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The Weekend Bears Den: August 02, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

The Bears practice at Family Night this evening from 6.45pm CT at Soldier Field.

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Defense dominates Friday in practice - Larry Mayer: If the revamped Bears defense performs this season like it did Friday in practice, the unit’s poor performance last year will quickly become a distant memory.

Defensive dominance becoming standard - Moon Mullin: 2014 Bears defense making plays all over the field at the expense of one of the top NFL offenses.

No excuses for Emery, Bears - Dan Durkin: This is Emery’s roster; the core of this team has been shaped by Emery’s vision and in year three of his plan, it must come to fruition.

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Bears training camp, Friday practice

Team notes - Michael C. Wright from Friday practice: Defense far outplayed the offense in the most spirited workout of training camp, with veteran DE Trevor Scott being one of the players standing out thus far.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Jennings, Tillman give pointers to younger corners from sidelines as defense dominates in the red zone; pass rush drills and more from camp.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Red zone period brought back memories of some of Lovie Smith’s defenses, only this one was facing a good offense; notable plays and more observations from Friday.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Second-string O-line struggling to block Christian Jones; more thoughts and observations from practice. Wilson in lead for 3rd WR; Williams has potential as returner.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: Matt Forte has advice for backup RB candidates; Kyle Long's return; Michael Ola making most of opportunity. Patrick Finley: Jordan Lynch's reps will be in preseason games.

Bennett serves as energizer on sluggish day for offense - Not-Hub Arkins: Martellus Bennett was impressed with defense's ability to rattle an offense that returned the core after finishing 8th in total yards.

Adrian Wilson gets chance with starters - Michael C. Wright: As each day passes Wilson’s conditioning has improved, and members of the staff think he still has the ability to play in the NFL.

Safeties all getting a shot - Bob LeGere: The Bears continue to shuffle bodies in and out of the safety positions, with Adrian Wilson the latest to get an opportunity to work with the first team defense on Friday.

Christian Jones turning heads - Michael C. Wright: Through the first seven practices, Jones appears to be one of the most athletic linebackers on the team, and probably the only true SLB at the position.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: Very strong day for the defense again,

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - How much has the Bears 'D' improved? [KAPCON: 5]

Kyle Long ready for weekend return - Jeff Dickerson: Kyle Long remains on schedule to make his training camp debut when the team hosts their annual Family Fest practice at Soldier Field. Dan WiedererBears practiced Friday with reshuffled O-line.

[Audio] - Marc Trestman joins Carmen & Jurko to discuss the competition at safety, the tough cuts that will have to be made, and more.

[Video] highlights and photos of practice from; photos from the Tribune.


Allen circling Bears-Packers at Lambeau - (CBS) No stranger to the NFC North, Jared Allen understands the stakes.  With link to [Audio] on Mully & Hanley, talking about his evolution of as a player, the Bears’ team leaders, and how much Chicago has to prove.

Jordan Senn setting tone on special teams - Not-Hub Arkush: For all of the great athletes Emery has done work on, he spent as much time this offseason trying to find relentless players who love football, like Senn.

Bushrod works to stay on top of his game - Not-Hub Arnold: Entering his eighth NFL season, veteran LT is realizing that staying on the field and keeping himself healthy requires more work on his part.

Joe Kim delivers goods for defense's moves - Dan Wiederer: Kim individualizes his teaching, identifying players' strengths, mixing in moves that work best, then providing detailed guidance on how to synchronize hand fighting with hip movement and footwork.

Ex-Bears great Sprinkle passes away - Larry Mayer: Former Bears DE Ed Sprinkle, who was once described by George Halas as "the greatest pass rusher I’ve ever seen," passed away Monday at the age of 90.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Eric LeGrand's website launched - Former Rutgers DT, who was paralyzed from the neck down, has launched a website to further his career goals of being an inspirational speaker and a radio sports analyst. Khaseem Greene honoring paralyzed friend.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Friday's high of 87 degrees made it the hottest day of training camp so far, contributing to what Mike Zimmer described as a "sloppy" practice. Andy Benoit's team preview: Can Vikings finally find supporting cast for AP?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Calvin Johnson made two exceptional catches Friday to show why he is the top receiver in the game; Corey Fuller [Kyle's older brother - Den] starting to catch some notice as well.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Rookie TE Colt Lyerla on Friday had his best showing so far, catching two (shaky) TD passes during team drills. Brad Biggs's team preview: Rodgers gives Packers edge in NFCN.

L.A. is front-runner for 2015 NFL Draft venue - Los Angeles is the front-runner to be the venue for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.