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The Weekend Bears Den: July 28, 2013 - Training Camp news and notes

An extra Sunday Den to cover Day 2 of Bears training camp.

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Will Jay Cutler keep improved mechanics? - Michael C. Wright: The most glaring constant for Cutler so far has been his precision in execution: his dropbacks, footwork and delivery. But will they hold under pressure?

Bears preview - Jim Miller: Four things for Bears fans to watch on offense, defense, special teams, and game management.

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Notes and observations from practice

Cutler Watch - Adam L. Jahns: QB checking his list at the line as he continued to show his chemistry with Brandon Marshall.

Brad Biggs: Ball security an early focus for Bears.

Observations from camp - Michael C. Wright & Jeff Dickerson with a roundup of Saturday practice.

Training Camp Day 2 Open Thread
Steven Schweickert: Training Camp: Day 2 Wrap-Up

Brad Biggs: Thigh and knee pads mandatory; more from practice.

Bob LeGere: Blanchard, third-teamers getting their chances; more from practice.

Position battle - Kip Lewis: Who will step up opposite Marshall?

Mark Potash: Matt Forte looking forward to catching more passes; Tillman continues to create turnovers.

Steven Schweickert: Bears Training Camp: Defense starting hot

Moon Mullin: 'Captain' Briggs takes the next step in new role / Defense impressing / [Video] Team are high on James Brown; chemistry starting to develop with Martellus Bennett.

[Video] Day 2 highlights and photogallery from


Bears look like an 8-8 team - Rick Morrissey: The 2012 Bears defense looked human in the second half of the season and, as they slipped, so too did the wins.

Tillman continues to generate takeaways - Larry Mayer: With an interception and forced fumble in Saturday's practice, Pro Bowler Charles Tillman is picking up in training camp where he left off last season.

Khaseem Greene finds a mentor in Briggs - Mark Potash: Fourth-rounder is playing on the second team at Will behind Lance Briggs, and #55 is doing everything he can to bring the rookie along quickly.

Wootton ready to seize opportunity - Jeff Dickerson: Wootton was squarely on the roster bubble this time last year, but impressed in the best season of his young NFL career by recording 7.0 sacks in 16 games and seven starts.

Bears position preview - Brad Biggs: Aside from center Roberto Garza, Bears O-line have all their pieces scrambled from a year ago, and that's a good thing.

Webb must deliver on promise - Brad Biggs: The Bears haven't had a more publicly ridiculed lineman over the last few seasons but the traits and flashes of talent have been impossible to ignore. Now, it's up to him.

McCaskeys intend to hold onto Bears - Melissa Harris & Jared S. Hopkins: Virginia McCaskey, 90, daughter of George Halas, says the Bears will remain in her family though the succession plan will be tricky.


Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach talks training camp. He looks surly.