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Thompson: Former Bear Patrick Mannelly reveals the secret to his long-term success – Chicago Tribune – During an appearance of Wednesday’s “Live From The 815” podcast in Rockford, the hosts asked Patrick Mannelly why he was universally beloved.
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Brandt: When projecting one future first-time Pro Bowler for each NFC team, Brandt picks Floyd – NFL.com – Will Jimmy Garoppolo’s rocket-like rise with the 49ers continue with a Pro Bowl nod? Gil Brandt highlights one future first-time Pro Bowler from each NFC team.
Eurich: Bennie Fowler named the Bears veteran on the roster bubble – 247Sports.com – The Chicago Bears will have a lot of competition at wide receiver this season.
Dannehy: Who Could Be the 2018 Breakout Bears – Defense – Da Bears Blog – When the Bears officially re-introduced defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, he kept telling reporters the most important thing the Bears need to do is get improvement from their returning players. This is something that certainly isn’t a given.
Mayer: Brandt has high expectations for Floyd – ChicagoBears.com – Long-time NFL personnel guru Gil Brandt thinks that outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is the Bears player who’s most likely to earn his first Pro Bowl invitation this season.
Cox: 3 ways Bears can maximize Leonard Floyd in Vic Fangio’s defense – Bears Wire – To get the most out of outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, the Chicago Bears need to move him around and pick his battles wisely.
Videos show Kyle Fuller’s development last season – Bears Wire – Former defensive back Eric Crocker broke down tape of Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller on Twitter.
Grimes: Chicago Bears Orange Alternate Jersey Review – Da Bears Brothers – Awoken from its seven-year hibernation, the Orange alternate uniform has returned with a vengeance. Here’s a detailed review of the jersey from a designer’s eye.
Kenney: Matt Forte asks Bears for job, clarifies ‘I wasn’t joking’ – Chicago Sun-Times – So, what do you say Bears? Are you going to hire him?
Report: Jameis Winston braces for a suspension – ProFootballTalk – The investigation regarding Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston remains open. Whenever it closes, the final decision could indeed be a suspension. Via JoeBucsFan.
Report: 49ers may cut 2016 first-round draft pick Joshua Garnett – ProFootballTalk – The 49ers liked guard Joshua Garnett so much in the 2016 NFL draft that they traded up to get a second first-round pick and acquire him. They don’t like him so much anymore. Garnett was drafted by former G.M. Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly, and now that new G.M.
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2018 NFL preview: Ranking the NFC North quarterbacks – Pride Of Detroit – Kicking off a brand new series to generate some discussion. EMBRACE DEBATE.
Minnesota Vikings sign Mike Needham, waive Hercules Mata’afa – Daily Norseman – Needham? I don’t even know ‘im.
Brett Favre discusses relationship with Aaron Rodgers in radio interview – Acme Packing Company – The two legendary QBs are at peace with each other, and even spoke on the phone recently about the transition of getting older in the NFL.Ken’s Note: Not an open thread.
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All-Bears Historical Fantasy Tournament: Optimists vs Grizzlies – Windy City Gridiron – The third match-up in the first round pits Erik’s team, the Optimists, against Lester’s team, the Chicago Grizzlies! Vote for who you think will win!
Sunderbruch: Who Are Pace’s Defensive Playmakers? – Windy City Gridiron – It’s not enough to slow down an offense. The other team needs to be defeated, soundly. Which Bears defenders are actually stopping the other side from staying on the field?
Householder: Sporting News NFL head coach rankings put Chicago Bears’ Matt Nagy 28th – Windy City Gridiron – It’s offseason rankings season and Sporting News takes a crack at ranking the head coaches in the league.
Wiltfong: How many sacks will the Chicago Bears have this season? – Windy City Gridiron – Last night the Chicago Bears sent out the above Tweet. They want us to predict how many sacks the team will have in 2018. Last year the Bears had 42, which was tied for seventh most in the NFL….
Roman F: Grading the addressing of team needs – Windy City Gridiron – Since Bears fans are giving A’s to Pace’s off season, I thought about why I disagreed with them. As this is the time of year when hopes fly high, and where criticism of the team is equated to…
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