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The Bears Den: August 25, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

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Exhibition rout 'a good wake-up call' for Bears - Brad Biggs: There is little to no emphasis on game-planning at this point is the aim is to evaluate players vs players, not schemes. The Bears didn't have players winning enough one-on-one battles.

4 takeaways from Bears preseason so far - Matt Bowen's thoughts on the depth in the nickel pass rush, and the questions at free safety and on special teams.

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Bears roster cutdowns

Wilson, Collins among 12 cuts - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Sunday began the process of reaching the NFL's 75-man roster limit by releasing twelve players, including veterans Adrian Wilson, Jordan Palmer and Nate Collins.

Bears cut 12 including Collins, Ford, Wilson - Not-Hub Fishbain: The Bears have reduced their roster down to 78 players, with final cuts to 53 due on Saturday.

Palmer out as Bears zero in on Clausen for back-up duties - Dan Wiederer: Bears will likely split Thursday QB reps between Jimmy Clausen and David Fales. CSNChicago: Palmer: 'Bears the best organization in the NFL.'

Roster notes - Moon Mullin: No surprises in Bears' early roster trims.

NFL cuts present options for Bears - Rich Campbell: Bears will look for roster help among the players cut this week; returner and long snapper remain positions of interest.


Bears defense takes another big step backward - David Haugh: It's only preseason, but it would be naive to ignore problem signs developing on defense and special teams.

Game review - Dan Wiederer: Trestman aware Bears lost every phase of game; just how bad was it?

Photos - In the locker room and from the sidelines, courtesy of

NFC North has potential for plenty of points - Not-Hub Campbell: The Packers, Lions and Bears all ranked in the top eight in the league in total yards, and even the Vikings with their persistent QB problems finished 13th, higher than five playoff teams.

Lance Briggs No. 56 in player rankings - Michael C. Wright: Bears linebacker makes appearance in the ESPN NFLRank project.

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Know thy enemy: Packers 31, Raiders 21 - (AP): With a stable of RBs now complementing Aaron Rodgers, the Packers could be as potent as ever this year. [Video] highlights from

Know thy enemy: Vikings 30, Chiefs 12 - (AP): Benched and then released by the Chiefs two years ago, Matt Cassel found Cordarrelle Patterson for a 53-yard scoring strike on the Vikings' first offensive series. [Video] highlights from

Know thy enemy: Lions 13, Jaguars 12 - (AP): The Lions nearly wasted Reggie Bush's long run with the kinds of mistakes they can ill afford once the season starts. [Video] highlights from

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Three games into Caldwell’s tenure with Detroit, penalties can once again be considered a worry with the Lions.