The Bears Den: July 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

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Team Report - Michael C. Wright examines the three biggest issues facing the Bears heading into training camp. Will the Bears be able to salvage the first pick of Phil Emery’s tenure as GM?

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses what role David Bass could play this season, the training camp schedule, and the possibility of Jordan Lynch playing safety.

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Bären

Roster analysis: D-line - Larry Mayer: The D-line that will report to training camp next week will bear little resemblance to the one that spent last summer in Bourbonnais.

Rookie watch - James Neveau: Can Will Sutton rebound to be the dominant pass rusher he was in his junior season at Arizona State? Daniel Jeremiah: Sutton among rookies with most to gain in training camp.

Training camp preview: Cornerbacks - Actually-Hub Arkush: The Bears boast two Pro Bowl corners and took another in the first round, with the rest competing for fourth, fifth, and possibly sixth roster spots.

[Audio] - Tim Jennings talks about Chicago's addition of Jared Allen, his conversion to a nickelback, his team's mindset on defense and more.

Rookie watch - Dan Durkin: Brock Vereen may be better suited for a nickel corner or strong safety role in the future, but has a legitimate chance to challenge for the starting free safety spot this fall.

Roster analysis: Running Back - James Neveau: Matt Forte is the undisputed starter for the team, but how much of a role will Ka'Deem Carey play?

Training camp snapshot: Wide receivers - Dan Wiederer: Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery provide a powerful 1-2 punch, and big things are expected from second-year man Marquess Wilson. Moon Mullin: Top-5 pass offense in need of depth.

NFL.com preseason list of best receivers - Gregg Rosenthal has the Bears' starting duo outside of the top 6, but acknowledges they are "the best tandem in football".

Training camp snapshot: Specialists - Rich Campbell: Bears are set kicking with Robbie Gould, but need to find a returner, and hope 6th-round punter Pat O'Donnell will be an upgrade.

One stat that speaks to the true value of the Bears offense - Moon Mullin: The most important backup at the skill positions might not be the No. 3 WR or even the No. 2 QB, but rather the No. 2 RB.

NFC North preseason capsules - (AP) If the defense can make leap to respectability, Chicago figures to challenge in division, maybe make playoff run after missing out six of past seven years.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears DE Dan Hampton discusses his outlook on the 2014 Bears. [Video] Hampton delivering season tickets.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - A few reasons for you to draft Alshon Jeffery to your Fantasy team.

Kyle Long booted from Deerfield High field - Gregory Trotter: Being a Pro-Bowl football player doesn't guarantee turf time at Deerfield High School, Kyle Long found out recently.

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Polnische Wurst

Los Angeles, Chicago finalists to host 2015 NFL Draft - Sam Farmer: New York is out and the race has come down to the nation's second- and third-largest cities to play host to the multi-day event.

A history of the NFL in 95 objects - Peter King: Thirteen years ago, the 9/11 attacks changed the world. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue shared some of his letters and notes from the days after the attack.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling with the three biggest issues facing the Vikings heading into training camp. Who will start at QB?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein previews the three biggest issues facing the Lions heading into training camp. How will things shake out at the corner position?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky examines the three biggest issues facing the Packers heading into training camp. No change in Jermichael Finley's status yet.

"He did what?!" - Andrew Brandt: NFL dead month can be dangerous time for idle football players.

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