The Bears Den: August 12, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

Grant Halverson

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why the Bears passed so much in the preseason opener, the likelihood of Marquess Wilson making the 53-man roster and whether Kyle Long will be an opening day starter.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Rookie assessments, NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger on the O-line, a look at the starters on each of the STs units, and more from the game.

Trestman expediting Bears’ play-calling - Adam L. Jahns: Slow play-calls, relayed from OC to QB via the position coach, were a problem last season. Now the calls come instantly. Cutler said Friday that Trestman "was in my ear as soon as the ball was down."

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Bears 17, Panthers 24: more from preseason game 1

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Now a solid starting point has been established, Trestman says Bears have ‘something to build on'.

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Collins excels after replacing injured Melton; competition at RT; one touch for Hester.

Bostic solid in exhibition opener - Brad Biggs: Bears 2nd-round draft pick makes solid first impression but has plenty to learn.

Game notes - Mark Potash: Marquess Wilson shows what Bears’ offense can do; James Anderson on stepping in for Pat Mannelly; Long's debut; Blanchard bounces back.

Position battles - Moon Mullin: Bears moving toward decisions on OL, and other roster notes for the offensive side of the ball. Searching for impact players on defense.

Game notes - Brad Biggs: Blanchard plays well in exhibition opener; Frey comfortable blitzing from the slot; more news from the game.

Position battle - Mark Potash: If there was any doubt before, there is none anymore: rookie Jon Bostic’s apprenticeship to D.J. Williams at MLB has become a battle for the starting job.

Khaseem Greene impresses in preseason debut - Larry Mayer: Fourth-round pick from Rutgers tied for the team lead with four tackles while also recording one tackle-for-loss and one stop on special teams.

Injury news - Adam L. Jahns: Eager to impress at DT, Corey Wootton hindered by injury; Pat Mannelly plans on being ready for week 1; inactives from Sunday.

Game grades - Hub Arkush: It’s a good thing the Bears’ first test in Carolina doesn’t count as part of their final grades for the season.

Game grades - Adam Hoge with five players who took advantage of their opportunity in Charlotte, and five who didn’t.

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Bearsss training camp

Cutler Watch - Adam L. Jahns: Trestman not happy with slow start, but thought the offense improved as the day went on.

Position battle - Adam L. Jahns: Jordan Mills takes over for Webb at first-team RT, but Marc Trestman warned against reading too much into it. Bob LeGere: Would seem a strange coincidence coming on the heels of Friday's game.

Position battle - Brad Biggs: If the Bears felt good about Webb and if he'd shown consistency that has been lacking throughout his career, they would not be turning to the 163rd pick in the draft 28 days before the regular-season opener.

Webb needs a wake-up call - David Haugh: O-lines mesh best when five guys work in concert, on and off the field. Webb clearly likes the solo. A player as unproven as he would be wise to avoid giving people reason to wonder about his heart as well as his head, yet he's tweeting to state his commitment to improving ... his love life.

Notes from camp - Moon Mullin: Bennett concussion 'lingering'; more injury news; observations from practice. [Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin discusses O-line changes.

Notes from camp - Jeff Dickerson: Marquess Wilson did not play STs in college but knows the importance of being able to contribute to make the roster; Frey continuing to impress; more from practice.

Notes from camp - Brad Biggs: Bears signed veteran CB Derrick Martin but still pushing for Frey to fill nickel role; injury news; more from practice.

[Video] and photogallery of Sunday practice from ChicagoBears.com; Tribune photos.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: Is it possible the Seattle secondary could be even better in 2013? Plus, more from around the league.

NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta on the hypocrisy of the college football scholarship and why it's time for college football to give more to its players.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky; Not much went right for the Packers in their 17-0 loss to the Cardinals in the preseason opener. More thoughts. Game report.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: A fun night for the Lions as they defeated the Jets 26-17. Game report.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: The Vikings fell to the Texans 27-13 as Christian Ponder played only two snaps. Game report.

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