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The Weekend Bears Den: May 11, 2013 - Rookie minicamp news and notes

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Bears rookies arrive at Halas Hall for minicamp - Larry Mayer: Khaseem Greene realized a lifelong dream nearly two weeks ago when he was drafted by the Bears. But it didn't truly sink in until he arrived at Halas Hall Thursday for this weekend's rookie minicamp.

59 Bears “prospects” start their NFL experience - Moon Mullin: The three-day minicamp serves as both an orientation and evaluation period for six draft choices, 10 players with some limited, 10 UDFAs and 33 players in for tryouts.

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Bears rookies hit the ground running - Kip Lewis: This is an important rookie class for the Bears and they need this group to develop into key roles over the next few years.

Long happy to focus on football as minicamp begins - Larry Mayer:After spending the last several months focused on the Combine, his Pro Day and interviewing with prospective NFL employers, Kyle Long was thrilled to be back on the practice field Friday.

Kyle Long on minicamp: 'It was awesome' - Brad Biggs: The Bears got through their first day of rookie minicamp at a high tempo in the Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall, and the top two picks looked as athletic as billed.

Long needs to be patient with Pac 12 rule - Jeff Dickerson: Although Kyle Long cannot be physically present at Halas Hall after the weekend, Trestman said the Bears will use several methods to keep in contact with their first-round pick over the summer.

Bears emphasize teaching with rookies - Michael C. Wright: By spending the first day of rookie minicamp working on how to practice as opposed to teaching schemes, the Bears can glean from the practice tape a sense of the speed of the players, their conditioning levels and explosive movement.

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Blanchard looking to make most of rare reps - Larry Mayer: First-year QB Matt Blanchard is looking to hone his skills and take advantage of some rare reps at this weekend's rookie minicamp. Plus, more minicamp news.

Blanchard impresses at rookie minicamp - Jeff Dickerson: Matt Blanchard should serve as motivation for all 33 players attending the Bears three-day rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Bears getting new look at Matt Blanchard with helmet camera - Brad Biggs: The Bears got an extended look at QB in Friday's first rookie minicamp practice, and they have a new way of evaluating him. Plus, more news from rookie minicamp.

Can Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene fill void left by Urlacher? - Adam L. Jahns: The relationship the LBs foster and the players they become might come to define the Bears’ 2013 draft, regardless of all the attention first-round pick Kyle Long has gotten and will get.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: Contract details for Bears rookies.

Photos -'s gallery of the first of three days of rookie minicamp from the Walter Payton Center. [Video] highlights. More photos from the Tribune.


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