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Reviewing the Bears' drafts: 2013

Here is Part 5 of our series reviewing the past five drafts of the Chicago Bears. With one full-season under his belt, general manager Phil Emery took on the task of rebuilding the offensive line, while inserting youth into an aging defense that would be playing under a new head coach for the first time since 2004. First-round pick: Kyle Long, OG, Oregon Number of picks: 6 How they did: Above average. Four of the six members of the 2013 draft class cracked the starting lineup last season, with Long and fifth-round choice Jordan Mills starting all 16 regular-season games.
Windy City Gridiron 6 hours ago
The Bears Den: April 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

The Bears Den: April 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

At least Alshon Jeffery was a home run, Ditka be praised. Bushrod weighs in on new teammates - Larry Mayer: Having played with or against some of the free agents the Bears have signed this offseason, Jermon Bushrod shares his thoughts about Jared Allen and others. Draft analysis - Moon Mullin: Because there are fewer elite safeties than DT, NFL Network draft analysts' early thought is that safety should be the Bears’ first choice, partly for reasons of numbers. Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook (& click on 'Subscribed to'). Check out David "OSS" Taylor's CheekyMonkeyArt prints...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 20 hours ago
2014 NFL mock draft: Eagles select Odell Beckham Jr.

2014 NFL mock draft: Eagles select Odell Beckham Jr.

The Philadelphia Eagles take Odell Beckham Jr. with the 22nd pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 22nd pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. N4ry4 is serving as the Eagles' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. The Eagles may have re-signed Riley Cooper, as well as Jeremy Maclin (who was out all of last year), but parting with DeSean Jackson creates a huge hole in this offense. This team needs a playmaker who can threaten defenses deep. Odell Beckham Jr. offers that and...
Sacramento Bee 12 hours ago
Source: 49ers entertaining trade offers for running back LaMichael James

Source: 49ers entertaining trade offers for running back LaMichael James

If the 49ers want to maneuver higher in next month’s draft, they could offer another team multiple draft picks in return or they could offer a team picks and a player. That player? According to a league source, the 49ers have been shopping running back LaMichael James, a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. LaMichael James, rushing against the Vikings during a preseason game last season, is being offered by the 49ers in trade talks, according to a league source. If the 49ers want to maneuver higher in next month’s draft, they could offer another team multiple draft picks in return...

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Bears scheme could dictate safety choice at No. 14

It would be fascinating if, by some measure of good fortune, the Chicago Bears went on the clock on May 8 with Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert still available to be drafted.
Chicago Tribune 2 hours ago

Bears scheme could dictate safety choice at No. 14

It would be fascinating if, by some measure of good fortune, the Chicago Bears went on the clock on May 8 with Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert still available to be drafted.
Detroit Free Press 4 hours ago

Lions' Caldwell keeps hammering message: It's time to win immediately

Lions president Tom Lewand said Caldwell reiterated his Super Bowl-or-bust message in his first team meeting with players at the start of organized off-season workouts last week. 'He put up some slides, talking to the players about what his expectations were for this year, and the slide came up that said: Win and win now,' Lewand said at the Lions' town hall meeting this week. 'It wasn't down the road, it wasn't 'we're going to build something, we're going to install our systems,' but it was win and win now and ... winning a division title, making the playoffs and (having) a chance to do some...
Green Bay Press-Gazette 5 hours ago

Packers flip burgers at McDonalds during tour

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Detroit Lions 2014 NFL draft prospect: Florida State safety Terrence Brooks

Detroit Lions 2014 NFL draft prospect: Florida State safety Terrence Brooks

Brooks possesses a suitable skill set for backing up both safety spots, while offering immediate contributions on special teams.

Will the Vikings exercise option for Christian Ponder?

The Vikings have yet to exercise Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder’s fifth year option, according to the NFL Players Association’s records. The deadline to do so for 2011 first round picks is on May 3.
Chicago Sun-Times 15 hours ago

NIU’s Jordan Lynch excited about Bears’ workout

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Chicago Sun-Times 15 hours ago

Hometown Bears to give guards Chris Watt, Zach Fulton a look

The path to the NFL has taken Notre Dame’s Chris Watt and Tennessee’s Zach Fulton out of their comfort zones at guard, a position they’ve handled well at big-time programs. But Watt and Fulton are all for broadening their horizons by working at center for NFL teams. ‘‘Every team has had me snap at least a few times every time they came in,’’ Watt said. ‘‘I’ve been working on my snaps,’’ Fulton said. And their hometown Bears might ask Watt...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 15 hours ago
Ex-Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

Ex-Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

MESA, Ariz. -- Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.
Green Bay Press-Gazette 18 hours ago

Packers' special teams seek consistency

Micah Hyde thought his days returning kickoffs were over once he graduated from Ohio's Fostoria High School.
Detroit Free Press 19 hours ago

Lions, Raiders will play preseason game Aug. 15

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