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Bears Training Camp Digest — Day 3
After the return of the familiar thumping of pads and helmets, highlights from Day 3 of the Bears’ training camp Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais:
1. Hit men.
The Bears donned full pads for the first time in training camp, and the result was predictable: players were eager to thump each other, though they couldn’t tackle each other to the ground. As such, and to coach Marc Trestman’s disgust, the Bears’ offensive line was flagged for multiple false starts and the defense jumped offside often.
“You saw today the first day in pads, it was good to have the fans out here,” Trestman said. “I think it really amped up and gave the practice a lot of energy, they were having fun with the players.
“I think the players picked up on that and worked hard at it competitively.”
Jeremiah Ratliff, one of the Bears’ nastiest players, joked that his teammates don’t try to break each other’s legs. In games, though, “we don’t really know those guys,” he said.
2. Head to head
The Bears installed bits of offense and defense Sunday, particularly man-to-man coverage packages.
In individual drills, Pro Bowl receiver Alshon Jeffery lined up against rookie Kyle Fuller. Jeffery manhandled him on one occasion, jabbing him toward the face mask and popping open for a completion. With fans cheering, the two matched up again — and Jeffery got the best of the first-year player.
“We have some very good receivers to compete against every day, and good quarterbacks,” defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. “So it’s a test. You can’t take a play off. It’s like sharpening steel. We should be making each other better. But definitely you have to bring you’re a-game when you go against our offense.”
It’s a silly nickname, sure, but the fact Pat O’Donnell has one at all — having never played a pro snap and competing for the starting punter job — seemed to amuse his bosses.
Fans chanted “Mega-Punt” on Sunday, and he proved them right, booming one kick at least 60 yards with more than 5 seconds of hang time. That drew the largest cheer of the day — for any player.
“Those Miami alums, they’re an enthusiastic bunch,” Trestman joked of O’Donnell’s alma mater.
“ I was thinking — ‘You’ve got to be kidding me over there,’” special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said. “It was ridiculous.
“Let’s keep the kid’s feet on the ground so far.”
O’Donnell called it “definitely a cool feeling.”
4. Oh snap
How bad were the long snappers Sunday? DeCamillis suggested the team could find their starter via free agency, should Chad Rempel and Brandon Hartson not work out.
“We’ve got to work through the process and find out who our guy’s going to be,” DeCamillis said. “Hopefully, he’s on this team right now, he may not be, we’ll have to see. [But] I wouldn’t say ‘concerned.’ I’ve been in this position before with young guys. You’ve just got to work through the process.”
Trestman said the process is “ongoing.”
“The evaluation is day to day and then collectively as we work through training camp and preseason games we’re watching just like you,” he said.
5. The Bears took extra water breaks in the heat Sunday, and other things. …
Cornerback Tim Jennings’ sore quad nagged him again Sunday. After beginning practice, he took himself out. Trestman said the Bears “want to be very careful with him.” … Wideout Terrence Toliver didn’t practice and is “day-to-day” with a toe injury, the coach said. …. The Bears waived undrafted free agent guard James Dunbar, who had become redundant after this week’s signing of Dylan Gandy. … Tucker said there was “no dropoff” for defensive end Shea McClellin on his first day in pads. … The Bears practice at 9 a.m. Monday before an off day Tuesday.