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Bears training camp digest — 5 observations from Day 5
An overview of Day 5 of Bears training camp in Bourbonnais:
1. The Bears are definitely going to be cautious with Brandon Marshall.
Seeing Marshall standing on the sidelines in sweats while his teammates practiced was to be expected at some point during training camp. But it happened earlier than I thought on Monday.
The Bears definitely will be careful Marshall, who said when he arrived at camp that he’s going to listen to his body following a hip scope in January.
“Brandon had three very good days of practice,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He had a very good day [Saturday] and we decided we’re going to give him a two-day rest here (Bears are off Tuesday). He should be back and ready to go on Wednesday.”
2.Joe Anderson could be a player for the Bears.
Anderson, an undrafted free agent from a year ago, continues to make an impression. He worked with the first-team offense on Monday with Marshall out and hauled in a strike from Jay Cutler in the end zone.
Anderson has steadily improved his route running to go with his physical talents, which includes an impressive leaping ability.
“Everything is important,” he said. “I wasn’t a draft pick or anything like that. I’m not complacent, I’m not content, I’m not satisfied. I want more so to get more you got to do a little. When you do good with a little, you get a lot more. Special teams is important to me as well as receiver.”
3. The offensive line continues to be a work in progress.
Everyday it seems like the Bears’ defense is getting the best of the offense in the trenches. There’s been plenty of times where Cutler would have been sacked if his teammates were allowed to hit him.
It didn’t help that left tackle Jermon Bushrod was sidelined with a right calf strain suffered during warm-ups on Monday. Jonathan Scott moved from the right side to the left in Bushrod’s absence.
“Solid, but there’s always room for improvement,” Scott said. “If I stay complacent then there would be no need for training camp, so there’s always room for improvement. I’m trying to get better and learn everything, learn the whole schematics of the offense and the whole philosophy of the team.”
4. Mel Tucker is getting comfortable with Lance Briggs.
Here’s what Tucker said about Briggs handling the calls: “I tell you what, it’s getting better and better each day. I think he’s gaining confidence in what he’s doing, the players are gaining confidence in him getting us lined up. He’s doing a great job with the checks and the adjustments, our players are commenting on it in between series on the sideline, saying, ‘Hey Lance you’re doing a great job or that was a great check.’ It’s a work in progress, but it’s been getting progressively better and that’s what you want to see.”
5. Some quick hits
Defensive end Shea McClellin had a good showing against right tackle J’Marcus Webb in the one-on-one pash-rush drills … Undrafted rookie defensive tackle Zach Minter also got a cheer from Bears fans after his bull rush threw Webb off balance. … Running back Armando Allen has been getting reps with the first team with Matt Forte still on the field. It’s a unique look that bears watching. On Monday, Forte stayed in the backfield while Allen went in motion. … Cornerback Charles Tillman continues to stand out at practice. On Monday, he broke up two passes intended for Earl Bennett.