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The Bears Den: June 04, 2014 - Chicago Bears OTAs news & notes

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Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday bolstered their offense and special teams by signing veteran kick returners/WRs Armanti Edwards and Micheal Spurlock.

Houston impressed with work ethic - Larry Mayer: The Bears won't put their pads on and hit in practice until late next month in training camp. But free agent acquisition Lamarr Houston already likes what he sees on defense.

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Observations from OTAs - Jeff Dickerson on the brief skirmish that broke out between members of the starting offense and defense, and more from the OTAs. [Video]

Observations from OTAs - Adam Hoge: Generally, these "confrontations" aren’t a big deal, and Tuesday’s was no exception, especially because Houston and Bennett are old friends.  Plus: linebacker watch, and more.

Observations from OTAs - Rich Campbell: Kelvin Hayden appeared healthy on the practice field Tuesday, and expressed his hope to help a secondary in transition.

Observations from OTAs - Hub Arkush: Jay Cutler appeared to be making a serious attempt to find his tight ends more, and Marshall and Jeffery a tad less, both before and after the Bennett skirmish.

Observations from OTAs - Moon Mullin: Bears rookies impressing, getting work with ones in OTAs.

[Video] - Chris Boden: Tempers flare at OTAs, Marquess Wilson hoping to step up in offense. Moon Mullin: Trestman unhappy at wasting of practice time.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - On whether the scuffle was a good or bad thing, WR depth, and Ed Reed. [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] - Moon Mullin: Jon Bostic putting himself through mental reps at all three LB positions.

Paea: "Coach (Pasqualoni) is more detailed" - Adam Hoge: DT entering contract year believes the defense is better prepared with their alignments as well as techniques.

Marshall, Jeffery push one another to improve - Dan Wiederer: Bears' record-setting receiving tandem enjoy a competitive mentor-protege relationship. Will Brinson: Duo's production best value for money (for now).

Marquess Wilson confident for 2014 - Michael C. Wright: The coaching staff and Phil Emery have indicated Wilson will receive the first opportunity to win the job as the slot receiver. Now, he just has to seize it. Nate Atkins: Learning how to be a pro from the best.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Lance Briggs says the defense has a long way to go to get back to being a back to a top-five unit; Jennings on playing nickel; roster moves.

Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: Conte says no setbacks with surgically repaired shoulder; more notes on absentees from Tuesday OTAs. Nate Collins fully cleared on return from ACL tear.

Tight end depth a must for Bears - Hub Arkush: How much Onobun learned on the practice squad will dictate whether or not he is the clear No. 2 this year, or an ex-Bear. It is unlikely there is any in between for him.

Offensive players teams cannot afford to lose - Adam Schein: The Bears boast a number of great players on offense, but Marshall is clearly Cutler's Linus blanket.

One big reason Bears offense will be better - Steve Rosenbloom moans about last year's defense.

[Video] - Highlights from the Bears' second week of OTAs ... Photos from the Tribune.

Chicago crime declines during Bears games - Study also showed "similar but smaller effects for NBA and MLB games" in Chicago.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Ex-Bear news - Urlacher, Glazer open high-end fitness center on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Jordy Nelson's last deal put him in a tough spot as he reaches age at which GM Ted Thompson has been known to let receivers walk away. Notes from OTAs.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Michael Rand: Chad Greenway rescues Bears fan on Lake Minnetonka.


Salty language warning (Mr Rogers drops the Martz-bomb).