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Dan Durkin became CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in August 2014 after being an NFL columnist for the site for three years. Durkin originally joined the company after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.

The Bourbonnais water tower. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Training Camp Notebook: Rookie Class Playing Meaningful Reps

Three rookies are getting meaningful first-team reps on defense.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2014

Jeremiah Ratliff. (Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty)

Durkin’s Training Camp Notebook: New Defensive Line Sets The Tone

The Bears held their first padded practice of 2014 on Sunday in front of a raucous crowd of faithful fans.

CBS Chicago–07/27/2014

David Fales. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – David Fales

Fales has quality anticipation and pocket awareness but needs to improve his arm strength.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2014

Vereen Brock. (University of Minnesota)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – Brock Vereen

Vereen is a sure tackler who’s good at reading keys, but his ball skills and footwork need work.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2014

Ka'Deem Carey. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – Ka’Deem Carey

Carey displays great vision and finishes runs, but he needs to work on his blocking and gain a few pounds.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2014

Will Sutton. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight — Will Sutton

Sutton is quick with good hands, but his conditioning and run defending need to improve.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2014

Ego Ferguson. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight — DT Ego Ferguson

Ferguson is a stout run defender and light on his feet but needs to better use his hands and pads.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2014

Kyle Fuller. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – CB Kyle Fuller

Fuller’s versatile and physical, but his footwork and tackling form have room to improve.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2014

Matt Forte. (David Banks/ Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down Bears’ High/Low Concept

The high/low attack can stretch the defense vertically and horizontally if executed correctly.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2014

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down The Bears’ ‘Switched Verticals’

An important concept worked wonders for the Bears’ offense last season.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Maturation Of Brandon Marshall

Dan Durkin breaks down Marshall’s blocking, release from the line and some tricks of the trade.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2014

Ego Ferguson. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Post-Draft Digest

Dan Durkin address what we’ve learned, including Chicago’s preference of building a defense front to back.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2014

David Fales. (Credit: Getty)

Durkin’s Breakdown: QB David Fales

A San Jose State product, Fales (6-2/212) led the nation in completion percentage (72.5%) as a junior, finishing his career with 8,382 passing yards, a 68% completion percentage and a three-to-one touchdown (66) to interception (22) ratio.

670 The Score–05/10/2014

Brock Vereen. (Credit: University of Minnesota)

Durkin’s Breakdown: S Brock Vereen

The Minnesota product was a versatile player in college, lining up at outside corner, slot corner, safety and at gunner on special teams.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2014

Ka'Deem Carey. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Breakdown: RB Ka’Deem Carey

Carey is a tough, contact runner with quality vision who can complement starter Matt Forte.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2014

Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Top Available Round 2 Defensive Prospects

Will the Bears do with a defensive tackle or safety? Those would be the logical picks.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2014

Jadeveon Clowney. (Getty Images)

Durkin: 1st-Round Mock Draft 3.0

Dan Durkin makes selections for all 32 first-round picks and writes of each team’s needs.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2014

Bears general manager Phil Emery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down Bears’ Draft Priorities, Potential Prospects Round By Round

Take a look at the options the Bears figure to have in the later rounds.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Should Adhere To Safety First

The culture of today’s NFL makes safeties more valuable than ever.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2014

Jadeveon Clowney. (Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Dan Durkin breaks down the first round with his second mock draft.

670 The Score–04/17/2014

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