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What role will Bass play this year?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

What role do you see defensive end David Bass playing on defense this year? I saw flashes of a very good player his rookie year and feel like he's been left out of the talk of the defense with the additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young.

Danny P.
South Bend, Indiana

It certainly will be more difficult for David Bass to get on the field this year following the free-agent signings of defensive ends Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young. But Bass did show promise and playmaking ability last season as a rookie after the Bears claimed him off waivers from the Raiders. The interception he returned for a touchdown against the Ravens was particularly impressive. Bass also figures to benefit greatly from spending an entire offseason and training camp with the Bears and will get plenty of opportunities to earn playing time as part of the defensive end rotation this summer during camp and the preseason.

I want to visit Bears training camp in Bourbonnais with my dad this summer. What dates is camp open to the public. Also, are there any dates where there are special events?

Northbrook, Illinois

The Bears will practice at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais from July 25-Aug. 12. All practices are free and open to the public. Theme days include Vamos Bears Dia (July 26), Ladies Day (July 30), Armed Forces Day (Aug. 4) and Youth Football Day (Aug. 6). The Bears also will conduct their annual Family Fest practice Aug. 2 at Soldier Field with tickets priced at $8 and $12. Click here for a complete training camp schedule.

What do you think about Jordan Lynch playing safety?

Dave H.
Clinton, Iowa

I don't see that happening. It's difficult enough to switch positions entering the NFL, but at least Jordan Lynch will be utilizing some of the same skills as a Bears running back that he used as a quarterback at Northern Illinois. It would seem that moving him to the other side of the ball would be too drastic of a change in terms of the techniques he'd have to learn, at least as a rookie.

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