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The Bears Den: July 28, 2012

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"...where we like you all so much, we thought we'd give you a surprise Training camp weekend Den."

Brian Price passes physical, deal now official - Now must participate in three workouts without pads, as per the CBA, before he can take the field.

Veterans eager to size up rookies in pads - Real practices begin Saturday night with live action drills for Bears. WCG Open thread at 6pm CT!

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Discusses how Alshon Jeffery has performed in training camp, if there have been any interceptions in practice, and whether QB Matthew Blanchard can throw with both arms.

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Photos - Bears training camp - Day 2, and doesn't Shea McClellin look baby-faced in his helmet?

NFCN Blog CampTour'12: Mike Tice as O-manager rather than traditional OC - Seifert: Tice will run the offense through the OL, relying on Bates' and Cutler' input.

Urlacher's resiliency impresses Marinelli - Rod Marinelli isn't surprised with how well Urlacher has rebounded from a knee injury he sustained in last year's season finale. Also discusses expectations for Paea, Melton.

Bucs couldn't get mid-round pick for Brian Price - GM Mark Dominik deals away former 35th overall pick, says he wasn’t a reach. Coming out of UCLA, Price impressed Bears DC.

[Video] Mully & Hanley on the Bears' first practice - Expectations are high... and then they remembered about the O-Line...

Conte ready to make an impact - Spent the offseason adding a few pounds of muscle to his frame and expects to play this year at around 205 pounds, as opposed to 2011 when his weight was under 200 pounds.

Devin Hester earns more praise from WR coach Darryl Drake - You may have heard the same thing before last year... and in 2010... and 2009... and 2008... but this time it's for real. If you can't take Darryl Drake's word for it, whose can you take?

Hester Working On ‘Sky Ball’ Returns - More teams are neutralizing Devin Hester by kicking high to him. Dave Toub is countering by having him play more aggressively.

3 Key Position Battles to Watch - A look at left tackle, left cornerback and strong-side linebacker at the start of Bears training camp.

Moore, McClellin get special teams look - First time McClellin has been seen on ST in preseason. Toub: "He's drafted to be our end but anything he can give us on special teams is a bonus."

Hester OK after colliding with Wright - Major Wright took out another teammate. But this time, the end result was much less severe. Bears know any injury to Hester is a big concern.

Bears working out the kinks as camp opens - Things were a little sloppy for the Bears during their first day of camp Thursday, but that's to be expected. Jim Miller breaks everything down from Bourbonnais.

Pompei & Biggs: Camp notes - Weems, DJ Moore in mix for key ST roles; Kyle Adams working on first-team kickoff return unit. WR Devin Moore, rookie CBs Isaiah Frey and Greg McCoy also being considered for punt-gunner role.

Tice sends sharp message to Webb in LT competition - Webb: “You put too much pressure on yourself, and you start to overthink and make mistakes.” Might explain why he wasn't joining in with the rest of the OL at their regular offseason specialis(z)ed training sessions, then.

Moon Mullin: Camp chatter - Urlacher wearing knee brace, Carimi in full practice and wasn't impaired, though he gave up a "sack" to Peppers; Bell guilty of first fumble of camp; Tice unhappy with offense sloppiness.

[Video] Bowen & Pompei preview first padded practice - Bowen: "It'll be a much more lively practice, as (the defense) know they can go after the ballcarrier a little bit." [Video] Urlacher: When pads come on, you find out who can hit.

Bears rookie Rodriguez impresses - TE has strong initial showing after disappointing rookie minicamp; Jeffrey looking fluid in motion; McClellin eased slowly into workouts.

Israel Idonije on the spot - DE will feel the heat from first-round draft pick Shea McClellin, especially if his sacks don't pick up.

[Video] Bowen evaluates Bears on Day 2 - Offense much more efficient on day 2; fields questions from CTL panel.

[Video] Moon Mullin and Jim Miller dissect Day 2 - Seeing no-huddle offense, WRs moving around to different positions.

RB Michael Bush is a reluctant ‘battering ram’ - Sees himself as versatile enough to be a complete back, including catching passes out of backfield.

NFCN Blog CampTour'12: Bears Day 2 - Seifert's thoughts and observations on the Bears' second training-camp practice. Some useful titbits (tidbits) to pick up, including where the WRs have been lining up and who's been appearing on the kickoff return unit.

Emery free to decide on Lovie Smith after 2012 - George McCaskey said Friday that when Phil Emery was promoted to GM, he was told Lovie Smith would be the head coach for 2012, but Emery would have the freedom to make a change after that.

Do defenses need more work on tackling in camp? - Matt Bowen: The ability to tackle is still the No.1 technique in the game.

Bears, Olivet Nazarene negotiating training camp extension - As the Bears prepared for their second practice of the summer Friday, club officials were beginning negotiations with Olivet Nazarene University on extending the training camp agreement.

Bear Facts: OT Gabe Carimi - Lou Canellis: "In my opinion, if Chris Williams and J'Marcus Webb fail to protect Cutler's backside at left tackle, Gabe will be headed to the position he manned at Wisconsin."

Bear Facts: RB Michael Bush - Lou Canellis: "He's averaged seven touchdowns in four seasons in Oakland as a backup. Forte had three rushing touchdowns in 2011. Now you know why I like him."

Bear Facts: WR Brandon Marshall - Tom Waddle: "Brandon is a top five receiver in the NFL and certainly qualifies as a so called 'number 1'. Only Wes Welker has caught more passes since 2007."

Bear Facts: OG Lance Louis - Tom Waddle: "Louis is big, strong and athletic. Like Webb, he has tremendous potential but has yet to reach that potential."

Bear Facts: WR Earl Bennett - Dionne Miller: "For all the comments made about Cutler's chemistry with Marshall there should be the footnote he's had that with Earl Bennett since they were in college. Cutler and EB are among the leagues[sic] most efficient QB-WR duos."

ProFootballFocus's 2011 Route Efficiency: Hitches and Comebacks - Cutler among most productive QBs at comeback routes to the sideline in 2011.

La Bullock turned 49 yesterday. Wonderful sense of humour. I would. Twice <3