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The Bears Den: August 03, 2012 - Training Camp News and Notes


"...where we need you more than want you, and we want you for all time."

NYTimes: Bears 2012 Season Preview - Philosophical change on offense should serve this team well. Defensively, if the pass rush picks up just a bit, this can be a top-five unit.

McClellin shows his instincts, athleticism - Larry Mayer: Shea McClellin is making steady progress in his first NFL training camp, something that was more than evident in Thursday's practice.

Bears trying to get TEs more involved in passing game - Four expected to make the roster, so there's more of them, for a start.

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Training camp: defense

McClellin flashes first-round potential - Got off the line quickly during full contact drills, was able to often avoid his blocker and get into the backfield on a handful of plays.

Rookie Shea McClellin makes eye-opening plays - Blew past starting left tackle J’Marcus Webb in live drills. Earlier, he had a powerful bull rush move on James Brown.

Rookies McClellin, Jeffery show why they were high picks - Moon Mullin: The Bears top two draft choices showed why Phil Emery and the Bears were so high on them with strong practices Thursday. Just how special can they be?

Paea appears poised to take starting NT job - Has garnered positive feedback in camp from the coaching staff for his versatility, speed, strength and athleticism.

Stephen Paea is making a strong case for more playing time - Second-year DT has impressed DC Rod Marinelli playing both inside positions. Also, camp notes.

Impressive DT Collins tough to miss - Jeff Dickerson: Has emerged as perhaps the teams' best backup three-technique DT after incumbent starter Melton.

Hardin has special motivation to contribute - Considers special teams the most reasonable route onto the field. I thought it would be because Major Wright gets injured again.

Training camp: offense

Carimi's return still a work in progress - Admits to still “having slight discomfort in the leg.”

Lance Louis looking forward to just doing his part - Right guard is working hard to improve his footwork and keep his weight down.

Camp round-up - After taking all the first-team reps at LT for the 3rd consecutive day, "...either Webb has won the battle with Chris Williams or the Bears have revolutionized the concept of the NFL position battle."

Marshall: Bears ‘Puzzle’ Now Complete - With the acquisition of Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the Bears seemingly have a complete offensive attack.

Utilizing the tight end should expand the Bears' opportunities - Matt Bowen: Can help open up the field for WRs and QB Jay Cutler.

RB Armando Allen making a play to stick with Bears - Notre Dame's fifth all-time leader in all-purpose yards is doing his part to keep it interesting when it comes to how many tailbacks the Bears can carry when they head into the regular season.

Cutler: WR Jeffery can be 'dominant force' - "He started a little bit slow but he's come on very, very strong. Big guy. Does a lot of things naturally. You don't have to coach him. He's a born, natural receiver."

George McCaskey: ‘Exciting To Have Offensive Weapons - The Bears earned the name Monster of the Midway, but with Cutler and Marshall, the 2012 Bears have something to brag about on offense, as well.

Bear Facts: TE Kellen Davis - Enters his fifth season with the Bears having played in all 64 NFL games in his first four seasons, with twenty starts under his belt as well.

Training camp chatter & miscellaneous

Bear Facts: P Adam Podlesh - Coming off his first season with the Bears, in which he set the franchise single-season record in net punting average (40.4).

[Video] CTL training camp talk - Can Bears defense be as dominant as it has been in the past?

[Video] Bowen, Biggs with latest from Bears camp - Call Lovie a big fat liar over LT competition; McClellin showing progress; Bennett making plays; TEs will be a factor in offense.

Photos - Bears training camp - A Sanzenbacher sighting!

Bears "rate" as a playoff team - Moon Mullin: The Bears have come in just outside the Top 10 on two different NFL Power Rankings while two other NFC North teams rated well.

[Audio] Mike Ditka joins "Waddle & Silvy" - Talks about how the Bears have improved but face a tough division battle.

[Audio] Jay Cutler joins "Waddle & Silvy" - Pointed out by Householder, because ESPN are incompetent. Talks about the new offense under Mike Tice and how the new receivers are progressing.

[Audio] Brandon Marshall on Carmen, Jurko & Harry - Discusses his trade to the Bears, playing with Jay Cutler and more. Sounds happy, says he broke the news to Cutler when trade happened.

Israel Idonije on Bears upcoming season and love for Bears fans - "The fans are in for a treat this year."

Garza cites familiarity factor with officials - But thinks they can get away with more holding with replacements.

Matt Forte still wonders why it took so long for new deal - I'm wondering why this is still being talked about.

Bears hope to avoid another Family Night fiasco - Last year's fest turned into a farce after turf was deemed unplayable.

Bears WR Johnny Knox doesn’t want to be left behind - Trying not to think about the possibility that he might not have a spot to return to when, and if, he’s healthy enough to get back on the field.

Dionne Miller's Bears Bourbonnais Diary - Day 9 - I have a hard time taking seriously any journalist who uses the word "delish" in an article.

Everything else

Playbook: 'Vice' vs. Cover 2 in the red zone - Bowen draws up the double-stack 'Dino' route that the Bears have been targeting Marshall with at training camp.

Papa Bears tackle reality of fatherhood - With several players expecting their first child, veteran Bears dads share advice. Human interest meets fluff.

Know thy enemy - Lions' issues have Goodell's attention, obscuring growing promise on field.

Know thy enemy - Roger Goodell confirmed Nick Fairley could be disciplined before his legal cases have been finalized.

Know thy enemy - NFL monitoring Jahvid Best’s return from concussion.

Know thy enemy - NFCN Blog CampTour'12: Perry and McClellin's future will be intertwined as each tries to learn the other's (main) position.

Know thy enemy - Packers hoping young blood can resurrect the defense.

Know thy enemy - Mike McCarthy: 'My No. 1 rule is to be consistent'; talks about his style, his QB and his philosophy on the running game.

Know thy enemy - NFCN Blog CampTour'12: Vikings Day 1: Seifert's initial thoughts and impressions from Camp Horn. Kyle Rudolph could emerge as best receiving TE in NFCN.

[Video] Former Bear Anthony "Spice" Adams: Stuff NFL Free Agents Say - Kudos to lowkeyman for bringing this to our attention. No wonder he was a lockerroom favourite.

Olympic google of the day - I was watching GB in women's hockey and ended up looking for Anne Panter. You're welcome.

Oh, so that's what a "lineman for the county" is?