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The Bears Den: July 30, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

The Bears return to action in Bourbonnais today; as usual, WCG will have you covered.

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Lance Briggs back to providing vocal leadership - Brad Biggs: Last summer, Briggs wasn't exactly sullen but he wasn't in a happy place. Now, he sounds at peace and his ebullience is a welcome sign for teammates, coaches and fans alike. Mark Potash: Wants to retire in Bears uniform.

Cutler not resting on 2013 success - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler hasn’t been perfect, nor has anyone else on the offense thus far at camp. But everyone recognizes the deficiencies, and the QB seems to be taking the lead in cleaning up things.

Team Report - Greg Gabriel checks in from Bears training camp and offers his thoughts on the backup QB competition, the backup RBs and WRs, and the revamped D-line.

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Roster news - Larry Mayer: Bears sign WR Dale Moss after waiving OG James Dunbar. Brad Biggs: Terrence Toliver may have small foot fracture.

Cutler: The art and soul of offense - Patrick Finley: If Jay Cutler's first training camp under Marc Trestman was paint-by-numbers — learn the new coaching staff’s plays, formations and strategy — this year’s tour at ONU has been rooted in the details.

Growth of Bears' passing game still a process - Dan Wiederer: In his development in the second year in Marc Trestman’s system, the hope is that Cutler will learn to better understand the difference between taking a risk and a calculated gamble.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will Jay Cutler have a "dominant" year? [KAPCON: 4]

Clausen shines in two-minute drill - Larry Mayer: Jimmy Clausen excelled in Monday’s training camp practice, delivering several pinpoint passes, highlighted by a TD strike to Micheal Spurlock.

Making sense out of 'Clausen vs. Palmer' - Moon Mullin: Coaches have been clear in cautioning about assigning excessive significance to whether Jimmy Clausen or Jordan Palmer took which reps with which unit in practice.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is there competition at backup QB? [KAPCON: 5]

Reserve guards getting valuable reps - Larry Mayer: Kyle Long’s absence from practice due to a viral infection is giving the Bears a chance to evaluate Eben Britton and other top reserves against their No. 1 defense.

Michael Ola off to solid start at Bears camp - Not-Hub Fishbain: UDFA appreciative of where he is currently at with the Bears one week into training camp, revels in experience with his tight-knit O-line teammates.

Bostic starts anew after marred rookie season - Mark Potash: After being buried in the rubble of a horrific defensive collapse last season, Jon Bostic is ready to re-establish himself as the post-Urlacher impact linebacker the Bears desperately need.

Greene no longer greenhorn in second season - Mark Potash: Khaseem Greene made no excuses for the difficult circumstances surrounding his opportunity last year, and is looking forward to showing that he has learned from the experience.

Austen Lane hopes to soon climb depth chart - Not-Hub Arkush: Being able to watch proven veterans like Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Jeremiah Ratliff has helped Lane, but his greatest asset since arriving in Chicago has been strength assistant Joe Kim.

LB coach Reggie Herring receiving rave reviews - Mark Potash: It’s difficult to quantify the impact of position coaches, but Reggie Herring already has attained a Rod Marinelli-like respect from his players.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is the Bears defense really back? [KAPCON: 5]

Do Bears know what tough really is? - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears want to become a tougher team. Fine. It’s a lot tougher to display discipline than lash out with fists. Is anyone listening to the head coach?

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Competition gets Lamarr Houston, Jordan Mills fired up; Bears checking O-line depth with Kyle Long out,

[Video] Buy or sell, Bears training camp edition - Is Jimmy Clausen in the lead for #2 QB? Can Matt Forte be even more productive? Will the Bears miss Devin Hester?


Team Report - Paul Imig: Big changes after last season's dismal defense ruined the Bears' chances at making the playoffs despite having the NFL's second-highest scoring offense.

Top 10 tight ends in NFL - Chris Burke picks out his top 10 tight ends; Martellus Bennett doesn't quite make the list, but gets an honorable mention.

[Video] Inside the Bears - When Martellus Bennett isn’t creating plays on the field he’s creating art. The Bears TE shows Jeff Joniak some of his favorite works.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Patrick Mannelly spent 16 seasons with the Bears, more than any other player in team history. The recently retired long snapper talked about his career and his plans for life after football. [Video] Spice Adams: Mannellying is the latest fad.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Bears Senior Director of Business Development Brian McCaskey gave Lyndsay Petruny an inside look at George Halas' personal belongings and other team treasures stored at Halas Hall.

Bears history - Not-Hub Paras interviews former Bears linebacker and 1985 Super Bowl champion Jim Morrissey, who thinks the recent rules changes in the NFL have had a positive effect on the game.

Bears win! - Ego Ferguson’s 8-month-old daughter wins Baby Miss Pageant, models sweet Bears tutu.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Training camp should be challenging - Matt Bowen: Small college campuses create the best football environment possible to build a team, because nothing at home compares to the pure football environment created on the road.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Over the last 10 years, the NFL agent business has dramatically changed.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - SportsXchange: A new head coach, major turnover on defense and a QB competition all were overshadowed by an unwanted distraction as the Vikings reported to training camp.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Now in his eighth season, Calvin Johnson is hoping the Lions have managed to give him some help.

Pocket Sports Quote app - Free app, available in the iTunes store, from the Positive Coaching Alliance (of which Marc Trestman is a member) delivers daily inspirational sports quotes and photos [Video demo].

The Guardians of the NFL Galaxy - What if your favorite NFL team had its own superhero?