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The Bears Den: August 01, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

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Speed and quickness Chris Williams' calling cards - Rich Campbell: Marshall and Jeffery might be the most imposing receiving tandem in the league, but Williams' speed adds a dimension to the Bears' passing game it did not have during a record-setting 2013.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses which new players on defense have made the biggest impact, what's different about the Bears compared to last season, and the battle for the backup QB position.

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Bears training camp, Thursday practice

Team notes - Larry Mayer's notes from camp: Marshall and Jeffrey display playmaking ability; defense forcing fumbles; D-line record "sacks"; roster moves.

Team notes - Michael C. Wright reviews Thursday's practice and cautions not to be fooled by Adrian Wilson’s seemingly average workout pace.

Team notes - Not-Hub Arkush with observations from Thursday's session: RBs/TEs working on blitz pickup of LBs/DBs.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: Danny McCray competing with Brock Vereen; Marshall and Jeffrey creating mismatches in red zone.

Team notes - Moon Mullin: Drops plague Day 6 offense as defense gains upper hand.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Shaun Draughn received a large number of reps with the first-team offense; secondary was much more active Thursday with forcing fumbles; punters shaky; more from camp.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Front seven more disruptive; Tillman showing no signs of last season's knee injury; Clausen showing potential to be #2 QB; more from practice.

Willie Young: Bears' D more 'sound' than Lions' - Michael C. Wright: Former Lions DE indicated Thursday that his new scheme is a little more complicated than what he had become accustomed to in the Motor City. Brad BiggsYoung needs to convert pressure into sacks.

Will Sutton, Ego Ferguson earn boffo early reviews - Adam L. Jahns: The duo are nearly inseparable, sharing a bond that has blossomed since the Combine. Sutton teaches Ferguson pass-rush moves, and Ferguson helps Sutton with his techniques against the run.

Ryan Mundy leading the charge - James Neveau; With Conte and Steltz both sidelined and the team looking to ease rookie Brock Vereen into the picture, it would appear that Mundy has the inside track to grab one of the starting positions.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is the backup QB battle coverage overblown? [KAPCON: 5]

[Audio] - Lance Briggs joins Carmen & Jurko to discuss the progress of the defense and more.

[Video] highlights and photos of practice from

Lance Briggs

Briggs intends to retire as a Bear - Larry Mayer: Lance Briggs said Thursday that when the time comes he intends to retire as a member of the Bears, but right now he’s concentrating on making them a better team.

Lance Briggs says he’s comfortable with Tucker, Herring - Mark Potash: Seven-time Pro Bowler excited to see how well the defense can rebound this year. Jeff Dickerson: Not worrying about expiring contractFred MitchellBriggs: Only a matter of time for McClellin.

Briggs wants to retire a Bear; but can he still play? - Moon Mullin: Briggs may not be as good as he once was, but the thinking is that he’s as good once as he ever was, if not necessarily in the same raw athletic ways that defined him for a decade.

[Video] - Jen Lada: Veteran LB seems happy, and hopes to end his career in the blue and orange.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Briggs wants to retire a Bear; how long will his body hold up for? [KAPCON: 5]


[Video] - Mike North: Why couldn't Tim Tebow be a backup QB for Bears? [Er... because the TCO requires a QB who can complete a pass every now and then? - Everybody not named Mike North.]

Officials almost blew dead bizarre TD in Bears-Packers finale - Rich Campbell: Rule book does not account for a player in possession of a live ball who neither tries to advance it nor goes to the ground to indicate no effort to advance it. Adam Hoge: Officials: "It was uncomfortable."

Most memorable moments in MNF history - Rob Nelson: No. 39, Alex Brown's big FG block vs Packers at Soldier Field.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Calvin Johnson’s career feels incomplete because of the lack of team success for the Lions. Training camp report. (AP)Caldwell's even-handed approach a welcome change of pace.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Oft-injured Nick Perry still thinks he has 'bright future' for Packers. Is Perry finally back for good?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Brian Hall's team preview: The Vikings will only go as far as their QB and cornerbacks.