10:15 AM EDT, Tue May 31, 2016
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The Bear's Den, May 31, 2016

We've almost made it to June, and the second week of voluntary OTA's about to start again in full swing. Here's a few links for your entertainment and edification. The next OTA session is scheduled June 4-7, with mandatory veteran minicamp to follow June 12-14. BEAR DOWN!!! BEARSSSS Mayer: Learning curve begins for Bears line - ChicagoBears.com - With several key additions joining an offensive line that's anchored by three-time Pro Bowler Kyle Long, the unit is just beginning the process of gelling during OTA practices. Perez: Alshon Jeffery shows up in Chicago . . . to sing - Bears Wire...
Windy City Gridiron May 28, 2016

The Weekend Bear's Den, May 28-29, 2016

The weekend is here again! Althought the Chicago Bears were not in pads this week, they were busy on the practice field working together (mostly) to build a future championship-level team. BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Weaver: Jay Cutler's Fantasy Football ceiling for 2016 - Cover32 - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not have Bennett or Forte to work with anymore, so he is unlikely to repeat 2014's numbers... Emma: Bears’ Alshon Jeffery Working Hard In Personalized Offseason Regimen - CBS Chicago - Jeffery is working on personalized workouts with renowned trainer David...
Windy City Gridiron May 25, 2016

Chicago Bears' OTA Notes

The Chicago Bears began Phase 2 of their offseason workout program yesterday at Halas Hall, but today's OTA was open to the media. So we finally get some actual on field news. Wide receiver Kevin White was working out with no limitations after missing all of last season. He claims that he is 100% and ready to play like a veteran this season. Some of the beat reporters were tweeting out how impressed they were with White so far. Sure it's just shorts, but athleticism flashes. With Alshon Jeffery staying away from voluntary OTAs, White can take advantage of a being the de facto #1 and getting...
CSN Chicago May 25, 2016

Bears OTA's: Observations from the first all-team practices

The sessions are not mandatory, meaning that Alshon Jeffery’s continued absence from Halas Hall is simply disappointing for the Bears and not yet quite in
Windy City Gridiron May 24, 2016

Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery still missing, but he is not holding out

The Chicago Bears kicked off Phase 2 of their offseason workout program today and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was still missing in action. Even though Jeffery signed his franchise tender, guaranteeing him over $14.5 million for the 2016 season, Jeffery is staying away from the voluntary portion of the Bears offseason so far. Speculation is that Jeffery is staying away as he seeks a long term contract, but his agent, Tory Dandy, denied that earlier today via text message. "Alshon is getting in great shape, and he will certainly be with his team for mandatory activities. There is no...
Windy City Gridiron May 24, 2016

Ten Thoughts on the NFL

Go check out my latest version of Ten Thoughts on the National Football League and be sure to drop a few thoughts of your own in the comment section! 1) Congressional investigators have discovered that the NFL attempted too sway concussion research from a government study on football and brain disease. The 91 page report paints the NFL in its worst light yet, which says a lot considering all the missteps they've had during the concussion saga. At some point, some high ranking NFL executive needs to come clean and get everything out there. The NFL isn't going away, it's far to popular for...
Windy City Gridiron May 24, 2016

The Bear's Den: May 24, 2016

The Chicago Bears have bolstered the third phase roster bringing in aces for special team through the free agency and draft process. On paper, the ST squad looks set to improve from the past two rocky seasons... how will they do? BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Szafran-Luce: Chicago Bears offensive line much improved - Cover32 - The Chicago Bears will have what hopes to be a revamped offensive line after signing Bobby Massie in free agency and the 2016 NFL draft. Perez: Alshon Jeffery, two other Bears, appear in top-70 fantasy football rankings - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, two...
Windy City Gridiron May 10, 2016

Pernell McPhee #66 on the PFF Top 101 was tops in pass rushing productivity among all edge rushers

After Alshon Jeffery placed #88 on the Pro Football Focus Top 101 player of 2015 I figured we'd seen the last of the Chicago Bears. There just weren't many other individual performances that I thought would crack their list. Imagine my surprise when outside linebacker Pernall McPhee ended up at 66th overall. He had 12 starts in 14 games, missing the two with a balky knee. He also was no where near 100% in a handful of the games he did play in. He did pick up his 1st career interception in 2015, but his 6 sacks and 42 tackles were underwhelming for a guy that signed for nearly $40 million...
Windy City Gridiron May 9, 2016

Alshon Jeffery named #88 on the Pro Football Focus Top 101

Just when you thought we were done with the postseason list parade, we have another one to share with you. After the success the NFL Network had with their Top 100 NFL player list, other publications/media outlets started doing similar lists. Pro Football Focus is actually one-upping the NFL Network and having a list that goes to 101. Their list isn't strictly a Top 101 grades list, nor do they take into account anything a player has done in the past. Only the 2015 season is used in determining their Top 101. They also create their list following an "all positions are created equal" mantra,...

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