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Bears LCB Tim Jennings will man the slot in sub-packages this season.

The Bears toyed with the move in the offseason, and made it official during camp. Coming off a strong 2013, Jennings will remain outside opposite Peanut Tillman in the Bears' base defense. First-rounder Kyle Fuller will kick outside when Jennings lines up at nickel.
Aug 21 - 2:00 PM

Brandon Marshall will be flying to New York every Tuesday during the season to film Showtime's "Inside the NFL."

It's not ideal for Marshall to be spending his off day taking two flights weekly, but we trust that it won't be a problem. He's still in the prime for wideouts at age 30, hasn't missed a game since 2010 and keeps his body in peak condition. "He asked me about it. I trust him to make decisions that are in the best interests of the team first," said coach Marc Trestman. "I know Brandon. I know he'll do that."
Aug 20 - 10:33 AM

There's concern that Bears RT Jordan Mills (foot) is in danger of missing Week 1.

Mills is listed as day to day, but he hasn't played in a preseason game yet and has been spotted with a walking boot sporadically throughout camp. He underwent left foot surgery in January. When asked if his starting right tackle is in doubt for the opener, coach Marc Trestman said, "I'm hopeful that it's not. I'm not trying to get you to insinuate anything. I'm just hopeful it's not." Mills was the weakest member of the Bears' improved line last season.
Aug 20 - 8:06 AM

Bears signed KR/RB Darius Reynaud.

After the Bears released KR Eric Weems last week, they needed a new one. While Reynaud's position is listed as running back, he won't be in the mix to see carries behind Matt Forte. Reynaud averaged 23.9 yards per kick return last season in nine games with the Titans and Jets. He'll compete for the job.
Aug 18 - 9:18 PM

Bears coach Marc Trestman isn't worried about new WR Santonio Holmes' attitude.

"We spent time with him," Trestman said Monday. "I mean, people change. ... You’re out for a while, you get a good, hard look at where you are not only in your work life, as well as other aspects of your life." Holmes' sometimes toxic personality is a big part of the reason he languished on the open market until mid-August. Provided he can avoid making waves, he's the huge favorite to begin the season as the Bears' No. 3 receiver. He's "competing" with Josh Morgan.
Aug 18 - 4:46 PM

Speaking Monday, Bears coach Marc Trestman called Josh Morgan the "next man up" at No. 3 receiver.

The Bears released theoretical No. 3 man Eric Weems on Saturday. Technically speaking, Morgan is the next man up, but new addition Santonio Holmes should get every chance to beat him out. Even were Morgan to hold off his more-accomplished teammate, he'd have no fantasy value as the Bears' No. 3.
Aug 18 - 4:27 PM

The Bears have listed CB Kyle Fuller (ankle) as day to day.

Fuller injured his ankle during the opening kickoff against the Jags last Thursday. It sounds like the No. 3 corner will be fine well before Week 1.
Aug 18 - 4:02 PM

Bears WR Marquess Wilson (broken right collarbone) is expected to be sidelined until "at least" midseason.

Wilson broke his collarbone in three separate places. The specific timeline is 12-14 weeks. It means he'll almost certainly begin the year on injured reserve/designated to return, and leaves the door open for Santonio Holmes to run away with No. 3 duties. I.R./return would make Wilson ineligible to return before Week 10, as the Bears are on bye in Week 9. Week 10 would be a best-case scenario, and isn't terribly likely. Wilson no longer has re-draft upside for the 2014 season, but remains a hold in Dynasty leagues.
Source: USA Today
Aug 18 - 2:30 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright says Shaun Draughn "appears to have solidified the No. 2 spot."

In an important note for Matt Forte handcuffers, Draughn has beaten out unimpressive rookie Ka'Deem Carey. However, it's unlikely Draughn would be a true feature back if Forte went down. He's averaged 3.73 YPC in his career and been waived by both the Chiefs and Ravens in the last two seasons.
Aug 18 - 12:49 PM

Bears signed WR Santonio Holmes.

Chicago worked out Holmes last week. With Marquess Wilson on the shelf for at least the first several weeks of the season, Holmes will compete with Josh Morgan and Eric Weems for the Bears' No. 3 receiver job. If he has anything left in the tank, he should win the competition going away. Holmes is not yet on the redraft radar, but he is a name to watch in the Bears' final two preseason games.
Aug 16 - 10:37 AM

Bears FS Chris Conte (shoulder) is expected to play in Chicago's third preseason game against Seattle next Friday.

"We want to get him in there and we certainly want to give him a chance to compete," coach Marc Trestman said. Conte's injury caused him to fall behind both Danny McCray and rookie Brock Vereen, but there is still time for him to regain his starting spot. Ryan Mundy is locked in as the Bears' starting strong safety.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 8:54 AM

ESPN Chicago confirms that rookie CB Kyle Fuller's ankle injury isn't believed to be serious.

Fuller was injured on the opening kickoff of Thursday night's preseason game. X-rays have ruled out structural damage, and he should be considered day to day. The Bears plan to update Fuller's status early next week.
Aug 15 - 7:06 PM

Bears placed TE Zach Miller on injured reserve, ending his season.

Miller exploded for a 6-62-2 line in Chicago's preseason opener, running with the ones with Martellus Bennett suspended. Injury plagued throughout his career, Miller again falls victim after suffering a Lisfranc injury in the Bears' second exhibition game. He's expected to be released with a settlement.
Aug 15 - 4:06 PM

Coach Marc Trestman considers the Bears' No. 2 running back battle ongoing.

Journeyman Shaun Draughn has consistently outplayed rookie Ka'Deem Carey in preseason, and seems to be running away with the job. If Carey doesn't improve in the second half of August, the Bears may have to consider adding a veteran. Carey has looked sluggish on the edge and too small to move piles.
Aug 15 - 3:50 PM

Bears coach Marc Trestman concedes second-year RB Michael Ford has fallen down the depth chart due to "inconsistency."

Ford has worked as Chicago's No. 5 back in both preseason games, behind Matt Forte, Shaun Draughn, rookie Ka'Deem Carey, and UDFA Senorise Perry. Despite an impressive 2013 Combine, Ford went undrafted two Aprils ago and appears to have been ruled out of the No. 2 back mix. Draughn is the favorite.
Aug 15 - 3:47 PM


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