Today the bears had a light, quick practice to build off what they maintained from last nights one. The offense did some good things in individual drills and both quarterbacks looked pretty sharp. Shawn Bell made some great fade throws into the end zone consistently during the drill. Blake Szymanski also had a good practice during the drills today. He was showing good timing and a real strong arm getting it to the receivers fast. Out of the wide receivers, Carl Sims had a great performance in opening drills; he was really utilizing his quick feet to run crisp, precise routes. Dominique Ziegler had a standout day during the practice, which included opening drills where Zeigler was one handing lots of catches and making it look easy.
After opening drills, the special teams took center stage and the team worked on punt coverage. The punting was stellar as usual as Daniel Spevulada booted many punts past 50 yards; however the battle to replace Willie Andrews remains undecided. The three the coaches are looking at is Carl Sims, Trent Shelton, and Brandon Whittaker. All three seem to be doing a good job and keeping themselves in contention for the spot. They are all fast and quick to the ball with being able to make good reads. Keep an eye on the spot as someone may take the lead on competition at the green/gold game.
During team plays the offense had a day that they were pleased with. The first string was able to make some big plays against the defense on numerous occasions. Shawn Bell had a good day hitting Dominique Zeigler across the middle for a thirty yard touchdown after Zeigler made a great grab. Bell also had a great corner route to Sims which garnered around twenty yards to later set up a field goal. The running backs made some plays as both Paul Mosley and Whittaker had a couple big runs getting into the defenses secondary.
The defense had a couple big contributors on the day for them which included both linebackers. Nick Moore continues to impress and Antonio Jones seems to really be playing better as the spring goes on lining up next to him. M.T. Robinson forced a fumble which he recovered and also got a sack on Bell two plays later. James Todd shined in the secondary making two deflections and one being with a great dive on a recovery against Shelton. Overall a good, solid day heading closer to the big scrimmage on Saturday; the team still has the mindset that they have something to prove to the fans in the scrimmage. They want to be able to show that improvement is still being made and this team will be ready to build on last season's breakthrough.
Jeremy Sanders was at practice and appears to be ready to go. He is a big guy who has a real athletic built and looks determined to jump in at any time.
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