On the second day of practice at Chicago Bears training camp, the first skirmish of the pre-season occurred.
Here are notes from the second Bears’ practice of training camp.
Lamarr Houston and Jordan Mills Go At It Again
The skirmish was between new Bears’ defensive lineman Lamarr Houston and offensive lineman Jordan Mills. Houston and Mills had heated confrontations during OTAs and that has carried over into training camp.
There are bound to be scuffles at almost every training camp in the NFL. Typically, now is the time for teammates to get that out of their system before coming together for the regular season.
Kudos to Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler for presumably pulling Mills aside to talk about the situation. Cutler grew last season as a leader and it would appear that his growth will take him to new levels this season.
Kyle Fuller Works With The First Squad
After an impressive first practice with the Bears on Friday, first round selection Kyle Fuller worked with the first-team defense on Saturday.
Fuller likely will start the season as the Bears’ starting nickleback, but there is no question that rookie is being groomed to take over for Charles Tillman.
Jimmy Clausen and Adrian Wilson Work With Second Teams
Quarterback Jimmy Clausen and veteran safety Adrian Wilson continue their ascension through the Bears’ depth chart.
Clausen worked with the second-team offense on Saturday instead of Jordan Palmer. Clausen and Palmer are competing to be the backup to Cutler this season. Clausen played most of the snaps with the second-team offense during the first half of practice, and the quarterback delivered several strikes while making virtually no mistakes. Palmer, meanwhile, struggled with accuracy working with the third team and threw an interception to linebacker Khaseem Greene. Palmer worked with the second team later in practice and improved significantly.“
"You shouldn’t draw any conclusions by who the guy [is] that goes in there after Jay’s in there,” Trestman said. “We’re just moving people around and giving each guy a chance to work with different people and different centers and so forth.”
Wilson continues to impress the Bears as well. Wilson is competing to be one of the two starting safeties with the Bears alongside Ryan Mundy. Wilson, if healthy, could have a significant impact on the Bears’ defense this season.
Bennett and Cutler stayed after practice for Redzone Work
" What should have been a touchdown to Martellus Bennett from Jay Cutler during a red-zone drill instead became a breakup by linebacker Jonathan Bostic.Bennett and Cutler refused to let it go. So after practice, the two stood in the end zone discussing ways they could be more effective in the red zone as the rest of the team walked off the field.
Bennett explained to ESPN.com that Cutler thought he fired the pass in the end zone high enough to get it past the outstretched arms of Bostic, and into the tight end’s hands. But at 6-foot-6, Bennett said, “What might be a high pass for someone else is different than my high,” meaning his catch radius is wider than most of the team’s targets.
“We’re just trying to take the thinking process out for both of us and make it more of a reaction thing; me reacting to his throws instead of him reacting to my body,” Bennett said.
Bennett hopes the 10 minutes spent in the end zone after practice Saturday will ensure touchdowns instead of in-completions once the season starts.
Couple tidbits from today's practice from Zaidman:
- Looks like Jeffery didn't practice today because of a sore foot
- Ratliff was held out for precautionary reasons by the coaches
- Also heard that there were a couple skirmishes again today
- Long snapping an issue (as if we didn't know that would happen without Mannelly), and there might be some competition brought in to compete
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McClellin struggled in coverage during team drills for the second day in a row. He has repeatedly shown a lack of anticipation and awareness in zone sets, and he's always a step behind in man-to-man. That's an area he must work on.
Yet as a blitzed, McClellin has been very disruptive since the pads came on. Coordinator Mel Tucker is lining up McClellin all over the field, blitzing him from every gap. For this season at least, it appears McClellin's biggest impact will come as a pass rusher with a head of steam.
-For the first three days of camp, S Adrian Wilson split his reps between the second and third teams. Today, he worked almost exclusively alongside M.D. Jennings and Danny McCray with the second team.
It took Wilson just four practices to elevate up the depth chart. You wonder how long it will take before he starts challenging current starters Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen.
So far, none of the three have had an answer for Lamarr Houston when he slides inside to defensive tackle. Britton struggled yesterday containing Houston, which resulted in a demotion, yet neither Ola nor de la Puente had any more luck today. I would argue Houston looks just as good at defensive tackle, if not better, as he does playing defensive end. He's undersized inside but he makes up for it with quick feet, a powerful upper body, strong hands and an effective swim move.
9.) Shaun Draughn on the other hand looked pretty beastly and was the 2nd best Running Back besides Forte today. Deceptively quick for a guy his size. Great hustle. Made a great juke for a big man.
been a while since i've been in here....
Shaun Draughn has KC Chief ties with Emery, i believe. there were times when J. Charles was hurt, and this guy came in and did a very fine job as his replacement - not on J charles' level, but better than most back-up the Chiefs had in the past.
then, for some stupid reason, they (new GM, Dorsey) let him go and have drafted RBs in the early-middle rounds the past 2 years instead of players they needed.
you guys landed a nice player for depth, although i hope Ka'deem Carey shows some promise, as i just took him in a dynasty league (very late, but still took him).
Thanks for the details, IHT; I always liked Draughn myself. Nice signing.
And welcome back, Dale Moss, AKA 2012's Jeff Janis. I can't imagine that we'd have signed him if we didn't trust his work ethic--he had a cup of coffee with us a year or two ago. If he can settle in (he only played a year at SDSU, if memory serves), not a bad flutter.
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