Bears Camp Report: Day 4

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    Bears Camp Report: Day 4

    July, 28, 2014
    JUL 28
    5:05
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    By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Chicago Bears training camp:
    • [​IMG]Expectations are sky high for a Bears offense that ranked No. 2 in the NFL last year in points scored (27.8 per game) and No. 5 in passing yards (267.6 per game), but the opening four days of practice have produced a mixed bag of results from a unit that is expected to return all 11 starters. Monday’s performance was no different. At certain points of the session, quarterback Jay Cutler ran the offensive scheme to perfection, firing completions to wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Marquess Wilsonand tight end Martellus Bennett that went for huge gains. On the flip side, Cutler badly underthrew Marshall on a deep route into double coverage that should’ve been intercepted by Bears defenders who were stationed in the area. Veteran cornerbackKelvin Hayden later picked off a deflected Cutler pass in full-team 11-on-11, Hayden’s third interception since the start of camp. There were also batted-down balls at the line of scrimmage and botched snaps from the center to the quarterback that resulted in Cutler describing the offense as “good and bad.” Cutler continued: “That is to be expected taking the time off in July. We’re getting better and better. There’s been some sloppy stuff out there. We’ve got to clean it up. I think the guys are doing a really good job of just recognizing the plays and getting lined up and knowing the concepts and knowing the checks and everything. So if we just clean up some of the little things as we go, we’ll be all right.”
    • The Bears desperately need their top three draft choices to step in and make immediate contributions on defense. First-round pick cornerback Kyle Fuller looks the part and continues to receive extensive reps on the first team in base and nickel withTim Jennings temporarily sidelined due to a sore groin. Third-round choice Will Suttongot thrown into the fire on Monday at three-technique defensive tackle as the coaching staff decided to give Jeremiah Ratliff a veteran’s day off. Sutton appeared to hold up OK versus the heightened competition. Rookie nose tackle Ego Ferguson flashes the ability to get up-field in one-on-one individual pass-rush drills, but Ferguson has ended up on the ground on at least three separate occasions since the pads came on. Ferguson needs to find the perfect combination of speed and balance to ensure he doesn’t take himself out of the play when games begin for real next month.
    • Fans chanted “Mega-Punt” whenever first-year punter Pat O'Donnell connected with the football on Sunday. Not to be outdone, punter Tress Way won the matchup between the two aspiring kickers on Monday. As a sixth-round draft choice, O'Donnell is considered the favorite to win the job, but Way has proved to those in the organization that he is an NFL-caliber punter. Even if Way is eventually released, he can still make it in the league. Former Bears “camp legs” have found gainful employment in the league: Spencer Lanning (Cleveland Browns) and Ryan Quigley(New York Jets).
    • Most of the wideouts competing for the final roster spots have done little to distinguish themselves. The two exceptions are Eric Weems and Chris Williams. Not only are Weems and Williams natural fits in the return game, they have managed to catch the football in camp. The other reserve receivers have been plagued by drops.
    • Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long (viral infection) visited doctors on Monday, but the team cannot say if Long will be back on the field when it returns to work on Wednesday. With Long out, the Bears have worked various combinations at guard, with Eben Britton, Michael Ola and Brian de la Puente all seeing time with the starters.
    • Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (sore foot), receiver Terrence Toliver (toe), safety Chris Conte (PUP) and safety Craig Steltz (PUP) were all spectators on Monday.
    • The Bears are off on Tuesday. The next practice is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. CT.
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    Don't like hearing Cutler throwing into double coverage, hope he gets it out of his system quick.

    Fuller Wilson and Williams have all been making noise, but so has Hayden, good to hear.

    Good to hear Sutton also looks good, sounds like Ego can get into the backfield, good for a NT, but still has work, sounds like a balance issue, which Paul P should be able to work on.
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    I was at camp today and Kyle Fuller really stood out in coverage.

    He shows some physicality with the receivers, has the speed and agility to latch on to his guy, and overall just seems to find his way into the right position.

    I know it's really early in TC, so things could change for the worse, but he was the major standout on day 4 in my opinion.
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    http://www.chicagofootball.com/2014/07/28/bears-training-camp-notebook-july-28/aseze1s/

    Bears Training Camp Notebook: July 28

    By KEVIN FISHBAIN — kfishbain@chicagofootball.com - Monday, July 28, 2014 8:14 p.m. CDT

    BOURBONNAIS — The reason was not ideal, but Marc Trestman got a better look at the competition at the reserve wide receiver spots at Monday’s padded practice.
    Alshon Jeffery missed practice with a sore foot, shining the spotlight on Marquess Wilson and Eric Weems, who each moved up a notch on the depth chart.
    “I like the competitive part of it. I think that Marquess continues to grow and the guys that are with us are all competing,” Trestman said, mentioning Weems, Armanti Edwards, Chris Williams and Micheal Spurlock as well. “I think all of them are doing well at this point in time and they've, of all positions, need a couple days off, so the next 24-36 hours will be good for their legs. They've been doing most of the running.”
    Missing Jeffery did not help an offense that has been shaky to start camp. The first three practices featured some pre-snap penalties, and Trestman was not pleased with a botched snap late in Monday’s session.
    “Good and bad, which is to be expected taking the time off in July,” Cutler said about the unit. “We’re getting better and better. There’s been some sloppy stuff out there. We’ve got to clean it up.
    “I think the guys are doing a really good job of just recognizing the plays and getting lined up and knowing the concepts and knowing the checks and everything. So, if we just clean up some of the little things as we go, we’ll be all right.”
    Cutler has taken extra reps with the second group of offensive linemen and receivers, and Weems seems ahead of the group trying to make the team in terms of making catches, while Williams continues to put together a nice rapport with Jimmy Clausen.
    “Eric Weems is a steady player,” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “The thing about him is he’s smart, he studies, he understands, so when he gets out there he’s able to make the play when he needs to. We’re lucky to have him.”
    Weems wasn’t the only one to benefit from extra looks on offense with Jeffery on the sideline — Martellus Bennett had two touchdown catches and his most productive day at camp.
    Brandon Marshall vs. Kyle Fuller was a highlight for fans during the 1-on-1 drills, and while the All-Pro wideout won the physical battles, he could not come up with the catches. He did open team drills with a good comeback route and catch, and added another one in the two-minute drill, but had at least two drops on the day.
    Cutler tried to force one to Marshall, with Jon Bostic in good coverage, and the underthrown ball was picked off by Kelvin Hayden.
    O-line rotations: Michael Ola and Brian de la Puente split reps at first-team right guard in place of Kyle Long, while Eben Britton spent his practice as the second-team right tackle. Both Ola and de la Puente played in the two-minute drill, as Matt Slauson did not finish the practice because of a sore shoulder.
    Snapping and punting: Following Pat O’Donnell’s show-stealing practice on Sunday, it was actually Tress Way who had the better punts on Monday. The long snappers appeared to switch who they’ve been working with primarily, as Chad Rempel snapped to Way, and Brandon Hartson to O’Donnell. Hartson had a low snap on a field goal in practice.
    Quick hits: Dante Rosario had a false start and a drop, but did have a catch up the seam late. Matthew Mulligan may have the early edge at No. 2 tight end. ... Cornelius Washington and Joe Long got into a brief skirmish during third-team work. … Clausen hit Spurlock for a touchdown in the second-team two-minute drill. … Jordan Mills showed good movement in the run game, getting out in front of Matt Forte on a run to the right. ... The Bears have a day off Tuesday before returning to practice Wednesday morning.
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    Durkin’s Training Camp Notebook: Rookie Class Playing Meaningful Reps

    July 28, 2014 7:43 PM

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    By Dan Durkin
    (CBS) — The Bears wrapped up their fourth day of training camp on Monday and have an off-day on Tuesday.
    Added to the injury list from Sunday’s practice were wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (sore foot) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (coach’s decision), which gave the coaches an opportunity to look at some other players and personnel groupings.
    Here’s my notebook from Monday’s practice:
    Rookie Defenders Playing Meaningful Reps
    With Ratliff held out of today’s practice, rookie Will Sutton lined up with the first team at the three-technique. That brought the total up to three rookies taking reps with the starting unit, as cornerback Kyle Fuller and safety Brock Vereen have been on the field for virtually every rep with the first team throughout camp. Sutton flashed some of the first-step quickness that made him a consensus All American at Arizona State in 2012.
    The injuries suffered on defense last year exposed the lack of quality depth on the roster, so it’s encouraging to see the incoming class has earned the coaching staff’s trust to get meaningful snaps during the off-season program.
    Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson has manned the nose on the second team defensive line throughout camp. Ferguson has nimble feet for a man his size and delivers a very violent punch off the snap; however, he must continue to use his hands to disengage from blockers. Along with current starter Stephen Paea, the Bears will look to Ferguson to anchor the front against the run and ideally force a double-team block with the center and guard.
    Similar to last year when the Bears offense saw a boost from their rookie class, it looks like the defense should expect the same in 2014. Mel Tucker has an interesting mix of established veterans, up-and-coming veterans and rookies to work with, but it’s clear that the team speed on defense has been upgraded this off-season.
    Offensive Line Rotation Taking Shape
    Teams dress only seven offensive lineman for game day, so with Kyle Long still sidelined with a viral infection, the Bears offensive staff had an opportunity to try out some different combinations of players at different positions. But the top seven rotation is starting to crystallize.
    Brian De La Puente and Eben Britton are the apparent front-runners for the sixth and seventh spots. On Sunday, Britton ran with the first team at right guard, while on Tuesday De La Puente got snaps with the first team. Rookie Michael Ola also got a few snaps with the first team, while Britton rotated with the second-team line at both right tackle and right guard.
    Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer looks for versatility in all of his offensive lineman, but particularly with his backups. “We always say that anybody that’s not a starter — and some of the starters — has to play both sides because you can only dress seven lineman in the game,” said Kromer.
    Wide Receiver Depth Tested
    With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Bears have arguably the most talented wide receiver duo in the NFL. However, people rarely think about what the group would look like should one of those two become unavailable. With Jeffery sidelined with a sore foot, coaches got a glimpse of that exact scenario on Monday.
    Veteran Eric Weems took the first snaps today when the Bears went to their preferred ’11’ personnel grouping on offense. Weems was speculated to be a potential cut this past offseason, but he agreed to restructure his deal in April to keep a place on the roster.
    If a scenario like Jeffery being unavailable during a game were to occur, the Bears would have to alter their game plan and approach, as certain formations are designed to get the ball in the hands of specific receivers. However, in camp that’s not the case. Weems was able to step right in and make a few plays on the perimeter, showing good hands and quickness after the catch.
    This didn’t come as much of a surprise to Kromer. “Eric Weems is a steady player. The thing about him is he smart, he studies and he understands, so when he gets out there he’s able to make the play when he needs to. We’re lucky to have him,” he said.
    Another wide receiver who has turned some heads throughout camp is Chris Williams. Known primarily as a returner, Williams is lightning-quick and has great footwork at the top of his route to create separation from defensive backs. Williams made a few catches over the middle of the field and towards the sidelines that went for big gains.
    The Bears offense has lacked a receiver who can beat a team over the top since they lost Johnny Knox. Kromer noted Williams’ speed and what it affords the offense: “His speed shows up on the film and it shows up on the field. Sometimes with a guy who is that fast, you can throw the ball with a little less accuracy because you know he’s going to go and get it.”
    The Bears are back to work on Wednesday. Their first preseason game is Friday Aug. 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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    Fuller is turning out to be exactly what Greg Gabriel projected him to be before the draft when he made him the Bears number one pick. Gabe said Fuller was the most NFL ready CB in the draft and the most physical and so far he's lived up to billing.
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    Not a Weems fan at all but if he wins a roster spot over a guy like Morgan than I'll have to eat crow. Apparently the guys is either showing stuff he never got a chance to show before or he's finally realized his NFL was about to come to an abrupt halt unless he started to show some receiving skills. Despite this there's no way I keep him over CWill.
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    I have never been very high on Weems, but if the coaches see so much in him, then so be it. Also very encouraged with the positive reports coming out about CW. I would LOVE to have a legitimate deep threat that we could move around the formation. Our top 3 are going to be very formidable, but to have that ability to take the top off would change the way Ds would have to play us. Hope he keeps it up and makes the 53.
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    It sure sounds like Weems is back. Toliver is probably not going to make it.......I was hoping we had a diamond in the rough with him, but it's sounding like he's just not that good.
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    Biggs and Zach this morning on 670 said Ford has been pretty entrenched at the #2. Biggs said he hasn't seen much out of Carey so far.

    ZZ did say it's hard to get a feel for the RB's until the PS games though.
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    I'm probably going to make it to training camp tomorrow (Wednesday) and I think I'll focus on watching:

    1. Linebackers
    2. RB's fighting for backup roles.
    3. The WR's who are on the bubble for making the roster.
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    Look for Sutton and Ferguson for me please :)
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    I will make a point of it Ric (and maybe if I'm lucky get some video to post here).
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    I've said all along the guy was very competent in the return game.
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    Me too about Tolliver, JABF. Apparently he has looked like real a$$ in camp so far. Much like Fendi--all the measurables you could ask for but simply can't translate that into on-field performance. Barring a major turnaround, TT is heading for the cutting room floor.
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