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The Bears Den: April 15, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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You could probably craft a caption for this based on Michael Phelps' return to the pool.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses what the Dolphins did with the draft picks they acquired from the Bears for Marshall, how the Bears fared the last time they faced the AFC East, and the team the Bears have made the most trades with.

Team report - Adam Hoge discusses the postion battles that are shaping up on the Bears, answers readers' Q&As, and wonders if Chris Williams' presence negates the possibility of drafting a speedster like Dri Archer or De’Anthony Thomas.

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Mayock: Bears positioned to capitalize on draft's defensive depth - Rich Campbell: With exceptional depth in this year’s class, the Bears have set their roster to create quality options depending on who is available when they go on the clock.

Roster analysis - Arthur Arkush: For once, Bears' need for offensive tackle is low; with starters in place, they could be more inclined to acquire developmental prospects in the fifth round and beyond.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: In need of more depth and competition behind Matt Forte, the Bears recently put Wisconsin Badgers RB James White through a private pre-draft workout.

Draft preview - Adam Hoge's Bears Big Board #18, Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde: A big, bruising NFL-ready back who would complement Matt Forte well, especially in short-yardage situations.

Draft preview -  OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: Best projected as a WLB, Shazier proved his talent in the Big Ten and is expected to be selected in the first round. Do the Bears want to spend their top pick on the Ohio State product?

Draft preview - TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame: Has great upside as multipurpose TE but, with plenty of needs on the defensive side of the ball, taking a tight end so high isn't likely.

Draft preview - Bucky Brooks lists 10 potential first-round surprises, including a couple at positions the Bears are likely to target.

Bears history - Michael C. Wright takes a look at the club's past five drafts, starting with 2009. Which was a worse pick: the pool-jumper, or a WR who is now signed to play with a team in Finland?

Bears history - James Neveau's Bears Top 30 draft picks, #27: CB Donnell Woolford held the team record for career INTs until Charles Tillman broke it in 2012. #26 Curtis Conway: One of three players in team history to get 1,000 receiving yards in consecutive seasons.

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NFL teams, players learning to deal with new salary-cap realities - Albert Breer: Clubs are evolving when it comes to team building, with more pay-as-you-go deals and teams being quicker to pull the plug on aging players.

Recipe for success? - Tony Villiotti: A comparison of the rosters of winning and losing teams. [TL;DR: Do not rely on rookies; the signing of veteran free agents to fill holes is essential.]

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Brian Hall: Once the foundation of offenses, the bell-cow running back is nearly a thing of the past, but Adrian Peterson believes he can buck the trend.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Packers joining sports teams using GPS-based technology to study injuries and aid in their prevention.

Know thy enemy: Lions - (AP) Lions having 'civil and productive' talks with Suh. [What, by not kicking Lions execs in the groin? - Den]

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