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The Bears Den: June 20, 2014 - Chicago Bears minicamp news & notes

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Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Thursday released Israel Idonije, Jerrod Johnson, Sean Cattouse and Fendi Onobun, and signed two undrafted free agents.

Idonije release closes an era, makes statement for D-line - Moon Mullin: After an offseason of adding youth and firepower on the D-line, the Bears were headed toward a situation where they would be letting go of individuals good enough to play in the NFL.

5 things we learned during Bears offseason - Rich Campbell: Position flexibility is a must; forget backup QB fantasy; think tough; O-line durability is crucial; Kyle Fuller is on target.

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Bears' new toughness starts with D-line - Bob LeGere: Trestman believes the Bears need to be tougher across the board this season, and that toughness begins up front.

Jimmy Clausen expected to stick - Michael C. Wright: Marc Trestman said Clausen’s performance over a short period with the Bears extended beyond what the QB did on the practice field.  Moon Mullin: Bears won't go into regular season with two veterans behind Cutler.

Still in learning mode, Clausen set to join Bears in training camp - Not-Hub Arnold [hat tip to abynum]: QB has focused solely on familiarizing himself with the Bears offensive scheme, knowing it's the only way to revitalize his NFL career.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Humbled Jimmy Clausen impressing the Bears staff, and what to expect from this team in 2014? [KAPCON: 5]

Fuller quietly going about his business - Not-Hub Srodulski: Most of the compliments thrown Kyle Fuller’s way have been about how quickly and how well he’s made the transition to the NFL. He attributed it to the "good group of guys" around him, notably Charles Tillman.

Rookie spotlight: Kyle Fuller - Dan Durkin: Fuller’s ability to mix and match against different types of receivers should be a boon in 2014, and he has the physical and mental makeup to be an eventual No. 1 corner.

Weems takes aim at return job - Larry Mayer: After backing up Devin Hester the past two seasons, Eric Weems is determined to become the Bears' primary return specialist in 2014.

[Video] - Moon Mullin and Chris Boden on day 3 of Bears minicamp: Jimmy Clausen, Chris Williams, Jordan Lynch.

Roster notes - Bob LeGere: Clausen picked up enough of the Bears' offense in a two-week crash course to earn an invitation to training camp; backup RB competition also expected to be fierce.

Team notes - Jeff Dickerson: Will Sutton returns for final day; more from the final day of minicamp.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Practice featured many reps for some of the players on the bottom of the roster, working with second- and third-string units, and Trestman was pleased with the effort on getaway day.

Team notes - Chris Emma: Defense motivated by 2013; Brock Vereen fitting right in; Eric Weems wants to return kicks; closing notes on minicamp.

Four Downs - Michael C. Wright and his fellow NFCN reporters mull over four key questions around the division. Will Alshon Jeffery be the Bears' go-to receiver in 2014?

[Video] - Marc Trestman shared his thoughts with the media after minicamp came to a close Thursday. More videos from

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: If rookie Teddy Bridgewater proves to be the best man for the job, Mike Zimmer won't be afraid to play his young QB.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Johnathan Franklin's likely career-ending injury hit players hard; more from minicamp.


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