The Bears Beat (04.13.12): Bears interested in rookie DE Mercilus?

April 13th, 2012 - 4:54 pm

The Bears worked out University of Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus last month six days after the school held its official Pro Day, according to ESPN.com. Also, ESPN’s draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., has the Bears selecting Mercilus with the 19th pick in the first round.

Bears show special interest in Mercilus
Fri Apr 13 14:03:21 2012
CHICAGO — Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli were in attendance when the club …

Bears move Hanks, Slater to new roles
Fri Apr 13 17:46:00 2012
The Bears on Friday promoted Chris Hanks to head athletic trainer and Bobby Slater to assistant head athletic trainer/director …

Matt Ryan looking to bulk up for coming season (The National Football Post)
Fri Apr 13 15:50:13 2012
Falcons QB fine with idea of ‘Hard Knocks’

Bears promote two trainers
Fri Apr 13 15:25:44 2012
The Chicago Bears have promoted Chris Hanks to the position of head coach/athletic trainer and Bobby Slater to assistant head …

Tom Benson says Saints close to signing Drew Brees (The National Football Post)
Fri Apr 13 15:20:09 2012
Says patience needed in process

Let’s Stop Praising Phil Emery for a Minute
Fri Apr 13 15:00:21 2012
I love the moves that Phil Emery has made in his couple of months as the top dog at Halas Hall. They all look …

Emery discusses free agent, draft process
Fri Apr 13 14:16:00 2012
When the Bears hired Phil Emery as their general manager in late January, they lauded his ability to evaluate talent as well …

Players happy with Bears offseason moves
Fri Apr 13 12:58:00 2012
From Brian Uralcher to Lance Briggs to Jay Cutler, Chicago’s players like what GM Phil Emery has done to upgrade the current …

Chicago Bears Offseason Outlook
Fri Apr 13 12:50:00 2012
The Chicago Bears got off to a 2-3 start. Chicago would go on to win 5 consecutive games with a team that many wrote off after …

Extra protection (The National Football Post)
Fri Apr 13 12:30:14 2012
The CBA offers a new way to approach training camp and offseason workouts.

Veteran DE Chauncey Davis Could Be Third End This Season
Fri Apr 13 11:41:33 2012
The Bears currently have five defensive ends under contract. Veteran ends Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije are the starters at …

Bears draft preview: Centers
Fri Apr 13 10:48:08 2012
Veteran Roberto Garza signed a two-year contract extension last November, and the current roster features at least two more …

Is Big Ben the best QB drafted in the last 10 years?
Fri Apr 13 09:39:14 2012
Twenty-seven quarterbacks have been selected in the first round of draft over the past 10 years. Around the League ranked them …

Urlacher likes additions Bears have made
Fri Apr 13 09:04:29 2012
Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips hired him in late January, was to close the existing talent gap with the NFC North …

Bears get Briggs signed with contract extension
Fri Apr 13 09:04:29 2012
Bears rewarded seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs with a one-year contract extension that will keep him through the …

Strategy And Personnel
Fri Apr 13 09:04:29 2012
Charles Tillman was voted to his first Pro Bowl last season, and the team’s other starting corner, Tim Jennings, was re-signed …

Imagining A Season Without Matt Forte
Fri Apr 13 09:00:22 2012
I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t think Matt Forte will miss any regular season games this season. But he is …

Draft Spotlight: DE Chandler Jones
Fri Apr 13 08:39:23 2012

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The Bears Den: April 13, 2012
Fri Apr 13 07:01:33 2012
“…where we’re secure enough in our masculinity to give JC’s hair the attention it deserves.” Bears schedule offseason …

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
Fri Apr 13 05:57:49 2012
Even though cornerback Charles Tillman was voted to his first Pro Bowl last season, and the team’s other starting corner, Tim …

Chicago Bears Draft Prospect Watch Whitney Mercilus: Stud or One-Hit Wonder?
Fri Apr 13 04:52:11 2012
Dec 31, 2011; San Francisco CA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Whitney Mercilus (85) lines up for a play …

NFL draft preview: Running backs
Fri Apr 13 00:00:00 2012
Second in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Tight ends.