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Five observations from the Bears’ fifth day of OTAS at Halas Hall
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1. Linebacker D.J. Williams practiced Tuesday at Halas Hall after not being in attendance last week during the day open to the media. He worked at middle linebacker with the first-team defense.
Veteran Lance Briggs left the voluntary practice early, leaving Jon Bostic to work on the weak-side. Khaseem Greene handled the strong-side with the first-team defense.
Shea McClellin, meanwhile, handled the defensive calls and worked at middle linebacker with the second team.
2. Cornerback Charles Tillman wasn’t present during the voluntary OTAs on Tuesday. Veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who missed all of last season with torn hamstring, took his place in team drills.
Cornerback Tim Jennings remained in the slot in the Bears’ No. 1 nickel package. His aggressiveness was noticeable during run plays. Rookie Kyle Fuller and Hayden played on the outside in nickel.
Isaiah Frey, last year’s starting nickel back, rotated with Fuller at cornerback with the second-team defense.
3. Quarterbacks Jerrod Johnson and David Fales split time directing the second- and third-team offenses with Jordan Palmer taking a break during 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills.
4. Rookies safety Brock Vereen and defensive tackle Will Sutton got considerable work with the first-team defense.
With veteran Jeremiah Ratliff not participating, Sutton, who looked unstoppable at times during rookie minicamp, was able to get quality snaps against quality guards in Kyle Long and Eben Britton.
Vereen’s work at free safety is more intriguing, though. Chris Conte still is sidelined after shoulder surgery, but M.D. Jennings was a healthy participant. Ryan Mundy remained at strong safety with the No. 1 defense.
5. Former Northern Illinois quarterback and Mount Carmel standout Jordan Lynch is in the process of learning special teams and running back, but he took a snap next to quarterback Jay Cutler on Tuesday. Lynch ran a short route in a goal-line situation, but Cutler didn’t throw his way.
Extra point: Maybe you’ve heard by now, but there was a fight on Tuesday, involving defensive ends Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen and right tackle Jordan Mills and tight end Martellus Bennett.
Bennett garnered the most attention. He slammed his helmet and needed to restrained. But my one real takeaway? Houston and Allen both go full-steam ahead in practice. There’s zero breaks in them. That’s good news for the Bears’ defense.
Either way, the fight is really nothing to be concerned about, but read more about it here: “Fight breaks out at Bears practice”
Extra point 2: Mike Ditka watched practice.