Bears Offense Going Through "OTAs"

Chicago's offensive skill-position players have been practicing four to five times weekly, preparing for the upcoming season in a players-only version of offseason training activities (OTAs).

The Bears are a team that has been working out together consistently even though it hasn't been talked about a lot.

Wide receiver Earl Bennett said the offense has been practicing four or five teams a week to continue getting familiar with Mike Martz's offense.

Bennett said this week, "I feel like right now we're going through OTAs because we're going through plays, we're going through different defensive structures. We just don't have a defense over there against us. We're getting a lot of good work going on right now."

QB Jay Cutler
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As for Bennett's developing role, Martz was quoted on the team website noting that Bennett has to become more involved in the offense.

"We didn't throw it to him enough," Martz said. "That will be remedied. He will figure in a much larger role than he did last year. He came to us late. He was injured. I wasn't really sure where he was with all the stuff. But he established himself as a guy who needs to get a lot more balls than he did.

"He's extremely reliable. I know (quarterback) Jay (Cutler) feels comfortable with him in the slot doing some of those things. But he should be able to play outside for us as well."

Bennett said he's ready to contribute in any way possible.

"If I get the opportunity, I just have to take advantage of it," he said. "I'm a team player. Any way I can help the team out, I'm willing to do it. I'm just look forward to having a great year as a team. We gotta get to that Super Bowl and win it."

Bennett also said Cutler has looked "awesome" following the knee injury he suffered in the NFC Championship Game.

"He's been out there throwing the ball well, moving around good. He's ready to go," Bennett said. "We know the type of player Jay is. We just look forward to this year because we know he going to have a great year."

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