For the 14th consecutive season, the Chicago Bears travel south approximately 90 miles to hold training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
The club’s first non-padded practice is set for July 30 at 9:35 a.m. C.T., the team announced Monday. Head coach John Fox's first padded workout is scheduled to occur on August 1 at 9:35 a.m.
In a break from the Marc Trestman era, the Bears will only practice in front of the public at 9:35 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. The lone exception is the Bears' annual Family Fest practice at Soldier Field, which is slated to begin at 11:35 a.m. Aug. 8. Family Fest is normally is a night-time affair, but is being moved this year to accommodate Fox's preferred practice time.
The Bears will practice a total of 12 times in Bourbonnais and break camp Aug. 16 following the opening preseason game versus the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field.
Key storylines to watch in Bears’ training camp include:
1. Jay Cutler's learning curve in offensive coordinator Adam Gase's new system.
2. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio implementing a 3-4 defense.
3. Veteran Jared Allen transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker.
4. Tight end Martellus Bennett's disposition after skipping the voluntary offseason program due to a contract dispute.
5. Two-time Pro Bowl tailback Matt Forte's long-term future in Chicago absent a new contract.
6. Can former first-round pick Shea McClellin make the roster and contribute at inside linebacker?
7. Rookie wide receiver Kevin White's impact on the offense.
8. Fellow wideout Alshon Jeffery's soon-to-be expiring contract.
9. The Bears ability to replace recently released defensive end Ray McDonald.
10. Can veteran Antrel Rolle solidify the safety position?