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The Bears Den: July 24, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

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Emery excited about position battles - Larry Mayer: For GM Phil Emery, the highlight of training camp this summer will be the intense competition for jobs at several key positions. [Video] from ChicagoBears.com.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Marc Trestman addressed the media Wednesday from training camp to discuss the upcoming season and dealing with expectations.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses an unheralded Bears player to watch in training camp, how many DEs/DTs will make the 53-man roster, and eligibility rules for players on the PUP list.

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Trestman, Emery ready for competition-filled training camp - Not-Hub Fishbain: Bears enter 2014 camp with high expectations, 43 new players, and plenty of spots up for grabs over the next three weeks.

Bears ready to rev up in-house competition - Dan Wiederer: GM Phil Emery believes roster he has assembled will provide hottest position battles of his 3 training camps. Trestman, Emery embracing Bears' big expectations.

Bears not about to rest on their laurels during camp - Bob LeGere: Cautious optimism best describes the Bears' mindset as they continue preparations, starting with Friday's first training camp practice,

Revamped Bears confident in new journey - Chris Emma: There’s great excitement in Chicago as the Bears appear to be a true contender. Yet 60 miles south of the Windy City, it’s a different sentiment. The confidence is understood but also tempered.

Bears, Cutler busy tempering expectations - David Haugh: All principals at training camp realize there's more to realizing playoff potential than an improved roster on paper.

Super Bowl or bust - Steve Rosenbloom: The NFL is not a league in which you build. It has become a league in which you go for it. If the Bears get to the NFC championship game and lose again, is this season a success?

[Video] Team notes - Adam Hoge: What are the expectations for the Bears? Plus, thoughts on Cutler, Conte, and injury updates.

Injury news - Larry Mayer: Kyle Long will miss the start of training camp due to a viral infection that is expected to sideline him through the weekend, while Chris Conte is on the PUP list.

Bears expecting big things from Trestman's offense - Jon Greenberg: Expect big things from the Bears this season if they can focus on doing the little things well.

Bears still investing more heavily on offense - Brad Biggs: Despite overhaul of defense, salary-cap figures for offensive starters remain much higher.

Palmer enters camp as No. 2 QB ahead of Clausen - Not-Hub Fishbain: Despite the heavy praise Emery had for Jimmy Clausen, Jordan Palmer still has the first shot to be Jay Cutler’s backup.

Team notes - Chris Emma: Battle looms at backup QB; Conte starting in a hole; more from camp.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin with the main storylines from Bears' training camp arrival in Bourbonnais.

Roster analysis: D-line - Moon Mullin: As much as any addition on either side of the ball, Jared Allen’s signing along with Jeremiah Ratliff’s made a major win-now statement.

Most important Bears for 2014, #4 - James Neveau: It’s far from an ideal situation to have two of the three spots in the LB group up for grabs, but Lance Briggs has the potential to be the guy that provides some continuity and guidance.

Adrian Wilson in the mix to start - Michael C. Wright: If healthy, Bears think the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Wilson could give the secondary the intimidating presence it has lacked at the safety position in recent seasons.

Tillman: Return to Bears part of NFL business - Jeff Dickerson: Charles Tillman wasn't expecting to spend a 12th season in Chicago, but recognizes it's just how the league works.

What a difference a year makes - Moon Mullin: The buy in this year to the Trestman regime has been palpable through practices with an energy that was sometimes suspect 12 months ago.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: Bears put veteran TE Travis Beckum and journeyman O-lineman Thomas Austin through tryouts Wednesday.

Photos - The Tribune's gallery of Bears arriving for training camp.

George McCaskey: Don't rule out a Super Bowl in Chicago - (CBS) Bears chairman says nothing should be ruled out and addressed several other topics, including the high expectations surrounding the Bears this season [with Audio].

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O-lineman coaches clinic shows camaraderie of position group - Greg A. Bedard: O-line is the least glamorous position in the NFL, and coaching it is not a star turn either. But amid the anonymity is a group bond that extends beyond team borders.

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