NFL Draft

It’s clear Marc Trestman and Phil Emery are on their way to rebuilding the Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. The freshmen class of 2014 is a diverse group of men from schools across the nation, cialis sale and each is fighting for a spot on the roster come August. Get to know the newest members of the team:

Kyle Fuller School: Virginia Tech Position: CB

One of the first picks of the draft (14th pick in the 1st round), the Baltimore, Maryland native was selected due to his versatility to play safety, something this Bears team desperately needs. And he’s the first defensive back drafted by the Bears in 18 years. He played in 43 games, 173 tackles, 6 interceptions and 28 breakup passes for all four years (not to mention 231/2 tackles for loss), and made All-ACC second and third team in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He’s also the third member of his family to play in the NFL, and a pretty great dresser to beat.

 

Follow Kyle Fuller on Twitter at @kbfuller17.

Brock Vereen School: Minnesota Position: S

The Bears’ draft record for safety hasn’t been the best, but according to the Chicago Tribune, Vereen’s discipline and versatility to play at multiple positions may be what Bears’ safeties need to succeed. The 31st pick in 4th round, the Valencia, California native and B1G alum had 200 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, and was named 1st team All-Big Ten last fall for the Golden Gophers.

And hey, if football doesn’t work out, he’s ready for a game of Jeopardy:

 

He certainly has the personality. In an interview with the Minnesota Gophers, Vereen talks about growing up in SoCal and having a brother in the NFL—find out which team he plays for:

Follow Brock Vereen on Twitter at @brockvereen21.

Pat O’Donnell School: Miami (FL) Position: PT

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Pat O’Donnell
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Major hottie alert: all we have to say is “WOW”. The 15th pick in sixth round, the Florida native is the frontrunner to nab a spot as the lead punter now that the Bears recently cut Drew Butler. He’s easy on the eyes and on the field, he also bench-pressed more than Number 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney at the NFL combine in February. IM-PRESS-IVE.

And besides, Robbie Gould and O’Donnell would make the best-looking duo on special teams. O’Donnell punted 181 times for 7,670 yards for three seasons at Cincinnati. He transferred to Miami as a fifth-year senior prior to last fall, punting 53 times for 2,498 yards.

Will Sutton School: Arizona State Position: DT

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Will Sutton
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The Corona, California native was the 18th pick in 3rd round.  He was a member of the 2012 All-American team and earned two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. He had 113 total tackles (66 solo and 47 assisted), 32 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks throughout his career. The Bears really struggled with their D-line last season, and according to an interview with Fanspeak at the 2014 Senior Bowl, as a 4-3 team, Sutton’s drafting is the perfect fit—only time will tell if it rings true!

Check back next week for our recap of the other four draftees!

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With his contract up at the end of the 2013 season, unhealthy it was a make it or break it year for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, prostate  and despite Cutler’s injuries and inability to take the team to the post season, the Bears front office has made it clear that #6 isn’t going anywhere this offseason.

The Bears announced yesterday that they had inked the controversial Chicago QB to a new 7-year contract that will keep Cutler a Bear until 2020. Although financial terms to the deal were not specifically released, it is being said that his contract includes $50 million in guaranteed money…not bad for a sub-par QB who hasn’t led the Bears to a Super Bowl in his five seasons, is 39-28 in 67 starts, and ended this season with a measly 8-8 record.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the deal and also take a look at how teammates, fans and the press are responding to this generous deal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Cutler ended the season with 2,621 yards passing, a 63.1 completion percentage, 19 touchdowns and an 89.2 passer rating. Those stats are a definite improvement from years prior but, in my opinion, they aren’t deserving of a 7-year contract extension. With a new head coach, who seems to work well with Cutler, and weapons like Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall, I knew upper management would decide to give Cutty more time in Chicago but as I touched on earlier, I didn’t foresee such a lucrative deal being put on the table. However, the decision is very important to their salary cap, so it makes sense that they made it so quickly.

    Kyle Long responds to Cutler Skeptic

  • Caption read: “BOOM…JAY 7 for 126…Congrats now let’s go Win”

    Twitter is abuzz with reactions to this big decision. Cutler’s teammates seem to be pleased with the contract extension, namely Brandon Marshall, who’s been playing with No. 6 since college. Right after the deal was announced, Marshall took to social media to express his excitement. Even rookie Kyle Long defended his QB. I can’t say that I’ve seen the same reaction from fans though. Many share my belief that the deal is too generous, others have said it’s ridiculous that he’s even coming back and there’s even a few who think backup QB Josh McCown, should have snagged Cutty’s spot. However, the impression I have gotten from the press, is that they agree with keeping the QB around, some citing that it’s just easier than searching for a new franchise QB, and others saying he is just too talented to let go. Bulls reporter Nick Friedell poses an important question below…what’s your response, ladies?

WHAT’S NEXT:

Marc Trestman and Phil Emery, Photo Credit- Jose M. Osorio/ Chicago Tribune

With new Cutler’s contract, the offense is pretty much set but you should expect GM Phil Emery and Coach Marc Trestman to be making a whole lot of changes on Chicago’s defense. So far this off season CB Tim Jennings (4-year deal) and OL Matt Slauson (4-year deal) are the only other Bears’ who have received contraction extensions – both were announced yesterday with Cutler’s extension. There are 25 more players on the Bears’ roster who have contracts scheduled to expire on March 11, including seven first-stringers on a defense that finished last place in the NFL in yards allowed per play (sigh). Veteran guys like Devin Hester and Charles Tillman are on that long list. Going into the 2014 NFL Draft, Chicago will have the 14th overall pick and from Emery’s quote below, you can see that their goal is clear.

“I will just tell you we’re going to be a younger defense. The draft will be focused in that area…Defensively, it was not about, is it D-line, linebacker, safety…it’s about finding the best playmakers, the guys that can make a dynamic difference to our defense.”

Love or hate the Bears decision, one thing is for sure – this team will look much different next season when the Bears take the field. We can expect many changes to the roster this offseason, let’s just hope they are all for the best.

It has been a pleasure chatting about the Bears with all of you this season and hopefully by this time next year, Chicago will still be fighting their way through playoffs. And as always, Bear down, sports divas!

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draft

As promised, sovaldi sale the 2013 NFL draft was pretty unpredictable. In case you missed the 3-day event this past weekend I’ve broken down some of it’s biggest story lines and given you a look at the rookies the Bears are bringing to Chicago.

What you Need to Know: 

  •  The top 3 overall draft picks made history. With the first pick, physician the Kansas City Chiefs took Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. This came as a shock to many who expected Luke Joeckel to go first. Fisher is the highest-drafted player from the Mid-American conference, sickness as well as the first non-quarterback pick at No. 1 since 2008.

    Eric Fisher

    With the second pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars scooped up Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. With that pick, two tackles topped the draft for the first time ever. With the 3rd overall pick, traded to them by the Oakland Raiders, the Miami Dolphins chose Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.

  • West Virginia QB Geno Smith and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o were surprisingly passed over in round one. Smith was thought to be the No. 1 quarterback in the draft by some after throwing for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns in the 2012 season. Despite those stats, the Buffalo Bills used their 16th overall pick to take Florida State EJ Manuel over Smith. Manuel was the only quarterback taken in the first round.

    Manti Te’o

    Smith went to the NY Jets in the 2nd, perhaps foreshadowing an end to Mark Sanchez‘s time in New York. Fans were abuzz about Te’o not being taken in the 1st round, many blaming it on the fake girlfriend hoax. However, his struggles in the national championship game against Alabama and slower-than-average 40-yard dash at the Combine are likely what caused the drop. The San Diego Chargers scooped him up in the 2nd round with the 38th overall pick.

  • Big Ten fans were certainly taken back by some moves made in this year’s draft, Michigan ones especially. Two Fighting Illini players, defensive end Hugh Thorton and defensive tackle Akeem Spence, were chosen before any Wolverines. Illinois went 0-8 in conference play last season, while Michigan garnered a 6-2 record. In the fifth round versatile QB Denard Robinson was finally chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 135th overall pick. The Big Ten had just seven players selected through the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, but 22 conference players ended up being drafted overall.

Bears Draft Picks:

The Chicago Bears addressed their key issues in the draft. Despite several of their picks having issues off the field, Chicago addressed their needs and came away with some very useful additions to their roster. Below is a list of the Bears’ draft picks in the order they were chosen, with some background information and where they’ll fit in for the 2013 season.

  • Kyle Long (Oregon Guard)–  In his only season at Oregon last year, Long played in

    Kyle Long

    11 games with only five starts at left guard.  He will start his NFL career at the guard position, but has the potential to also play both tackle positions. GM Phil Emery says Long is the No. 1 guard in the last 12 draft classes. FUN FACT: The Chicago White Sox drafted Long in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft out of high school, but he chose to pitch at Florida State, before switching to football two years later. Interesting, huh?

  • Jonathan Bostic (Florida LB)  – To beef up their D the Bears added this versatile linebacker. The Gator started at middle linebacker in his last three seasons, but the Bears say he’s capable of lining up at all three linebacker spots. Bostic will provide competition for D.J Williams and James Anderson in his first year.
  • Khaseem Greene (Rutgers LB)  – The 6-1, 241-pound linebacker made quite the name for himself at Rutgers. As a junior he led the Big East with 141 tackles and he is currently the NCAA’s all-time record holder with 15 forced fumbles. He will likely continue as a linebacker, although he has years of safety experience. Another Charles “Peanut Punch” Tillman? Let’s hope so!

    Khaseem Greene

  • Jordan Mills (Louisiana Tech Tackle) – The Bears traded down ten picks with the Falcons to pick up Mills. He is a power tackle, who could start at right tackle if he is able to prove himself in training camp. Mills is projected at right tackle, and could possibly even start there this season. Tramon Williams, Mills’ cousin, is a starting safety on the Packers– I like that family rivalry.
  • Cornellius Washington (Georgia Defensive End) – As a Bulldog, Washington started 25 of 51 games and recorded 76 tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss and 10.5 sacks. He will compete with Julius Peppers, Corey Wooton and Shea McClellinfor a starting spot at defensive end. Emery is calling him an “explosive” athlete.

    Cornellius Washington

  • Marquess Wilson (Washington St. WR)– This pick was controversial.  On the field Wilson is a talent but after walking out on his team last season, many are questioning his character. Emery said the Bears did “a tremendous amount of work” researching the walk-out. Drama aside, Wilson started 27 of 33 games during his three seasons at Washington State, catching 189 passes for a school-record 3,207 yards and 23 touchdowns.

To summarize, the Bears drafted two possible starting o-linemen, two possible starting linebackers and two value picks. They addressed their offensive line concerns and added depth to the WR position. With some maturing and a lot of hard work, this could pan out to be a very successful draft in a year or two. To get NFL Expert Mike Mayock‘s reaction to the Bears draft class, click here.

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NFL Draft 2013

If you need a distraction from just how bad the Cubs and Sox are playing, tadalafil the NFL Draft just might be the answer. The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 7:00PM on the NFL Network and ESPN. With the release of the 2013 NFL schedule last week and the hyped up Draft beginning Thursday night, shop it’s easy to understand why the NFL can consume a girl eleven months out of the year.

The annual 3-day recruiting event held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, is arguably the most important day for prospective college football players across the nation. After compiling data and assessing player performances at the NFL Combine, teams take turns adding desired players to their roster on Draft day, in order to hopefully find success in the upcoming season.

It doesn’t matter if this year will be your first time watching the NFL Draft, or if you’ve watched every one of them, it’s truly worth your time, if anything for the genuine heartfelt moments!  Families surround their eager athletes, awaiting the sweet sound of their name being called. It’s exciting and often touching to witness the embrace between a mother and son, after the years of dedication and commitment, knowing that his future in the NFL will likely change their lives forever.

For all you fashionistas out there, it’s also a chance to see some interesting suits, many of them custom, as athletes are usually dressed to the nines.

It’s the moments you always see in the highlight reels that is so memorable about the Draft: once a player’s name is called, they head up to the NYC Radio City Music Hall stage and shake hands with Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner. The new NFL football player then receives a hat and jersey, the first pieces of swag from their new team, and the famous picture with the commissioner is taken.

Andrew Luck and Commissioner at 2012 Draft

What You Need to Know:

  • The first and most watched round of the NFL Draft takes place Thursday night. The 2nd and 3rd rounds begin on Friday at 5:30PM and rounds 4-7 on Saturday at 11:00AM.
  • Last year’s draft was one of the best drafts in years thanks to the large selection of quality quarterbacks, including Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III (RG3). In 2012, the Colts selected Andrew Luck with their first overall pick, but this year’s pick definitely won’t be a quarterback. Many mock drafts and predictions have Luke Joeckel at the top, an offensive lineman from the SEC.
  • The order in which the teams pick a player is based on their 2012 win-loss record. The teams that didn’t make it to the playoffs are ranked in reverse order of their records. The Kansas City Chiefs garnered the fewest wins last season, giving them the first pick this year. The tiebreakers listed below are put in place for any ties between teams with the same record.
  1. Strength of schedule – refers to the combined win-loss record of the teams they played the previous season
  2. Divisional and conference record
  3. Coin toss
  • Teams that reached the playoffs the previous season are then slotted in the order in which they were eliminated. As the reigning Superbowl Champs, the Baltimore Ravens will pick last in the first round, at No. 32.  In the rounds following, the selection order remains the same, with some exceptions.
  • One team is always “on the clock”, meaning it’s their turn to make a pick. Teams are given 10 minutes in Round 1 to make their pick, and then their time slot drops to 7 minutes in the second round, and five in Rounds 3-7.
  • The teams have the ability to negotiate with one another both before and during the draft, which is called trading up or down. Trades are really what spice up the event, they shake up the boards and a lot can change when one occurs. There are a couple of teams that should really consider trading up this year, including the Buffalo Bills. After releasing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in mid-March, they are looking to fill that vacancy and could use a higher pick to do that.

What to Watch For From the Bears:


The Chicago Bears hold the No. 20 overall selection and have a total of just 5 picks this year. If you winced at that last tid-bit of information, it was certainly justified. The Bears have a handful of holes to fill and just not enough picks, and no third or seventh round pick at all which they traded to Miami and New England, respectively.

There seems to be a clear consensus that Chicago should take a linebacker or an offensive lineman in the first round considering the departure of Brian Urlacher and the on-going issues of the offensive line.

Marc Trestman

Although the line has been an area of focus in the offseason, adding depth to the receiver position, behind All-Pro Brandon Marshall, is also a concern. Head Coach Marc Trestman made some smart moves during the free agency, picking up left tackle, Jermon Bushrod, and tight end, Martellus Bennett, as well as franchising Henry Melton.  Another big hole was left by the departure of Brian Urlacher.  Will the Bears opt for a new middle linebacker?

With a new coach at the helm and a beefed up roster made possible by some strategic moves during free agency, the Bears are heading into the Draft in a more secure position than many other teams. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect a few surprises!

Check back in next Monday for my recap of what went down at the NFL Draft.

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Wednesday marked the start of the NFL’s Scouting Combine. College football players from across the country have convened at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to showcase their skills, prescription with the hopes of impressing an NFL team that will ultimately choose them in the upcoming NFL Draft.

More than 60 hours of combine coverage will air on the NFL Network with 24 NFL analysts in attendance, prostate proving just how fan-friendly the previously closed-door event has become and how the NFL successfully continues to have a presence all season long.

On Monday, here I was able to join the NFL Network call held specifically for the media about the Combine. Mike Mayock, Expert NFL Draft Analyst, and Mike Muriano, Senior Coordinating Producer for the NFL Network were on the call offering their expertise. Between the surprising number of questions regarding Manti Te’o and the lack of quality quarterbacks this year, I was able to squeeze in a question about our beloved Bears.

Top 10 Combine Performances 2012:

What You Need to Know:

  • More than 330 college football players will perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers with hopes to be drafted in April. Because the event uses a standardized setting and allows franchises to get a better look at prospective draft picks, the significance of the combine has grown over the years.
  • The athletes will complete traditional physical evaluations, but changes have been made in other areas this year. A new player-assessment designed to look at the player’s “non-physical capabilities, aptitudes and strengths” will be administered as a counterpart to the criticized Wonderlic test. The new test will “measure a wide range of competencies, including learning styles, motivation, decision-making skills, responding to pressure or unexpected stimuli, and core intellect.”
  • There’s guaranteed to be plenty of eye candy at the combine and you can pick which day to tune in based on your favorite position to watch. Tight ends, offensive linemen and special teams will workout Saturday, followed by quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers on Sunday. Defensive linemen and linebackers will be showcased on Monday and finally defensive backs on Tuesday.

BONUS: Lauren Silberman, kicker and former MIT master’s student, will participate in the combine as the first woman to ever do so at a Regional level.

 Chicago Bears and the Combine:

  • The Chicago Bears hold the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft and have just five draft picks total. New Head Coach Marc Trestman was essentially hired to fix the Bears’ offense and has already stressed the importance of protecting quarterback Jay Cutler, so beefing up the offensive line will be his first priority.

    Marc Trestman

  • Mike Mayock said that taking an offensive lineman with their 20th pick is a no-brainer for the Bears.

“They have to take an offensive lineman. When Jay Cutler is protected he’s one of the top quarterbacks in football, when he’s not protected you can’t win a football game, so from my prospective it has got to start up front,” said Mayock.

 

  • Mayock specifically said the Bears will have their sights on these four offensive linemen:
    • Chance Warmack, Alabama – Warmack earned All-American and All-SEC honors during Alabama’s run for the national title. Scouts report that despite his frame, he’s light on his feet and affective at taking out linebackers.
    • DJ Fluker, Alabama – Fluker ranks as the top right tackle prospect in the draft. Scouts say he’s a powerful run blocker with an impressive frame.
    • Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina – As a four-year starter at UNC, Cooper proved he’s an extremely coordinated athlete with great balance. According to scouts, he could convert to center if his future NFL employer needed him to.
    • Lane Johnson, Oklahoma– According to scouts, Johnson does a nice job using his length to keep rushers at a distance and uses his impressive build to eliminate defenders.

For Mayock’s full list of top-ranked prospects click here.

Your Take Away Piece:

“The Bears definitely have some holes to fill if they’re going to fix the offensive issues that plagued them this season, but things are looking good for Chicago in this draft.  With the 20th overall pick the Bears are in a good position to bring a quality offensive lineman to Chicago.”

What’s Next:

The 2013 NFL draft is April 25th -27th giving teams two months to make decisions based on their evaluations at the Combine. Have some down time this weekend? Tune in to NFL Network to see just how fast and impressive these guys are as they perform their hearts out with their NFL future’s on the line.

Additional links:

Players to Watch at 2013 NFL Combine Video

Who will be most scrutinized at NFL Combine Video

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Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III

The 2012 NFL Draft is now on the books and it did not disappoint. We’re guessing you’re not a draft junkie and didn’t spend the weekend glued to the TV.  Worry not, cialis no rx below are the biggest and best highlights, including what the Bears did which will be the lead topic of any Draft conversation in this town.

The first round on Thursday night went off at lightning speed, and as expected the two best quarterbacks went #1 and #2.   The Colts took QB Andrew Luck from Stanford with the No. 1 overall pick, and the Redskins followed suit by taking QB Robert Griffin III (known as RG3) from Baylor at No. 2. 

Andrew Luck

Bears #1 pick, Shea McClellin

There was an unprecedented number of trades in the first round, with teams moving up and down to get their key players.  But the Bears kept their No. 19 pick and took Shea McClellin, a Defensive End from Boise State.  READ MORE about Shea HERE.  I’ll admit I don’t know a ton about Shea (yet), but both the Packers and Patriots had their eyes on him, so that’s good enough for me.

Rounding out the first five picks, who were all offensive players, are Trent Richardson, the running back from Alabama at No. 3 to the Cleveland Browns, Matt Kalil, the offensive tackle from USC at No. 4 to the Minnesota Vikings, and Justin Blackmon, the wide receiver from Oklahoma State at No. 5 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
What You Need to Know:

  • The Bears ended up with six picks and took both offensive and defensive players to improve their team.  In addition to McClellin, in the second round they took Alshon Jeffery, the wide receiver from South Carolina,who will be another big weapon for QB Jay Cutler.

    Alshon Jeffery

  • In the third round the Bears took Brandon Hardin, the safety from Oregon State, and in the fourth round Evan Rodriguez, the tight end from Temple.
  • The Bears finished the draft by picking up two cornerbacks, Isaiah Frey from Nevada and Greg McCoy from TCU.
  • The biggest surprise and most controversial outcome of the Bear’s draft was what they DIDN’T do.  The Bears did not draft one player for their offensive line.  The offensive line are the the guys that protect Jay Cutler and allow him ample time to get rid of the ball.  The Bears’ offensive line has been one of weakest elements of the team over the last 2 seasons, resulting in Cutler being one of the most sacked and intercepted QBs in the league, in large part due to the inadequacies of the Offensive Line. 

Your Takeaway Piece:  The Draft has gotten so big it’s practically an Awards Show in and of itself. So I find it only fitting to give out my “Best of” Awards.  Drum roll please…

Best Dressed:  Robert Griffin III in his powder blue suit (few men can pull off this color suit and he nailed it).  And of course his burgundy and gold socks in his new Redskins team colors that said “Go Catch That Dream”. 

Best Smile:  Andrew Luck’s permanent grin.  Commissioner Roger Goddell proclaimed “The 2012 NFL Draft is officially open” and not one second later Luck’s phone was ringing to be selected as the No. I overall pick.

Best Big Ten Team Showing (by far):  The University of Illinois who boasted two first round picks and two second round picks, including the electrifying Whitney Mercilus, the defensive end who went No. 26 to the Texans. To put it in perspective, only six Big Ten players were taken in the first 50 picks, and four of these were Illinois players.  I-L-L!

Best Attitude:  Mohamed Sanu who got a phone call in the first round from someone pretending to be the Bengals ready to draft him. Sanu called his agent, celebrated with his draft party, waited for his name to be called, and then found out it was a joke. Sanu was composed, laughed it off and didn’t panic.  He was then (really) taken by the Bengals anyway in the third round.  Kudos to you Sanu for being the better man.

Best Sport:  Commissioner Roger Goodell who was greeted by boos from the crowd the minute he walked on stage, and almost every time he took to the podium.  And every trip up there he had a smile on his face.  It was painful to watch.  Goodell brought new meaning to the phrase ‘don’t let them see you sweat’.

Most Heartwarming Moment:  When they honored all the men and women of the armed forces on stage and played “Proud to Be an American”.  Absolutely touching.


What’s Next:
  The fanfare of the Draft is over and it’s time for them to get to work.  None of these guys want to be labeled as ‘the bust’ of the Draft (just google Ryan Leaf to see what I am talking about).  Chicago is a football-obsessed city, so you’ll be hearing a lot about the Bear’s new rookies, how they’re getting along and the impact they are expected to make on the team.  Consider them the new “IT” boys of the Bears. 

 

 

 

 

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