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Chicago Bears minicamp day 1 news and notes

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The Chicago Bears opened a three day mandatory minicamp today at Halas Hall and as advertised, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was on the practice field. "It's good to have him here," head coach John Fox said of Jeffery, "He looks to be in good shape. He's ready to roll."

Jeffery, who is still seeking a long term contract after signing the franchise tender, met the media after practice and he still believes his future is with the Bears saying, "That's the goal, but that's between Mr. (GM Ryan) Pace and my agent." He also said the plan is for him to report to training camp in July with the rest of his teammates.

With Jeffery at camp, that gave the Bears a full complement of players at practice, although outside linebacker Pernell McPhee was among a handful not on the field. McPhee should be ready to go by the time training camp rolls around, but when asked about the injury, head coach John Fox gave a typical John Fox answer, "I can't predict 5 weeks, day-to-day."

The Bears had a few veterans in on a try out basis today, among them tight ends Tony Moeaki and Ryan Taylor, fullback Darrel Young and defensive lineman Marquis Jackson. With one opening on Chicago's 90 man offseason roster, I would imagine the free agents were going all out to earn that spot.

Here are a few more quick hitting Tweets from the Bears' beat writers.

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