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Packers, Vikings go 'check-mate' to Bears' Kevin White

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Packers, Vikings go 'check-mate' to Bears' Kevin White

There's certainly an NFC North storyline going forward in the years to come following Friday's first-round picks.

After the Bears introduced big, fast receiver Kevin White to the partisan Auditorium audience, the Vikings made the much-anticipated move of selecting the top cornerback in the draft, Trae Waynes of Michigan State.

It's easy to envision a White-Waynes matchup twice a season, and the same goes for White against the Packers' Damarious Randall. Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson turned to the defensive backfield for the second consecutive draft (HaHa Clinton-Dix) after losing cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House to free agency. Randall played both cornerback and safety at Arizona State and saw his stock rise late.

 

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The reigning four-time division champions are expected to address what's still a deep linebacker group tonight to replace the departed A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, and Jamari Lattimore.

The Lions had needs on both sides of the trenches, but despite losing Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and George Johnson on the defensive side, that's assured of being a priority later tonight after selecting guard Laken Tomlinson of Duke, via Lane Tech High School. He joins an offensive line that's been in the rebuild process. They chose center Travis Swanson and guard Larry Warford in the third round over the past two years after using their 2012 first-rounder on tackle Riley Reiff.

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.