BOURBONNAIS — Whie Sunday’s first practice with pads had all the attention from the fans mainly on the players who use their pads the least — the punters — it wasn’t all positive for Joe DeCamillis’ special-teams unit.
Long snapper Chad Rempel, who has been working with the first team, had his first snap of the day go too high for Pat O’Donnell. Another snap came up short. Brandon Hartson wasn’t perfect, either.
“I wouldn’t say [there's concern]. We’ve got to work through the process and find out who our guy’s gonna be,” DeCamillis said. “Hopefully he’s on this team right now, he may not be, we’ll have to see. … I’ve been in this position before with young guys, you’ve just got to work through the process.”
Here are other observations from the Bears’ third training camp practice, and their first time in pads since the end of the 2013 season:
In the trenches: The best part of a padded practice is watching the linemen get after it in pass-rush drills. Guard Michael Ola got praise from teammate Kyle Long for his stops against Brandon Dunn and Will Sutton. Lamarr Houston beat Jordan Mills on the first rep, but Mills generally held his own in the drill, including winning a battle with Willie Young. The best player in the drill, though, was Nate Collins, who owned O-linemen Dylan Gandy and Ryan Groy.
Good day for Wilson: With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery seeing very few reps and targets in the team drills, Marquess Wilson shined. Early in practice, he beat Tim Jennings down the right sideline for a long touchdown. He also caught a ball thrown in a tight window by Jay Cutler, beating Kelvin Hayden on a drag route. Wilson showed off Jeffery-esque strong hands catching a ball in between Kyle Fuller and Ryan Mundy. Cutler did talk to Wilson after one botched play near the start of practice.
“He certainly made plays throughout first two and three days and we just want to continue,” Marc Trestman said. “... [He's] in-tune with what we're doing in this offense. He's a very smart young man, he's even keeled and is just coming out and working and we'll continue to assess him as we move along as well.”
WR depth update: Eric Weems seems to be ahead of the group of backup wideouts, and he played well in extended reps on Sunday. “He knows all the different positions, so you're there with a guy who not only has the ability to play receiver, and the quarterbacks have a lot of confidence in him because he knows what to do and how to do it, and ways to get open,” Trestman said. “For a small guy he's got a good catch radius and certainly he's being part of the competition as a returner really helps obviously his value to the team.” Micheal Spurlock has been active as well at receiver, and Josh Bellamy had another drop on Sunday. Chris Williams made a sideline catch from Jordan Palmer and a diving catch on a strike from Jimmy Clausen.
Quick hits: The Bears waived undrafted rookie guard James Dunbar. … Kyle Fuller knocked down a pass intended for Weems on a quick slant, but he got humbled a bit in his one-on-one drills against Jeffery. … Marshall made a highlight-reel one-handed catch in one-on-one drills against Charles Tillman, who wasn’t giving Marshall the deep route, so Cutler threw behind. … Tim Jennings did not finish practice as he continues to deal with quad soreness. … Wide receiver Terrence Toliver missed practice with a toe injury.