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BOURBONNAIS — Never known as a workout warrior, Lance Briggs is stepping up his weight-room routine this season. ‘‘When I was younger, I would work out three days, take a day off; work out four, take a day off; work out one day, take a day off,’’ Briggs said. ‘‘Now it’s five days. I’m consistently hitting two-a-days through camp.’’ The intensified regimen is a concession to age and reality. At 33, with 11 seasons with the Bears taking a toll, Briggs is determined to return with a bang. He’s happy to be a mentor to Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene and … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:42:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jay Cutler: The art and soul of offense ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — Quarterback Jay Cutler has been called a lot of things in his first eight years in the NFL, but this is a new one: artist. If his first training camp under coach Marc Trestman was paint-by-numbers — learn the new coaching staff’s plays, formations and strategy — this year’s tour at Olivet Nazarene University has been rooted in the details. “It’s a next-level thing,” tight end Martellus Bennett said. “Last year was everybody just running the route, getting there. “But he’s like, ‘Hey, you got this coverage; we can do it this way now,’ instead of just doing … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:43:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rookie DT Will Sutton knows he has work to do ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — A full practice working with the first team Monday wasn’t enough for rookie defensive tackle Will Sutton. He needed some extra work with skill-development coach Joe Kim after facing guard Matt Slauson. ‘‘You can’t just go down the middle of the man,’’ Sutton said. ‘‘Everybody is a grown man, of course. You have to be able to use technique. Technique is the game. You use the proper technique, and you’ll be able to win every matchup.’’ Sutton played in place of veteran Jeremiah Ratliff (day off). He has shown a quick burst during camp but admitted facing Slauson … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:42:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ New top-secret Bears defense is no joke ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — Getting any information about the details of ­defensive coordinator Mel Tucker’s scheme changes is like pulling teeth strapped with braces. Tucker’s playbook seemingly has ‘‘Top Secret’’ stamped on it. There are polite refusals. ‘‘I don’t want to get into any scheme things,’’ defensive backs coach Jon Hoke said. ‘‘There are a few subtle things, but nothing elaborate.’’ And there are jokes. ‘‘What have we changed?’’ linebackers coach Reggie Herring said. ‘‘Somebody gave you some bad info. A little wacky weed involved?’’ Still, everyone knows the changes are real, although not everyone can see them. Only so much can … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:01:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears rookie punter Pat O’Donnell earning fans and a nickname ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — The ball soared halfway to Kankakee. More than five seconds later, it fell toward earth, and the crowd erupted with its loudest cheer. The ball wasn’t thrown by Jay Cutler for a touchdown or kicked by Robbie Gould through the uprights. It rocketed off the leg of Pat O’Donnell, the Bears’ rookie punter, who took his first step toward reaching legendary status Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University. As his kicks grew longer, fans hummed with anticipation, bestowing a name upon him: “Mega-Punt.” They chanted it. “It’s definitely a cool feeling,” the sixth-round pick out of Miami said. “The … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:17:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chris Williams could be Devin Hester’s flair apparent at returner ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — It’s likely Devin Hester’s replacement will have to do more than return kicks to make the Bears’ roster. That could put Chris Williams in the early lead. The 5-8, 175-pound Williams, a former CFL all-star returner/receiver, continued to catch everything in sight in training camp Sunday — including a diving catch going toward the middle of the field on a pass from Jimmy Clausen. “I only know one way to play. This is me. This is what I do, and I just keep playing my way,” said Williams, whom the Bears signed for the final regular-season game last … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:19:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears committed to a Forte-first approach ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — Question Bears coach Marc Trestman about how Matt Forte can improve during training camp and he practically does a Kennedy impression. Ask not what Matt Forte can do for the Bears. Ask what the Bears can do to help their Pro Bowl running back top the best season of his career. ‘‘We continue to ask ourselves, ‘How can we help him?’ ’’ Trestman said this week at Olivet Nazarene University. ‘‘ ‘How can we find plays that we can allow him to use his talents?’ We’re working in that direction.’’ His talents are well documented, Forte having finished second in … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:50:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kelvin Hayden happy to have chance after missing last season ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — Cornerback Kelvin Hayden isn’t all the way back, but he’s getting there. Interceptions in training-camp practices without pads are fool’s gold more often than not. But for Hayden, his early impact at Bears camp — including an interception of Jay Cutler and a forced fumble Saturday — is an indication his recovery from a torn hamstring that cost him the entire 2013 season is on target. ‘‘The work I put in is paying off,’’ Hayden said. ‘‘I actually feel better. The way I feel right now . . . I want to feel that way every day. Training camp is … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:32:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Martellus Bennett working on yards after catch ]]>

BOURBONNAIS — Tight end Martellus Bennett wants to be a beast of burden. Bennett has declared this season the ‘‘Year of the YAK,’’ misspelling the acronym for ‘‘yards after catch’’ on purpose. ‘‘I just like the animal — yak — better than the word YAC,’’ he said. Bennett and quarterback Jay Cutler stayed late after the second day of camp Saturday to work on the latter. ‘‘Me and him have a plan this year in camp to constantly work on a different route each day,’’ Bennett said. ‘‘As a tight end, it’s really just about being in rhythm, just him … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:32:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ VIDEO: Brian Urlacher discusses Bears, Jay Cutler in team preview ]]>

Former Bears linebacker and current analyst Brian Urlacher is part of a Fox Sports Live panel previewing the NFL season team-by-team. This week, the group discussed the Bears, who rank No. 7 in its power rankings. Also on the panel are former quarterback Donovan McNabb, former wide receiver Randy Moss and Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer. … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Four downs with Ditka ]]> Lead story image

What’s the No. 1 thing coach Marc Trestman has to establish in Bears training camp this season? Marc realized that they needed help on defense, and they went out and fixed that in the offseason. You can’t win in this league today unless you play defense, especially pass coverage. You have to be good in the secondary, you have to be able to cover and you have to be able to tackle. They weren’t good in that area last year; in fact, they were bad. And it put all the pressure on their offense to carry them. What they have … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:31:50 -0500