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The Bears Den: August 8, 2011

"...where we've added eleventy-billion pounds of muscle".

Hurd hoping to fill dual role with Bears | Larry Mayer: Sam Hurd hopes to contribute both on offense and special teams with the Bears, a dual role that he filled the past five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Mayor's move: Time to fix Soldier Field's troublesome playing surface - David Haugh: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has power to solve playing surface problem at Soldier Field.

Bears gamble on motivated free agents - Brad Biggs: If wide receiver Roy Williams produces like offensive coordinator Mike Martz has predicted, the Bears will have one of the value buys of free agency.

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Tice sets Bears' starting five O-line, unless they 'falter' - Brad Biggs: Mike Tice has seen enough, to this point, to declare his starting five on the offensive line.

Tice: Garza starting at center, line set -- for now - Inside the Bears Sean Jensen: Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice gave it to us straight -- or as straight as he could give it to us -- when he talked with reporters after the Bears practiced Sunday night at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

Chicago Bears: Rookie Stephen Paea, newcomer Amobi Okoye try to fit in on defensive line - Vaughn McClure: Marinelli likes candidates on the interior.

Bears' Hurd on Cutler: He's great- Newcomer says it's receivers' job 'to make sure he stays great'.

Bears plan for Devin Hester to play bigger offensive role this season - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Drake: "He really was our best receiver last year, even though the numbers didn’t show it."

Sunday, Aug. 7 practice observations - Inside the Bears Sean Jensen: The offense made its share of plays. But the evening belonged to the defense.

Jay Cutler needs to fill leadership role for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times Rick Morrissey: If there was one thing I thought I knew going into this Bears season, it was that Jay Cutler was not a leader and could never be a leader. But with the departure of center Olin Kreutz, it’s clear I’m going to have to reconsider my opinion of what a leader is.

Dent finally gets his due - Chicago Sun-Times Neil Hayes: By the time he left the stage at Fawcett Stadium, the ex-defensive end had thanked everybody, curiously enough, except former Bears coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan.

Briggs: This team could be the best | Briggs told's John "Moon" Mullin, "I think this team could be the best of them all."

Joshua Moore in mix to start at corner - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Jeff Dickerson: Don't rule Joshua Moore out as candidate for the Chicago Bears starting cornerback job opposite Charles Tillman.

Bears give Henry Melton a bigger role - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: "He’s working hard," Smith said. "I’m expecting a big year from him."

Martz held key to Rams' brilliance | Bryan Burwell: Faulk: "This league is doing what Mike Martz started, what he envisioned professional football offenses should look like." - New additions make for HBO-worthy training camps Kevin Fishbain: We select the top six teams that would make great candidates to be the subject of the hypothetical 2011 version of HBO's "Hard Knocks."