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The Weekend Bears Den: May 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears Rookie Minicamp news & notes

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Rookie minicamp day 2 notes - Larry Mayer: O'Donnell shows strong leg; Fales "looked the part" according to Trestman; Mel Tucker reiterates that defensive scheme would sport new wrinkles in 2014.

Mel Tucker revisualizes retooled Bears defense - Brad Biggs: There will be lots of changes in scheme and personnel in 2014, but biggest challenge will be getting best out of players in evolving roles.

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Bears 2014 Rookie Minicamp, day 2

[Video] - Marc Trestman addresses the media Saturday to discuss Aaron Kromer's transition to OC and what he is looking for during Rookie Minicamp.

Fales to push for No. 2 job, eventually - Larry Mayer: The Bears hope that rookie QB David Fales ultimately will push Jordan Palmer for the backup position behind Jay Cutler, but the sixth-round pick has miles to go. Dan Wiederer: Fales demonstrates he's a quick study.

No. 2 QB job Palmer's to lose - Jeff Dickerson: Jordan Palmer, Jerrod Johnson and David Fales are essentially battling for two open roster spots, with Palmer receiving the first shot to serve as the primary backup. Arthur Arkush: Fales, Johnson doing all they can to force their way into the conversation.

[Video] - Aaron Kromer addresses the media from Halas Hall Saturday to discuss the evolution of the Bears offense in his second year.

Team notes - Moon Mullin's odds and ends from Bears minicamp Day 2: Brock Vereen, Jordan Lynch and, in particular, Ka’Deem Carey showing up; ST coaches invoking Hester's name to inject some instant tension into kick-coverage drill.

Team notes - Arthur Arkush with observations from Saturday at Bears rookie minicamp: Ka’Deem Carey, Demontre Hurst, Ego Ferguson and, in particular, Will Sutton making themselves noticed. Bob LeGere: Bears think Carey will be perfect backup for Forte.

Lynch trying to break out of comfort zone - Adam Hoge: The Bears may have ideas on how to work the QB-turned-RB into the offense, but those ideas won’t matter if Lynch can’t contribute on Joe DeCamillis’ unit. Moon Mullin: Needs one other key skill set to make roster.

[Video] - Joe DeCamillis addressed the media Saturday at Halas Hall to discuss the punter competition and the changes on special teams.

Christian Jones grateful for opportunity - Jeff Dickerson: Bears hope to have found a steal in Florida State UDFA who has moved well when lined up on special teams and at SLB.

Is Cinderella at Bears' rookie minicamp? - Hub Arkush: Each of the 38 tryouts hope to show enough this weekend to steal a spot on the Bears' 90-man roster and a trip to Bourbonnais in July; TE Dustin Greenwell might be the forerunner.


Patrick Mannelly's future unknown - Jeff Dickerson: "I’ve been in contact with Pat and there is no pressure one way or the other," DeCamillis said. "I don’t [have a sense which way he’s leaning]. I just hope it’s the best situation for him."

McClellin impresses new LB coach - Brad Biggs: Reggie Herring scouted McClellin and was in Houston last summer when the Texans tried to swing a trade for him; calls him a 'good, instinctive player'.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Ex-Bear news - Aaron Wilson: Panthers try out J'Marcus Webb, who previously visited the Kansas City Chiefs during free agency.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Versatility will be key for Lions' second-round draft pick, LB Kyle Van Noy.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Packers mulling decision on whether to sign UDFA tryout TE Colt Lyerla. [OMG Phil Y U no sign him our 2014 season is over! - Den]

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Russ Lande: RBs who cannot play on third down have a hard time carving out long NFL careers, unless they become dominant runners, and in that regard converted QB Jerick McKinnon was a reach in the 3rd round of the draft.