Welcome to your Weekend Den Open Thread.

We have a relaxed atmosphere here in the Weekend Den and we make it an Open Thread to give you good people a place to come and leave comments, links, mock the Packers because… well… PACKERS, and whatever else you want to say (as long as you stay within the community guidelines). The seat belt light is off, feel free to get up and wander around the cabin! As always, open thread responsibly!!!!

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Biggs’ Bears Q&A: Training camp battles, Connor Shaw’s roster flux and more – Chicago Tribune – The Tribune’s Brad Biggs answers your questions weekly.

Stankevitz: For Mitch Trubisky, receiving snaps isn’t a center of attention during OTAs – CSN Chicago – Cody Whitehair doesn’t think Mitch Trubisky’s transition to receiving snaps under center has been a big deal.

Lemming: Recent Chicago Bears draft picks that will make or break GM Ryan Pace – Scout – Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace’s legacy, as well as the length of his residency, is tied to these recent draft picks, who will make or break the young GM.

Cox: Jordan Howard out to prove he’s not ‘just a one-year wonder’ – Bears Wire – Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard set franchise records as a rookie, and he wants to continue to improve his game in his second year.

Perez: Trubisky working hard at taking snaps under center – Bears Wire – Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is working hard at taking snaps under center during the offseason program.

Da Bears Brothers Podcast’s Chicago Bears Fan Special: Your Questions Answered – Da Bears Brothers – In this episode, Da Bears Brothers take an entire show to answer over 20 questions submitted by Bears fans.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears WR Cameron Meredith to miss time with thumb injury – Pro Football Weekly – Meredith could be back for the start of Bears training camp

Perez: Cameron Meredith injury will give these Bears WRs a chance to prove they belong – Bears Wire – A look at three Chicago Bears wide receivers who can take advantage of more reps after Cameron Meredith’s thumb injury.

Emma: Bears’ Cam Meredith Poised While On The Rise – CBS Chicago – A breakout performer with the Bears in 2016, Meredith hopes his story is only beginning.

Finley: Bears OLB Lamarr Houston ready for comeback from second torn ACL – Chicago Sun-Times – Lamarr Houston has been written off before.

Jahns: As Mitch Trubisky learns, Mike Glennon becomes leader for Bears – Chicago Sun-Times – Adam L. Jahns’ “Inside the Huddle” column on Mike Glennon, Kevin White and more.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Sessler: Under-the-radar X-factors for the 2017 NFL season – NFL.com – Which newbie does Matt Ryan’s season hinge on? Will Laquon Treadwell fulfill his potential? Marc Sessler unearths under-the-radar coaches and players with the power to shape the 2017 season.

Chiefs cut wide receiver Jeremy Maclin; could Bears be potential landing spot? – CSN Chicago – The Chiefs released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Friday. Could the Bears take a look at the veteran wide receiver?

Influential women in football – NFL.com – Not all battles in football are won on the field. These 15 women are proof. This group of pioneers has built the National Football League into the meritocracy that it is today, each in her own way.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Florio: Danielle Hunter learns he broke an Alan Page record while meeting Alan Page – ProFootballTalk – Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter racked up 12.5 sacks in 2016. Unusual but still a far cry from record-breaking, Hunter found out on Thursday that there actually was an historic quality to the achievement — from the person who previously held the distinction.

Cohen: Packers have a fight in OTA practice – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – A fight broke out during Thursday’s practice between offensive tackle Jason Spriggs and undrafted rookie linebacker Johnathan Calvin.

Wagner: Recruiting rankings are not a significant predictor of success for Packers’ players – Acme Packing Company – Many of Green Bay’s core players were three-star prospects or lower in high school.

Krigare: Michael Floyd – A Reclamation Project Part 2 – Daily Norseman – Michael Floyd contract numbers break down

What’s Happening with Mike Payton: Episode 2 – Pride Of Detroit – Recapping the week in Lions news with Mike Payton.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: 30-Day Challenge – Favorite Bears memory – Windy City Gridiron – Every day in the month of June we’ll ask a different Bears related question. Participate the entire month so we can understand the WCG community more. Today, we touch on an editor’s favorite Bears…

Wiltfong: Dan Hampton among seven former Bears on the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot – Windy City Gridiron – There are seven players with ties to the Chicago Bears on the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

FANPOSTS

CaliforniaBrownBear: Head, shoulders, knees and injury woes – Rough Start – Windy City Gridiron – Welcome to the all too soon second installment of 2017 for this ongoing Fanpost series. I am still not a medical professional and any estimates on extent of injury or recovery timelines are…

FanPosts – Recent – Windy City Gridiron – Here’s a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there’a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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