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The Bears Den: August 07, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

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Bears D-line revved up to rush - Patrick Finley: The NASCAR package is nothing new in a pass-happy league, though the Bears clearly did not have the talent to run it last year.

Healthy Nate Collins has lots of competition - Adam L. Jahns: There are a lot of linemen competing against Collins, notably rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton, but he definitely likes betting on himself.

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Bears training camp, Wednesday practice; preparation for preseason opener

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Developing trust, respect important to Trestman; Shaun Draughn to get first chance to impress on Friday; injury news.

Team notes - Michael C. Wright: Battle for No. 2 TE spot intensifying; injury news; starters won't receive much playing time on Friday.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Rosario 'in the mix' at TE; the Trestman manifesto; injury news.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Bears had lighter practice on Wednesday; potential first-string coverage team; more observations from practice.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Big day for Dante Rosario; more observations and highlights from practice.

Backup RBs weigh in on competition - Not-Hub Arkush: Senorise Perry is the biggest dark horse; his sub-4.4 40-yard dash shouldn't be discounted.

Newcomers prep for preseason opener - Not-Hub Fishbain: Pressure that always comes with trying to make a 53-man roster will be elevated on Friday in their first game situation under the eyes of the Bears' coaches.

Jimmy Clausen busy building confidence - Rich Campbell: Would consider his Bears debut Friday a success by getting first downs, putting the offense in the correct plays and creating scoring opportunities. Bob LeGere: Clausen brings a veteran's mentality.

D.J. Williams returns with 'a lot to prove' - Not-Hub Paras: Not only is Williams out to redeem himself, but the defense is out to make up for the disastrous year they had as a group. Dan Wiederer: MLB position battle.

Adrian Wilson has nothing to prove - Rich Campbell: If Wilson is as cold-blooded to opposing ballcarriers as he was Wednesday to a line of questioning about his Bears exhibition season debut, it would bode well for the club’s rebuilt defense.

Rookie watch - Chris Emma: Opportunities on the field have been at a minimum for David Fales, keeping the Bears from getting a true evaluation through a week and a half of training camp.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses Marquess Wilson's injury situation.

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Trestman: Bennett talk 'very positive - Michael C. Wright: Marc Trestman spoke Tuesday by phone with Martellus Bennett and declined to rule out the tight end for Friday's exhibition opener against the Eagles.

Bennett needs to learn from suspension - Michael C. Wright: Suspended TE isn’t some sinister team-divider, but rather a young, talented and somewhat immature kid who made a mistake.

[Video] ESPN - SportsNation debates whether or not the Bears overreacted to Martellus Bennett's practice fight.

[Audio] - Jump to the 14:30 mark to hear Herm Edwards [caffeine level: double exspresso] on Martellus Bennett's suspension.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' readers' Q&As on Christian Jones, Adrian Wilson, and Nate Collins.

[Video] CSNChicago - Projecting the Bears' record with a Vegas insider.

Trestman-Cutler vs Smith-McCown alive and well - Mike Imrem: Phil Emery has had a nice run, but his two biggest moves will come under scrutiny when the Bears play the Bucs in Soldier Field on Nov. 12.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Tom Pelissero: Coach Mike McCarthy confident about what his current roster is capable of, thinks 'everything's lined up for' 2014 Packers.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Detroit’s claiming of former first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin didn’t quite work out as the team waived the WR Wednesday after he failed a physical.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ryan Wilson: 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft Christian Ponder is taking demotion to 3rd-string QB about as well as an be expected. Alex Hampl: Kluwe's lawyer, Vikings hold settlement talks.