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The Bears Den: August 19, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

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Scheme wrinkles evident on Bears’ defense - Adam Hoge: The Bears have gone from a one-gap D-line approach to what would most accurately be referred to as a gap-and-a-half scheme; McClellin and Bostic improving at linebacker.

Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Monday signed return specialist Darius Reynaud and CB Peyton Thompson to one-year contracts and waived Tress Way and Chad Rempel.

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Bears add Santonio Holmes - further reaction

Holmes vows to embrace opportunity - Larry Mayer: After practicing with the Bears for the first time Monday at Halas Hall, veteran receiver Santonio Holmes vowed to make the most of his opportunity in Chicago.

Santonio Holmes embraces opportunity with Bears - Rich Campbell: Significant internal optimism and heightened outside skepticism that he will become a productive member of the team on and off the field. Trestman on Holmes: 'People change'.

Holmes plans to 'embrace opportunity' - Michael C. Wright: Santonio Holmes put in extra time after Monday's practice at Halas Hall to work with Jordan Palmer and receivers coach Mike Groh.

Holmes plans to make No. 3 WR job his - Bob LeGere: The Bears could be the final chance for the talented but troubled player who has worn out his welcome in two previous NFL stops.

Former teammates have no ill feelings - Not-Hub Arkush: Former Steelers and Jets teammates who are now also with the Bears say that despite his reputation, Holmes has no relationship repairing to do with them.

Bears show much trust in adding Holmes - Mike Imrem: Welcoming Santonio Holmes into the Bears' family indicates that Marc Trestman and Phil Emery have confidence in the team's culture and infrastructure.

Santonio Holmes a win-now move - David Haugh: The Bears just added a veteran with 5,963 career yards and 36 TD receptions to one of the NFC’s best offenses. When it comes to contending, they clearly mean business.

For Holmes, starting over with Bears could come in Seattle - Moon Mullin: Veteran WR has been through systems in Pittsburgh and New York and has put himself on a speed-learning plan.

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Morgan to receive first shot at No. 3 WR job - Michael C. Wright: Although the club signed Santonio Holmes on Saturday, it's expected he won't receive sufficient repetitions at practice this week to make an impact against the Seahawks.

Team news - Michael C. Wright: Bears hold out six from practice, while Chris Williams returned to action for the first time since injuring a hamstring while catching a 73-yard TD in the preseason opener.

Team notes - Brad Biggs: Jordan Mills still out, but ditches walking boot; Weems' departure leaves hole on special teams; roster moves.

Blocking TE can catch too - Larry Mayer: The Bears rave about Matthew Mulligan as a blocker. But they weren’t surprised when he also excelled as a receiver last Thursday night against the Jaguars.

For Bennett, suspension lesson saved a flag, a play and a fine - Moon Mullin: Martellus Bennett pulled back from going after Jaguars safety Winston Guy Jr. for his hit on Alshon Jeffrey that drew a personal-foul flag.

Bears prepared for penalty crackdown - Michael C. Wright: Marc Trestman thinks the league’s crackdown won’t be a huge detriment to the team’s defenders because they rarely grab receivers’ jerseys and hold.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will Bears miss Hester? [KAPCON: 5]

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' readers' Q&As: Will Santonio Holmes help the Bears?  How are the rookies looking?  What will happen if Mills can't go in week 1?

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is there a risk with Marshall doing "Inside the NFL"? [KAPCON: 4]

Jay Cutler No. 93 in player rankings - Michael C. Wright: The #NFLRank project launched on Monday in which ESPN ranks the top 100 players on offense and defense, with Jay Cutler checking in at No. 93.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Marc Trestman accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS and challenges the Seahawks' Pete Carroll and his brother-in-law, Jack.

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2014 All-Pro Team projections - Welp, no need to bother with actually playing the games. Thanks, Elliot Harrison.

Remembering the lessons learned as an NFL ball boy - Dan Pompei: From NFL coaches to executives, from current stars to hall-of-famers, many of those who were lucky enough to have the glamorous yet lowly existence of a ball boy remember it fondly.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Use of Christian Ponder to this point speaks to how marginalized he's become, to the point where the value of his roster spot might exceed what he could provide as an emergency option. Brian Murphy: Jerome Simpson to appeal 3-game suspension.

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