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ICYMI: Bears news from last week

The Bears resume OTA workouts this week, conducting practices Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. But before we kick off our coverage, we take a look back at what transpired last week:

Tuesday, May 26
Fuller primed to excel in new defense

Ex-NFL safety and Bleacher Report columnist Matt Bowen chose Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller as one of five players league-wide who will benefit from playing in a new system.

"With Vic Fangio now running the defense in Chicago, we should see the Bears utilize Kyle Fuller's versatility more in the secondary," Bowen wrote. "Fuller has the skill set to line up outside the numbers, play over the slot or even match up to a tight end based on the game plan. The idea here is to put him in a position to challenge receivers, make plays on the ball and show up in the blitz front, rushing off the edge.

After being selected by the Bears with the 14th pick in the first round of last year's draft, Fuller topped the defense with nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions.
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Wednesday, May 27
Two Bears to attend Rookie Premiere

More than 40 top prospects selected in the 2015 draft—including the Bears' Kevin White and Jeremy Langford—headed to the NFLPA Rookie Premiere Thursday through Sunday in Los Angeles.

The NFL Players Association's annual orientation includes sponsor and licensee activities, business of football seminars and trading card photo shoots in team uniforms.

During the event, the rookies gain information to assist in the development of their professional careers and personal brands, with seminars focused on financial planning, brand building and group player rights.
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Wednesday, May 27
Oldest living former Bear passes away

Dr. John Walter Siegal, an end who helped the Bears win three NFL championships in the 1940s, passed away early this week at his home in Harveys Lake, Pa. At 97, he was the oldest living former Bears player.

Siegal spent his entire five-year NFL career with the Bears from 1939-43, catching 31 passes for 637 yards and six touchdowns while appearing in 43 games with 16 starts.

The Pennsylvania native was selected to three Pro Bowls (in 1940, 1941 and 1942) and helped the Monsters of the Midway win three NFL titles in four seasons (in 1940, 1941 and 1943). He played in the Bears' historic 73-0 win over the Washington Redskins in the 1940 championship game.
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Friday, May 29
GM Ryan Pace discusses recent hires

Bears general manager Ryan Pace discussed the recent hirings of Joey Laine as director of football administration and Nate Breske as head athletic trainer.

Laine spent the past 11 years with the Saints. He joined New Orleans as a football operations intern in 2005 and spent the last six seasons serving as a salary cap analyst who assisted director of football administration Khai Harley with the daily management of the salary cap, CBA compliance, and player contract and salary analysis.

Breske spent the past seven seasons as assistant trainer and director of rehabilitation with the San Francisco 49ers. He owns a doctorate degree in physical therapy and founded his own outpatient clinic.
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Wednesday, May 27
Bears running back Kyle Long speaks to the media following practice.
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Wednesday, May 27
Photo gallery of the Bears' first OTA practice.
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Thursday, May 28
Photo gallery of the Bears' second OTA practice.
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