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Bears training camp digest — 5 observations from Day 10
An overview of Day 10 of Bears training camp in Bourbonnais (or 9 if you count Family Fest at Soldier Field):
1. Bad weather alters Bears’ schedule again.
For the second consecutive practice in Bourbonnais, coach Marc Trestman had to quickly re-make his schedule because of inclement weather. He moved his practice up four hours on Monday to avoid practicing on rain-drenched fields. On Friday, he delayed his typical morning practice to the afternoon because of some storms.
Trestman said he felt his players handled the quick change well, and it’s clear he’s judging how well they handle such spur-of-the-moment things.
“I thought the players did a good job today of handling change again and handling the off day [on Sunday],” Trestman said. “We were better today in practice after an off day than we were a week ago after the off day. The energy was very good. The competitive carries were very good. I thought they handled the change.”
2. Trestman will be using all sorts of personnel groups.
Whether it’s tight end Fendi Onobun, tight end Kyle Adams, fullback Tony Fiammetta or others, Trestman has been and will be giving plenty of players opportunities to take advantage of their own talents through different personnel groupings with his starters.
For example, Onobun, who is 6-6 and 260 pounds, saw time Monday with the first-team offense in goal-line situations.
“We’ll be a team that will mix personnel groupings throughout a game,” Trestman said. “We’re trying to work with different players at different positions. Just as you see it [at practice] is how we would like to do it. Just rotate people around and create value with every player we have on the roster on the offensive side of the ball.”
3. Cornerback Isaiah Frey continues to step up and make plays.
As Sun-Times colleague Mark Potash wrote in Monday’s paper (story here), Frey has a great chance right now to secure a spot with Kelvin Hayden sidelined with a hamstring injury.
A sixth-round pick in 2012, Frey was at nickel back with the first-team defense and picked off quarterback Jay Cutler when a receiver fell on Monday.
“It’s a good opportunity, but Kelvin’s the starting nickel and I’m just taking his place right now,” Frey said. “Hopefully he can get healthy, so we’re still a very good team with both of us out there.”
Frey spent last season on the practice squad.
“He’s done a nice job so far. He really has. He’s competing well,” defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. “Isaiah, he’s making quick decisions. He’s playing with confidence, and seems like he’s getting better on a daily basis. That’s what you like to see out of young players.”
4.Can we hit? Please?
I think the Bears definitely have reached the point in training camp where they can’t wait to get their hands on another opponent. Every practice it seems like a receiver or back is hit hard inadvertently by the defense. Every day it seems like there’s another scrum to break up between an offensive and defensive player.
It’s time to hit a real opponent. Their first preseason game is Friday against the Carolina Panthers.
“They’re always champing at the bit here,” Tucker said. “Based upon what we see out here on the practice field, we feel like they’ll be ready. They’ll be ready to compete and play.”
5. On the depth chart
The Bears released their first unofficial — and I stress unofficial — depth chart on Monday.
Just a few quick observations: James Brown and first-pound pick Kyle Long are co-starters at right guard, while defensive ends Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin are co-starters opposite Julius Peppers. … Corvey Irvin is behind defensive tackle Henry Melton in the three-technique spot. … Cheta Ozougwu is behind Peppers. … Former Notre Dame star and Arlington Heights native Tom Zbikowski is the fourth strong safety. … Linebacker James Anderson is the backup long-snapper. … Jonathan Scott is behind Jermon Bushrod at left tackle, while Eben Britton is backing up J’Marcus Webb on the right side. … Rookie receiver Marquess Wilson is ahead of a handful of receivers.