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Phil Emery Press Conference Recap Thread

In advance of the three day voluntary mini camp at Halas Hall, Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery met the media today. Continue reading for some of the highlights.

Jonathan Daniel

All of the following will be taken from Twitter, and first up some draft nuggets from Adam Hoge from CBSChicago and WSCR.

  • Emery says 3 categories for draft board: Players they would trade up for, players they hope fall to them & players they'd trade back for.
  • Emery on trading back: "We've already had a few teams approach us." Said he has approached teams too.
  • Emery on trading back: "I'll go back as far as we really feel like we can get a good deal."
  • Emery declines to address Georgia LB Alec Ogletree's off the field concerns.
  • Emery says he tells his scouts that they are 50 percent investigative, 50 percent talent scout.
  • Emery on drafting a QB: "Jay's contract status doesn't impact it. I'd like to draft a quarterback every year."
  • Emery wants to draft "players that are high-end dynamic athletes that can do a lot of things."

Here's Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune on some of the Bears veterans.

  • Emery: Says can't say "never" on possible return for Brian Urlacher. But doesn't sound likely.
  • Emery says WR Brandon Marshall and K Robbie Gould will not participate in minicamp b/c of injuries. Marshall had hip surgery.
  • Emery says no regrets over how Urlacher situation was handled. "There was no lack of clarity."
  • still listing Evan Rodriguez as a fullback on roster
  • Emery: "I expect them to contribute at a higher level" when asked about Shea McClellin and Alshon Jeffery entering Year 2.
  • Emery on McCown: "Gained an appreciation" for how much player helped others when he returned last year.
  • Emery: No chance Roberto Garza moves to guard. "We like him at center."
  • Emery: "Looking at several players to sign to the roster" and DL Israel Idonije is in that mix.

Here's a few other random tidbits from Comcast Sports John "Moon" Mullin.

  • Emery had favorable impression after meeting with Manti Te'o
  • Emery does put more stock in key games like bowls or top opponents
  • Emery says Bears less likely to trade up because of only five picks

And some nuggets from the Northwest Herald.

  • Phil Emery "disappointed" by Evan Rodriguez arrest: "He was re-educated on my expectation for a Chicago Bear on and off the field."
  • Bears GM Phil Emery says he feels good about Josh McCown as a possible No. 2 QB behind Jay Cutler.
  • Sounds as if Bears "voluntary" minicamp will have 100 percent attendance. "I don't know any AWOLs right now," Phil Emery says.
  • Phil Emery on Shea McClellin: "He has versatility as an athlete. He can do a lot of things. We're looking for those type of players."
  • Bears GM Phil Emery on signings of Bushrod & Bennett: "It gave us a lot more flexibility. It allows us to look at all of the positions."
  • Bears GM Phil Emery on strengths of the draft: CB, S, DL, OL. He says the running backs and quarterbacks "are average."

If you're wondering how the Halas Hall renovation is going here's a couple pics from CBS2 weekend sports anchor Megan Mawicke.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">#bears</a> expansion at Halas Hall is even bigger than I imagined. @<a href="">cbschicago</a> <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; megan mawicke (@meganmawicke) <a href="">April 16, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Halas hall renovations on other side of building too <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; megan mawicke (@meganmawicke) <a href="">April 16, 2013</a></blockquote>
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