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The Bears Den: June 13, 2013 - Minicamp news and notes

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Tucker putting his stamp on Bears’ defense - Adam L. Jahns: Mel Tucker has done a lot to keep things the same for the Bears’ defense but, as expected, is adding his own flair to things. This isn’t going to be your father’s cover-2 defense.

Kay Paradiso: Bears' success this season lies on shoulders of Mel Tucker

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Ellis happy to join defense that suits his skills - Larry Mayer: After excelling in a similar scheme earlier in his career with the Saints, DT Sedrick Ellis sees himself as a perfect fit in the Bears' aggressive 4-3 defense. Dan Pompei: Has type of potential Bears seek.

New Bear Ellis circles Saints game, issues (almost) guarantee - Moon Mullin: Projects to be top backup in a three-DT rotation. Michael C. Wright: Tucker likes Ellis' versatility. Bob LeGere: Eager to contribute.

Kev H: Bears sign DT Sedrick Ellis

Aromashodu happy to return for second stint with Bears - Larry Mayer: He has to learn a new offense and get to know new coaches, but receiver Devin Aromashodu felt right at home Tuesday when he began his second stint with the Bears.

Bennett's quest: Be among league's best - Brad Biggs: Escaping Dallas, Martellus Bennett finally got out of the long shadow cast by Jason Witten, who led all TEs with 110 catches last season.

Bears minicamp observations - Adam L. Jahns: Hester says he feels energized; Bears' scheme appeals to Ellis; banged up WRs. Brad Biggs: Ellis; more from minicamp.

Bears minicamp observations - Michael C. Wright: Trestman: "Bears can learn from Blackhawks"; passing attack shows promise; Hester working on returning missed FGs. Bob LeGere: Trestman admires Quenneville’s success.

Bears turning up pressure on Podlesh - Brad Biggs: Special teams coach praises UDFA Tress Way as competitor for punter's job; more from minicamp.

Cutler lauds Trestman's 'different' approach to players - Brad Biggs: Cutler may be dead-on that Trestman has genuine interest in the players. But that doesn’t make him different to Lovie Smith. That makes the men similar in their approach. Moon Mullin: Defense might not appreciate QB's words.

Bears in tight spot with salary cap - Brad Biggs: Trading Gabe Carimi had a lot to do with the salary cap for the Bears and Phil Emery.

T.J. Shouse: Bears maximize cap space better than most


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Know thy enemy: Lions - Anwar S. Richardson: Rookie DE Ezekiel Ansah has limited playing experience, but is picking up new defense during mandatory minicamp practice this week.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Pete Dougherty: Mike McCarthy didn’t like the way his team practiced during the offseason last year and considered its performances too up and down, so he made changes for the better this year.

Redskins have a history of bigotry - Jarrett Bell hates on native Americans points out that owner Dan Snyder may be following franchise tradition, but it's not one he should be proud of.

Whut - Tabby Soignier: Eagles tackle Jason Peters arrested for drag racing, resisting by flight.

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