BOURBONNAIS — Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis has had some time to review an ugly game for his unit to start the preseason, and he addressed the media on Monday.
“I took away we didn’t play very well. We had a lot of miscues. It’s disappointing, as practice has been going well,” he said. “We felt like it was a good training camp up to this point. So we’ve just got to be positive going into this next game and try to get some of those things taken care of and try to get some of the mistakes, guys that made mistakes, get them corrected.”
Heading into the three remaining preseason games, DeCamillis knows he has several young players on a unit that saw a lot of turnover to get in the right position to avoid more mistakes.
“We’ve just got to get some of these younger guys to understand some of the nuances of the kicking game that they haven’t really dealt with,” he said. “We’re trying to do that every day with extra meeting time and a lot of hard work on a lot of sides, so we’re trying to get that done.”
Injury update: Jordan Mills (foot), Eben Britton (hamstring), Brian de la Puente (knee), Isaiah Frey (hamstring) and Chris Williams (hamstring) sat out. Mills still had a boot on his left foot.
Returner sidelined: We didn’t get a chance to see Williams return a kick in the preseason opener. He left the game with a hamstring injury, and is now sitting out of practice. “Yeah it was disappointing because he had the second half, so that was disappointing to see that happen,” said DeCamillis, “but you did see the speed on that catch, so hopefully we can get that formulated in the kicking game.”
Not one of the three returners we saw against the Eagles, Eric Weems, Micheal Spurlock and Michael Ford, did anything to take the job, but Williams will need to get healthy.
One other player joined the punt return drills Monday — the Bears' top receiver. "Brandon Marshall likes to get into some drills that maybe he shouldn’t be in," DeCamillis quipped.
Quick hits: Weather moved the Bears’ practice to Ward Field at Olivet Nazarene University, which recently got artificial turf added by the same company that installed the turf at the Walter Payton Center. … Jordan Palmer threw two interceptions, one to Chris Conte and another to Willie Young. … Ryan Mundy and Danny McCray opened team drills with the 1’s, but Conte, Adrian Wilson and Brock Vereen all got reps with the starters as well. … Michael Ford made a slick one-handed catch with Jordan Senn in coverage. … Charles Tillman had an impressive day, knocking two passes away from Brandon Marshall, though another one that he got his hands on ended up in the air and Marshall found a way to grab it in the endzone. … Trevor Scott beat Joe Long off the edge for what would have been a sack in team drills, continuing his strong camp and a tough one for Long. … Zach Miller, who has become a fan favorite, had at least four 10-plus yard catches in team drills.