The Bears Den: May 13, 2013 - Rookie minicamp news and notes

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The Bears' boyband audition did not go well.

New Bears team needs new leaders - Dan Pompei: Briggs — and eventually Long — among those likely to fill the void.

Five Bears who need to make an impression this offseason - Brad Biggs: Bennett, Carimi, Hester, Webb, D.J. Williams drawing scrutiny during OTAs and beyond.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Adjusting to speed of NFL practices one of the main focuses of three-day event.


MORE: Day 1 news roundup / Day 3 updates

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Offense

Future looks all right for Kyle Long - Brad Biggs: Long is the most athletic lineman on the roster, but the Bears like the idea of playing him on the right side when looking ahead to rivalries in the NFC North, specifically against the Lions and Ndamukong Suh. Plus, more from minicamp.

Long, Mills give versatile look to 2013 OL draft class - Moon Mullin: Kyle Long switched from RG to RT for a set of reps on Sunday, with rookie fifth-round pick Jordan Mills sliding from RT to RG.

Jordan Mills happy to be with fellow Bears rookie Kyle Long - Mark Potash: Jordan Mills, the Bears’ fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, ‘‘scouted’’ Long in Oregon’s victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl: ‘‘This dude is a beast.’’

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert takes a look at a key player from each NFCN team who needs to show something in offseason sessions. For the Bears, it's Gabe Carimi.

Wilson eager to make most of second chance - Larry Mayer: Receivers with Marquess Wilson's talent and production typically don't last very long in the NFL Draft. But you won't hear the Bears rookie complain about slipping into the seventh round. Jeff Dickerson: Wilson has room to grow.


Steven Schweickert: The Plan: WR Marquess Wilson

Notes from camp - Brad Biggs / Dan Pompei: Marquess Wilson is happy to be getting second chance; local product Jimmy Coy amped to be with the Bears; more news from minicamp.

Ford adds depth, competition to return game - Larry Mayer: Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis was pleased when the Bears signed UDFA Michael Ford and even happier to begin working with him during rookie minicamp. Plus, more from minicamp.

Blanchard hopes to stick on roster again - Kip Lewis: If the Bears don't make any moves at the position, Blanchard will get a shot to show what he can do in the exhibition games, a huge opportunity for an undrafted QB.

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Defense

Bostic hopes experience making calls in college translates to Bears - Adam L. Jahns: Being in charge of a defense is a responsibility Bostic had at Florida, and it’s a big reason why the Bears chose him over other LBs in the second round.

Rookie Bostic has link to '85 Bears - Brad Biggs: Before Jon Bostic chose to attend Florida, he got some advice on college football from Wilber Marshall, maybe the best defender ever to play for the Gators.

Playmaker Greene could be natural fit for Bears 'D' - Dan Pompei: Safety-turned-LB has knack for creating turnovers, pressuring QB.

Khaseem Greene living NFL dream - Adam L. Jahns: Friendship with paralyzed Rutgers teammate Eric LeGrand and responsibilities of home life gives Bears rookie perspective.

Tucker says rookie LBs off to good start - Brad Biggs: DC expecting competition at all levels of the defense. Moon Mullin: Bostic, Greene impress at LB spots.


Stevie Schweickert: Greene and Bostic look to grow together

Position battles to watch this summer - Chris Burke: Who gets the job of replacing legendary ex-Bear Brian Urlacher in the middle of this defense, DJ Williams or Jon Bostic?

Long road for ex-Air Force CB Rembert - Jeff Dickerson: The 5-foot-8, 185-pound CB was a four-year starter at Air Force, where he finished with nine interceptions, five forced fumbles and 179 tackles.

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More Bearsss

Draft analysis - Dan Hanzus assesses what the Bears' draft achieved. Have they ensured there will be no Urlacher hangover?

Bears make more moves in personnel department - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Saturday hired Jay Muraco as their East Coast scout and Andre Odom as a scouting assistant.

Six best NFL rivalries of 2013 - Marc Sessler: Packers-Bears sneaks in at No. 6 because new coach Marc Trestman brings hope for a Bears offense that, for years, has been a coma-inducing affair.

Top Defensive Linemen by position - Pat Kirwan gives Julius Peppers and Henry Melton some love.

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Ditka

Four downs with Ditka - Da coach speaks.

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Polish sausage

NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Best tight end combos, and a whirl around the league.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Chris Wesseling: Are the Vikings quietly assembling a dominant D?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Patra: Will the Lions OL be able to keep Matthew Stafford upright?

Carwreck - Titus Young got arrested. Again.


Who's to blame? #blamethorco

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