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Chicago Bears' OTA Notes June 1

NFL: Chicago Bears-OTA Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears are in the middle of Phase 2 of their offseason workout program and today's OTA was open to the media. So just like we did last week on the open media day at practice, we'll drop a few nuggets here to whet your Bears' appetite.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is still staying away from all the voluntary work outs, but that is to be expected as he angles for a deal. Then again, reports from yesterday claim that Jeffery will play out the 2016 season on the franchise tag.

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee was also missing, but his was injury related as he is still recovering after getting his knee cleaned up. The Bears expect him to be fully healed before training camp rolls around.

Left tackle Charles Leno, who is still in line to be the opening day starter, met the media today and he said in regards to the Bears not bringing in a left tackle this offseason, "They believe in me so now I've got to repay them." The 3rd year pro also believes in himself, "I know I can play against anybody in this league." Bears' O-line coach Dave Magazu says he will play the five best linemen and Leno says he just has "to be one of those best 5."

My best guess is Leno opens the year starting at left tackle.

Leno was also very complimentary of his former teammate, Jermon Bushrod, the man whom he replaced in the starting line up last year. "Still one of the best role models I've ever had, I still to this day thank him."

He was also rocking some fresh socks at practice.

And he had some thoughts on rookie 2nd rounder Cody Whitehair.

A few other players chatted with the media today and here are a few quick hitting Tweets from those exchanges.

If you guys find any other Bears nuggets, be sure to share them in the comment section.