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Here's how the Bears are shaping up on the edges of their new 3-4 defense

Here's how the Bears are shaping up on the edges of their new 3-4 defense

The Bears' new 3-4 base front will change how they defend the edges. There's a lot to sort out in this transition before September, but here's an early breakdown of new responsibilities and the candidates to fill them. Ends — Ray McDonald, Jarvis Jenkins: Take your notions about a 4-3 end and save them for sub packages. While the Bears are in their base grouping, which general manager Ryan Pace has approximated will be 40 percent of the time, defensive ends primarily are big-bodied run stuffers. Like the nose tackle, they're generally asked to occupy offensive linemen and keep the linebackers free to make tackles. There are some 3-4 ends who disrupt the...

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