The Bears Den: August 04, 2012 - Training Camp News and Notes

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"...where you'll want to listen to the AWESOME Pat Mannelly interview."

Soldier Field hosts Family Fest practice - Larry Mayer: The 2012 Bears made their first appearance at Soldier Field Friday night, conducting a Family Fest practice before an enthusiastic crowd of 27,352 fans.

Joniak, Thayer offer thoughts on camp - Stephen Paea among the players who have impressed Joniak and Thayer in training camp.

Bears practice, Urlacher out - Bears returned to practice Friday for the club's 8th Family Fest at Soldier Field, but Brian Urlacher missed his third consecutive day of work to rest a sore knee.

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Bears Soldier Field Family Fest

New Bear Marshall a hit at fan fest - Excited crowd with a handful of acrobatic catches in the end zone throughout the night’s practice. [Video] Excited about being at Soldier Field as a Bear for the first time.

Seeing red: Bears new red-zone offense makes impression - Moon Mullin: Jay Cutler has plenty of weapons at his disposal to help get into the end zone and several were on display Friday night at Family Fest.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin from Family Fest - Moon Mullin: "Urlacher's knee is bothering him; the fact that he's not practised for three days, it's not good." They like the occasion, though.

Photos - Soldier Field Family Fest - Staley looks to be in great shape.

[Video] Jeff Joniak reviews the first week of Bears camp - Impressed with Paea, thinks Cutler will enjoy his new passing game, optimistic about OL, and more.

Davis having strong camp under the radar - Chauncey Davis continues to quietly make a case that he deserves a place in the Bears' DE rotation.

Five young players at Bears camp who have turned heads - OT Cory Brandon, OT James Brown, DT Nate Collins, CB Isaiah Frey, WR Brittan Golden.

Kahlil Bell knows his career is on the line - Has to conquer fumbles and excel on special teams to justify his salary as a third RB.

Conte is focused more on improving than on breaking stereotype - Free safety Chris Conte isn’t the only white defensive back in the NFL. He’s not even the only one on the Bears’ roster. But given the few white starters at his position, he’s reminded of it almost daily.

ProFootballFocus season preview: Bears - "Matthew Stafford’s 5,000 passing yards and the epic season from Megatron took all of the headlines, but it means that people are forgetting just how good a healthy Chicago team can be"

Offensive Line Issues May Stifle Bears’ Optimism - Silverman: The Bears may look like they have potential to be a team that goes deep into the playoffs, but that’s only if you ignore the state of the offensive line.

Bears want and need a better start at Soldier Field - Moon Mullin: After experiencing a range of issues last season at Soldier Field -- from unfit field conditions to player injuries -- the Bears are in need of a better start as they get ready for their preseason games.

Bear Facts: DE Shea McClellin - The Bears' first round pick in the draft (19th overall), McClellin is a bruising defensive end with a farm-bred work ethic.

McClellin Opens Up: ‘I Wasn’t Ready’ For The Grind - Had his best practice of training camp Thursday and the hope is that the first-round draft pick will turn the corner after a rough start in Bourbonnais.

McClellin getting lots of advice, needs to focus - Marinelli says he is trying to unclog McClellin's mind so he doesn't think too much.

Bear Facts: CB DJ Moore - Moore's previous three seasons have been spent with the Bears, and so far, he has gathered 104 tackles (72 solo), 8 interceptions, 1 sack, 11 PBUs, 3 TFLs, and one forced fumble.

[Audio] Patrick Mannelly joins Carmen, Jurko & Harry - Starts from just after the 2-hour mark. He's AWESOME. He even uses the word "Awesome". Also, Brandon Marshall stops by. He's pretty neat, too. But, you know... Pat. Mannelly.

Everything else

Three keys to developing rookie WRs - Matt Bowen: What to look for in camp and the preseason.

5 components of an NFL contract that may surprise you - Jack Bechta: A close look at the NFL contract.

[Video] Is Goodell Running A Dictatorship? - How much Stephen A. Smith vs Skip Bayless can you take? I lasted 46 seconds. If you can endure the full 6:48, please write a summary for us in the comments.

Like him or not, Roger Goodell has absolute power to shape NFL - On his critics: "You've got 2,000 players and you've got 32 clubs. You're going to make decisions that aren't always going to be popular."

Wanny, Mark Anderson planning big things - Hoping to turn around Bills franchise.

Know thy enemy - NFL Training Camp 2012: Packers postcard. Aaron Rodgers looking sharp; James Starks is not.

Know thy enemy - Camp Confidential: Green Bay Packers. Significantly increased time spent working on tackling drills. Woodson feels at home playing safety.

Know thy enemy - Which teams could ruin Green Bay’s quest for perfection? The schedule-makers didn’t do Green Bay any favors for its games against arch-rival Chicago.

Know thy enemy - Packers twosome among the best NFL wideout duos. Next year: Bears! Ditka. Polish sausage.

Switzerland! Y you no select hurdler Lisa Urech!?! No wonder she looks sad.....

Johnny Cash makes this sound like it ought to. Bono makes it sound like "Of COURSE it's YOUR fault! I'm fecking BONO and don't you fecking forget it!"

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