The Bears Den: August 20, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

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For better or worse, the Bears are decisive - Mark Potash: Phil Emery and the new coaching staff don’t waste time with their evaluations and decisions, and the Bears seem more open-minded and strong-willed.

Position battle - Adam L. Jahns: Trestman indicated he has a preference for keeping three QBs on his 53-man roster, so Palmer and Edwards will compete for a shot at replacing Blanchard - at least, for now. Jeff Dickerson: Palmer, Edwards to handle all reps in finale.

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Roster notes - Adam Hoge: The Bears' QB depth depends on how bad Matt Blanchard's injury is; more roster notes. Jeff Dickerson: No decision on Matt Blanchard.

Roster notes - Adam Hoge: J'Marcus Webb's pay cut makes sense for both sides; thoughts on the QB signings.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin on Cutler's progress, the QB depth, and Webb's demotion. Keeping 3 rather than 2 QBs on final 53?

How Webb might avoid a pay cut after all - Moon Mullin suggests (I think) that Webb may have restructured his contract to include not-likely-to-be-earned incentives which would offer Bears cap relief. Maggie Hendricks: Webb: I Got this!

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Long, Mills to start again Friday in Oakland in third preseason game; Bostic likely to start in week 1 with Williams' return not imminent; more injury news. Mark Potash: Trestman not yet ready to name week 1 starters.

Rookie watch - Adam Hoge: With DJ Williams not expected back on the practice field until the first game-week starts, the Bears may have to start second-rounder Jon Bostic at MLB.

Injury news - Adam Hoge: Bennett, Melton still recovering from concussions; more injury updates from Monday practice.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - August 19: Back at Halas Hall for the first time since the spring and Bears HQ has gotten a significant upgrade -- though the renovations remain a work in progress. As does this team.

Photos - The Tribune with scenes from the newly renovated Halas Hall in Lake Forest.

NFP's top-25 contract-year players - Joe Fortenbaugh: Plenty of elite talent is scheduled to hit the open market next winter. (Four Bears make the list.)

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: ESPN's Top 100 Offensive and Top 100 Defensive players in the NFL saw one player from each NFCN team fall in the 91-100 rankings,

Ex-Bear news - Michael Lansu: Former Bears WR David Terrell was charged Friday with having marijuana and battering officers in the Bronzeville neighborhood.


[Video] A unique Bears treasure - Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions joins Michele Steele at the National Sports Collector's Convention to appraise a Walter Payton game-used jersey and a football used in the 1963 NFL Championship Game.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: The Lions' trade for just-cut WR Mike Thomas last season could go down as one of the most expensive player moves in recent NFC North memory. Chris Burke: Getting creative with Fairley, Suh.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky with news from Packers practice: Mason Crosby was the outright winner in a kicking period (!) for the first time all camp.

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