Bears new offensive scheme fits tight end Adams
By Brad Biggs
4:56 p.m. CDT, June 13, 2012
Tight end Kyle Adams has been getting reps with the first team in minicamp and looks to have a shot to stick on the 53-man roster as he did a year ago as an undrafted free agent from Purdue.
Adams got only 12 snaps on offense last season but was a solid two-phase special teams contributor before a hamstring injury forced him to injured reserve.
Now, the F-position offensive coordinator Mike Tice is working to develop fits Adams, as well as fourth-round draft pick Evan Rodriguez. It’s called the “move” position because the player is frequently used in motion before the snap. Adams is settling in and feeling good about his situation.
“It’s always a great opportunity when you get a chance to have reps with the first team or any group on this team,” he said. “So, it’s been awesome.”
A full offseason that ends with Thursday’s minicamp practices has helped him make a big jump in a new scheme.
“I think I am just learning a lot more,” Adams said. “Last year, there was a lockout and there wasn’t an offseason so it’s tough to pick everything up and after a year, just getting comfortable with the system, the plays, what the quarterbacks are doing, I am more comfortable with my role.”
For the Bears to keep Adams, the team will likely have to keep four tight ends. Typically, teams keep three at the position. Tice doesn’t have a big track record employing tight ends and if the Bears go without one – as they did in 2010 – it would make sense to keep four.
“Any time you are in this league, everyday is a battle to stay on the team,” Adams said. “You never have a secure position. So, everyday I am just trying to prove myself, prove what I can do and improve.”
Nuggets from Wednesday’s practice:
* Lovie Smith heaped high praise on cornerback Tim Jennings, who has responded well all offseason. “Tim Jennings has had as good a camp as anyone we’ve had on our team throughout the offseason,” he said. “Made a lot of plays, things we asked him to improve upon, I feel like he’s really worked to do that.”
* Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery returned to practice after missing Tuesday with a lower leg injury.
* Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher did some sprinting again with a small brace on his left knee and then had it iced. Linebacker Patrick Trahan, wide receiver Johnny Knox and defensive end Thaddeus Gibson were held out.
* It was a spirited practice, especially early during one-on-one drills between defenders and receivers.
* The five tryout players from Tuesday were back on the field again: tight end Darcy Johnson, running back Embry Peeples, defensive end Eli Joseph and offensive tackle Cory Brandon.
* Long snapper Pat Mannelly, with a brace on his left knee, did work during drills. Special teams coordinator Dave Toub said the timing will allow him to build some confidence in his reconstructed knee (ACL) before training camp.
* After a rough practice on Tuesday, strong safety Major Wright had a strong showing with two interceptions.
* Former Bears cornerback Tom Carter was at practice. He works for the NFLPA and was monitoring the practice.
* During the two-minute drill, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates radioed calls into the quarterbacks. Bates stood next to offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who gave him the calls. The first play for the first team? Wright picked off a pass for Devin Hester along the sideline.
* Henry Melton took some reps at right end as the defense moved Julius Peppers inside at tackle for a few snaps. The Bears did this last season on occasion.
I'm thinking Adams play is a death knell for Clutts. As good a blocker as he is I don't see us using all that many two back sets and when we do Adams could potentially play that spot which is what they had planned to do with him last year before he got hurt. Unless Clutts can hold a spot based on his ST play he'll most likely be cut.
Nice to hear the competition has Jennings stepping up his game. I think we're gonna see the same things from the Olineman once the pads go on in July. Emery made sure there are a lot of vets competing for those starting spots. That should leave us with some experienced depth too.
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