The Bears Den: June 12, 2014 - Chicago Bears OTAs news & notes

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Spor

Ratliff anxious to keep helping Bears - Arthur (not Hub) Arkush: Now one of the elder statesman of the Bears’ revamped D-line, Jeremiah Ratliff was clearly excited about the opportunity to share some wisdom with the incoming rookies.

Young Bears get long looks as starters on D - Moon Mullin: Virtually nothing is settled when players are in just shorts and no pads. But Fuller and Vereen have been in place through virtually all of the OTA sessions, and Bostic’s time with the No. 1 defense has grown significantly.

Bears launch 'Inside Rookie Minicamp' - Larry Mayer: ChicagoBears.com launched a five-part video series Wednesday that takes a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the Bears’ rookie minicamp.

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Cutler impresses Bernie Kosar - Adam Hoge: Trestman's former college QB, who appears to be attending in a consultancy role, even put the Bears QB in the same sentence as Dan Marino.

Palmer expects to return for minicamp - Larry Mayer: Despite a minor injury that has sidelined him during OTAs, Jordan Palmer is pleased with the progress he's made in his second year with the Bears. Jeff (not Hub) Arnold: Making the most of mental reps.

Palmer, Clausen set to compete - Michael C. Wright: Addition of Clausen raises stakes for everyone involved in QB derby. Bob LeGere: Clausen eager to learn. Nate (not Hub) Atkins: Hopes to rewrite NFL story.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will Palmer or Clausen make Bears roster? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin on the Bears' backup QB situation, and Jon Bostic pushing DJ Williams for the starting MLB role.

Observations from OTAs - Jeff Dickerson: Brock Vereen looks to be a contender to earn a permanent place in the starting lineup. Adam Hoge: May be a serious threat to Conte at free safety.

Observations from OTAs - Arthur (not Hub) Arkush: Jay Cutler was virtually automatic in red zone drills, spreading the ball around and completing three consecutive TDs at one point.

Marquess Wilson ready to make strides in second year - Jon Greenberg: Like most rookies, Wilson said he was in awe of the veterans last year. Now in his second year of offseason work, he's much more comfortable being in the NFL.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Where does Bears roster rank in NFL, and is Trestman really the 25th-ranked head coach in the NFL? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses the search for Devin Hester's replacement.

ProFootballFocus - PFF breaks down how QBs fared with and without play action.

Photos - The Tribune's gallery of Bears at the final OTA practice open to the media.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Brandt: Chicago favorite to host 2015 NFL Draft - Bryan Fischer: McCormick Place convention center, Chicago Theatre and Soldier Field could be under consideration for league's marquee offseason event.

The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: NFL coaches still upset about offseason player availability in new CBA.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions plan on having a smarter offense. Tony Scheffler smart to retire after concussions.

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