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Projecting the Bears draft…

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After months of game tape review, player interviews, and miles logged, the Chicago Bears are ready to take the next step in building a competitive team when the 2017 NFL Draft begins Thursday night.

To date, the Bears possess seven picks. Here’s one take on how the three-day talent grab bag might look:

(Draft capsules courtesy of The Slant…NFL Draft Guide, theslantdraftguide.com)

3. Jamal Adams, S, LSU…tough, instinctive, and high-quality leader with NFL bloodlines (father George was a NY Giants draftee in 1985. Instant impacts/upgrades the deep patrol. Not the ballhawk you’d like, but has enough range to disrupt. Forte is playing in the box and stuffing the run.

36. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina….Highly productive pass catcher who rapidly ascended with strong post-season and all-star game performance. More quick than fast, but crafty route runner with a large catching radius. Natural hand-catcher with smooth acceleration after the catch. Fights for the ball and expects to come up with it.

67. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida…Better player than tester. On the field, shows ability to mirror receivers and is always around the ball. Highly competitive. Strong in run support. Battle tested. Draft stock will slip based on slow 40 times but field fast.

111. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)…Early-entry QB with smooth delivery/release. Nice touch on balls. Slender build and needs to add some bulk to avoid pounding at NFL level. Possesses the intangibles to lead a huddle and command respect of teammates. Decent vision and decision-maker, though ran hot and cold until past season. Has tools to develop with patience. READ MORE

Bears schedule provides opportunities

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Seeking to reverse a recent string of losing season and home-field advantage, the Chicago Bears 2017 schedule provides opportunities with three home games in the first five contests.

The Bears open the season against NFC champion Atlanta, a formidable but not impossible task before traveling to Tampa and Green Bay sandwiched around home games with Pittsburgh and Minnesota. The Packers (Thursday) and Minnesota (Monday) matchups mark the Bears only two primetime games on the slate.

Other interesting notes about the 2017 schedule:

KICKOFF WEEKEND: The Bears own 54 opening-day victories overall (54-38-5, .582), tied for the most by any NFL franchise (Green Bay; 54-39-3, .578).

 BEARS OPEN UP 2017 AT HOME AGAINST ATLANTA: The Bears open the regular season schedule at home for the seventh time in eight seasons after opening 2016 at Houston. The last time the Bears played the Falcons at home was Week 1 of the 2011 season. The Monsters of the Midway defeated the Falcons 30-12. The Bears have kicked off the NFL season against Atlanta three times time dating back to 1966, with all three of those games taking place at Soldier Field. Chicago owns a 1-2 record vs. the Falcons on opening day.

 BEARS VS. DEFENDING NFC CHAMPION ON OPENING DAY: The Bears kickoff the season against the NFC champion, Atlanta Falcons. The Bears have squared off against the defending NFC champs three other times in franchise history, boasting a 2-1 record in those matchups. READ MORE

Bears set preseason slate

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As part of the NFL’s announcement of the 2017 preseason schedule, the Chicago Bears made official their four-game set.

For the second consecutive season, the Bears open the 2017 preseason at Soldier Field versus the Denver Broncos (Aug. 10-14). The Bears will then hit the road for back-to-back games against the Arizona Cardinals (Aug. 17-21) and the Tennessee Titans (Sunday, August 27) before returning home to take on the Cleveland Browns (Aug. 31- Sept. 1).

Chicago’s 2017 preseason games will be produced and broadcast by the Chicago Bears Network with the exception of the Fox national broadcast at Tennessee on August 27th. Exact dates and times for those contests will be announced at a later date. Each game broadcast by the Chicago Bears Network will be shown live on Fox32 Chicago and stations throughout the Midwest.

All four games will be broadcast on WBBM Radio (780 AM and 105.9 FM) with Jeff Joniak (play-by-play), Tom Thayer (color analyst) and Zach Zaidman (sideline reporter). READ MORE