overrated Bears’ players. Today we’re tackling the underrated Bear.

Duerrwaechter: The myth that is “backfield by committee” - Windy City Gridiron - ECD isn’t buying what the media is selling in regards to the Bears’ plans at runningback.

Schmitz' Chicago Bears’ Podcast: Where Will The Bears’ Offensive Line Rank in 2019? - Windy City Gridiron - On his latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. brings on the one and only Lester Wiltfong Jr. to talk all things Chicago Bears’ OL.

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Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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