Nearly halfway through training camp and less than one week till the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers, Friday’s practice saw some new looks during scrimmages as well as just makes ups with players. The first-team offense matched up against the second-team defense and the second-team offense squared off with the first-team defense, which wasn’t even fair. It gave everyone a chance to see some different players.
So, to start this day we got to see Adam Shaheen back in pads after his short workday on Thursday. It seems as if maybe he is just working his way back into everything. Unfortunately, we did see undrafted rookie Alex Bars go down with an injury, which was later said to not be too serious. Riley Ridley has still not been on the field in pads, but he was working out pre-practice. There is no time table on his return yet.
The offense began practice with some work on running plays. All three main running backs will contribute very different aspects to the offense, which will make for some great versatility. The defensive backs were working on some coverage and catching. The defensive and offensive lines worked on blocking schemes during the first portion of camp. Per usual, right after those individual drills, the team moved on to full-team scrimmages.
Allen Robinson continues to show he will be a big part of the offense this season. Trubisky has tons of talent around him to be able to spread the ball around this season, but that should not slow down Robinson. The only issue will be depth at tight end. A few of the tight ends made some decent plays during this day of camp. Ian Bunting has been very active for several days. We finally we got a Dax Raymond sighting when he made a nice touchdown catch. Ben Braunecker came back from a rough Thursday by making some catches yet again. The two names that continue to stand out are Javon Wims and Marvin Hall. The battle between those two is an interesting one due to how different they are as wide receivers.
In the kicking department, it was another great day, an Elliot Fry-day if I may say so. He only missed one of his kicks throughout the day. The battle between the two kickers is still dead even. With a week left in camp and preseason about to get underway, the battle will continue at this time until right before the season starts. The defense is definitely ready for week one right now. Khalil Mack is running through everyone. He tipped a pass and caught it himself for an interception, which got everyone excited. A few players were able to join Mack with an interception, including Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Danny Trevathan. The differences are starting to become more evident in Chuck Pagano’s defense. The safety group will be a fun one to watch this season.
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