8/6 camp notes

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    I'm wondering if Trestman is going to keep the offense on the field a little bit longer than usual on Friday. This is a big boy offense and these one-a-days mandated by the new CBA hurts new offensive installations.
     
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    I think the OL will be out there longer, not sure about Cutler Marshal or Jeffery.
     
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    If Bushrod isn't playing Friday, I don't want to see Cutty out there longer than normal. That whole line (minus B-Rod) can stay out for the first half for all I care.
     
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    That reinforces what many of us have been suspecting. I favor Wilson>Weems despite the ST thing but if they can't find a roster spot for MW, they're gonna have to do the faux-injury-redshirt game to keep him.

    With guys like Bowman, Costanzo, and JAnderson already providing ST ability, do we really need to keep Weems just for that? He adds virtually nothing on O.
     
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    ya and another person said that Weems is a small WR and was having problems w/Cutler throws sailing over him b/c of the taller DB's on him.
     
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    Had Melton standing up playing Rover....first time in Camp but did this multiple times in OTA's. It will be interesting what they can do if they can keep the entire DL and LB's healthy.
     
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    A D lineman that jumps to bat a ball at that moment is no longer rushing the passer. To stop batting down balls means that they will be continuing with the rush, making Cutler uncomfortable.
     
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    http://www.hubarkush.com/2013/08/06/bears-d-turns-three-batted-balls-into-picks/a6i36t/

    Bears 'D' turns three batted balls into picks
    By KEVIN FISHBAIN - kfishbain@shawmedia.com - Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:02 p.m. CDT
    BOURBONNAIS — At the first day of training camp, Henry Melton said he likes to make Jay Cutler mad by batting down practices. During Tuesday’s practice, Melton batted a ball to himself and returned it for a score, one of three such interceptions for Cutler.
    “It was luck,’ Melton said. “I just put my hand up and it came to me. It was in the air forever. I just caught it, and scored.”
    Later on in practice, Cutler attempted a throw that Shea McClellin made a spectacular play on, jumping in the passing lane and snatching the pass into his stomach before returning it for a touchdown.
    During the final set of team drills, another Cutler pass was deflected at the line and intercepted by Isaiah Frey. Chris Conte also had a pick-six in 7-on-7 drills.
    The tipped balls create an odd situation for the offense in terms of how they view the play. No one on that side of the ball wants to see three batted balls turned into interceptions, but the D-line is encouraged not to bat the passes, so head coach Marc Trestman said he doesn’t read too much into it.
    “I don’t get caught up in it right now because the pass rushers stop because they don’t want to get in the way, and their hands go up or they jump up in the air for the ball,” he said. “We try to discourage jumping up in the air for the ball so we can complete plays and let everybody go to the ball and finish, but we allow the guys to keep their hands up.
    “Certainly we’re disappointed that we didn’t get the plays off. We hope it doesn’t carry over to the season. It usually doesn’t because those lanes are created, but it’s good to have adversity like that.”
    Cutler told reporters that the offense needs to “remind them again” when referring to the defense avoiding getting in the passing lanes.
    “It’s frustrating offensively because it’s probably not going to happen in a game, but we’ve got to battle through it and we know we’re going to the right guy, going to the right spot, just we’re getting tipped here and there, couple bad decisions,” Cutler said. “But like I said, it’s camp, and we just have to keep working on the things we’re struggling with and keep doing all the good things.”
    While the offense didn’t seem too concerned with the results from Tuesday’s practice that had more interceptions than explosive offensive plays, it sure helped the defense control things.
     
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    I just think Jay is always going to be a guy who plays better with bigger, stronger WRs who can create additional space in those tight windows with their physicality over speedsters who do it with their feet. It's nice to have Weems as a backup returner, but you have to find more versatility in those backup returners other than ST play. Don't sell Michael Ford short on what he did as part of a return-by-committee to replace Honey Badger last season. I don't know if he's getting reps there with us, but he should. I'd like to carry a speedster fourth back like him over a guy whose ability to play his own position is highly questionable.
     
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    funny how in DA's last stint here he was the tallest WR on the roster, now he's one of the smaller ones. He's 6-2, now there is a 6-3 and 3 6-4 guys, and a 6-5 guy. So no doubt this GM and coaches are trying to surround Cutler w/taller bigger "go up and get it" WR's. Weems and Britton are the only sub 6 foot guys, besides Hester...but he's not on O this year.

    Just read on chicagobears.com how Kromer when he was in NO's wanted them to draft Forte, so no doubt the coaches are going to want to use Forte as much as possible. It's amazing how quickly Forte has jumped into the Bears record books too, for a team w/so many good RB's, he's 4th in rushing yards and 3rd in all purpose yards and 3rd in 100yard games.
     
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