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Windy City Gridiron 7 hours ago

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...
Windy City Gridiron 10 hours ago

Daniel Braverman angling for a spot on Mt. Lunchpail

Long time readers of Windy City Gridiron may remember back in 2013 when we asked you guys to pick the four faces that should adorn Mt. Lunchpail. For those of you that weren't around back then, Mt. Lunchpail is a kind of a riff on picking the four faces that should go on a franchise's Mt.Rushmore. But Mt. Lucnhpail isn't looking for the greatest of all time or even Pro Bowlers for that matter, but rather those tough, hard nosed, Chicago type guys. Here are the lucky four that won the vote back then. Wide Receiver Tom Waddle (LINK)Fullback Matt Suhey (LINK) Long Snapper Patrick Mannelly...
Windy City Gridiron 12 hours ago

Bears sign UDFA LB Jarrett Grace, release LB Danny Mason

Bears ink rookie Notre Dame product Jarrett Grace Wednesday, May 25, and release LB Danny Mason. Grace was tryout invitee to the Bears May 13-15 Rookie Minicamp. The Chicago Bears have annouced on their website and twitter that the team has signed Notre Dame UDFA rookie linebacker Jarrett Grace. To make room for Grace, the team has released LB Danny Mason. Here's the link to the announcement: Mayer: Bears ink rookie linebacker Grace - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday signed undrafted rookie linebacker Jarrett Grace and waived linebacker Danny Mason. Grace was a tryout participant...
Windy City Gridiron 14 hours ago

The Bear's Den: May 25, 2016

The Chicago Bears are seeing some very interesting rankings coming from various sources, including a PFF ranking that shows Chicago with three of the top five most sure LB tacklers in the league (Jones, Freeman and Trevathan) as well as several sources giving the Bears the second highest grades for the 2016 draft. Is Chicago REALLY improving? What news is there from the start of Chicago's (Alshon-less) voluntary OTA's? BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Perez: Bears’ linebackers among best tacklers in NFL, according to Pro Football Focus - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears linebackers have been...
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

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 23, 2016

Rebuilding the Chicago Defense: What Matters Most?

The Chicago Bears defense was really bad, and it has been bad for years, now. In order to catch up with the leaders, the Bears need improvement across the board. However, if you could see a single major improvement, what would it be? This was originally intended to be a very different article, focusing mostly on the Bears' pass rush. However, the more I looked into last year's defense, the more I realized exactly how far Chicago needs to go before it gets back to respectability. I was left wondering what I was most discouraged by, and so I wanted to check in with the rest of the...
Windy City Gridiron May 23, 2016

Do 20 teams have a better QB situation than the Chicago Bears?

According to Rotoworld, 20 teams have a better quarterback situation than do the Chicago Bears. Would you agree? Last year Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler had what some would call a career year. He's had more yards in the past, he's had more touchdown passes in the past, but he played with a greater command of the offense in 2015 and he was smarter with the football than he has been at any other time in his career. Sure Cutler played good football, but the Bears only managed 6 wins last year. Even though a quarterback's won/loss record has as much to do with the other 52 guys on a...
Windy City Gridiron May 23, 2016

Should the Bears extend Willie Young's contract?

The Chicago Bears are in year two of a defensive overhaul. Should they really extend one of the holdovers from the 4-3 days? Rumors have been circulating that the Bears may be trying to work out a contact extension for defensive end-turned-outside linebacker Willie Young. Young is entering this third season with the Bears and the final year of the $9 million deal he inked in 2014 under former GM Phil Emery. However, Young has outplayed that deal and has actually become one of the bright spots on a bad defense. Young has notched 16.5 sacks as a Bear after having only six over his first four...
Windy City Gridiron May 23, 2016

The Bear's Den: May 23, 2016

It's Monday, one week closer to the start of the season. It was a quiet weekend in Bear's news land, but there were, as always, some news and opinions expressed. Here's what we have for you today. BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS PFF: Bears Earn Off-Season A- Grade - Pro Football Focus - After years of having limited draft picks and subsequently adding limited talent to the roster, the Bears have turned a corner from a talent standpoint the last two years, both in the draft and in free agency. The defense has continued to add pieces after disastrous efforts in 2013 and 2014, and they should...
Windy City Gridiron May 21, 2016

The Bear's Weekend Den: May 21-22, 2016

The Weekend Is HERE!!! For those Bears fans who don't have to work weekends, it's time to kick back and have a few frosty bottles of (insert favorite libation here). For those who DO have to work... well... we hope you have as good of a time as possible... BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Jeremy Langford a divisive RB in fantasy - ESPN Video - Mike Clay joins Matthew Berry to analyze Bears running back Jeremy Langford's value this season. Fishbain: Chicago Bears have new options up front to join Goldman on revamped D-line - Pro Football Weekly - Hicks, Bullard, Unrein give Bears a deeper...
Windy City Gridiron May 20, 2016

Fantasy Files - Impact of the Draft Part 2

First look at the new names on your cheatsheet to consider during fantasy draft season and what they could mean for your championship run. This week - TEs and RBs. Today we finish up our look at the new names from the 2016 NFL Draft and how they might impact your fake football squad. This week we’ll look at TEs and RBs. TIGHT ENDS The excitement starts and ends with Hunter Henry, the Arkansas Razorback dynamic weapon. Henry was the first tight end taken (35th overall) and was drafted by the perfect team. Antonio Gates has long been one of the best at the position and Philip Rivers has...
Windy City Gridiron May 20, 2016

Can Zach Miller be a break out star for the Bears?

Can Zach Miller be a break out star for the Bears? When the Chicago Bears traded away Martellus Bennett, they did so with the notion that a returning Zach Miller could step in and fill some of the void at tight end. Miller may not come close to the 65 receptions and 685 receiving yards that Bennett has averaged over the last four years, then again, he does have the hands and athleticism to make an impact. If you consider that Miller didn't become a consistent part of the Bears' offense until mid-way though last season, his overall numbers (34/439/5) seem even more impressive. In Miller's...
Windy City Gridiron May 20, 2016

Five Questions With The UConn Blog about Kenton Adeyemi

We're visiting the SB Nation college sites of the Chicago Bears' rookie class to gain some insight on their newest players. Today we'll talk to Aman Kidwai of The UConn Blog, about undrafted free agent Kenton Adeyemi of the Connecticut Huskies. Thanks to our being a part of the SB Nation network, we have access to a lot of neat-o things, one of which is our ability to talk with the college sites that covered the newest members of the Chicago Bears. In this series of Five Questions With..., we'll try learn a little more about the 2016 rookie class, both the players drafted and some of the...
Windy City Gridiron May 20, 2016

The Bear's Den: May 20, 2016

Friday is here! The weekend looms! Today is a YOUR day here at the Den, while we talk about the Chicago Bears let's also talk about you, the WCG family of Bears Fans. What are your plans for the weekend? If you have to work this weekend, what are your plans for your time off? Spill the beans! BEAR DOWN!!!! Today is YOUR day here at the Den, so by all means discuss the links and stories of the day, but let's also talk about your plans for the weekend/your next days off. Family? Friends? Will there be pizza involved? Adult beverages? We want to know, what's up, Bears fans? Spill the...
Windy City Gridiron May 19, 2016

Five Questions With Underdog Dynasty about Derek Keaton

We're visiting the SB Nation college sites of the Chicago Bears' rookie class to gain some insight on their newest players. Today we'll talk to Haisten Willis, Senior Editor of Underdog Dynasty, about undrafted free agent Derek Keaton a wide receiver from Georgia Southern. Thanks to our being a part of the SB Nation network, we have access to a lot of neat things, one of which is our ability to talk with the college sites that covered the newest members of the Chicago Bears. In this series of Five Questions With..., we'll try learn a little more about the 2016 rookie class, both the draft...
Windy City Gridiron May 19, 2016

The Bear's Den: May 19, 2016

Welcome to Thursday, Bears fans! We've got news, we've got links, we've got the last of our AFC poll, and we've got some great numbers to look at in Sam's "Greatest Bear By The Number" series today. BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Emma: Bears’ Safety Competition Marked By Youth - CBS Chicago - Rookies Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson will have their chance in a position battle. Dickerson: Deon Bush attributes work ethic to father, who played with Jerry Rice - ESPN - Deon Bush learned a lot from his father. And that has translated to the football field. Fishbain: Offseason moves should lead...
Windy City Gridiron May 18, 2016

Five Questions With VU Hoops about Don Cherry

We're visiting the SB Nation college sites of the Chicago Bears' rookie class to gain some insight on the newest Bears. Today we'll talk to Brian Ewart, Editor of VU Hoops, about Chicago undrafted free agent Don Cherry of the Villanova Wildcats. One of the neat things about us being a part of SB Nation is our access to talk with literally hundreds of experts in the sports world. If the Chicago Bears are playing the Kansas City Chiefs, we'll hit up Arrowhead Pride to get some info on that them and if the Bears pick up an undrafted free agent from VIllanova, we'll hit up VU Hoops to learn all...
Windy City Gridiron May 18, 2016

The Bear's Den: May 18, 2016

We've made it half-way to the weekend, and our "Bears By The Numbers" review reminds us to never pass up a chance to post a picture in honor of Sweetness... BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Barnwell's offseason report cards - Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings - ESPN - The Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings kept plenty busy this offseason. Bill Barnwell grades how each NFC North team fared now that the signings and trades are all but finished. Podcast: Reviewing Chicago Bears rookie minicamp - Pro Football Weekly - We got to watch some (sort of) football last weekend...
Windy City Gridiron May 17, 2016

Five Questions With Bull Run about John Kling

We're visiting the SB Nation college sites of the Chicago Bears' rookie class to gain some insight on their newest players. Today we'll talk to J. David Brand of Bull Run, about undrafted free agent John Kling of the University of Buffalo Bulls. Thanks to our being a part of the SB Nation network, we have access to a lot of neat things, one of which is our ability to talk with the college sites that covered the newest members of the Chicago Bears. In this series of Five Questions With..., we'll try learn a little more about the 2016 rookie class, both the draft picks and also some of the...

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