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The Bears Den: August 30, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

Larry Mayer: "Jordan Palmer throws behind Brittan Golden for an incomplete pass, words I hope to never utter during the regular season."

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Bears focus turns to games that count in standings - Larry Mayer: Resting all 22 of their starters and several key reserves in the preseason-ending loss to the Browns, the Bears now turn their focus to next Sunday's regular-season opener against the Bengals.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Ten thoughts on roster cuts after the Bears closed out the preseason Thursday night with an 18-16 loss to the Browns.

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Bears 16, Browns 18

Recap & [Video] highlights from Game stats.

Larry Mayer's Game Blog - LM: "Kellen Davis with another reception! By the way, I'd like to thank the Browns for going for two, ensuring this game won't go into overtime."

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright with a few quick thoughts from the exhibition finale.

Photos from; the Tribune; the Herald.

Impending roster cutdown

Cuts expected to come a day early - Michael C. Wright: The Bears don’t plan to waste time in cutting the 22 players needed to get down to the mandatory 53-man roster limit before Saturday’s 3 p.m. CST deadline.

Roster analysis - Mark Potash's look at the supposed roster battles heading into last night’s game. How did they all play out?

Palmer excels in first half -- and has fun doing it - Larry Mayer: Regardless of whether Jordan Palmer earns a spot on the 53-man roster, he had a blast in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Browns. Jeff Dickerson: Palmer wins battle of No. 3 QBs.

Palmer makes statement against Browns - Jake Flannigan: Proved he deserves to be discussed heavily when the Bears decide if they will be keeping three QBs on the roster to start the season. Fred Mitchell: Could come back if needed if not in 53.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: Bears tried out five QBs on Tuesday, with an eye on signing one to the PS; more thoughts on bubble players.

Game review - Larry Mayer: Joe Anderson shines in preseason finale, Ford's and Onobun's ups and downs, rookies who didn't play. Jake Flannigan: Anderson proves he belongs with Bears.

Reviewing Bears’ ‘bubble’ performances - Adam Hoge: Who helped their cause Thursday night and who hurt it?

Roster analysis - Hub Arkush: Joe Anderson is a keeper; J’Marcus Webb not so much; more thoughts from the game.

Webb mediocre, Onobun struggles - Michael C. Wright: J'Marcus Webb's fortunes seemingly turned as quickly as the pass rushers in recent years rounding the corner past him for sacks; more on on-the-bubble players battling for final roster spots.

[Video] Jeff Dickerson & Michael C. Wright - The Dynamic Duo look at which players on the Bears did enough to make the final cut.

Drop Fendi Onobun? Bears’ decision coming - Patrick Finley: What to do with the super-athletic third-string TE is no clearer than it has been all month.

Roster notes - Mark Potash: Not playing probably good news for Marquess Wilson; Demontre Hurst doesn’t hurt his cause; Joe Anderson believes he made the team; more game notes.

Bears give clear signal - Brad Biggs: Leaving Long and Mills on bench confirms they have won starting jobs on right side of the O-line; more roster notes. Moon Mullin: O-line issues sorted out.

Roster analysis - Bob LeGere: Joe Anderson looks like a player who belongs on the 53-man roster; Onobun improved as game went on; Aston Whiteside receiving help from relatives in the league. Palmer v. Edwards, Allen v. Ford, Webb.

Roster analysis - Moon Mullin: Close calls at multiple skill positions; 'D' decisions to turn on special teams.

Game grades - James Neveau: Offense, special teams solid in losing effort for Bears. Hurst, Palmer shine; mixed results from Onobun.


[Video] Postcards from training camp - Peter King talks about if the Bears' new OC and Jay Cutler can improve Chicago's offense, and whether a rookie LB can man the middle of the Bears' defense.

Where will Cutler take Bears in pivotal year? - Mike North: Marshall saying he doesn't know his role and not being around for personal reasons is a distraction that Cutler doesn't need right now.

Cutler 21st-ranked QB in NFL - John Clayton ranks the NFL's starting QBs. Michael C. Wright thinks this is slightly too low. Doug Farrar thinks so, too.

Rookie class gives Trestman a boost in first year - Adam L. Jahns: Talent and youth has, at least on paper, helped give the Bears a better-looking 53-man roster than last year.

Rookie watch - Chris Wesseling highlights the most impressive rookies during August football. Bostic and Long feature on the list, but they're not the only representatives from the NFCN.....

Bears preview - Dan McNeil: Bears will improve, but finish 9-7 and miss postseason again; more predictions around the NFL.

[Video] Waddle & Silvy - Marc Silverman and Tom Waddle: Do the Bears win more or less than 8.5 games this season?

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