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The Bears Den: June 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears minicamp news & notes

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Cutler: Bears foster family atmosphere - Larry Mayer: Jay Cutler on Tuesday lauded Phil Emery and Marc Trestman for creating an environment at Halas Hall that’s conducive to success.

Cutler finally has continuity on offense - Larry Mayer: After a record-breaking first season in coach Marc Trestman’s offense the TCO [It's a thing - Den], Jay Cutler and the Bears are eager to see how their second year in the system unfolds.

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Bears optimistic about Cutler's growth - Michael C. Wright: Playing behind the same O-line this season, with the same group of weapons at the skill positions, a reason for optimism from the QB and staff.

Cutler feeling more comfortable in Year 2 of Trestman system - Jeff (not Hub) Arnold: For the first time since he arrived in Chicago six years ago, Cutler will operate with some familiarity in an offense that ranked second in the NFL in scoring and eighth in total offense.

Jay Cutler opening up as Bears minicamp gets underway - Dan Wiederer: Holding his first press conference since early January, Cutler addressed everything from his comfort in his second year of Marc Trestman’s offense to what he values most in a back-up QB.

New-found maturity wears well on Jay Cutler - David Haugh: QB seems to have grown up considerably in approach to leading Bears offense with more than strong arm. Rick Telander: Cutler where he needs to be — mentally and emotionally and physically.

'Fixing' Cutler helped fix Bears’ O-line in 2013 - Moon Mullin: Following Aaron Kromer’s directive to get the ball away on time aided in Cutler having his best sack rate since coming to Chicago.

Bears hope backup QB competition won't matter - Brad Biggs: If bulked-up Cutler can stay healthy, search for productive No. 2 will prove moot.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Clausen or Palmer? [KAPCON: 5]


Small but swift Williams hopes his game can finally stick - Nate (not Hub) Atkins: Chris Williams' small frame can sometimes be a strength, not only as a punt returner hiding behind bigger blockers but as a wide receiver disappearing from coverages and finding small holes.

Bears' offense actually not great yet - Hub (actually Hub) Arkush: No denying the talent at skill positions, but will O-line need as many extra blockers in pass protection this year?

Backup RB evaluation continues for Bears - Arthur (not Hub) Arkush: The Bears aren’t going to a RB by committee approach anytime soon, but they can prolong Matt Forte’s career by picking spots to spell him.

Floyd Little: Matt Forte 'could play in any era' - Moon Mullin: "If he just stays with the team and a good QB he will do great things," the HOF RB said. "He’s durable, has great vision, skill levels, catches the ball well, knows how to run."

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Does Forte get overlooked? [KAPCON: 5]

Injury-plagued D.J. Williams has Trestman’s trust - Patrick Finley: Part of Williams’ value is his ability to mentor Greene, Bostic, and McClellin, having played both middle and outside LB in his career.

[Video] - Moon Mullin and Chris Boden on day 1 of Bears minicamp.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: DJ Williams 'lead dog' in battle for MLB job; backup O-linemen getting reps with Slauson and Mills sitting out; Bears pumping in crowd noise to prepare for early road games.

Team notes - Jeff Dickerson: Bears likely to jettison at least one reserve QB before training camp; observations from Tuesday's session. Rich Campbell: Bears waive safety Sean Cattouse.

Team notes - Kevin (not Hub) Fishbain: Next 48 hours critical for team's backup QBs; observations from Tuesday's session.

Position battles to watch - James Neveau: Sam / FS / DT ... backup QB / 3rd WR / RT.

Photos -'s gallery from day 1 of minicamp.

[Videos] Watch the entire press conferences of Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer courtesy of

[Audio] - Bucky Brooks joins Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank to pick their All-NFC North team. [No idea if you should shriek about how unfair they are to the Bears, I didn't listen; Dameshek makes me want to punch babies Rank, and Rank makes me want to kick puppies Dameshek repeatedly inna puppies. - Den]

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NFL Health & Safety / Ex-Bear news - Jeff Arnold: Jim McMahon hopes his dark reality keeps bringing NFL issues to light.

Ex-Bear news - Moon Mullin: Josh McCown named inaugural winner of the annual "Good Guy" award from the Professional Football Writers Association’s Chicago chapter.

Ex-Bear news - Marc Sessler: Earl Bennett released by receiver-needy Browns, who terminated the contract of the seven-year veteran just one month after signing him to a one-year, $730,000 deal.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling with notes from the first day of the Vikings' mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. SLB Anthony Barr to confuse opposing offenses rushing from the edge?