The Bears Den: May 27, 2014 - Chicago Bears OTAs news & notes

David Banks

How will Shea McClellin perform as he transitions to NFL linebacker?

OTAs preview: Shea McClellin's big move - Rich Campbell: This week will provide the clearest picture so far of how effective former DE will be playing off the line of scrimmage from a two-point stance and using his vision.

OTAs preview: The education of Kyle Fuller - Dan Wiederer: Forget about the traditional depth chart. This is a three-WR league, and that requires three reliable corners for stability.

OTAs preview: New era begins at safety - Brad Biggs: No one is going to win a starting job in the spring, but Conte's challengers have opportunities to make impressions.

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Bearsss

NFL's top receiving corps - Bucky Brooks: In Marshall and Jeffery, the Bears have a pair of big-bodied receivers with exceptional athleticism, length and ball skills.

Biggest issues facing each NFC team at minicamp - Lorenzo Reyes: Minicamp will be essential in getting the Bears' new pieces acclimated on defense.

Who will be the 'Hard Knocks' team? - Dan Hanzus makes the case that the Bears would be the best choice for the HBO reality series.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: New Bear Jared Allen is teaming up with an Army organization to purchase, remodel and donate a handicap-accesible home to a wounded war veteran.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Ditka

Ditka doesn't back former Bears players in lawsuit - John Breech: Mike Ditka isn't quite sure what several of his former players are trying to accomplish by suing the NFL over the use of painkillers.

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Polish sausage

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Albert Breer: Christian Ponder will share first-team reps in offseason practices, Is this the sign of a serious QB competition, or are the Vikings shopping the former first-round pick?

Facepalm - Ray Rice: "Failure is not getting knocked down. It's not getting up."  Tomas Rios: Ravens' reaction offers disturbing peek into a worsening future.

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