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The Bears Den: July 30, 2013 - Training Camp news and notes

No practice today as the players get a scheduled day off.

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Healthy Paea poised for big things in 2013 - Jeff Dickerson: A dominant three-technique at Oregon State with 14 career sacks, Paea claims to be comfortable with his role the past three years as a nose tackle and has won the majority of his one-on-one individual matchups over the first two padded practices.

Kyle Long stands out - Dan Pompei: Long is still splitting reps at RG with James Brown, but it already has become pretty evident the first rounder is going to have a very significant role on the Bears.

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Notes and observations from practice

Cutler Watch - Adam L. Jahns: QB gets off to a hot start with an impressive TD strike to Joe Anderson. Adam Hoge: Cutler's accuracy still not there, but ball distribution is better.

Observations from camp - Adam Hoge: Is there a legitimate kicker competition going on at both kicker and punter? Almost zero sign of competition for Hester in his return role; Trestman to communicate directly to Cutler's headset during games.

Notes from training camp - Michael C. Wright & Jeff Dickerson: Kelvin Hayden looking comfortable as #1 nickel; McClellin, Joe Anderson, Tillman & Bowman making plays; more from camp.

Bushrod day-to-day with minor calf strain - Larry Mayer: Jermon Bushrod exited Monday's practice with a right calf strain, but the injury is not believed to be serious; more news from camp.

Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: DE Turk McBride ruptured an Achilles in practice Monday and is done for the season, the team announced. Brad Biggs: Jamaal Anderson's versatility along DL puts him in the equation for a roster spot.

Injuries give Trestman chance to evaluate Bears' depth - Bob LeGere: The inevitable injury bug bit the Bears on Monday, but it will give coaches a chance to evaluate the team's depth. Joe Anderson wasted no time impressing coaches with his play.

Anderson rising on WR depth chart - Adam Hoge: Joe Anderson’s presence on the field during the two-minute drill was an indication that he is currently viewed as the fourth WR on the team, ahead of Weems, Aromashodu and Wilson.

Sam Householder: Which Bears players have impressed so far?

Notes from camp - Brad Biggs: Joe Anderson continues to make a strong case for the Bears' roster; Mel Tucker working to build relationships with his players; more from day 4. RBs welcoming opportunity to be check-down safety valves.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Camp Trestman continues in Bourbonnais. If you look up "face for radio", Teinowitz would be it.

Moon Mullin: Offense, defense take turns dominating; Bears not immune to league-wide injury bug; more in [Video] View from the Moon.

Notes from camp - Bob LeGere: Mel Tucker confident that team is on board; DeCamillis learning the abilities of a new roster of players; fortunes ebb and flow between offense and defense in drills.

Dionne Miller's Bears Bourbonnais Blog - July 29: This year is all about Jay Cutler. The Bears have done everything to surround their QB with the right leadership, weapons and opportunity to become a $100 million man.

[Video] Day 4 highlights from - Photogallery - Tribune photos.



Forte eager to be more involved in passing game - Larry Mayer: From 2008-11, Forte became the first player in NFL history to compile at least 900 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving in each of his first four seasons. May the Forte be with you.

Lovie’s ball-stripping ‘D’ just fine by new Bears coaches - Mark Potash: Mel Tucker’s smartest move as the new DC was his first one — to keep Smith’s defense virtually intact.

Bears Bubble Watch - Michael C. Wright: An unfamiliar situation with the Bears provides O-lineman Eben Britton the most comfort he's experienced during his NFL tenure.

Kyle Long: ‘Trial by fire’ so far at camp - Kyle Long joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show to talk about catching up with the Bears' offense and how he's finding camp. Includes [Audio].

Player profile - Adam L. Jahns: Steve Maneri is primarily here to be the blocking TE and he knows his role.

Emery’s contract silence is golden - Tim Baffoe: In nipping in the bud any chance of contract talk festering in the middle of the season, keeping players motivated and removing one potential distraction for the new coach, Emery is making a smart move.

Sam Householder: Emery smart not to extend players

I ~may~ have spotted a potential future Mrs Spongie at 1:30-1:33, front row, just left of centre. La Zingarella, indeed.