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The Bear’s Den, June 4, 2021

As OTA’s continue at Halas Hall, Blake Bortles takes the field (well, the practice field at least) in Green Bay.

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Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is tackled by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after picking off a pass
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THE DAILY SPONGIE GREEN BAY SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Steve McMichael: Concert to help ex-Chicago Bear’s ALS care - Chicago Tribune - Dan Hampton and his Chicago 6 bandmates are stepping on stage Saturday to help former Bears teammate Steve “Mongo” McMichael’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Bears’ Roquan Smith, David Montgomery emerging as leaders for team that needs them – The Athletic - Smith, a linebacker, and Montgomery, a running back, appear to be taking over — and embracing — the role as team leaders for the Bears.

Justin Fields taking No. 2 reps at Bears OTAs, Nick Foles No. 3 - RSN - There’s no more guessing what the pecking order is in the Bears quarterback room this offseason. After the team’s second day of OTAs on Wednesday, Matt Nagy cleared up the team’s plan for Andy Dalton, Justin Fields and Nick Foles.

Andy Dalton learning Bears, Matt Nagy’s offense quickly - RSN - “For us to be able to see, ‘Ok, what does Andy do well?’ We’re starting to see that already now that we’re out on the grass,” Nagy said following Wednesday’s OTAs.

Right tackle Germain Ifedi is embracing high expectations from Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Veteran right tackle Germain Ifedi is determined to reward the Bears for taking a chance on him by performing at a Pro Bowl level this season.

In Case It Doesn’t Work Out at GM: Part II - Da Bears Blog - Joe Hortiz, Ravens Director of College Scouting - The latest in a long line of highly thought of Ravens executives. Hortiz has helped build a roster that has been among the best in the league annually.

How David Montgomery has transformed himself as a runner - 670 The Score - Tired of only being known as a power runner, Bears running back David Montgomery sought the guidance of a renowned speed coach, who helped him refine his skill set. Montgomery is now running 1.5 miles per hour faster than a year ago.

Bears QB Justin Fields is No. 2, with a bullet - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears want their prized rookie to serve an apprenticeship under Andy Dalton, but giving Fields second-team reps ahead of Nick Foles is a sign the Bears will give themselves a chance to see if Fields might be ready sooner than they think.

Source: Bears told Andy Dalton he’ll be the Week One starter - ProFootballTalk - The clue comes from this statement from Dalton: “I knew the situation I was going into, regardless of if they drafted somebody or they didn’t. I was on a one-year deal, and I was going to be the starter.”

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Observations from Detroit Lions OTAs, Day 5 - Pride Of Detroit - If you were hoping for a QB competition, I’ve got some bad news for you.

Packers' potential trade haul, cash/cap gains support calling Aaron Rodgers' bluff - ProFootballTalk - As the Packers prepare for next week’s mandatory minicamp, they don’t know whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers will attend.

Vikings highlighted as “Anti-Dynasty” by Football Outsiders - Daily Norseman - An interesting ranking from FO

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The USFL is back, so will the Chicago Blitz be as well? - Windy City Gridiron - You guys fired up for more football?

Sunderbruch: Fact Check - The Draft and Offensive Line Play - Windy City Gridiron - Do teams need to spend a number of high picks in order to build a quality offensive line? For that matter, does any team actually field an offensive line of exclusively high picks?

Obringer: 30 Day Challenge - All Time Favorite Bears Wide Receiver - Windy City Gridiron - Every day in the month of June we’ll ask a different Chicago Bears related question to our readers. Make sure you guys participate the entire month so we can all get to know the WCG community a little better.

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