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The Bear’s Den, May 27, 2019

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Memorial Day weekend sees a pause in NFL action as Denmaster Ken visits the Bronko Nagurski museum in International Falls, MN

What did you do this weekend? Denmaster Ken visited the Bronko Nagurski Museum in International Falls, Minnesota.

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

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Fans react to Bears top 100 players - ChicagoBears.com - After seeing the full list of the best Bears players of the last 100 years according to the Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook, fans give their takes on how they would rank the all-time greats.

Countdown to Camp 2019: Chicago Bears Tight End Preview - Chicago Audible Podcast - The Chicago Audible continues its annual countdown to Chicago Bears training camp with an in-depth look at (and preview of) the team’s tight ends.

Mitchell Trubisky ranked a 3rd-tier, middle-of-the pack QB - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky was ranked as a third-tier, middle-of-the-pack quarterback heading into the 2019 season.

Chicago Bears using narrower uprights to test kickers’ accuracy - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are continuing their extremely unique approach to finding out who their starting kicker will be in 2019.

One year later, Ryan Pace made the right call with Cam Meredith - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears GM continues to be validated for his decision not to match the Saints’ offer for WR Cameron Meredith last March.

The Bears Achieved Near-Perfect Attendance at Offseason Workouts - Bleacher Nation - It’s almost as if the Bears have some unfinished business to attend to in 2019.

Gabriel: How Will Bears’ Backfield Workload Shake Out? - 670 The Score - As coach Matt Nagy hoped, the Bears have added speed and explosiveness to their backfield. How will the workload shake out?

Audio: Michael Felder Breaks Down Bears’ Draft Class - 670 The Score - Laurence Holmes was joined on LoHo Daily by Michael Felder of Stadium for a detailed breakdown of the Bears’ five-man draft class.\

IN MEMORIAM

Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, leader of Vince Lombardi's powerhouse teams of the 1960s, dies at 85 - Chicago Tribune - Bart Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi's powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. Ken's Note: Our condolences to his family and friends.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Joey Porter: Ben Roethlisberger has power and uses it for himself – ProFootballTalk - Add Joey Porter to the list of former Steelers who don't think highly of Ben Roethlisberger. Porter was a teammate of Roethlisberger's for three years, played against him (pictured), and then returned to Pittsburgh and was an assistant coach for the last five years.

Cardinals may use shotgun formation exclusively or close to it – ProFootballTalk - The infiltration of the college offense into the pro game continues, and that likely will result in another franchise embracing shotgun formation, most if not all of the time.

Jets seek GM interviews with Joe Douglas, Champ Kelly - NFL.com - The Jets have requested interviews with Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas and Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly for their GM vacancy. Both worked with Adam Gase in Chicago.

Bears 100 celebration: Owner Virginia McCaskey reflects on a life in football - Chicago Sun-Times - EXCLUSIVE: Virginia McCaskey’s time with team goes back to its early days; now she’ll celebrate its latest.

Finley: Chuck Pagano sees a lot of Ed Reed in Bears S Eddie Jackson — and he’s coached both - Chicago Sun-Times - After the best season of his career, albeit with a heartbreaking finish, Bears safety Eddie Jackson knows there’s plenty of room to improve.

Finley: Jets ask to speak with Bears’ Champ Kelly for GM job - Chicago Sun-Times - Champ Kelly worked with Adam Gase, the Jets’ head coach and current interim GM, both with the Broncos and Bears.

Stankevitz: How can the Bears make Khalil Mack even better in 2019? - NBC Sports Chicago - A full season of offseason practices, plus a coaching staff that creatively worked with an elite edge rusher in the past, could do wonders for Khalil Mack in 2019.

Mayer: Hicks earns high praise from analytics expert - ChicagoBears.com - NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund has ranked Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Akiem Hicks as the third most underappreciated player in the NFL.

Chalk Talk: Is Daniels lining up at center? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether James Daniels and Cody Whitehair have switched positions, who will serve as the No. 3 “swing” tackle and Cordarrelle Patterson’s potential role this season.

Mayer: Four takes on list of top 100 Bears players - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer offers his opinions on the rankings of the top 100 Bears players of all time, including whether Brian Urlacher and Jay Cutler are slotted where they should be.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions 2nd-round pick Jahlani Tavai is taking things ‘day by day’ - Pride Of Detroit - The rookie is taking things slow in his first taste of the NFL.

Dalvin Cook: He Can Shine - But Can He Stay On The Field? - Daily Norseman - He’s had his share of injury problems in his first two seasons

Brian Gutekunst has stayed true to his word in exploring talent in his short time as Packers’ GM - Acme Packing Company - Gutekunst has approached "every available avenue" in re-shaping the Packers’ roster over the past year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

What’s the best and the worst thing about being a Bears fan? - Windy City Gridiron
We’re giving you a two-for-one on this next WCG offseason, Chicago Bears’ roundtable topic discussion.

Wiltfong: Re-grading the 2016 Bears draft - Windy City Gridiron
Who was the best pick from the 2016 Bears’ draft class? Who was the biggest miss? What about the best value selection? All that and more right here...

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