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The Bears Den: August 5, 2011

"...where we get our giddy up."

Free agents practice for the first time | Larry Mayer: More than a dozen players the Bears have signed as free agents practiced for the first time Thursday night, just a few hours after the NFLs new CBA was officially ratified.

Who will play nickel for Bears? | Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk Larry discusses who will line up as the Bears' nickel back this season, whether rookie Chris Conte will contend for a starting position, and who will start at cornerback opposite Charles Tillman.

Jay Cutler may have found his man in Roy Williams - Brad Biggs: Early signs that QB, veteran WR could develop trust.

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Barber sets physical tone in first Bears practice - Vaughn McClure: Ex-Cowboys RB barrels through pile, keeps on trucking.

Mullin: Barber's intensity shines in practice | John "Moon" Mullin: Participating in his first practice as a member of the Bears, running back Marion Barber turned the evening into a personal session in pile driving.

Practice report: New arrival Barber sets tone - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: Marion Barber made a good first impression on Thursday.

Aug. 4 practice observations - Inside the Bears Mark Potash: A beautiful night for football attracted a nice crowd that included Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Cutler on-target again in Bears' practice - Inside the Bears Mark Potash: You didn't have to wait to see the film to know that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is making progress in training camp. Latest Bears video Kip Lewis reports from training camp.

Bears QB Cutler says Hester having 'unbelievable camp' - Brad Biggs: Early this offseason, the idea was Devin Hester would lose playing time to Earl Bennett.

Nick Roach trying to show Bears they don't need to sign a strong-side linebacker - Vaughn McClure: Tatupu, Tinoisamoa remain options at strong-side linebacker.

Bears’ Marinelli looks to blend new Bears with old - Bob LeGere: Most of the linemen who did the heavy lifting for Rod Marinelli's defense last year are back -- only Tommie Harris is missing.

What's Behind the New Cutler? - NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: The new Cutler is impressive. Why has he shown up?

Is Cutler new and improved? - ESPN Chicago Jon Greenberg: After facing the worst scrutiny of his career, maybe the burden of being Jay Cutler can be lifted.

Bears’ Rod Marinelli on recovery mission with Vernon Gholston, Amobi Okoye - Chicago Sun-Times Mark Potash: When Rex Ryan became the New York Jets’ head coach in 2009, he promised to take his best shot at making something out of disappointing former first-round draft pick.

Don’t bet against Bears running back Matt Forte - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Matt Forte made his NFL aspirations known when he first picked up a football at age 7.

Bears great Richard Dent calls the tune - David Haugh: Bears Hall of Famer passed up music for different path

Worship of Broncos’ Tim Tebow making for a dilemma in Denver - Chicago Sun-Times Rick Morrissey: There are two competing groups when it comes to public opinion on Tim Tebow. The first group thinks Tebow is God’s gift to humanity and that his NFL quarterbacking skills will catch up to his holiness if the Denver Broncos ever give him a chance. The second group is creeped out by the first group.

The Crisis: Dolphins reportedly considering adding Favre - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports Chris Chase: With the threat of a continued reign of Brett Favre, Shutdown Corner turns to Thomas Paine and his famous pamphlet "The Crisis," written in 1776 to encourage Americans to rise up against the tyrannical British rule.

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