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The Bears Den: July 28, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

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Jeremiah Ratliff feeling healthy, sets sights on Super Bowl - Dan Wiederer: For veteran, the grind of training camp never has felt so good. The drills, the meetings, the heat, they're all reminders he still has an opportunity to contribute.

New top-secret Bears defense is no joke - Adam L. Jahns: LBs will have the freedom to play instinctively, meaning DTs will be required to control blockers instead of always maintaining assigned single gaps.

Team Report - Frank Schwab: Bears have offense, just need better D, though still tough to see them beating the NFC West champ. [Thanks to hangingoutincali]

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Bears training camp, day 3

Williams standing out early in camp - Larry Mayer: During the first few days at Bourbonnais, Chris Williams has displayed athleticism and explosiveness as both a receiver and return specialist. Bob LeGere: Small player with big-play potential.

Nate Collins stars in pass-rush drill - Jeff Dickerson: Perhaps no D-lineman flashed as often as fifth-year DT Nate Collins did on Sunday during the 15-minute exercise. Not-Hub Arnold: Ready to go full-speed at making roster.

Bears' defense is certainly different - Hub Arkush: Too early to say for sure how all the changes will work out, but the linebacker situation is troubling and will need time to sort out. James Neveau: Bostic hopeful versatility translates to on-field success.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Fuller compete hard during 1-on-1 drills; Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton flash but still need development; tough to get a feel for Adrian Wilson's speed and ability. Moon Mullin: Wideouts contribute to Fuller’s day at 'school'.

Team notes - Michael C. Wright's report from day 3: Fuller continues to impress; injury news; D-linemen learning to be technicians with their hands as defense moves away from Lovie Smith's gap-shooting scheme.

Team notes - Dan Durkin: The new arrivals on the D-line set the tone for Sunday's session, the offense was out of sync, and the most unlikely training camp hero emerged on special teams.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Enthusiastic Bears fans serenaded Pat O'Donnell with chants of "megapunt" as the rookie punter boomed the ball off his right foot Sunday in Bourbonnais; injury updates and more.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain with observations from day 3: pass rush drills, Marquess Wilson, other backup WRs. and more.

Team notes - Rich Campbell with notes and observations on D.J. Williams, Jordan Mills, Lamarr Houston, Ryan Mundy and more from day 3 of training camp.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Pat O'Donnell's booming boots gets crowd of 9,500 most excited; DE Trevor Scott on comeback trail; injury and roster news.

Punter Pat O'Donnell emerges as fan favorite - Jeff Dickerson: Fans spent the special teams drills loudly chanting "Mega-Punt" every time he punted the ball. Not-Hub FishbainPunters put on a show.

Long snappers shaky at Sunday's practice - Rich Campbell: A few bad snaps can be corrected, but seem to carry more weight in Bears camp given the sky-high standard Patrick Mannelly set for precision.

[Video] Highlights and photos of Sunday practice from and the Tribune.


The time is now for Paea, Bears defense - Bob LeGere: Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Stephen Paea has plenty of competiton to keep his job after the team invested second- and third-round draft picks in DTs this year.

Mel Tucker has chance to make mark on defense - Andrew Seligman: Gone is Lovie Smith's cover-2 defense; now, Tucker is implementing his system. The Bears are still going with a 4-3 set, but they plan to mix up their alignments and there will be differences in how they approach the run.

Just how good does the Bears defense need to be? - Chris Boden: Some believe the revamped defense must work its way into the top half of the league to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender, but there's no statistical evidence of that.

Roster analysis - Michael C. Wright has another go at projecting the Bears' roster.

Most important Bears for 2014: #2 - James Neveau: For Jay Cutler, the 2014 season isn’t just about winning a championship or beginning to earn the seven-year contract that he signed in January, but instead, it’s about establishing what his legacy is going to be as an NFL player.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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"First Take" discusses a woman's responsibility to avoid being beaten - Tom Ley: After throwing out caveats about how domestic violence is not OK, Stephen A. Smith's central point is that if you are a woman who doesn't want to be beaten by men, you should make sure to do your part by not giving them a reason to do so. Will Leitch: /facepalm.

[Video] ESPN - Heat guard Dwyane Wade showed off his football skills while in the gym, catching a pass from Brandon Marshall one-handed.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Jim Caldwell optimistic about Ndamukong Suh's contract ... Projected roster.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Randall Cobb will be worth an extension soon. Training camp day 2 ... Projected roster.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling reports from day 3 of Vikings training camp. Kyle Rudolph's contract a shrewd show of faith ... Projected roster.


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