The defense was the story during Tuesday's practice with their four interceptions. We also got to see several physical run plays and some work inside the 10-yard line for the offense. Here's a look at some news and notes from the second-to-last practice before preseason game No. 1.
Cutler Comfort: The passes knocked down at the line certainly make things frustrating for Jay Cutler, and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer discussed ways they've challenged Cutler by making things uncomfortable. “We’re trying to keep Jay Cutler uncomfortable as we sit here because we're adding more and more plays everyday," Kromer said. "He’ll become more comfortable when he runs the plays a second time. You can see the plays that he does run for a second time because they’re more efficient." Cutler understands how that lack of comfort could help him in games. "I think you try to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. That’s what they want so that the games are easier," he said. "The more pressure they put on us, the more uncomfortable they make it in practice, hopefully the easier the games are for us."
M.A.S.H. Unit: Julius Peppers, who had hamstring tightness on Saturday night and took Monday’s practice off, was absent on Tuesday, excused for personal reasons. Matt Forte took a rest day. Stephen Paea returned to full-go in practice after being limited on Monday with hip tightness. Earl Bennett is still being evaluated for a concussion. Jonathan Scott (knee) was out after returning to practice on Monday.
Let's get physical: Though only 5-foot-8, cornerback Tim Jennings can be plenty physical, and he showed that in run defense on Tuesday. He was energized and getting as physical as one can without actually putting a blocker or runner on his back. Marc Trestman mentioned Jennings when lauding the perimeter play on defense: "On both sides of the ball, I thought our effort to the ball was very good, particularly in our defensive perimeter in the back end," he said. "You’re seeing Tim Jennings run all the way across the field to cover a run. You’re seeing Charles [Tillman] do the same thing."
Quick hits: Despite being listed seventh on the initial, unofficial depth chart, Eric Weems saw some action with the first team. … The biggest play of the day came on a long touchdown pass over the middle from Cutler to Joe Anderson for 50-plus yards. … With Bennett absent, undrafted rookie Josh Lenz took reps as the No. 2 punt returner. Lenz also caught a long pass from Matt Blanchard. Keep an eye on the wideout as a practice-squad candidate. ... Kyle Moore put a devastating spin move on Jordan Mills in pass-rush drills and also blew up a run play in the backfield during team drills.