Training camp Defensive End / Defensive Tackle / Nose Tackle news

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    News about Defensive lines.
     
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    I'm not wholly unsympathetic to your idea jackie but within limits OK? So here's a contribution about our two rookie DLinemen.


    Rookie DTs Will Sutton, Ego Ferguson earn boffo early reviews


    BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter July 31, 2014 8:57PM

    [BCOLOR=#f1f1f1]Updated: July 31, 2014 9:15PM[/BCOLOR]


    BOURBONNAIS — All the fast-paced sparring with skills-development coach Joe Kim after practice leaves its marks — literally — on rookie defensive tackles Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson.

    There are bruised forearms, fingers that sting and rough hands.

    “We call him ‘Master,’ ” Sutton said during Bears training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. “He’s a black belt, so when it comes to hands [work], he gets excited. The hat goes backward, and it’s go time.”

    All of it goes into helping Sutton and Ferguson master their crafts for the NFL’s cutthroat trenches. The duo is the future of the defensive line, but also its depth for the 2014 season. Their efforts in the line’s rotation are as critical as first-round pick Kyle Fuller’s development at cornerback.

    “They brought us here because they felt like we could do something,” Sutton said.
    Their differences make them stronger.

    Sutton, a third-round pick from Arizona State, is a flashy, two-time Pac-12 defensive player of the year who meets the athletic criteria for the three-technique tackle spot.

    Ferguson, a second-rounder from LSU, has the makeup to be a block-eating nose tackle who overpowers through leverage and brute strength.

    “My personal belief is that they’re going to play in this league for a long time,” defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff said. “You have a prototypical [one-technique tackle] and three right there.”

    Ferguson and Sutton have made sure to fill their minds with every piece of advice that Ratliff, Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Stephen Paea and others provide.

    “I probably ask Jay Ratliff a thousand questions a day,” Ferguson said.

    There have been only six practices — four in pads — but Ferguson and Sutton have earned the attention of the offensive line.

    Guard Matt Slauson said Ferguson shows up on film as “very aggressive.” But his frequent battles with Sutton have left an impression. “His mental side of the game I am very impressed with,” Slauson said. “The things that he picks up about what I do, now I have to change my whole game for him.

    “A lot of times you go against a rookie and you’re like, ‘Ah, I can just take a normal set because I know he doesn’t know a lot.’ But that worked for a day. He’s changed everything, and now I’ve got to change. It’s awesome.”

    The rookie duo doesn’t lack for personality. If you need a laugh, Ferguson is your guy.
    “He tells a lot of funny jokes,” Sutton said.

    If you’re looking to dance, Sutton has the moves. “He brings that West Coast swagger,” Ferguson said. “He likes to dance, and he’s always saying, ‘For sure.’ Those are his favorite words.”

    Sutton and Ferguson are nearly inseparable, sharing a bond that has blossomed since the NFL Scouring Combine. Their dorm rooms are next to each other’s, and each acts as an alarm clock for the other. They go over film and walk to meetings together. Sutton teaches Ferguson pass-rush moves, and Ferguson helps Sutton with his techniques against the run.

    “We act like we’ve known each other for years,” Sutton said.

    “It takes a lot of pressure off of you,” Ferguson said.

    Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni would be happy to hear they’re leaning on each other because, he said, “This is too hard to try to do all by yourself.”

    But more trials await.

    “We’re working into the second half of this thing,” coach Marc Trestman said. “Will they know their assignments? Where will the mental errors be? Will they have the energy to be able to continue to move forward?”

    So far so good.

    “Both of those new guys,” Slauson said, “with the complement of [Ratliff] and Stephen will be very, very good.”

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    Sound like our to "newbies" are progressing up to the point of getting some respect from the vets.
     
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    Soul,

    No shit. Ifigured these guys would be lower level at best but the reports from

    BEARBounnais are better then expected !

    If these two guys can light up the likes of the Slauson and get his respect we

    may be on a whole other realm here.

    The best part is our rookies are jacking vets and getting vets attention.

    The inside rotation at DT could be done with what many said were too lightweight.
     
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    Good stuff. From something I read only a few days ago, I had thought they might not contribute too much this year. I'm glad to hear this. Hopefully, they will just keep getting better.
     
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    How do you figure second and third round picks would be lower level guys? Sutton was a 2 time PAC DPOY. He's another Aaron Donald type who tore it up in college. He'll learn to adapt to the pro and so will Ego. These kids are good football players and they're getting some good coaching both on and off the field.

    I don't know where this "lightweight" thing comes from either. They're pretty average size guys for a 4-3 line. Not big but definitely not that small. Ego goes 310-315lbs which is about right for a NT. Paea's a little small but the guy can bench press a house. Sutton is 290lb but with him it's all about quickness and leverage because he's just 6' tall. Ratliff is a 300lb DT and Collins is about the same.

    They're big enough.
     
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    Anyone worried about whats going on with Allen? I do not think hes participated in practice since Friday, and hes been absent from camp for a couple days as well. Hopefully everything is alright but i doubt it at this point.
     
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    Allen absent from Bears camp after birth of his second child
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    Why has Jared Allen been away from training camp this week?
    Jared Allen expected to return to team Friday after exit for family reasons.

    BOURBONNAIS -- Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen hasn’t been back at training camp this week, missing the team’s practices Monday and Tuesday and likely to remain absent on Wednesday as well. But Allen has a legitimate reason for being away. He and his wife, Amy, welcomed their second daughter to the world earlier this week.

    The Bears had been classifying Allen’s absence as excused for family reasons while giving no exact timetable for his return.

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    Allen is now expected to be back with the team Friday for the exhibition opener at Soldier Field against the Eagles. It seems unlikely that Allen would play much if at all in that contest.

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    Well alright then good news! Lol thank you B-ell-y-iot must have missed this somehow. Congratulations to Allen and his family!!
     
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    A future DE for our BEARS! Welcome aboard Verreck!
     
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