BOURBONNAIS — The Bears held a high-energy, spirited practice on Wednesday following Tuesday’s off day.
Here are my observations from the morning session:
Defense helps offense: Linebackers coach Reggie Herring and defensive backs coach Jon Hoke worked with the offense — Herring with the tight ends and running backs and Hoke with wide receivers — in a ball security drill. Marc Trestman is very vocal about ballcarriers putting the ball away. Herring and Hoke can offer pointers from the perspective of having coached defensive players on stripping the ball.
In the trenches: The one-on-one pass rush drills were marred a bit by the Britton injury, which came on the second time Jeremiah Ratliff beat Britton off the snap. Ratliff was visibly concernd and sat with Britton until the O-lineman walked to the sideline. Taylor Boggs stood out on Wednesday, holding off Ego Ferguson and Nate Collins. Jermon Bushrod impressed the crowd with his work against Jared Allen, and Aaron Kromer commended Bushrod for “going to get him” and making the first move to keep Allen back.
O-line musical chairs: We saw Michael Ola play right guard with the first team and right tackle with the second team, while Eben Britton opened practice as the first-team right guard before his hamstring injury. Trestman praised second-team left tackle James Brown for his block out in front of a run play.
Defense shuffling: The big story was at safety, where Danny McCray spent all of practice with the 1’s and Ryan Mundy, while Brock Vereen played alongside Adrian Wilson and the 2’s. On the D-line, we saw Austen Lane, Tracy Robertson, Nate Collins and Trevor Scott get reps against the first-team offensive line with a starting back seven behind them. Kelvin Hayden played first-team nickel with Tim Jennings limited.
Two minute drill: The first- and second-team offenses moved the ball on similar plays. Jay Cutler hit Alshon Jeffery down the right sideline in between Kyle Fuller and Ryan Mundy. Jordan Palmer – who worked with the second team – completed a pass to Josh Morgan down the left sideline in between Demontre Hurst and Vereen. Both offenses settled for field goals.
Top plays: Linebacker Khaseem Greene almost made a diving interception of a Jordan Palmer pass. … Cutler hit Eric Weems for a 30-yard play. Weems was coming right to left across the field and Cutler dropped the ball in a perfect spot, where Weems was ahead of two trailing DBs. … New wide receiver Dale Moss caught, and held on to a pass over the middle, taking a big hit from DeDe Lattimore. … Ka’Deem Carey got some cheers for his cutback on a toss left, and then he showed off his burst going up field.