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Best hands in the 2012 draft? No contest, per newest Bears WR

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Best hands in the 2012 draft? No contest, per newest Bears WR

The Bears traded up five places in the second round to be sure they landed South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, selecting him with the 13th pick of the round, 45th overall.

They got a physical receiver who doesn't lack in size (6-2, 220 pounds) or confidence.

Asked at the NFL Scouting Combine about the quality of his hands as a receiver, Jeffery was direct:

I feel like Ive got the best hands, Jeffery said, then smiled. In my opinion.

Do you have better hands than Justin Blackmon chosen No. 5 by Jacksonville?

Im sure hed say hes got better hands than me, so I'm just gonna say I got the best hands, Jeffery said, laughing.

The Way We Hear It: Khalil Mack will probably play after all

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The Way We Hear It: Khalil Mack will probably play after all

The Bears are back in Chicago and Tom Brady and the Patriots are in town! With a week of practice wrapping up today, here's what's been happening in the lead up to Sunday's Bears-Pats matchup: 

Adam Schefter: Bears plan on Khalil Mack playing vs. Patriots

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Adam Schefter: Bears plan on Khalil Mack playing vs. Patriots

Khalil Mack has yet to miss a game in his NFL career. He doesn’t plan on breaking that streak on Sunday.

ESPN insider Adam Schefter told the “Kirk and Callahan show” on WEEI in Boston that the Bears expect their star pass rusher to play this week against the New England Patriots.

Mack missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with the ankle injury he suffered last week against the Miami Dolphins.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio indicated this week that the outside linebacker could potentially play even if he doesn’t practice due to the injury.

Assuming Mack does take the field on Sunday, he won’t be 100 percent, and it’s unclear how much of an impact he’ll be able to have.

Last week was his least productive game of the season, and he earned a career-low grade from Pro Football Focus, with two missed tackles and only one pressure generated on 33 pass-rushing snaps.

The Bears are going to need more from Mack to slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots offense that’s averaging nearly 40 points per game over the last three weeks.