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The Bears Den: July 02, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

With Devin Hester's departure, 2010 Pro Bowl returner Eric Weems will compete to take over his role.

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Competition for return jobs wide open - Larry Mayer: With at least five players in the mix, the competition for the punt and kickoff return jobs will be among the most intriguing position battles in training camp.

Roster analysis: Defensive tackle - Jeff Dickerson: Determined to avoid a repeat of last year's desperate situation, the Bears spent two early draft picks to inject some youth and increase depth at the position.

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Secondary focusing on moving on from last season's struggles - Not-Hub Arnold: Although toughness on defense starts up front, Jon Hoke says he will do a better job coaching the secondary to live up to expectations.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs fields readers' questions on Brock Vereen's potential, Shea McClellin's position switch, potential break-out players and more.

[Video] - What to expect from Adrian Wilson?'s preseason list of best QBs - Chris Wesseling: Jay Cutler is set up for a career year after getting outplayed by his backup in 2013. It's time for him to make good on his arm talent and stop being a tease.

Football Outsiders - FO takes a look at 2013 rushing success by number of players lined up in the backfield. The Bears rushed quite a bit better when there was only the one.'s top 20 games of 2013 - Bears-Packers in week 17 was high on drama, for a neutral. Alas, we're not neutrals.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Doug Farrar's offseason report: After a 6-3 start, the wheels fell off and Detroit managed just one win through its final seven games, missing the postseason for the fourth time in five years under Jim Schwartz.  Greg Gabriel: Is this the year the Lions make it over the hump? Rob RangVersatility key for Van Noy.