The Bears time down in Bourbonnais is winding down as there are only two public practices remaining. Today was a very fun and interesting day. Things got underway with a few players absent and some players missing. Players that did not practice included Trey Burton, Emanuel Hall, and Jesper Horsted. However, Joe Walker made his appearance at camp and had a decent showing. It was also nice to see Adam Shaheen around for the whole practice. The biggest sighting of the day was rookie Riley Ridley. Tons of fans where excited for this move.
The offense worked on some hurry-up plays and quick plays. There is still work that needs to be done in this area. A few mistakes were made during the drill, but that is what practice is for. Once they moved on to some major scrimmage, it was fun to see some players showing out today. The best play of today’s scrimmage was the very first play when Khalil Mack came right through the line and had a free shot at the quarterback. One player that had a pretty good day was Buster Skrine, as he recorded several pass breakups. The defense was making plays all day as usual. Another defensive player making a splash is undrafted rookie Clifton Duck. Today he read a play beautifully and undercut the route for an interception.
The most exciting development from camp today was the legitimate kicker battle that took place. So many fans talked about how in all their years of attending camp, they had never seen a battle like that. The battle was dead even at the end. Both kickers went 6-8. Elliott Fry missed from 45 and 55 yards out. Eddy Pineiro missed from 43 and 55 yards out. Near the end of practice, both kickers got one more kick. Fry made his kick and Pineiro missed his. So, after his perfect day at Soldier Field, it was a rough Monday for Pineiro. The battle just continues on with these two. Luckily, there is still plenty of time left to see what will happen.
The offense had a few plays that were great as well today. There was a pass from Mitchell Trubisky to Allen Robinson on dig route that resulted in a diving catch between two defenders. Cordarrelle Patterson made an awesome fingertip catch from Chase Daniel during the scrimmage as well. David Montgomery continues to run through players, showcasing how difficult it is to bring him down. The battle between Javon Wims and Marvin Hall continued today, as both caused issues against the defense. This is another battle to watch all the way until the end of the preseason.
One thing that has not been mentioned a lot is that Sherrick McManis has done some work at safety during camp, though it doesn’t seem to be a move that has been announced officially. However, it would be a good move for the team since they need some depth at that position as well. There is one last area this team is working hard on — kickoff and punt coverages. Both areas were rare spots of weakness last year. It will be interesting to see who returns kicks this season, as there are several players who can do that job. The last intriguing part of today’s camp was the tight end position with Trey Burton out. Ian Bunting is the name that has been staying consistent during camp, but Dax Raymond is finally starting to make some noise.
Who do you think will be the main return man on kickoffs? How about punts? Who will make this roster as the tight ends?
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