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The Weekend Bears Den: August 16, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

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Cutler has never been more ready to go - Barry Rozner: Jay Cutler already looks dialed in, and if he could tell the truth, he'd probably like the season to start this Sunday. That's how comfortable he is with Marc Trestman and the offense.

Bostic much more comfortable - Not-Hub Arnold: With one burst, one shed block and more importantly, one tackle for loss, Jon Bostic showed that he may be ready to take another step forward.

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Chicago Bears 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 19

Game review - Dan Durkin's impressions from Bears-Jaguars: Running game yet to get on track; more questions than answers behind D-line.

Game review - Rich Campbell breaks down all three phases from Thursday's game: Defensively, the climb from the bottom has been slow but evident.

Defense not as poor as perceived against Jaguars - Dan Wiederer: Bears allowed only 25 rushing yards on first three defensive series, allowing 2.5 yards per carry as Bostic, McClellin and Allen each had tackles for losses.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Trestman on pass 'D', McClellin, and Mundy; Clausen's headset malfunction.

Game grades - James Neveau: The Bears knocked off the Jaguars 20-19 on Thursday night, but questions still need to be answered by their special teams unit.

Photos - A look behind the scenes and view from the sidelines, from


Team notes - Larry Mayer: McClellin's comfort level increasing; Bostic continuing to work multiple positions; Marshall to film with "Inside the NFL" weekly show.

Injury-prone Miller lost for season - Bob LeGere: Zach Miller's loss is the latest blow to a Bears receiving corps that once appeared deep but now has been stretched thin.

Roster news - Michael C. Wright: The Bears announced on Friday they have placed Zach Miller on injured reserve while signing receiver Kofi Hughes to a one-year contract.

Bears waiting for info on Kyle Fuller injury - Michael C. Wright: The injury isn’t believed to be serious, and Fuller told reporters after the game that X-rays on the ankle came back negative.

Trestman: 'Not feeling good' on returns - Jeff Dickerson: With just over three weeks left until the regular season opener, the Bears are still looking to fill the void in the return game left by the offseason departure of Devin Hester.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - What's wrong with the Bears special teams? [KAPCON: 4]

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will Bears defense improve? [KAPCON: 4]

Josh Morgan emerging in battle for Bears' No. 3 receiver - Tony Andracki: Morgan stood out among the backups, totaling three catches for 41 yards and starting the second half off with catches on back-to-back plays.

Bears running game not showing up well - Actually-Hub Arkush: Through two preseason games, the Bears have run the ball from scrimmage 58 times for 171 yards, an average of 2.9 yards per carry.

[Video] - Adam Minecraft Jahns on whether the Bears' running game is a concern, the situation at safety, and how the backup QB competition is shaking out.

Best / Worst case for each NFC North team in 2014 - Ryan Wilson: For the Bears, it all hinges on Cutler's health and how much the defense improves.

Marshall joins 'Inside the NFL' - Will Brinson: Brandon Marshall and Ed Reed join "Inside the NFL" for the 2014 NFL season, as it switches to a new night. Michael C. Wright: Trestman fine with Marshall's TV gig.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: The 2014 class of QB contract extensions has begun taking shape, and while the overall numbers are impressive, they largely are a mirage.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - How could the NFL improve the average fan’s experience in consuming the game?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Will Packers uses starters on kick returns?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Veteran C.J. Mosley makes a push as Nick Fairley struggles ... Chemistry at safety key for Lions. Jason Fitzgerald: Lions made a mess of Suh contract; should trade him now.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Pelissero: Chris Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement, avoid lawsuit over Kluwe's release.

Cheerleaders -'s Best of Preseason cheerleaders; more from It's only preseason so I'm a little rusty, but I may have spotted a potential future Mrs Spongie.....