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Two days from now the Chicago Bears report for training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais!

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NFL: JUN 12 Chicago Bears Minicamp
Chicago Bears defensive back Jonathon Mincy
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Training camp position preview: Defensive line - ChicagoBears.com - Led by Pro Bowler Akiem Hicks, the defensive line that helped the Bears lead the NFL in several statistical categories and win the NFC North title last season returns intact this year.

Quick Hits: Burton, Miller expected to be healthy for camp - ChicagoBears.com - After recovering from offseason surgeries, tight end Trey Burton and receiver Anthony Miller are both expected to be ready to practice when the Bears report to training camp later this week in Bourbonnais.

Pace, Nagy discuss state of Bears before camp - ChicagoBears.com - Returning to the Bears’ birthplace in Decatur Sunday, general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy discussed the kicking competition, expectations for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and more.

McCaskey lauds Decatur’s role in Bears history - ChicagoBears.com - Led by chairman George H. McCaskey, the Bears paid homage to their history by returning to their birthplace in downstate Decatur Sunday.

Getting to Know the 2019 Chicago Bears: Tight Ends - Bleacher Nation - The Bears tight end room is filled with question marks.

Don't Tell Me Mitch Trubisky Can't Come Through In Big, Playoff Moments … Because He Already Has - Bleacher Nation - A Mitch Trubisky myth-buster!

Would You Trade a First-Round Pick for Kicker Justin Tucker? - Bleacher Nation - Chicago's hunt for a kicker could still take any number of turns between now and September 5, though a big splash seems unlikely.

Wiedman: Bears will not regress, but progress in 2019 - Our Turff Football - The Chicago Bears had much success in 2018. Does the departure of Vic Fangio mean the Bears will take a step back? OTFB's Wanda Wiedman says to think again.

Chicago Bears 2019 Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers - 247Sports - We break down the Chicago Bears wide receiver position as the team gets ready to head into training camp this week.

Bernstein: Try The Bears' Kicker Challenge! - 670 The Score - The Bears' ongoing placekicker saga still can't be satirized out of existence.

Is Cody Whitehair the next Bears player to get a big-money contract? - Chicago Sun-Times- - Bears GM Ryan Pace rewards his own, usually around this time of year.

Bulls catch up to Bears on Forbes’ list of most valuable sports teams, while Cubs are tied for 14th - Chicago Tribune - The Bulls and Bears are now tied in Forbes’ list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises, but the Cubs are still tops in Chicago.

Cohen? Really? PFF ranks the top-10 running backs entering the 2019 NFL season - NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | Pro Football Focus - New England PatriotsJames White and Chicago Bears’ Tarik Cohen round out PFF’s list of the top-10 running backs entering the 2019 NFL season. Ken’s Note: I like Tarik Cohen, you know I do, but as a Top-10 back in the NFL? Oh, wait... sorry, it’s PFF, I forgot it’s not supposed to make sense.

Predicting which Bears player will win MVP, other awards in 2019 - Bears Wire - Who will win team MVP, most improved player and rookie of the year for the Chicago Bears?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: No open competition at quarterback for the Giants – ProFootballTalk - When last we heard from Giants coach Pat Shurmur, he seemed to be kicking the door open to a full-blown quarterback competition. Though he seemed to realize the message he was sending, the truth may be that the Giants remain to veteran Eli Manning, at least for the start of the season.

NFL training camp: Notable players who could be traded/released - NFL.com - Could six-time Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy be the odd man out in Buffalo’s crowded backfield? As we head into training camp, Gregg Rosenthal spotlights 18 notable players who could be traded or released.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

2019 NFL preview: Ranking the NFC North secondaries - Pride Of Detroit - Has the Lions’ secondary improved enough to be considered a top unit in the division? Ken's Note: I know Lions fans are delusional this time of year, but really? A secondary where you don't even know who two of the starters are going to be is better than Chicago's? Slay and Fuller are about a wash, I will give you that. Coleman is better than Skrine. but Diggs isn't better than Clinton-Dix and he doesn't even deserve to be in the same conversation as Eddie Jackson. C'mon, Lions fans, you can't even tell me who your starters are, and your best DB is holding out and disgruntled. Sheesh.

Pocket Protectors [2019 Vikings Season Preview - Detroit to Chicago] - Daily Norseman - Previewing the fourth quarter of the season. Ken's Note: Wait, what? Bears returning 20 of 22 starters have "lost too much talent"? And I thought Lions fans were delusional.

Packers Fantasy Preview 2019: Aaron Rodgers’ bounce-back is imminent - Acme Packing Company - Rodgers is so undervalued, he’s almost an afterthought at fantasy QB. That’s where you strike.

Packers’ rookies arrive for 2019 training camp on Monday - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay opens up practice on Thursday, but rookies will show up two days before veterans this week.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Position Battles: Will they carry three quarterbacks? - Windy City Gridiron - I’m kicking off my eleven-part series looking at each position group on the Chicago Bears with the easiest group to handicap, the quarterbacks.

Zeglinski: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to start camp on PUP list - Windy City Gridiron - A wrinkle in the grand plan for Chicago’s new safety.

Zeglinski: Bears brass expects big year for Trubisky, Floyd - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ general manager foresees a big year for two of his first-round picks.

Leming: Predicting the Chicago Bears final 53-man roster - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will report for training camp later in the week and before things gets kicked off, we’ll take a crack at projecting the Week 1 roster.

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