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All organized team activities and camps are done... next up? Five weeks of lists. Oh, joy.

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The Bears are done with offseason work, it’s time for five weeks worth of chilling out...
Francisco Cornellana Castells

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

BEARRRSSSS

Ellis: Chinese Food and Thursday Night Football - How Akiem Hicks is embracing multiple roles with the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Hicks is accepting the challenge in more ways than one.

Hoge and Jahns: Bears Minicamp Recap, State Of The Kickers, And Bears 100 Thoughts - WGN Radio - 720 AM - The Bears wrapped up minicamp with Matt Nagy putting all the pressure on the kickers -- and Hoge called it. The guys welcome Kevin "The Fishman" Fishbain to the podcast to wrap up the offseason and discuss the kicker situation. Is it possible that the Bears are worse off at the position than they were six months ago? Hoge and Jahns also discuss the Bears 100 Celebration and a purchase you absolutely have to make.

The NFL’s 11 best interior defensive linemen - TouchdownWire - More is demanded of interior defenders than at any other time in NFL history. Here are the 11 men who meet those demands most adeptly.

Mayer: Kickers end offseason program on right foot - ChicagoBears.com - Bears kickers Eddy Pineiro and Elliott Fry ended minicamp Thursday at Halas Hall with a second straight strong day, much to the delight of their teammates.

Mayer: Montgomery continuing to (quietly) shine - ChicagoBears.com - Rookie running back David Montgomery doesn’t say a whole lot. But the third-round draft pick from Iowa State hasn’t had to be very vocal to impress the Bears on and off the field.

The Bears Have Reportedly Signed David Montgomery to His Rookie Deal - Bleacher Nation - David Montgomery is in!

Kicking Pressure: Nail a Field Goal or Your Teammates Have to Run - Bleacher Nation - Elliott Fry and Eddy Piñeiro spared their teammates from a miserable minicamp ending, which constitutes a win in Matt Nagy's book!

Cobb, Bears running backs impressing in OTAs - ESPN Video - Dan Graziano says Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb has been impressive with his new team, while Louis Riddick is excited by the Bears' entire backfield.

PFF50: The NFL's 50 best players entering the 2019 season includes two Bears - Pro Football Focus - PFF lists the NFL's 50 best players entering the 2019 season.

Lambert: Two Chicago Bears Rookies Continue To Thrive in Practice - Sports Mockery - The class of Chicago Bears rookies have gotten off to a strong start in practices thus far, but two continue to stand out above the rest.

Potash: Next stop, Bourbonnais - Bears end offseason program with laser focus on 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times - Football will be on the back burner — but not far from the front burner — as Nagy, players take annual break before training camp

Finley: Bears’ Matt Nagy hopeful TE Trey Burton, WR Anthony Miller will be ready for training camp - Chicago Sun-Times - Trey Burton will spend the Bears’ summer break rehabbing in the Chicago area

‘It’s a win for them’: After offseason derby, Bears’ kickers finish minicamp with makes - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears finished their offseason program the way they started it — by putting pressure on their kickers.

Wiederer: 5 things we learned on the final day of Bears minicamp, including a motivated Akiem Hicks and a healthy Kyle Long - Chicago Tribune - Akiem Hicks is motivated. Kyle Long is healthy. The kicker search continues. And Bears minicamp is in the books.

'Well, the socks don't turn me on': Virginia McCaskey admits she's lukewarm on the Bears throwback uniforms, but the players love them - Chicago Tribune - Reviews of the Bears' 1936-inspired throwback uniform have been mixed. Reactions from Virginia McCaskey, Khalil Mack, Matt Nagy and more.

Ranking the 100 best Bears ever: No. 85, Kyle Long - Chicago Tribune - Before the Bears’ 100th season, the Tribune's Bears reporters and editors ranked the 100 best players in franchise history. Kyle Long is No. 85.

Stankevitz: Where the Bears’ five biggest storylines stand at the end of the offseason program - NBC Sports Chicago - From the kicking competition to the transition to Chuck Pagano's defense, we learned a lot about the Bears over the last two months of the team's offseason program.

Stebbins: Bears reportedly agree to terms with third round pick David Montgomery - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' top draft pick won't enter training camp without a contract this season, as the team reportedly agreed to terms with third-round pick David Montgomery.

Reardon: Bears kickers come up clutch to end practice early - NFL.com - Matt Nagy has thrown his group of kickers through the gauntlet this offseason after Cody Parkey’s heartbreaking playoff double-doink against the Eagles -- and they finally rewarded him Thursday.

Williams: Bears sign Jordan McCray – ProFootballTalk - The Bears announced they signed offensive lineman Jordan McCray on Thursday. He takes kicker Chris Blewitt’s roster spot. McCray tried out at the Bears’ rookie minicamp last month and again at the veterans’ minicamp this week. McCray, 27, has never played in an NFL regular-season game.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Wickersham & Rothstein: Inside the short, unhappy life of the Alliance of American Football - ESPN - Interviews with more than 40 senior AAF executives, lawyers, consultants, team presidents, coaches, players and other sources show the league began imploding even before the first game kicked off.

Dak Prescott happy for Carson Wentz, still waiting on his deal – ProFootballTalk - Dak Prescott pulled a new Stetson out of a box to wear during his media availability Thursday. It came in handy when asked for a contract update. “I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy. Let’s say that,” Prescott said.

Vets addressed Duke Johnson remarks with Mayfield - NFL.com - Per NFL Network’s Michael Silver, several Cleveland Browns veterans approached quarterback Baker Mayfield following his comments regarding Duke Johnson.

Eagles smart with Carson Wentz; Ron Rivera entering big year - NFL.com - The Philadelphia Eagles paid up to secure Carson Wentz’s services -- and Gregg Rosenthal says they were smart to do it. Plus, exploring Bill O’Brien’s status with the Houston Texans and more.

KNOW THY ENEMY

The Detroit Lions were particularly boring in 2018 - Pride Of Detroit - It was a rough year for success and entertainment in Detroit.

Report: Detroit Lions trading tight end Michael Roberts to New England Patriots - Pride Of Detroit - The former 4th-round pick is headed to New England.

Why The Minnesota Vikings Still Need Kyle Rudolph - Daily Norseman - He seemed replaceable and expensive - but is he ?

Three Packers players appear on Pro Football Focus’ Top 50 list for 2019 - Acme Packing Company - The beer buddies are the top two, but the third name might be slightly surprising.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Duerrwaechter: Bears sign David Montgomery - Windy City Gridiron - The team’s first overall pick of their 2019 NFL draft class has been locked up on his rookie deal.

Schmitz’ Film Breakdown: What makes Taylor Gabriel so good on 3rd down? - Windy City Gridiron - Throughout the 2018 season, no one was more efficient on 3rd down than WR Taylor Gabriel. But what makes the speedster so effective? Robert S. dives into his film to find out.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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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