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The Bears Den: July 28, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Despite being seen as the odd man out in the switch to Vic Fangio's 3-4, could childhood Bears fan Will Sutton have a successful transition to the new defense?

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Can Bears win more than 7 games? - Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell come up with seven reasons to take the over, and seven more to take the under.

Draft 'misses' may prove to be surprise fits in new Bears D - Moon Mullin: Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton may not only NOT be draft misses, but also may each be in line to play the position the other was supposed to be playing.

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Roster news - Brad Biggs: Bears sign former Arena League receiver A.J. Cruz.

Five Bears players to watch in camp - Larry Mayer: There will be countless storylines to monitor the next few weeks during Bears training camp, but Jared Allen and four of his teammates will be especially intriguing to keep an eye on.

Position battles to watch at Bears training camp - Not-Hub Fishbain and Fruit of Hub's Loins say to keep an eye on the inside linebackers.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush, Not-Hub Fishbain, and Spawn of Hub preview the offensive side of the ball as the Bears make their way to Bourbonnais, IL for their 2015 Training Camp.

Roster analysis: Offense - Greg Gabriel: With a new coaching staff and roster turnover, there will be optimism — but there are also questions.

Roster analysis: QB - James Neveau: The Bears are going to rely more on their running game in 2015 than they did under Marc Trestman, but that doesn’t mean that the passing game will take a backseat.

Roster analysis: Offense - Bob LeGere: Veteran Eddie Royal has unique connections with Jay Cutler, Adam Gase and John Fox that make him one of several offensive players worth watching when training camp practices begin Thursday.

Roster analysis: Special teams - Dan Durkin: Teams with 3-4 defenses carry more linebackers, who typically make up core special teams players, so there’s a chance the Bears’ coverage units could improve this season.

Roster analysis - Patrick Finley: Sifting through the veterans and rookies, the starters and special-teamers, here’s how we handicap each player’s chances of making the Bears:

Underrated rookies who could surprise - Doug Farrar: Basically a coach on the field as he developed with the Nittany Lions, Adrian Amos has the attributes to fill Vic Fangio's need for hybrid situational defenders, and become a starting safety over time.

[Audio] - Dan Hampton discusses Bears' 2015 outlook on Kap & Haugh.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Hopes not high for Jay Cutler this season. [I've given up watching videos, myself, but here's Ed Hochuli if you need him.]

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Where do Bears coaches start in building contender?

[Video] - (CSNChicago): Fact or fiction as Bears prep for training camp.

Fluff piece - Chris Emma: "Kyle Long Eager To Strap Pads In Training Camp".

TMZ - Blair Sheade: "Kyle Fuller throws out first pitch, sings 7th inning stretch". Eh, make fun of him yourselves. I don't care any more.

TMZ - "Chicago Bears players immortalized in rap lyrics from Matt Forte to Jay Cutler to Curtis Enis." Matthew Schwerha steals 5 seconds of my life and two clicks of my mouse button (one to open, one to close after seeing this was as worthless as I assumed it was going to be) that I'll never get back.

Miscellaneous Bears news from - Bears announce deal with Univision ... Bears present Collin Wehr Scholarship ... LifeSource to host blood drive at camp.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - James Neveau: The Lions were a playoff team last year, but with the losses of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, it is a fair question to ask as to whether or not they can hit that peak again ... Lions corner: "Lions defense not too different from Seahawks." [Next sentence: "Hey, this is potent stuff, man." - Den]

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Pelissero: Adrian Peterson's star power still strong for Vikings ... Mike Zimmer says AP will get 'as much as he can take' ... Ben Goessling: Zimmer: Corners should be able to press before training camp.


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