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The Bears Den: July 29, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

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Big receivers a big deal for Cutler - Larry Mayer: Throwing to tall teammates such as 6-6 Martellus Bennett, 6-5 Brandon Marshall, 6-4 Marquess Wilson and 6-3 Alshon Jeffery makes life easier for Jay Cutler.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Bowen on the backup QB competition, the immediate impact of Lamarr Houston, and the development of second-year WR Marquess Wilson.

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Bears training camp, day 4

Team notes - Jeff Dickerson's report from day 4: offense up and down; top rookies in action; punting battle even; reserve WRs not impressing other than Eric Weems and Chris Williams; injury updates.

Team notes - Dan Durkin: Rookie defenders getting meaningful snaps; O-line rotation starting to crystallize; WR depth tested.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Bears got better look at WR reserves; injury news and more from Monday's session.

Team notes - Rich Campbell's observations of the reserve WRs, and Ryan Mundy's take on the defense.

[Video] View from the Moon - Marquess Wilson 'keeps standing out' for Bears, and do coaches like seeing players get feisty in camp?

Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: Kyle Long met with doctors on Monday to check the progress of his recovery from a viral infection, enabling Bears to experiment with different combinations at guard while he remains unable to practice. Dan WiedererNotable absences impacting camp.

Clausen leads backup QB competition - Actually-Hub Arkush: Should Cutler need relief at some point this season, are any of the other QBs currently in camp up to the task?

Unproven backups competing behind Forte - Melissa Isaacson: Candidates must be prepared to step into a position that may be de-valued throughout the league but remains a central part of the Bears offense.

Bears have logjam in battle for backup RB - Dan Wiederer: Position coach Skip Peete must sort out who plays behind Forte.

[Video] ESPN - Michele Steele has the latest on the Bears' new-look defense and hears from DC Mel Tucker, who explains what he's most pleased about.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson discusses the Bears' attempt to upgrade their defense, the health of Kyle Long, and the productivity the team should expect from Jay Cutler if he remains healthy.

[Video] highlights and photos from Monday's training camp, courtesy of


Bears want Cutler to take more control of the offense - Moon Mullin: An 89.2 passer rating is not good enough for a championship QB. The organization is expecting more, Cutler expects more and there are signs that he already is taking the steps toward another level of operation. Rich CampbellCutler's comfort level in offense growing.

Marquess Wilson grabbing some attention - Bob LeGere: After a rookie season spent mostly watching, WR appears to be on the verge of becoming a major contributor in what has become one of the NFL's most explosive offenses. Melissa Isaacson: Wilson gets early looks at No. 3 WR spot.

If Bostic starts for Bears, then so does trouble - Steve Rosenbloom: If the Bears thought Jon Bostic was ready to be a starting Mike, they wouldn’t have re-signed D.J. Williams and put him atop the depth chart.

[Video] - Mike North: Since the teams in the NFC North this year are all capable of putting up some numbers, it will be more about which defense can stop the high scoring offenses the best.

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Know thy enemy: Packers. - Alex Marvez: Packers hope their defense returns to its top form. Paul Imig: Packers preview ... Julius Peppers wants to prove doubters wrong.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein reports from day 1 of Lions training camp. Josh Katzowitz: Won't discuss contract with Ndamukong Suh until end of season. Chris Burke: D-line in flux. Michael Middlehurst-SchwartzLions shouldn’t break bank on Suh.