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The Bear’s Den, July 11, 2019

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Bears fans, Bears opponents as well as local, regional and national media have Mack on their minds

NFL: JUN 12 Chicago Bears Minicamp
Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) warms up during Chicago Bears Veteran Minicamp
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

COURAGE

Wiederer: He was a high school football star. A grisly car crash changed his life forever. His love of the game pushes him on. - Chicago Tribune - A 2009 car wreck left Mike DeStefano unable to walk by himself. Yet football remains his greatest passion, possibly stronger than when he was playing.

BEARRRSSSS

Lambert: 49ers Centerpiece of Mitch Trubisky Trade is Likely Gone Soon - Sports Mockery - Everybody thought the 49ers made the steal of the century when they got Solomon Thomas after letting the Bears trade up for Mitch Trubisky. Times change.

Payton avoided half of defense on incredible run - ChicagoBears.com - Bears legend Walter Payton had many longer runs than his 18-yard rumble in a memorable win over the Kansas City Chiefs Nov. 13, 1977 at Soldier Field. But none better demonstrated his incredible strength and determination.

Medina: It's Time to Respect Charles Leno Jr. for Anchoring One of the NFL's Best Offensive Lines - Bleacher Nation - Put some respect on Charles Leno Jr.'s name!

Eurich: Top storylines to watch in Chicago Bears 2019 training camp - 247Sports - Training camp in 2019 will be one of the most hyped in recent years for the Chicago Bears. The team is coming off a 12-4 season in 2018 and expectations are high for the Bears to find repeat success this upcoming year. With a sense of added pressure this year for the Bears there are even more storylines following the organization heading into camp.

Short Futures Bet Podcast: Mitch Trubisky for MVP - Da Bears Blog - Bet the odds...

Eurich: Will Chicago Bears starters get limited reps in 2019 preseason? - 247Sports - As a first-year head coach in 2018, Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears did not do anything he did not want to do. Conventional wisdom said he needed to play his starters at a high rate during the preseason to help get them more acclimated to their new scheme, but Nagy opted to go in a different direction. While teams use the second-to-last preseason game as a dress rehearsal, Nagy decided he was going to sit his starters.

Bear Report Podcast: Vikings training camp preview - 247Sports - We break down what to expect from the Minnesota Vikings with a special guest plus the excitement of training camp that looms for the Chicago Bears.

The 2019 Preseason All-NFC North Team: Defense, special teams - 247sports Packers site - The NFC North is considered as one of the top divisions in the NFL heading into the 2019 season. The Chicago Bears had the top-ranked defense in the division last year and they were ranked No. 3 in the NFL. The Bears are loaded with defensive talent as the roster features pass rusher Khalil Mack, linebacker Roquan Smith and safety Eddie Jackson.

Chamberlain: Some familiar Bears who face longest odds of making the roster - Bearmaven - Tanner Gentry, Taquan Mizzell among Bears who've been around at least a season and face long roster odds.

Edge defender rankings: Mack one of NFL’s top 10 DEs, OLBs for 2019 - SI.com - A discussion of why so many edge defenders remain great well into their 30s, the reasons why teams drop pass rushers into coverage, why Whitney Mercilus is a swell guy, a ranking of the top 10 edge defenders in the NFL heading into the 2019 season, and much more.

Chamberlain: Reserve strength counts among greatest Bears assets for 2019 - Bearmaven - Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Chase Daniel among players who earn Bears spot among deeper NFL teams.

Chamberlain: Why backs rate over Mitchell Trubisky as real Bears offensive question - Bearmaven - Mitchell Trubisky has shown he can run this Bears offense, but David Montgomery and Mike Davis have proven nothing.

Chamberlain: Kyle Long’s health most critical to an effective Bears running game - Bearmaven - The Bears have averaged almost 10 yards less in rushing per game without Long.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cardinals take Jalen Thompson in supplemental draft – ProFootballTalk - Former Washington State safety Jalen Thompson is heading to Arizona. Thompson was chosen by the Cardinals with a fifth-round pick in today’s supplemental draft, according to multiple reports.

Robbie Gould won’t commit to reporting to 49ers if they don’t trade him – ProFootballTalk - It’s less than a week away from the deadline for players with franchise tags to sign multi-year deals with their teams and there’s been no sign that an agreement between the 49ers and kicker Robbie Gould is imminent. That’s not a great surprise as Gould requested a trade earlier this year.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions DL Da’Shawn Hand participating in Julius Peppers’ pass-rushing camp - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ young defensive lineman is clearly committed to improving.

2019 NFL Supplemental Draft results: Detroit Lions win draft lottery, but don’t pick anyone - Pride Of Detroit - Nothing to see here.

PFF 2019 preseason offensive line rankings: Detroit Lions come in at 15th - Pride Of Detroit - Could the Lions offensive line finally rank among the top half in the league?

Vikings All-Important Third Preseason Game™ to air live on NFL Network - Daily Norseman - Good news for those of us far from God’s country

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2019: #9 Will Kyle Long regain his Pro Bowl form? - Windy City Gridiron - For the 11th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. Next up at number 9 is the longest tenured offensive player.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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