The Bears Den: May 14, 2012

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"...where it's only rookie minicamp, but it smells like football."

Larry Mayer: Tice planning to run fast, potent offense - Thanks, Larry. For a moment there I was worried that he was planning a slow, pathetic one.

Bears rookies flash some talent in mini-camp - Matt Bowen: First impression, this class has some talent to work with.

League focusing on mental health, but players must buy in - Marshall's BPD disclosure "a significant moment for players and mental health".

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Tice settling into role as OC - No official plans for ticket salesman, cruise boat captain roles.

Bears confident at OT, make no offseason moves at the position - Brad Biggs: Lack of action at OT this offseason speaks volumes about how they believe the position will be improved.

Carimi expects to be ready for minicamps - Moon Mullin trots out old line about "getting back two first-rounders". Team could always sign two more washed-up first rounders cheaply, if a full line of them would help.

UDFA Brown stands out in early going - Has been used at LT and LG thus far.

Cutler, Marshall know Jeremy Bates' fire - Counting on Bates’ familiarity with duo to spark offense. Aim to use Jay's mobility & intelligence.

NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: "Bears one of the NFL’s better teams in 2012". Big players for big plays.

Bears WRs balanced with giraffes and cheetahs - But no droppopotamus. Hang on, none of these creatures have HANDS.

Jeffery makes favorable first impression on Tice - Plucking balls out of the air, above the heads of the CBs. Bowen: Options in the route tree.

Hardin eager to learn safety position, make impact - Leading rookie group in kneeling-and-waving drills. Has skills to be successful safety.

Bears' history of successful position changes - Have had four players make the Pro Bowl after a positional change once they got into the NFL, hoping Hardin will find that same success. Anyone want to make a list of unsuccessful position changes?

QB among 7 tryouts signed by Bears - Liked what they saw in their draft picks, saw glimpses from their UDFAs, were intrigued enough by some tryout players to offer contracts.

Dave Toub enthusiastic about ST additions - Dispels rumors that Hester won't be primary kickoff returner.

Lance Briggs: McClellin will play with chip on shoulder - High motor & work ethic as advertised.

Fluke injuries - Fate hasn't smiled on Chicago sports teams.

ProFootballFocus: 2011's Best 4-3 DE Performances - Peppers v. the Raiders makes the list.

Fouts thinks more suspensions will help make game safer - Dan Fouts: "You fine these guys a couple of grand, and that’s nothing these days. So take away what’s most dear to them, and that’s playing."

Ex-Bear Tommie Harris is building the future in his late wife’s honor - As a tribute to Ashley, Harris wants to build a school in Torit, Sudan, for girls who have been abused or enslaved by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Know thy enemy 1 - Vikings have deal to play at U of Minnesota during construction.

Know thy enemy 2 - Lions' RB Leshoure will be drug tested two to three times per week.

It's Pixies week!

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