Bears shopping close to home for talent

Bears shopping close to home for talent
April 17, 2014, 11:15 am
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NFL success is rooted in the ability to find talent and the Bears will be looking close to home this week for more.

On top of the NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, NFL team’s are permitted to host local/regional players at their facilities, auditions that have occasionally produced surprise finds.

The Bears brought unheralded Matt Blanchard, out of Lake Zurich High School before a successful run at Wisconsin-Whitewater, for a rookie minicamp in 2012 and eventually placed the undrafted free-agent quarterback on their practice squad that season. Blanchard was having a solid preseason last year before a hand injury led to his release.

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This year one of the prospects will be another candidate for the quarterback-development pipeline, with Notre Dame’s Tommy Rees among those scheduled for the closed group workout. Rees’ workout was first reported by Adam Jahns over at the Sun-Times.

Also expected is wide receiver Tellef Lundevall, 6-4, 215, out of Highland Park High School and Brown University where he finished No. 7 all time among Ivy League receivers with 216 receptions, 133 of those over his junior and senior seasons.