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Rookie minicamp observations: Iglesias stands out
It’s difficult to tell much from rookie minicamp.
The Bears had nine draft picks running around with nine undrafted free agents and 25 tryout players. General manager Jerry Angelo said after the draft that it was realistic for six draft picks to make the 53-man roster but that all nine had the qualities and attributes that made them a real possibility.
If an undrafted free agent makes the roster, it probably won’t be more than one. So of the 43 players hustling through drills for the first time as part of a professional football team, maybe seven will be there come September. Here are a few observations:
*** Wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias looks the part. He has good size and catches the ball well with his hands. But if skill position players don’t stand out in 7-on-7 drills and drills vs. air, well, then you have a real problem on your hands.
*** Cornerback D.J. Moore broke on the ball well and was praised by coach Lovie Smith afterward.
*** Wide receiver Johnny Knox showed all the speed and quickness that was advertised.
*** Defensive linemen Jarron Gilbert and Henry Melton … well, tough to tell anything about linemen until the pads go on.
*** Fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou might not be quite the 253 pounds he’s advertised to be.
*** Missouri’s Chase Patton probably displayed the strongest arm of the three quarterbacks.
*** Northwestern wide receiver Eric Peterman, an undrafted free agent, looked like he has a chance to compete.
*** Guard Lance Louis does not look like a tight end at 303 pounds. He’s an athletic guard, not an oversized tight end, so he’s just right wearing No. 60.
“I don’t know if they are going to experiement later,” Louis said about the grand tight end announcement that was made by the team on Sunday when he was selected in the seventh round. “I’m just here if they need me. Whatever they ask me to do, I am doing it.”
OK. We’ll bite. What are they asking you to do?
“Pretty much just O-line,” he said. “So that’s what I am doing.”
Louis will focus at guard although he was at left tackle for one short-handed line that didn’t have a right tackle.