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The Bears Den: July 17, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Lamarr Houston at holder and Jeremiah Ratliff at kicker was an ... interesting ... if short-lived experiment.

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Four positions worth special attention as Bears camp looms - Moon Mullin: Defensive end, the right side of the O-line, special teams, and inside linebacker warrant close attention when training camp opens later this month and on through the preseason [Video].

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Roster analysis: Running back - Dan Durkin: Will Matt Forte’s ironman reliability and consistent productivity force John Fox and Adam Gase to change their ways and go to a one-back attack? Or will another back emerge and earn weekly snaps?

Roster analysis: Tight end - Not-Hub Atkins: The most scrutinized relationship between a player and the new Bears brass through offseason workouts was the one involving Martellus Bennett.

Roster analysis - Son of Hub: Expect Kyle Fuller to emerge as the cornerstone John Fox envisions, and one of Phil Emery’s few parting gifts the new regime actually wants and needs.

Lamarr Houston out to prove he's not a punch line - Dan Wiederer: Houston's heightened passion to return to action stems largely from the investment he poured into his recovery and the belief that somehow this whole ACL ordeal was a blessing in disguise.

Jeffery's stats could force Bears to pay Dez, Demaryius numbers - Chris Boden: If Alshon Jeffery continues his production from the last two campaigns, he should hear the cash register ringing ... Joel Corry: Could be poised for a career year in Adam Gase's receiver friendly system.

Hampton: Cutler can be fixed if he works within system - Not-Hub Bartelson: Dan Hampton is expecting Shea McClellin and Jared Allen as two examples to lead the charge as the Bears transition to a new regime, and believes Jay Cutler's on-field issues can be rectified.

[Video] - Brock Vereen joins "NFL Total Access" to preview Bears training camp.

Coaches Corner with Jay Rodgers - Larry Mayer: introduces you to new D-line coach Jay Rodgers, who spent the last six seasons as an assistant with the Broncos.

Brett Favre to Bears? Five other near-misses for Chicago sports - David Haugh: From Kobe Bryant to Mike Trout, Chicago teams have come oh-so-close in the past to landing superstars.

Bears history: McMahon on 'Inside Look' - Chris Boden: "Inside Look: Jim McMahon" debuts Friday at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

TMZ BDZ - Blair Sheade: Kyle Long Tweeted Lyrics And You Will NOT Belive Your Eyes At What He Is Implying MUST SEE

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10 storylines to watch as NFL training camps get set to begin - Brad Biggs with, er, 10 storylines to watch as NFL training camps get set to begin.

Know thy enemies - Who will be the MVP of the NFC North? ESPN's reporters find it hard to argue against the league's reigning MVP, Aaron Rodgers.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: At the height of the league's QB era, the Packers have fielded an elite player at the position for 22 consecutive years -- and counting ... Favre, the Packers, and the limitations of loyalty ... Vaughn McClure: Brian Urlacher: 'As a competitor, Brett Favre was awesome.'

History of NFL told through team logos - I quite like the one of the Bear standing upright and holding a pigskin.


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