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The Bears Den: June 02, 2014 - Chicago Bears OTAs news & notes

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OTAs a chemistry lab for retooled Bears defense - Rich Campbell: Time for players to get to know each other, fix what went wrong in 2013.

Team Report - The SportsXchange with a roundup of the Bears' latest offseason news, the draft, and offseason roster moves.

Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook (& click on 'Subscribed to'). Check out David "OSS" Taylor's CheekyMonkeyArt prints and t-shirts. Jay Cutler's hair (and the rest of his head) in hi-res.

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Jordan Palmer in three-way battle to be Bears' backup QB - Dan Wiederer: Veteran is well-traveled but little-used, yet he has experience edge over Fales, Johnson.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright's readers' Q&As: Does Cutler have top-5 hair?

Rookie watch - Dan Hanzus: Ka'Deem Carey has already felt a connection with Marc Trestman; in uniform at NFL's Rookie Premiere (group shot, second photo from bottom).

Stats & Info - Bill Barnwell takes a stab at predicting the 2014 NFL season, with the help of a few key stats.  Fun fact: Did you know the Bears topped the league in 2014 with 44 points scored by opposing defenses?

Bears doing good things - Justin Kmitch: Brandon Marshall and more than 200 bikers helped raise mental illness awareness during the first Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Worth $18 million a year? - Josh Katzowitz: Jay Cutler's deal proving a sticking point in extension negotiations for Alex Smith and Andy Dalton.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Nick Fairley's weight loss a positive for Lions. Will Brinson: A positive for Fairley too, if not one for McDonald's.

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