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The Bears Den: August 07, 2013 - Training Camp news and notes

Final practice of the week before Friday's preseason opener starts today at 9am.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses how Jon Bostic has performed with the first-team defense, the likelihood of Matt Blanchard becoming the Bears' No. 2 QB, and the competition for the third RB position.

Coaches pleased with Cutler's progress in offense - Larry Mayer: The Bears are piling more and more on Jay Cutler's plate with each passing day, and Marc Trestman is pleased with how the QB is responding.

Team Report - A round-up of the state of the team; Isaiah Frey is the Player of the Week.

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Training camp

Morning Bears Bits - Adam Hoge: The Bears may have a better O-line this season than the Packers. Brad Biggs: Projected swing Tackle Jonathan Scott may need arthroscopic surgery.

Notes from camp - Moon Mullin: Offense hiccupped badly with a number of new plays installed, though the D-line were also following a version of a technique typically used against a scheme such as Cutler and the Bears are installing. Kip Lewis' notes.

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Notes from camp - Brad Biggs: Having Melton stand up in pass-rushing situations among the wrinkles Tucker adding to Smith's scheme; spreading ball around on offense good problem to have; injury update and more observations. With weakened OL, Trestman unlikely to leave Cutler in for long against Carolina.

Notes from camp - Bob LeGere: Arlington Heights native and Hersey High School graduate Tom Nelson knows the drill of trying to make the team; Henry Melton hinting that the defense has been winning more often than not after almost two weeks of camp.

Notes from camp - Adam Hoge: New DC Mel Tucker is adding some wrinkles to the Bears' D-line to confuse opponents; injury news; more from practice. 'Swat-gate' frustrates offense.

Lester A. Melton Jr. Chicago Bears 2013 Position Battles: DT

Roster notes - Moon Mullin: Backup DEs likely to be starting on Friday; Bostic continuing to learn with no.1 defense; is Frey an heir apparent at CB? [Video] View from the Moon - Sloppy weather, sloppy practice.

Notes from camp - Jeff Dickerson: McClellin continuing to impress; Joe Anderson in the mix for WR roster spots while Wilson intrigues; injury news.

[Video] Tuesday highlights (check out Martellus Bennett plucking the ball out of the air with one hand early on) and photogallery from; Tribune gallery.


Will the Bears' defense show its age in 2013? - Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright, Carmen & Jurko offer their opinions.

Sam Householder: Over/under: Predicting Charles Tillman's 2013 stats

Tony Fiammetta ready to go full blast - Adam L. Jahns: Trestman’s offense will feature numerous formations that spread out defenses and put Forte all over the field. But there’s still a place for the prototypical fullback, the hit-a-linebacker-in-the-mouth variety.

Jay Cutler learns to trust Marc Trestman - Tom Pelissero: How are the communication and connection progressing between the Bears' enigmatic QB and the latest coach tasked with coaxing out his undeniable talent? Adam L. Jahns: Cutler might be better off if he’s given more control.

Bears' lack of Plan B means Cutler holds all the cards - Mike Mulligan: The Bears have no plan at QB outside of Jay Cutler. The only plan is the vague threat of the franchise tag. Do you imagine Cutler losing sleep over the threat of massive overpayment?

Rosenmoan - Steve Rosenbloom: Will Cutler still spread around his passes when Marshall is on the field for his usual number of snaps? There are several compelling reasons to doubt it and, in that scenario, he'll become someone else’s “franchise’’ QB. Bob LeGere: Trestman doesn't entertain the notion of players demanding the football.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The panel on the (presumably, their) love/hate relationship with Jay Cutler. [KAPCON: 5]

(The KAPCON measure of how annoying Kaplan is in any given clip is on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being "not annoying / barely noticeable" and 1 being "Skip Bayliss".)

Bears still working out a replay system - Fred Mitchell: Lovie Smith and his staff had their problems with the challenge system the past nine years; Trestman plans to refine the team's protocol for replay challenges during the exhibition schedule.

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NFL discipline - Will Brinson: The NFL and NFLPA are reportedly working on a new alcohol policy which would come into effect after the HGH policy. Also wants to cut down ballspinning celebration except after an actual TD.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky reports from Packers training camp as injuries left their WR corps dangerously depleted. Can rookie David Bakhtiari step in as Rodgers' blindside protector against these seven premier edge rushers? Would be 'dumb' for Bulaga to play with knee brace over torn ACL.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert with notes from his first day of visiting Lions training camp.

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