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Bears training camp digest — 5 observations from Day 2
A look at what happened Friday (July 26) at Bears training camp in Bourbonnais:
1. The defense looks like they did during OTAs — good.
It didn’t take long for the fans who came out to Olivet Nazarene University to groan and moan. Quarterback Jay Cutler’s first pass of the day was tipped and intercepted by free safety Chris Conte. OK, actually some fans cheered. But the Bears’ defense still looked sharp against their revamped offense under coach Marc Trestman, getting two interceptions and one forced fumble.
But Trestman was all for it.
“It was a fast start for the defense,” Trestman said. “Chris Conte made a heck of a play in the back end and got the defense off to a fast start. In between, I thought the offense picked it up.
“[But] as I told the defense, two turnovers and a stripped ball will win games.”
2. A good day for Jay? Yeah, between his two interceptions.
Cutler started slow, but did find a rhythm during Trestman’s fast-moving practice. For the first time since last season, Cutler had receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery to look for on his reads after injuries limited them during offseason training. Marshall and Jeffery both found openings in the Bears’ first-team defense and Cutler found both them.
A good drive by Cutler, though, was abruptly halted when nickelback Kelvin Hayden made a nice read and interception.
“I thought [Cutler] was really on rhythm today,” Trestman said. “It’s a process throughout training camp we continue to work on. He got the ball out of his hand on time. You can’t configure the pass rush, so it’s not quite the same as it’s going to be on Sunday. But he’s doing everything he has to do. Until you look at the tape, you don’t know. But I thought he had a very good day.”
3. Tight end Martellus Bennett is quite the character — you never know what he’s going to say. And right now, it’s all fun.
Just take in this quote from after Friday’s practice:
“When we watch film I sit right behind [Cutler] so I can whisper in his ear. It sounds kind of creepy,” Bennett said. “But I sit right behind him so I can whisper in his ear and ask him, ‘Hey, is that what you wanted?’ And he’ll just give me a thumb up. I know I probably get on his nerves because I’m always talking to him.”
4. All this talk of buying in or not buying into Trestman’s ways has to end. Everybody is on board, but everyone is still adapting. It’s only natural.
Cutler’s initial “not everybody’s bought in” comments set off a “Who’s buying?” witch-hunt on Thursday and Friday. And defensive players were the targets.
When linebacker Lance Briggs was surrounded on a golf cart on Friday, he jumped the gun and answered the media before a question was asked, saying “I am buying in. We’re all buying in. I’m all in. All in to the program.”
Let this be the end of buy-gate.
If players are truly being resistant to all the new things going on, I’m sure the staff will notice, a decision will be made and someone will be sent packing. But for now … we’re only two days into camp.
5. Kyle Long is a beast.
The first-round pick has the body of an offensive lineman but moves like a defensive lineman. He’s agile and athletic, and it shows on the field. Long said he was impressed by the “immense amount of talent on this field” but he was part of it.
Long saw plenty of snaps with the first-team offense on Friday and that will continue. He also said he’s comfortable with the Bears’ new zone-read schemes because that’s what they ran at Oregon.
But come Sunday, when the pads are on, we’ll get an even better sense of what Long can do. He’s got a mean streak in him. It should come out even more when he can hit.
“We’re all in the same thought process,” Long said. “You get out here, you get warmed up a little bit with shells on then you get out there with full pads.”