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Bears to launch 'Meet the Rookies' series Monday

The Bears will launch their four-part documentary series "Meet the Rookies" on Monday, featuring behind-the-scenes footage with inside linebacker Roquan Smith, offensive lineman James Daniels, receiver Anthony Miller and inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe.

The series, brought to you by PNC, tells the story of each player's journey to the NFL in their own words. This marks the fourth year of the Bears "Meet the Rookies" series.

From Monday through Thursday, one episode will be released per day at 7 p.m. on ChicagoBears.com, the free Chicago Bears Official App brought to you by Verizon and Bears social media channels, including Facebook Watch.

The series will culminate with a 30-minute special hosted by Bears radio play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak featuring all four episodes on WFLD FOX 32 on Saturday, June 30, at 9:30 p.m.

The digital release schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 25

First-round pick Roquan Smith

The Bears production crew heads to Macon County, Ga. Although it's nearly 900 miles from Chicago, viewers will find the same hard-nosed, blue-collar work ethic that Bears fans take so much pride in. With a population of 3,500 people, the small town of Montezuma, Ga., produced the Bears' top draft pick, Roquan Smith.

Tuesday, June 26

Fourth-round pick Joel Iyiegbuniwe

One of the most unique characters in this year's draft class is Joel "Iggy" Iyiegbuniwe. The linebacker recently graduated from Western Kentucky University and one day plans on attending medical school to become a pediatrician.

Wednesday, June 27

Second-round pick Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller walks the streets of Memphis and describes the "Memphis grind," an attitude that propelled him from a walk-on at Memphis to a second-round pick in this year's draft.

Thursday, June 28

Second-round pick James Daniels

Growing up in Warren, Ohio, with a dad who played football at Ohio State, becoming a Buckeye seems like a natural fit, but not for James Daniels. Daniels committed to Iowa as a four-star recruit to play alongside his big brother. His versatility as an offensive lineman and controlled movements as a run blocker caught the attention of NFL scouts. One thing he couldn't control was his emotions when the Bears called Daniels in the second round of the draft.

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