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Roquan Smith’s development is the topic of the day for Bears media and bloggers

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Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears brings down Tyler Higbee #89 of the Los Angeles Rams at Soldier Field on December 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Rams 15-6.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Wood: How Did the Bears Use Their Receivers & Tight Ends in 2018? - 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 Chicago used their WRs and TEs in 2018.

Bears set panel times for Celebration Weekend - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday announced the scheduled times for the panel discussions being conducted at the Bears100 Celebration Weekend June 7-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Mayer: Jackson, Ridley to co-host camp in Florida - ChicagoBears.com - Bears All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson and rookie receiver Riley Ridley will join forces this summer to give back to the community where they grew up in South Florida.

Medina: Report - The Pro Football Hall of Fame Wanted the Bears to “Host” a 2020 Regular-Season Game in Canton - Bleacher Nation - The Bears playing a “home” game in Canton, Ohio would have been something.

Medina: Mitch Trubisky Is “On the Cusp of Greatness” … And Perhaps a Super Bowl Run - Bleacher Nation - The sky is the limit for QB1.

Medina: Khalil Mack Wants to be the B.O.A.T. - Bleacher Nation - Khalil Mack strives for greatness.

NFC North franchise quarterbacks: Each team’s greatest passer - NFL.com - Will Mitchell Trubisky succeed Jim McMahon as the Chicago Bears’ top passer? Does Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre claim the Green Bay Packers’ crown? Ali Bhanpuri dives deep into each NFC North team’s history to anoint their best QB1s.

Smith: Bears expecting big second year from Roquan Smith – ProFootballTalk - As a rookie last year, Bears linebacker Roquan Smith was a significant contributor. The Bears are hoping for even more in Year 2. With the Bears making some changes on their defensive coaching staff this offseason, Smith is making a favorable early impression with his new coaches.

Potash: No longer a rookie, Roquan ready for takeoff - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears linebacker Smith is working on all aspects of his game: “I definitely think I can make a larger impact.”

Bears storylines: The Tribune’s Top 100 list, Khalil Mack’s new mentor and Matt Nagy’s spring surprise - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune is set to begin its Top 100 Bears list plus insight on Khalil Mack and Matt Nagy’s “Monday Funday” at Halas Hall.

Stankevitz: Why Roquan Smith will be critical for the Bears repeating as the NFL’s best defense - NBC Sports Chicago - If Roquan Smith develops the way the Bears believe he can, he could be critical in helping the NFL’s reigning top defense stave off regression in 2019.

Mayer: Pagano offers take on key defensive players - ChicagoBears.com - Having worked with the Bears defense since the offseason program began in mid-April, new coordinator Chuck Pagano recently shared his thoughts on some of his top players.

Cox: Sixth-round pick Duke Shelley thankful his draft path brought him to Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Duke Shelley flew under the radar through the NFL draft process, falling to the Bears in the sixth round. And yet, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mayer: Halas featured in Bears Centennial Scrapbook - ChicagoBears.com - The first of four excerpts from the Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook focuses on how George Halas helped found the NFL and build it into the behemoth it is today.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Chris Long hopes to remove the stigma of marijuana use – ProFootballTalk - Recently retired NFL defensive end Chris Long recently created a stir by acknowledging to Dan Patrick that (Egads!) Long smoked marijuana during his playing career.

Mike Mayock on Richie Incognito: Can’t have all boy scouts – ProFootballTalk - The Raiders signed veteran guard Richie Incognito on Tuesday and General Manager Mike Mayock fielded questions from reporters about the move later in the day.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Will the Detroit Lions buy in to Matt Patricia? - Pride Of Detroit - ESPN poses an important question for Detroit in 2019.

NFC North Roster Additions: Lions hope for immediate impact from big-name draft picks - Acme Packing Company - The Lions drafted the top TE in the draft and added a National Championship winner that they hope can step in to fill roles ASAP.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Dissecting the Designer - A look into how Matt Nagy’s aggressive creativity affects the Bears’ offense - Windy City Gridiron - Despite a bevy of offseason offensive additions, Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy remains the most impactful offensive factor heading into 2019.

Wiltfong: Bears and Packers play in 100 days, so here are a few ‘did you knows’ - Windy City Gridiron - We’re only 100 days away from the kickoff to the Chicago Bears 100th season against the Green Bay Packers, and earlier today we asked you guys for a very specific prediction for that game.

Wiltfong: Bears and Packers play in 100 days, so give us your very specific prediction for that game - Windy City Gridiron - We’re 100 days away from the start of the NFL’s 2019 season which is special because it’s not only the NFL’s 100th season, but it’s also the 100th season of the Chicago Bears. By now you’re all...

Schmitz' Bear With Me Podcast: Will HaHa Clinton-Dix have a better season than Adrian Amos? - Windy City Gridiron - On his latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. dives into a deep Bears mailbag to answer all sorts of offseason questions.

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