The Bears Den: August 19, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

Jonathan Daniel

Seamless transition for Bears defense - Brad Biggs: Players love that Mel Tucker adjusted to their talents and the system he inherited.

Schedule 'timing' adds urgency to Bears’ Game 3 - Moon Mullin: The Bears need to have a fully functioning offense by opening day or risk being in a deep hole long before they get the non-2012-playoff Rams, Cowboys, Browns and Eagles later in the season.

Team report - The Bears believe they're progressing in the new offense, but numbers and production in practice and games say otherwise.

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Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Midway through the preseason, we can look at the development of young talent on the roster and begin to break down what the team is trying to establish offensively.

Run the Play, Jay - Dan Bernstein: The whole play, too, even those pesky second and third reads being drilled into your head. Make the throw that’s there.

Opening the season with two rookies on OL has been done before - Mark Potash: Trestman and Kromer have not committed to starting Long and Mills in the opener. But neither is fazed by the possibility. Brad Biggs: Coaches say best men will play.

Kyle Long coming along quickly for Bears - Adam L. Jahns: Has played at such a high level this preseason that his limited action at Oregon and being unable to take part in most of the Bears’ offseason training feel like distant concerns. Steve Silverman: Long among players around the NFL who have had excellent camps.

Bears cut Webb's pay - Brad Biggs: Move frees up cap space and slots Webb at a more appropriate pay level if he is a backup this season now that he has been relegated to the second team. Non-Tribune link.

Bostic displays the wow factor - David Haugh: Even veterans are impressed with the savvy the rookie MLB shows and the blows he delivers.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Bears hope to get Martellus Bennett more involved in the passing game Friday night in Oakland; Ford hoping 100yd kickoff return gets him noticed; Wootton & McClellin enjoyed extra playing time in Peppers' absence.

Team notes - Chris Boden on the O-line, the need to target players other than Marshall, roster considerations, and the tough first half of the schedule.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: Bears sign DT Foster, QB Palmer; waive LB Starks; also sign Trent Edwards (non-Tribune link).

[Video] Jim Miller on the Bears adding two QBs, spreading the ball in the passing offense, and starting two rookies on the O-line.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: The Patriots’ new approach to the wide receiver position and more in this week’s Blitz.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky with observation from Packers 19, Rams 7. Players who helped themselves, and players who didn't. PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Andy Benoit's team preview: Led by arguably the best player in football, Green Bay is loaded again for a run at the top.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Are the Vikings turning to a shotgun-heavy offense to help level off Christian Ponder's play?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: After overhauling their line this offseason, the Lions have resurrected trying Suh & Fairley as DEs this summer in a way that suggests it could be part of their regular-season game-planning.

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