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The Bears Den: August 13, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp & preseason news and notes

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Bears breaking camp with optimism mostly intact - Dan Wiederer: For all the Pro Bowl playmakers on both sides of the ball, significant big-picture questions still loom as the Bears are set to leave camp hopeful but still realistic.

Bears end training camp in their own motivating fashion - Moon Mullin: No games are won by smack-whooooping in training camp, but the good-natured banter kept up between offense and defense, and the fun was genuine.

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Bears training camp, Tuesday practice

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Cutler benefiting from a year in the same system; backup QB competition continues; Mills remains day-to-day.

Team notes - Michael C. Wright's observations on Chris Conte, Tim Jennings, Martellus Bennett; injury news. Bears being cautious with Mills ... Best- and worst-case scenarios for Bears' 2014 season.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain with notes and highlights from the final day of training camp.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Clausen to follow Cutler against Jaguars in planned rotation; Bears looking for improvement in run game; Cutler seeing continued improvement in Jeffery; injury news.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Ola expect to start for Mills; Conte's availability still undetermined; Kromer confident in Miller's blocking.  RB and backup safety position battles; injury news.

Clausen to relieve Cutler vs Jags - Jeff Dickerson: "It’s still a competition. They know it and we’re [dividing up the reps] that way," said Marc Trestman.

Bears special teams still looking for special players - Moon Mullin: After one game into the preseason, the question looms as to who exactly can play special teams at a high enough level.

Revamped D-line looking good so far - Mark Potash: Cohesion, comfort and teamwork can be as important for a D-line as it is for an O-line, but usually only if you have a lot of talent. And the Bears think they have it.

Fuller’s fine play overshadowed by training-camp tussle - Adam L. Jahns: Kyle Fuller's success has helped make the Bears’ defense a happy bunch again.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - 'It's like old times again' for Bears as defense regains its swagger, but is O-line health a concern and what of Jordan Lynch? [KAPCON: 4]

Bears training camp reveals few answers - Actually-Hub Arkush: With the camp portion of the preseason over and one exhibition game down, we know very little more than since free agency began.

[Video] highlights from Tuesday practice and photos of the coaches' bicycle giveaway and the best of camp, from


Miller happy to find he still belongs - Bob LeGere: Zach Miller's 2-TD performance in Friday's preseason opener confirmed to a lot of people, including himself, that he still has what it takes to play in the NFL.

[Video] - Zach Miller talks about his transition to the tight end position and how he's ready to embrace his opportunity with Bears.

Miller could bring Bears closer to two-TE threat - Moon Mullin: Potentially a development of major significance for a team right now finding itself without a proven threat at No. 3 wide receiver.

Forte: We have a chance to be really good this year - Matt Forte joins Kip Lewis and expresses confidence in the potential for the offense to improve, and in how the defense is coming along.  With link to [Video].

Cutler already showing growth in second year in offense - Mark Potash: After six years of watching Jay Cutler with the Bears under various OCs, the eye test already reveals he is working with the wind at his back.

Cutler has everything he needs for breakout season - Tom Pelissero: Bears QB armed with new contract, multiple weapons and familiarity with system.

All-overrated offense - Doug Farrar includes one Bear on his list of players who happen to be in the right scheme and is coached and paid well, but just isn't delivering the goods.

Biggest concerns facing each NFC team - Lorenzo Reyes: It wasn’t an issue in their victory against the Eagles Friday night, but the Bears still need to work on their rushing defense. AFC teams.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Robert Klemko's 2014 preview: Green Bay added an unusual free-agent splurge to shore up a defense that was among the worst at stopping the run in 2013. But is 34-year-old Julius Peppers the answer?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky's team report: Packers have changed the way they practice in an attempt to reduce injuries; is safety now a position of strength? Eric EdholmPatriots get 2nd round D-lineman Jerel Worthy for conditional late round pick.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein's team report: New offense still looking a little shaky and the secondary is still questionable. Noah TristerStill hard to judge progress on offense.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling's team report: Team has weapons, but need to move beyond QB turmoil of 2013 and the linebackers and secondary largely remain unsettled.


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