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The Bears Den: July 25, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

Bears training camp proper starts today! We'll have a thread up later for your tweets and chat during practice, and a round-up of key happenings and observations from today's session afterwards.

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Cutler not taking anything for granted - Larry Mayer: Although the Bears offense appears primed for a second straight stellar season, Jay Cutler knows that the unit must work hard in training camp.

Trestman embracing high expectations - Larry Mayer: Media and fans alike are predicting big things this season for the Bears, due to their explosive offense and revamped defense. That’s just fine with Marc Trestman.

No way Bears avoid injury bug a second straight season - Mike Imrem takes a dump on your cereal and wipes with your breakfast pancakes.

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Pieces in place for Cutler to succeed - Chris Emma: Bears’ leader now has playmakers to work with, stability in the team’s coaching and schemes, as well security in the form of a seven-year deal that still has wet ink.

Some interesting competition at Bears camp - Bob LeGere: Several critical position battles will be worth watching, including linebacker and safety, when the Bears' training camp practices begin Friday morning.

Team Report - Michael C. Wright and Jeff Dickerson each with three bold opinions on the Bears as training camp kicks off.

5 under-the-radar players to watch - Dan Wiederer: Training camp will provide proving ground or developmental stage for several players with something to prove.

Bostic not fazed by competing at multiple spots - Not-Hub Arkush: If Jon Bostic is feeling pressure over how much the Bears have put on his plate in his short NFL career, he’s doing a great job of hiding it.

Newcomers Houston, Mundy get first taste of Bourbonnais - Not-Hub Fishbain: If training camp is like going back to school for the veterans, the first day of school for the rookies, it’s a mix of the two for veteran newcomers. Moon Mullin: Unofficial "perfect" score for team conditioning test.

Roster analysis: D-line - James Neveau: The big question for the Bears on the D-line won’t be which players win the starting jobs, but how the pieces will fit together in Week 1.

Adrian Wilson: 'I can still play' - Michael C. Wright: Wilson says he’s ready to bring the sheer nastiness and physicality not seen in Chicago’s secondary since Mike Brown roamed it. Moon Mullin: Old-school veteran not impressed with current training camp rules.

Most important Bears for 2014: #3 - James Neveau: Charles Tillman was able to make his usual impact in terms of causing turnovers on defense last season before his season-ending injury; team hopes he can reprise that high level of play while mentoring Kyle Fuller.

Clausen: Jay Cutler 'helped me a lot' - Michael C. Wright: The body-language cops and critics knock Jay Cutler enough that you can understand why new teammate Jimmy Clausen expressed surprise about Cutler’s willingness to take on the role of mentor.

Rookie watch: David Fales - Dan Durkin: If Fales shows well during training camp and the preseason, it’s not unrealistic to think he may stick around as the third QB.

Slimmed-down Lynch ready to compete - Jeff Dickerson: Fan favorite Jordan Lynch has lost 15 pounds since rookie minicamp in May, as he prepares to compete for a roster spot to back up Matt Forte. Dan WiedererLocal product anxious to start first NFL training camp.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Jordan Mills wants to raise his game to another level; Jordan Lynch arrives strong and faster; Phil Emery constantly looking to upgrade roster.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Cutler knows he can trust O-line that's shown substantial improvement in pass protection; Jordan Lynch worked out on RB position drills with NIU team; injury news,

Injury news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Thursday placed Kyle Long on the active non-football injury list and Craig Steltz on the active physically unable to perform list.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is it really playoffs or bust for Bears? Has the defense improved, and how good can Cutler be? [KAPCON: 5]

Photos - See Bears arriving to camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.

Best edge rushers - Chris Wesseling takes a look at the league's premier edge rushers and, for what it's worth, has both Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen in a higher-ranked category than Julius Peppers.

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NFL training camp: Mental challenges test players of all stripes - Bucky Brooks' insight on one of the most difficult facets of NFL life.

A gay former NFL player on building a friendship with David Tyree - Wade Davis: David Tyree’s past comments about homosexuality were deeply hurtful, but the Giants' new director of player development's views are evolving.

NFL could have sent clear message on domestic abuse with Ray Rice suspension - Maggie Hendricks: They failed. Chris BurkeTroubling proof of where NFL's priorities lie. Gregg DoyelGoodell fails brutally. Michael Rosenberg: Hard to accept, but Goodell did the right thing. Clay Travis: Why does NFL trivialize violence against a woman? Because 21st century America lets it happen every day.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions should be concerned about about whether or not Ndamukong Suh will be with the team beyond this season; could also set up one of the worst-case scenarios for Detroit when it declined fifth-year option on Nick Fairley.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Though Mike Zimmer maintains the team will have an open competition at QB during training camp, Matt Cassel is Vikings' starter for now. AP calls for stability at QB.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Jordy Nelson wants a new deal worth at least $10 million per season after outplaying the contract extension he signed in 2011.


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