Productive weekend

Only so much can be told when players are running around in shorts, but Coach <!--Default NodeId For Dick Jauron is 449099,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:449099]>Dick Jauron</A> was positive upon his reflections of the mini-camp.

Kordell Stewart took the opportunity to lead the offense and didn't look back. The Bears starting quarterback is learning the offense on the run, but that doesn't bother his head coach.

"I thought he did a tremendous job there but it wasn't a surprise," Jauron said of Stewart. "You know, he's a veteran, he's been in there. He brings a lot of energy. He's a very upbeat guy and his attitude is infectious. I'm really happy, I'm really pleased with the way things went."

Despite the likelihood that Rex Grossman will not play much in his rookie campaign, he received the most attention of any of the Bears 12 draft picks.

"I don't expect to learn all of this overnight," Grossman said. "My head is spinning right now, but it's definitely fun to be out here. It can be awkward in the huddle sometimes when you're stumbling over words right at the beginning of camp. I'll get it; I'll feel comfortable pretty soon. We're just working on a few routes right now, trying to install the basic part of the offense. More than that will come as time passes."

If things go the way the team hopes Grossman will have plenty of time to learn.

"Ideally, you would like the players that you bring to challenge up and take the starting job," Jauron said. "You'd like them to be that good in the first year. And if we felt confident that they were ready at any position we'd play them the first year. I wouldn't say that about any quarterback, but we know that history tells us that does not happen very often. But that doesn't mean it won't happen. It just means that the odds are against us."

Don't forget about the team's other first-round pick, Michael Haynes.

"I thought certainly our top two picks looked good," Jauron said. "The athletic ability is there. I thought Michael (Haynes) moved well in the drills, working with Richard (Dent) and Larry (Brooks) over there. He's using his hands. He's got good strength.

Second-round pick Charles Tillman also had a good camp according to Jauron. The cornerback is in competition for the nickel job and is quickly picking up the defensive calls.

GM Jerry Angelo went into the draft with an emphasis on improving team speed, which Jauron feels was accomplished. However, whether or not that translates into to play on the field is yet to be determined.

Injury update
Mike Gandy joined Marc Colombo and John Davis as medically excused from Sunday's practice. Gandy has been suffering from tendinitis in his knee and had participated in morning practice Friday and Saturday. However, the Bears left tackle was held out of final session for precautionary reasons.

Back to work
The Bears will continue their offseason regiment through May and into June. The team will have spring practices June 17-20.


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