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The Bears Den: August 12, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp & preseason news and notes

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Jared Allen hoping no more sacks slip away with Bears - Tom Pelissero: DE is refreshed by opportunity to keep chasing QBs.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses who will be the Bears' third receiver, if Jimmy Clausen has supplanted Jordan Palmer as the No. 2 QB, and who's winning the MLB competition.

Team Report - Andy Benoit's 2014 preview: With renewed health, a rebuilt pass rush and progression on offense, the Bears should have what it takes to challenge for an NFC North title.

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Bears training camp, Monday practice

Special teams a top priority - Larry Mayer: Back on the practice field this week in Bourbonnais, one of the Bears’ top priorities is to improve on special teams after a sub-par performance last Friday night versus the Eagles.

DeCamillis expects special teams to improve - Jeff Dickerson: Special teams self-destructed on nearly every level against the Eagles, and Joe DeCamillis wants to see his guys start playing together as a unit.

So far, Bears' special teams not very special - Bob LeGere: As is the case most years, Joe DeCamillis has to replace several key special-teamers, most of whom come from the bottom half of the roster.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Mel Tucker very pleased with the four takeaways the Bears generated against the Eagles; observations from practice.

Ryan Mundy: Sky's the limit for defense - Bears safety has given his stamp of approval in the season’s early going, discusses impression of Marc Trestman and the Bears coaches. With link to [Audio].

Team notes - Michael C. Wright with observations from Monday practice: Jordan Palmer struggles, Zach Miller impresses.

Team notes - (CBS) Trestman rotating defensive players early and often; Josh Morgan taking 3rd WR reps with first-team offense.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Bears patient with McClellin; Tillman looking like his usual, reliable self; more from Monday's practice.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Injury news and observations from Monday.

Team notes - Rich Campbell, Dan Wiederer: Conte's experience helps in playing catch-up in safety competition; Jared Allen happy to drop back in zone coverage; injury news.

[Video] - Adam L. Jahns: Conte turned some non-believers into believers; backup QBs continue to split reps; coaches high on McClellin; new pieces on special teams.

Khaseem Greene no longer overthinking it - Jeff Dickerson: With a year of experience under his belt, Greene has quietly pieced together an impressive camp. Not-Hub Paras: Game slowing down for Greene in Year Two.

Bears still optimistic about McClellin - Michael C. Wright: Shea McClellin produced a lackluster debut on Friday, but the staff remains optimistic about his transition with more experience. Rich CampbellReggie Herring believes McClellin will be a 'solid' LB.

Bostic still working at nickel and 'Mike', but not 'Sam' - Not-Hub Fishbain: Jon Bostic sits behind D.J. Williams at MLB in the base 4-3 defense, and surprisingly hasn’t had any rotations with Shea McClellin on the strong side.

Palmer stumbles in competition for No. 2 QB job - Moon Mullin: Clausen was the first backup following Jay Cutler on Monday and is expected to be first off the bench Thursday against Jacksonville, if only because Palmer followed Cutler against Philadelphia.

Game notes - Steve Rosenbloom: Looks like Clausen already has taken Palmer's job; O-line injuries concerning; D-line, backup TEs make plays, but Bostic and McClellin fail to impress.

Roster analysis - Michael C. Wright with a look at the Bears' projected roster. Are Craig Steltz and Adrian Wilson going to miss the cut?

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

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Health & safety - Brad Biggs: Bears cautious about contact in practice, still stress tackling fundamentals.

Camp rough, but some Bears have had far worse jobs - Dan Wiederer: Any griping the players might do comes with perspective. There are worse jobs to have. And many of these Bears have had them.

[Video] - Brandon Marshall catches Kyle Long putting some dance moves on.

Bears history - Bob Goldsborough: Former Bear Ed Sprinkle, 1923-2014, was a standout defensive player who was once labeled the meanest man in football.

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The fall scouting process - Greg Gabriel: Believe it or not, NFL teams are already looking ahead to next year’s draft.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Greene's 2014 preview: Teddy Bridgewater’s camp progress will help shape the kind of offense Mike Zimmer runs, but the defense also needs a lift.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Peter King's 2014 preview: Detroit is showing off its corps of towering pass-catchers, but little Golden Tate may end up being the key to survival in the rough NFC North.

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