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The Bears Den: July 04, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Nope, there's no major Bears news. Enjoy the holiday, folks (those of you in the US); we'll keep you updated if anything breaks.

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TD vultures need love, too -'s Marcas Grant looks at RBs' TD-to-carry ratios from a FF perspective and determines that guys like Michael Bush might be undervalued.

Which teams thrive the most when playing at home? - Joe Fortenbaugh approaches it from a betting perspective, but make of it what you will.

How Israel Idonije excelled against Lions - POD breaks down Izzy's games against his new team last season. [Video] Izzy on NFL AM.

Steve Ronkowski: Bears Playbook - How replaceable is Israel Idonije?

Dick Evey's daughter thankful for NFL's 88 Plan - Larry Mayer: The daughter of late former Bears lineman Dick Evey is very appreciative of the care her father received thanks to the NFL while battling a long-term illness.

Bears doing good things - Former Bear and current team chaplain Ray McElroy is hosting a free football camp for East Aurora School District students.


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Know thy enemy: Packers - Tyler Dunne: The last time the Packers skated through a season with so many core starters seeking long-term deals was 2010, and they won a Super Bowl. Coincidence or not, Green Bay wouldn't mind a repeat in 2013.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Ron Jaworski put Christian Ponder at #27 in his annual preseason QB rankings, one below Brandon Weeden. Rence starts drinking.

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