The Bears Den: August 21, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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"...where Kev will ban anyone using the word 'delish'."

Jeffery pressing for more playing time - starting job? - Moon Mullin: Has shown in games the same as in training camp, the best hands among the entire Bears’ receiving corps and the toughness of a tight end working in traffic.

Bears out to prove they're as good as they look - Jon Greenberg: With each game, Bears closer to discovering how good they can be.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Discusses a timetable for the LT competition, if rookies McClellin and Jeffery can earn starting jobs, and how Nick Roach has fared as the Mike.

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OL battles come to a head

Bears O-Line faces tough task in Giants' front-four - Tice: "You’d rather be facing them than the Little Sisters of the Poor." True, it could be embarrassing to see Cutler sacked by nuns. NUNS IN LINGERIE. Whoa.

It all comes down to this for Webb, Williams - Moon Mullin: In the grand scheme of things, Friday night's preseason matchup with the Giants will determine who wins the starting LT job.

Mike Tice’s OL will face a Giant test Friday - If the Bears wanted a pass/fail test to judge where their OL is, it will come against a unit that goes at least six deep and is the best in the business.

Bears plan to be patient with J’Marcus Webb - Sean Jensen: On the one hand, he’s been a bargain, a seventh-round pick who has started 28 games, including all 16 last season. On the other hand, he’s played at a sub-par level at one of the most important positions on the football field.

Tice: Giants game will resolve LT battle - Brad Biggs: When Tice completed film review of the 33-31 victory over the Redskins, he did not see anything that alarmed him about the performance of Webb or Williams.

Cutler: Giants will test offensive line - "Those front four that they have are some of the best in the league. They're really long, they're fast, they can bull rush, they can speed rush. It's going to be a challenge for those guys."

Next preseason game should settle OL jobs - Michael C. Wright: Tice says LT and LG up for grabs.

Cutler praises Giants' defensive line - Doesn't want to get to know them as intimately as two years ago, though.

Gabe Carimi is the key to keeping Jay Cutler upright - David Haugh: If Carimi keeps developing into a reliable pass-protector, Tice can find schematic ways with help from TEs and RBs to compensate for one iffy tackle. After 28 NFL starts, Webb has made as deep of an impression around Chicago in verse than in pads.

Injuries and safety issues (no pun intended)

Bears sign safety Mark LeGree - The Bears announced Monday they signed safety Mark LeGree, a former fifth-round pick in 2011 of the Seattle Seahawks.

Bears bring in LeGree to boost safety depth - Bears' addition of another safety might indicate they plan to keep Hardin out of action for a while.

Injuries taking toll on the secondary - Lovie Smith didn’t divulge any information on new safety Mark LeGree on Monday, but only because he had no information on him. At the rate the Bears lose safeties, Lovie soon might know more about LeGree than he ever thought he would.

Steltz, Walters will get more chances - Larry Mayer: After losing two of their top four safeties to injuries, the Bears will look to Craig Steltz and Anthony Walters to help fill the void.

Bears safeties bring bad news - Rosendoom forecasts the end of the world. There's also a video, but I can't face Rosendoom today.

Brandon Hardin feels "well enough to play" - Michael C. Wright: But because of the nature of the injury, the Bears will exercise caution in bringing back Hardin, who is scheduled in two weeks to undergo an MRI.

Safety problems persist with injuries to Conte, Hardin - Brad Biggs: It is believed Conte's shoulder popped out of joint; Lovie didn't sound like his return is imminent. Also, notes from practice.

Biggs: Concern Growing At Safety Position - Brad Biggs joins Mully & Hanley to talk all things Bears. Includes [audio].

Anthony Walters has chance to secure spot - Jeff Dickerson: Even before Conte and Hardin got hurt, second-year safety Anthony Walters was making a strong bid to win a spot on the Bears' final 53-man roster.

DT Stephen Paea (ankle) hopes to play against Browns - Jeff Dickerson: Optimistic he can return to the practice field by the end of the week.

Urlacher, Conte, Paea sit out practice - Brad Biggs rounds up the injury list. Wootton was also out (groin).

Some key figures in sick bay as Bears prep for NYG - Moon Mullin runs down who's out for the Giants game.

Other Bears news & Giants game preview

Marshall is his own worst critic - Larry Mayer: Marshall said that he needs to focus on "little things" such as his route depth, being in the right place and being on the same page as the QB.

Marshall looks to improve, admires Jeffery - Marshall: "I'm actually looking forward to this (next preseason) game (versus the Giants on Friday), and one of the main reasons was seeing how bad I played"

Brandon Marshall far from satisfied despite solid performance - The 6-foot-4, 230-pound veteran instantly upgraded the receiving corps when he arrived from Miami via trade. But obviously Marshall believes you can build on five-consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Brandon Marshall says Bears’ offense can be ‘scary’ - What has Marshall excited is that he and Cutler put up some impressive numbers together in their three seasons with the Broncos with far less understanding of the game than they have now.

Bush OK with sharing goal-line carries - I can't think of a suitable pun on "Bush" right now. He doesn't mind pounding it in? There you go.

Jay Cutler likes offense's showing, Michael Bush's quickness - Who doesn't like some quick Bush? Oh yeah, I've warmed up now.

[Video] CTL on Bears' explosive offense - Discuss the benefits of being able to audible, the added dimension Marshall and Jeffery bring to the offense, and why Carimi is the key to the OL. Bonus: no Kaplan.

[Video] CTL on Bears' defense against Washington - Panel discuss their thoughts on the first-team defense, Urlacher's importance to the run D, and the safeties. No Kaplan.

[Video] Kip Lewis, Moon Mullin preview Bears-Giants - Offensive gameplan will be tested as much as the linemen; starting roles to be decided.

Bear Facts: DE Julius Peppers - Lou Canellis: If Peppers has a great season, the Bears defense will have a great season.

Bear Facts: S Craig Steltz - Dane rejoices!

Dionne Miller's Bears Bourbonnais Blog - August 17 - Forgot to include this before. She uses the word "delish" again. No, seriously.

Everything else

ProFootballFocus: Top 10 Rookies, Preseason Week 2 - As if we need a reminder that these analysis sites aren't the be-all and end-all when we cite them as support for our arguments, they blame Izzy for losing containment on Robert Griffin's scramble. Suckmyditka: That's racist.

Replacement refs harder on Bears than regulars? - Moon Mullin points out why we should be hoping for the dispute to be resolved by game 1.

Know thy enemy - Packers WR Greg Jennings was just happy to be back on the practice field Sunday after sitting out more than two weeks with the lingering effects of concussion.

Know thy enemy - Aaron Rodgers says Packers need to show they can run the ball. Cedric Benson has a chance to start.

Know thy enemy - Peter King with a few thoughts from Packers camp.

Know thy enemy - Lions safety Louis Delmas seems no closer to a return following knee surgery; even Jim Schwartz is admitting that "He’s week-to-week. He’s not day-to-day."

Know thy enemy - Suh in GQ: "Stomp unintentional". Kevin Seifert: "If stomping an opponent was merely a heat-of-the-moment reaction, wouldn't we see it more often in the NFL's rage-filled world?" Also, seems to get a boner when discussing how much he would "love to take down" QBs. Creep-y.

Know thy enemy - NFCN Blog Rookie Buzz: Vikings' LB Audie Cole.

NFL Cheerleaders 2012 - Hellllllo, lay-deez!

"Mama Cass: deceased, ham sandwich."

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