The Chicago Bears this afternoon conducted the second practice of 2017 rookie minicamp.
The weather at Halas Hall was once again beautiful, with temperatures hovering in the mid-70s under sunny skies.
Day 2 Notebook
-During positional drills the running backs worked on footwork by traversing through a series of foot-high ropes.
The player who showed the most fluidity and agility during the footwork drill was RB Joel Bouagnon, a UDFA from Norther Illinois who looked very good yesterday as well.
The player who struggled most was RB Denard Robinson, who could not execute the first drill of crossover steps. It appeared as if Robinson had lead in his shoes, while his hips looked stiff and unable to rotate quickly.
The running backs later lined up out wide to run pass-catching drills and again Denard appeared as if he was running underwater.
It's worth noting that RB Tarik Cohen, who has quickness for days, had trouble getting his knees high enough to execute the rope drills cleanly. That could manifest itself when Cohen tries to work through the line of scrimmage, which is typically littered with bodies.
-Receivers ran change-of-direction cone drills during positional work. The quickest of all the receivers was easily Rashard Davis (5-9, 179), a tryout player from James Madison.
-WR Emmanuel Obajimi, a tryout player from Samford, had two bad drops today, one during positionals and another during team work. Yet he also made a nice over-the-head grab during 11-on-11s on a high throw near the sideline. Still, Obajmi's drops won't be ignored by Chicago's coaching staff.
-Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains spent extra time with first-round QB Mitch Trubisky during positional drills. Loggains worked specifically on Trubisky's plant foot and throwing motion as he works out of a five-step drop.
Just like yesterday, Trubisky fumbled his first snap during team drills and then bobbled his second snap. His third rep, and all subsequent snaps, were clean.
-For the second day in a row, S Eddie Jackson was a spectator during team work.
-I mentioned him yesterday and WR Tanner Gentry continues to impress. He caught nearly every pass thrown his way today, showing by far the best hands of any receiver on the field.
-TE Franko House, the former Ball State basketball player, made an impressive one-handed grab on a crossing route, snatching a pass that was a foot over his head.
-WR Levonte "Kermit" Whitefield has not done much to stand out the past two days. The only time I noticed him today was when he dropped a 40-yard go route during positionals.
-DL Rashaad Coward (6-6, 310) is a very large human being. He's been working at 5-technique with the first team.
Also working at 5-tech was Roy Robertson-Harris, which is interesting, as he worked almost exclusively at OLB last season.
-TE Adam Shaheen had another very impressive showing. During the first 11-on-11 session, he ran a drag pattern and was open after clearing the far hash. Trubisky fired a pass that was a foot behind his target, yet Shaheen reached back with both hands and hauled in the pass as his feet slid out from underneath him. Great catch.
During 7-on-7 drills, Trubisky and Shaheen connected on three straight plays. The first: Shaheen ran a double move but the LB was in his hip. Trubisky's pass was just outside the outstretched arm of the defender and Shaheen was able to haul in the tough catch.
The second was a on a deep cross in which Trubisky hit Shaheen through a tight window between the two safeties.
The third was on a quick out. As the play was dying, two defenders gave Shaheen a shot as he hit the sideline. Shaheen did not take kindly to the hits, shoving both players back a yard.
-Trubisky looked good again today but his accuracy was not as spot-on as it was yesterday. He missed TE Casey Pierce -- a veteran tryout who has made number of plays the past two days -- who was wide open cutting across the field.
A few snaps later, LB Isaiah Irving undercut a late pass to Shaheen and nearly had a pick-six.
In the final 7-on-7 session, Trubisky appeared tired and unfocused, throwing two ill-advised passes back-to-back, neither of which was completed.
-Fifth-round OL Jordan Morgan once again worked at left guard with the first team.
-RB Tarik Cohen caught a pass over the middle and quickly cut inside the linebacker before outracing the rest of the defense to the sideline. At the conclusion of the play, Cohen ended up right in front of a crowd of fans. He played up to the fans, telling him how good they all looked, which gives a little glimpse into Cohen's personality.
-Cohen took first reps as a kick returner today. He took first reps as a punt returner yesterday.
"It’s interesting, we had tape of one of his returns last year, which he scored, but it got called back," special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers said after practice. "You know, he’s fast. He’s got verified speed. He’s got quickness. Size-wise, he’s short, but he’s not thin. He’s a little bit thicker. For a shorter guy, he’s got big hands and that will help. Some guys who are shorter have smaller hands, smaller arms, things like that. So there’s not as much surface space for a guy to catch. We like his athletic traits."