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The Bears Den: August 28, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

Could rookie minicamp tryout Senorise Perry earn himself a roster spot for his special teams play?

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How much does third preseason game matter? - Nick Shepkowski: Plenty of solid NFL teams have had plenty of struggles in the "all-important" third preseason game.

Bears preview - Kevin Patra: Chicago boasts a high-octane offense but is their secondary, led by aging vets Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, a legitimate worry that will trap the Bears in 2014?

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Preseason finale: Chicago Bears - Cleveland Browns

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Bears believe in Jimmy Clausen, are eager to see how David Fales performs; Cutler on Fales and Michael Ola.

Game preview - Dan Wiederer: Four intriguing storylines to track Thursday night when the Bears take on the Browns in Cleveland.

Fales a tough call for Bears - James Neveau: Should the Bears keep David Fales on the 53-man roster, or waive him (and risk losing him) to place him on the practice squad? Moon Mullin: Fales is realistically playing for a spot on Bears’ PS.

Perry creating new logjam at RB - Moon Mullin: While attention has been on the battle for Matt Forte's backup, Senorise Perry has played his way into the kickoff returner discussion. Patrick FinleyPerry’s special-teams prowess could change the math.

Some Bears playing for their jobs vs Browns - Bob LeGere: Preseason finale a great opportunity for players battling for roster spots to get one last chance to make an impression.

Bears on the bubble get last chance in Cleveland - Not-Hub Fishbain: Cornelius Washington, Christian Jones, and Chris Williams among Bears hoping to put a good performance on tape tonight.

Bubble bound to burst as Bears' final cuts loom - Rich Campbell: Tracy Robertson, Jordan Lynch and other Bears roster hopefuls get their last roster chance against the Browns.

Bears to watch - Mark Potash: Santonio Holmes, David Fales, and eight more to keep an eye on in tonight's game.

Bears bubble watch - Dan Durkin: 22 players will have their fates decided over the course of the next few days.

Lane squarely in mix to be on ‘special’ team - Adam L. Jahns: Austen Lane and Trevor Scott have seen a lot more snaps during the preseason than second-year DEs Cornelius Washington and David Bass.


Perry looking to buck odds again - Larry Mayer: An impressive outing in Thursday night's preseason finale in Cleveland could help Senorise Perry buck the odds and earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

Game preview - Michael C. Wright: What to watch for in the preseason finale.

Game preview - Adam Hoge: Position battles to watch in Cleveland.

Game preview - James Neveau: Five players to watch in tonight's game.  Five questions to answer.

Backup battles that bear watching against the Browns - Chris Boden: Working off the current 75, which appear to be most important this evening?

Jordan Lynch looking to avoid fate of Tebow - Moon Mullin: Tim Tebow had elite college credentials, but in the end turned out to be not good enough as a passer to make it as an NFL QB and not good enough as a runner to get real consideration as a running back.


Special teams a work in progress - Is-Hub Arkush: It possible that the bottom third of this roster, where core special teams folks should come from, isn’t as talented as in previous years?

Matt Forte No. 29 in player rankings - Michael C. Wright: Bears running back improved his standing from a year ago in ESPN's #NFLRank project, moving from No. 48 to No. 29.

Grading how all 32 NFL teams handled key roster hole - Pete Prisco: There won't be much of a drop in play in moving on from Julius Peppers, as Jared Allen can still get after the QB in spurts.

Stats & Info - ESPN with telling stats about each starting QB. Shaun Hill is on this list. Sucks to be you, Rams.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Marc Trestman and his staff continued a training camp tradition on the final day of practice when the coaches gave away the bikes they rode around the campus of ONU.

Photos - Behind the scenes at Jay Cutler's SI photo shoot.

Mannelly replacing McNeil on WSCR-AM - Ed Sherman: Recently retired Bears long-snapper mulleted demigod Patrick Mannelly will be Matt Spiegel's new partner.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Patra: With weapons like Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Golden Tate in the lineup, the Lions boast arguably the deepest offense in the NFL. But could their Achilles' heel be on defense?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Jim Corbett: Stafford out to prove he can master Lions' attack. Michael Rothstein: Lions taking time to perfect their screens.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Patra: With Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy, the Packers look like a scoring juggernaut. Will their fast-paced offense get them back to their second Super Bowl this decade?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Patra: With a less-than-ideal QB situation, the Vikings will lean heavily on Adrian Peterson. Can Zimmer coach up a struggling secondary and inconsistent O-line?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Brian Hall: Vikings offense has impressed, even without Adrian Peterson. Doug Farrar: Mike Zimmer skeptical of PFF grades.

Madden - Brett Smiley: Madden '15 glitch has players stepping on mines and going flying into orbit.