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The Bears Den: June 05, 2014 - Chicago Bears OTAs news & notes

Run, catch, block, avoid leg sweeps - Jerry Angelo calls Matt Forte the most talented back in the NFL.

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Bostic still prefers to play at Mike - Adam Hoge: If Briggs and Williams stay healthy, the second-year player’s best shot of playing is at Sam, where his speed could be better utilized on the outside. Moon Mullin: This year's defensive scheme more intuitive for Bostic.

Jordan Mills mentoring and still learning in Year Two - Jeff Arnold: After a season when any growing pains were minimized by the veterans around him, Mills has enough know-how in his arsenal to help prepare his younger teammates.

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Dynamic duo still hungry for success - Larry Mayer: After teaming with Brandon Marshall to give the Bears arguably the NFL’s top WR tandem in 2013, Alshon Jeffery knows they must prove themselves all over again this season.

New spotlight on Jeffery after breakout season - Arthur Arkush: Like Marshall, Jeffery is long — both in stature, and in confidence that the entire offense is poised to build on a breakthrough 2013 campaign.

All or nothing year for Stephen Paea - Brad Biggs: Veteran DT on expiring rookie contract will have to earn starting job, most likely over 2nd-rounder Ego Ferguson.

Impact players drafted on Day 3 - Gil Brandt: The Bears need safety help, and Brock Vereen is a hard worker and smart player who should start this season. At the least, he'll be a special teams presence.

[Audio] Trestman: Defense certainly needed to be fixed - Feels good about draft picks, excited about competition at various positions, and what Jared Allen brings to the locker room.

Can M.D. Jennings follow Tim's lead? - Chris Boden: The other Jennings he joins in the Bears’ secondary also had his critics early in his career, but worked hard on his game to become a Pro Bowler.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses how the team may use first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller.

10 teams on the cusp of the NFL playoffs - The key to success in Chicago: Jay Cutler making it through all 16 regular season games. If he does, the Bears will be right there at the end and could very well be playing football in January.

[Audio] Trestman: We want Cutler to play a 16-game season - "He's bigger and he's stronger than he was a year ago," Trestman said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Wednesday morning.

NFL's most intriguing players of 2014 - Jason La Canfora: Cutler will be judged against McCown's ghost -- and the big numbers the journeyman achieved in Marc Trestman's QB-friendly system.

ProFootballFocus - PFF continue their detailed breakdown of QB performances, this time in the categories of shotgun / pistol / under center and drop-back / rollout / scramble.

Jerry Angelo: 'Forte is the most talented back in the NFL' - Six years after making him the 44th overall pick, the former Bears GM is still a big fan of Matt Forte.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Takeaways from Bears OTAs. [KAPCON: 5]

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Jay Cutler to host charity beach volleyball tournament July 18 at Chicago’s North Avenue Beach. Long & Steltz to sign autographs at free event in Oak Park on Saturday.

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The dog days of summer - Greg Gabriel: What do scouts and scouting departments do during the summer months?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Current backup QBs have 43 more games, 3,172 more yards and 18 more TDs than what their equivalents a year ago at this time had on their professional résumés.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Mikel Leshoure is a long way from winning a spot in the Lions RB rotation, but at least this year he feels like he has a chance. Michael Rothstein: Ryan Broyles keeping determined outlook despite injury after injury.

NFL history - How did Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Hayes alter the NFL landscape forever? Elliot Harrison looks back at five major NFL turning points that occurred in the 1960s.


No salty language warning as two of the greatest minds of the modern age face off without resort to outright profanity.