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The Bears Den: August 15, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

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Bears rally late to edge Jaguars - Larry Mayer: Jay Cutler played well and the Bears rallied for an improbable win Thursday night. But areas of concern also cropped up throughout their 20-19 preseason victory over the Jaguars at Soldier Field.

10 thoughts - Brad Biggs operates in Base 16. Did Thursday's win clear up the backup QB debate?

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Chicago Bears 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 19

Game Blog - with key developments from the Bears' 20-19 come from behind victory over the Jaguars at Soldier Field. Larry Mayer's pregame Q&As.

Game report - Andrew Seligman: Henne, Bortles sharp as Jordan Palmer rallied the Bears to a 20-19 preseason victory. Box scores.

Game report - Bob LeGere: The offense wasn't as impressive as it was last week in the preseason opener, but there were a few positives the Bears can take into next week's test against the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks in Seattle.

Game report - Dan Wiederer: If Thursday's exhibition against the Jaguars was designed to be an encouraging sneak peek of what's in store for coach Marc Trestman's high-powered offense and an overhauled defense, expectations might need to be adjusted.

Game report - Scott Krinch: Bears defense shaky, but offense bails them out in win over Jaguars

Game report - Joe Aguilar: By the end of the first quarter, most of the announced crowd of 51,235 had showed up. The Bears' defense was another story, however.

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Backup running backs shine in win; returners struggle to hold on to the ball; injury news.

Game notes - Michael C. Wright with observations and notes from the game: Cutler, O-line shine as Clausen, McClellin struggle.

Game notes - Jeff Dickerson with five things we learned from Bears-Jaguars: 1. Relax, it’s the preseason.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Tim Jennings didn't get a chance to work on nickel corner role due to Fuller injury; safety rotation; Ratliff healthy; injury news.

Game notes - Chris Emma: Unimpressive defensive effort and miserable special teams performance; backup RB race still close; injury news.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Return game falters; competing LBs take step forward; Clausen battles headset issues; expect to see Conte against Seahawks; injury news.

Game review - Not-Hubs Arnold, Fishbain: Clausen sees most time while Palmer leads scoring drives; Miller and Fuller leave game with injuries. Special teams so-so.

Game review - Not-Hub Arkush with what we learned from Bears-Jaguars: First-string "D" underwhelms; first-team offense strong through air, not on ground; roster battles.

Clausen hampered by technical difficulties - Jeff Dickerson: The headsets on the Bears' sidelines went down for a period of time when Jimmy Clausen was in the game.

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More from the game

Bears offensive line does the job — halfway - Rich Campbell: Pass protection was excellent for Jay Cutler, especially on TD pass to Brandon Marshall, but with Jordan Mills still out the O-line lacks cohesion of last season.

Trestman optimistic ground game will improve - Michael C. Wright: Early struggles running the ball are fairly common. It takes time, several reps at practice, and synchronizing all the moving parts involved.

Cutler has another strong outing in comeback win - Mark Potash: The Bears have their share of issues after an uneven-at-best performance. But they looked good in one area where they can’t afford to fail — Jay Cutler was sharp again.

Roster analysis - Actually-Hub Arkush: More than anything, people need to remember it’s early and these games are meaningless, but the Bears can't seem to answer any questions on their roster.

Rookie Watch - Scott Krinch: The Bears coaching staff got a firsthand look at the progress their 2014 rookie class has made, though it wasn't the night either they or Kyle Fuller had in mind.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson breaks down the Bears' performance against the Jaguars: It's not about the numbers.

Returner, No. 3 receiver jobs are wide open - Brad Biggs: The Bears lost another complementary offensive player to injury, but returner issue might be more concerning. Moon Mullin: Special teams still looking for a 'Sunday' returner.

Palmer: Zach Miller's injury 'heartbreaking' - Michael C. Wright: Injured against the team that drafted him in 2009, Miller played in 29 games over his first two years in the NFL, but in just four since 2011.

Jordan Palmer leads comeback win but No. 2 QB battle not over - Moon Mullin: As many as five full preseason quarters remain to be played by others than Jay Cutler.

Starters on defense for Bears have a rough night - Patrick Finley: The Bears made the Jaguars look better than their 2013 league-worst 15.4 points per game would ­indicate. The same was true of Chad Henne, who last week led his team to a whopping four yards on 17 plays.

Bears defense's highlight reel a short one - David Haugh: The defense delivered more effort than execution, but the Bears need both to avoid the defensive disaster the historically bad 2013 season became.

Allen pleased with debut - Not-Hub Arkush: Jared Allen might not have registered a sack in his Chicago debut, but he generated a few solid rushes and made a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Bears quotes - brings you quotes from Jay Cutler, Jared Allen, and Lance Briggs during the game.

Jared Allen disagrees with amount of penalties - Adam Hoge: This year’s emphasis is mainly focused on hands-to-the face among linemen, as well as defensive holding/contact beyond five-yards in the secondary.


For Conte, there's safety at home - Barry Rozner: After the Packers debacle, off-season shoulder surgery and the acquisition of seemingly a dozen safeties, hardly anyone outside the organization thought Chris Conte would be where he was Thursday night: At Soldier Field with the Bears.

Bears mailbag - Q: Would the Bears be reluctant to release Shea McClellin because he could land with the Packers? Brad Biggs: /facepalm.