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Dan Durkin became CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in August 2014 after being an NFL columnist for the site for three years. Durkin originally joined the company after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.

Jordan Mills. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Despite Missing Preseason, Jordan Mills All Set For Sunday

Mills is relishing the challenging that Mario Williams will provide.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2014

Bears tackle Jordan Mills. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Bills: 5 Matchups To Watch

Chicago tackle Jordan Mills needs to hold his own against Buffalo end Mario Williams.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Bills running back C.J. Spiller. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Containing C.J. Spiller

Keeping outside contain and forcing Spiller inside will be vital for the Bears.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — Buffalo Bills

Quarterback EJ Manuel is under the microscope in Buffalo.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2014

Kelvin Hayden. (Getty Images)

Chicago Bears Make Final Roster Cuts

The Chicago Bears made their final cuts to reach the 53-man roster limit.

670 The Score–08/30/2014

The Browns Charles Johnson is tackled by the Bears' Demontre Hurst, left, and M.D. Jennings. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions from Bears-Browns

Chicago still has unanswered questions and important roster decisions looming.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2014

Bears receiver/returner Chris Williams, left. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Bubble Watch

Dan Durkin breaks down which Bears are fighting for a roster spot ahead of the preseason finale.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2014

Punt returner Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against punter Pat O'Donnell. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Seahawks

If the third preseason game is truly a dress rehearsal, the Bears need a wardrobe change.

670 The Score–08/23/2014

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Simplicity In Seattle Lets D Flourish

The simplicity of the Seahawks’ defense lets talent dominate, but here’s how to beat it.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Jaguars

The Bears’ passing game has taken shape while the running game remains grounded.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2014

Bears linebacker Shea McClellin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Player Spotlight: Shea McClellin

Game tape doesn’t lie, and it shows where McClellin struggled against the Eagles.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2014

Robbie Gould. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Retooling Their Special Team Units

Robbie Gould’s back, but Chicago’s looking for a new punter, holder, snapper and kick returner.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2014

Ka'Deem Carey. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: 5 Storylines To Watch In Bears-Eagles Preseason Opener

Keep an eye on how the reserve running backs like Ka’Deem Carey perform.

CBS Chicago–08/07/2014

Bears coach Marc Trestman. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: Tempo Is The Key For Trestman

“If we can add 100 plays to what we already did, that would be a great starting point,” Marc Trestman says.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2014

Bears general manager Phil Emery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: No Excuses For Emery, Bears

At most, only six of the 53 players who make the Bears roster with be from the previous regime.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2014

The Bourbonnais water tower. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Training Camp Notebook: Rookie Class Playing Meaningful Reps

Three rookies are getting meaningful first-team reps on defense.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2014

Jeremiah Ratliff. (Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty)

Durkin’s Training Camp Notebook: New Defensive Line Sets The Tone

The Bears held their first padded practice of 2014 on Sunday in front of a raucous crowd of faithful fans.

CBS Chicago–07/27/2014

David Fales. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – David Fales

Fales has quality anticipation and pocket awareness but needs to improve his arm strength.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2014

Vereen Brock. (University of Minnesota)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – Brock Vereen

Vereen is a sure tackler who’s good at reading keys, but his ball skills and footwork need work.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2014

Ka'Deem Carey. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – Ka’Deem Carey

Carey displays great vision and finishes runs, but he needs to work on his blocking and gain a few pounds.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2014

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