Football really brings everyone out for a good time. The Bears fans came out in massive numbers again. It was reported this afternoon that the attendance number was 8,813. This was also the first official padded practice of training camp. Football is more fun when you get to see the players going full force. Another nice thing to see again today was George McCaskey walking around talking to fans and really giving back to all of us.
Camp opened up with several fun drills to watch. The first was the linebackers going up against the running backs. Several times Roquan Smith broke through the block attempt of the running back with ease. Shortly after that the drill changed to the running backs catching passes and still going up against some of the linebackers in coverage. Another big play came for Smith on a big pass breakup during the drill. His talent level is crazy, Chuck Pagano will bring out so much more in him this season.
After the few individual drills the team moved on to the scrimmages. The first big play for the offense came on a Marvin Hall catch in double coverage. As usual, the defense is unstoppable and will continue to be a force. The first one-on-one happened between Javon Wims and Eddie Jackson. The end result was Wims hitting a nice cut that stopped Jackson in his tracks and Wims made the catch. During camp it is so much fun when you hear the coaches yell out a number really loud, that signals what is about to happen. Shortly after that one-on-one we had another between Roquan Smith and Mike Davis; these two seemed to cross paths a lot in practice today. This drill went the defense’s way this time with Smith locking Davis up in coverage. Later on in practice, Wims made another big catch over Jackson in a second one-on-one drill.
The offense was able to execute some great plays in the scrimmage. One play that we did see today was a jet sweep with Cordarrelle Patterson on the run. That will definitely be a play run by him at least a few times this season. Taylor Gabriel was able to make a great grab going against Buster Skrine in the drills as well. Once the team moved on to a full 11-on-11, Mitchell Trubisky floated a pass to the right side that Eddie Jackson grabbed for an interception.
Plenty of players stood out in camp today. David Montgomery made several plays that showed off his balance, and the fact that he will be tough to bring down. The only down side for the rookie today was a fumble. Javon Wims was all over the field today trying to show his abilities and make this team. The biggest name, again, today happened to be within the kicker position group. Eddy Pineiro, who just like his competition the day prior, only missed one kick today. The crowd loved seeing this kicks go through. Pineiro went six kicks straight before missing his first, the miss came from around 53 yards. After he was done the coaches asked if he would like to attempt the 60-yarder just like Elliott Fry did yesterday. He turned that down and told the coaches he would do better and go for a 63-yard field goal today. The kick went up and through the uprights, generating a roar from the crowd. That was a great way to cap off the day.
What is everyone’s favorite competition in camp right now? More to come tomorrow at day three of training camp.
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