Bears Show Optimism Heading Into Training Camp

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The Bears began putting down roots at Olivet Nazarene University settling into their dorms. It was a low key arrival with the exception of receiver Josh Bellamy who brought an extra set of wheels with him.

There is always optimism at the start of camp, but Kyle Long senses that its more genuine this year.

“I’ve experience a lot of new attitudes here the last few years,” says Long. “This is above and beyond my favorite attitude that we’ve adopted.”

“You just feel the chemistry and the culture right now,” says Bears General Manager Ryan Pace. “I feel really good right now where we’re at as a team.”

Jay Cutler is upbeat because he’ll have Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White both healthy and ready to go from day one.

“It’ll be nice,” says Cutler. “We’ve got to be careful with both of them I think. Kevin is still learning the position. Learning the offense. Alshon missed most of OTAs and stuff, so we’ve got to get him back up to speed and make sure both of them are in shape and good to go.”

John Fox is more at ease knowing he has a better handle on his team now in year two of his tenure.

“There’s a whole lot less questions this year than there was last year in my mind,” says Fox.

One player not ready to go for the first practice Pernell McPhee. The Bears want to give him more time to strengthen the knee that he injured last season. They don’t know when he will be out on the practice field, but the Bears will be out there Thursday morning for their first workout.

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