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Bears Minicamp: Matt Eberflus Wants Justin Fields Reacting Naturally

Coach Flus says he wants Justin Fields to react as naturally as possible.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus press conference
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Following the Chicago Bears’ practice on Wednesday, Matt Eberflus spoke with reporters. He mentioned that his mentor, Rod Marinelli, spoke with the Bears players today about life skills and taking care of themselves.

Eberflus said the team worked with the heat today and they shortened the practice by about 25 minutes with multiple water breaks. He praised the players for adapting to the weather and said they moved well today, got faster, and it’s a good precursor to training camp.

Bears’ Offensive Line

Since Dakota Dozier left Tuesday’s practice with an injury, Zach Thomas got more snaps today at the left guard position. Coach Flus also commented on Cody Whitehair’s absence and said it was an excused absence.

Matt Eberflus On Offensive Playmakers

When asked about rookie running back, Trestan Ebner, Matt Eberflus praised his explosiveness. He said Ebner made a great catch down the field and is learning a lot. The Chicago Bears like where Ebner’s abilities are at and how quickly he’s learning the offense.

Coach Flus also talked about the Bears’ wide receiver, Byron Pringle, making great plays after catching the football.

“He can break some tackles and show his strength.”

Bears’ head coach Matt Eberflus on WR Byron Pringle

The Bears’ Practices Are Simulating Real-Game Events

Reporters asked Coach Eberflus about plays breaking down during practice. Do the coaches blow the plays dead or do they let plays develop?

Eberflus said that when they want the play to be blown dead for situational purposes, that’s exactly what happens. However, he wants Justin Fields to react naturally.

When a play breaks down, Eberflus wants Fields to throw the ball away just like he should be doing in a real game situation, when it’s appropriate.

Lastly, Eberflus discussed some of the rookies and how they manage them as coaches.

“We’re not afraid to put young guys in there and let them go and let them play.”

Matt Eberflus on giving young players reps.

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