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Ego Ferguson and Jeremiah Ratliff are candidates to start at defensive end now that Ray McDonald has been cut.

The Bears were relying on McDonald to be a starter and major player for them at 3-4 end next to rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman and bookend Jarvis Jenkins. They're now scrambling as Ferguson is more of a tackle and Ratliff turns 34 years old in August.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 26 - 8:05 AM

Bears DC Vic Fangio said he prefers big players on his defensive line.

That is bad news for second-year DT Will Sutton. "Only" 6-foot, 303 pounds, Sutton is not big enough to play nose tackle and does not have the skill set to be a two-gap lineman. After playing 465 snaps as a rookie, Sutton will see his role greatly diminished this season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:17 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson says Marquess Wilson "needs a strong preseason to ensure he’s on the 53-man roster."

Wilson was a pet project of the Phil Emery regime, but we'd still expect him to stick under Ryan Pace and John Fox. Wilson is a promising size/speed prospect with untapped potential who won't turn 23 years old until September. The Bears should keep him as their No. 4 wideout behind Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Eddie Royal. At the same time, it's worth considering that Wilson is a holdover seventh-round pick who didn't exactly light it up in six 2014 starts, no matter what Drew Dinkmeyer tells you. Wilson needs to make an impression in preseason games.
May 21 - 9:27 AM

ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson believes Ka’Deem Carey needs a strong preseason to secure his roster spot.

The Bears signed veteran role player Jacquizz Rodgers in free agency and drafted Jeremy Langford early in the fourth round. A holdover from the failed Phil Emery regime, Carey has lost his support system with rookie GM Ryan Pace and new OC Adam Gase now calling the shots. Many teams carry only three running backs. Carey may need to show special teams value to stick around.
May 20 - 5:39 PM

An NFL personnel director told ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson TE Martellus Bennett's contract situation hurts his trade value.

Bennett is unhappy with the $9.985 million owed to him over the final two years of his deal, and he made that discontent known by skipping the Bears' voluntary workouts. Bennett's desire for a new contract could hurt his trade value, as any team which trades for him would also need to work out a long-term extension with the inconsistent and eccentric playmaker. With the draft already in the books, the most likely scenario is Bennett plays out 2015 under his current contract before revisiting a new deal next offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 10:00 AM

Bears No. 7 overall pick Kevin White reportedly had a "dominant" rookie camp.

Longtime Bears reporter Dan Pompei described White as "easily the most impressive rookie wide receiver I’ve ever seen walk through the doors at Halas Hall." White is supposed to dominate later-round DBs and UDFAs at rookie camp, but it's a good sign nonetheless. Also learning all three receiver positions, White is a good bet to flirt with 60-plus receptions as a rookie.
May 11 - 5:00 PM

Bears signed QB Pat Devlin.

The journeyman will be a camp arm.
May 11 - 3:12 PM

Coach John Fox said he's not opposed to riding Matt Forte as a true workhorse.

Fox has a long history of using a committee at running back, from DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart to Knowshon Moreno/Montee Ball to C.J. Anderson/Ronnie Hillman. The difference in Chicago is that Matt Forte is so far ahead of backups Ka'Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford in terms of talent. Forte won't play 92.3 percent of the snaps like he did last year or even 87.9 like he did in 2013, but a season in the range of 280-310 total touches is a fair projection.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 11:17 AM

ESPN Chicago considers the status of disgruntled Bears TE Martellus Bennett "unresolved."

Bennett wants more money and has yet to report for offseason activities. "The answer is not going to change much -- it is voluntary," coach John Fox said on the final day of rookie minicamp. "I prefer guys be here, but if they’re not, they’re not." The Bears will know Martellus is willing to play hardball if he doesn't report to their mandatory minicamp in June, for which Bennett can be fined if he skips.
May 10 - 1:43 PM

Bears DC Vic Fangio is confident Jared Allen's move from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker can "revitalize" the 33-year-old's career.

Fangio says Allen "did well" at OLB in Chicago's pre-draft minicamp. "I think he can have a rebirth to his career here playing a little bit of a new position." Fangio also explained Allen's position won't be all that different because the Bears will mostly lean on sub-packages, where Allen will continue to rush the passer with his hand in the dirt. With Lamarr Houston (ACL) and Willie Young (Achilles') coming off major injuries, Allen is the favorite to start opposite Pernell McPhee.
May 9 - 7:40 PM

Bears DC Vic Fangio wants to see Shea McClellin at inside linebacker.

"He has been hindered, I think, by being moved around," Fangio said. "Maybe it's time to lock him down into hopefully an inside linebacker spot." McClellin has struggled to find a position after being taken with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, failing at both defensive end and outside linebacker in the Bears' old 4-3 scheme. Fangio will give him a shot on the inside in the new 3-4 defense, but he is unlikely to beat out Mason Foster or Jon Bostic for a starting job.
May 9 - 1:31 PM

Bears OC Adam Gase said he feels "comfortable" with Jay Cutler.

"We have a good relationship so far," Gase said, "and we’re just going to keep working to get better." After unsuccessfully trying to dump him during the draft, the Bears' coaching staff now has to repair its relationship with the highly-paid quarterback. Considering both sides are stuck with each other, that should not be a tall task. Cutler will open the season as the starting quarterback in Chicago.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 9:42 AM

No. 7 overall pick Kevin White lined up in multiple positions on the first day of rookie minicamp.

"Did a lot of movement today," White said. "Left side and in the slot on the right side. Slot in the left. So a lot different than college." White played almost exclusively on the right side at West Virginia. In addition to learning a more complex route tree, White will have to learn how to run routes from multiple positions across the formation. The learning curve may be steep, but all indications are White has the work ethic to get it done.
May 9 - 9:32 AM

Free agent QB Pat Devlin is trying out at Bears rookie minicamp.

They may sign him if they like what they see on the practice field. Heavily hyped during the run-up to the 2011 draft, Devlin was not selected and has been bouncing around since. He was waived by the Vikings this past April.
May 8 - 1:35 PM

Bears signed No. 71 overall pick C Hroniss Grasu to a four-year contract.

The Bears have now signed all six of their draft picks. Grasu should be given every opportunity to win Chicago's Week 1 center job over journeyman Will Montgomery. The Bears still need to address their right tackle weakness.
May 8 - 9:53 AM


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