Unfinished Business

While some of the rookies are back on the Halas Hall practice field continuing their introduction to pro football, about half of the draft class is still attending finals at their respective universities.

Tommie Harris, Leon Joe, Claude Harriott, Craig Krenzel and Alfonso Marshall are all in Lake Forest working with the team. Terry Johnson, Bernard Berrian and Nathan Vasher are not allowed to participate while their universities are still in session.

Berrian has a helping hand in safety Cameron Worrell, who played with him at Fresno State. Worrell thinks the Bears got a steal by tacking the receiver in the third-round.

"He should be great," Worrell said. "I played with him in college and I think his talent should be a positive addition to this team. Right now, though, I'm his ‘Mother Hen', helping him to learn about the Bears and about the area."

Worrell is impressed what he's seen so far from Head Coach Lovie Smith and Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera.

"All of the coaches are stressing the importance of speed and agility on both sides of the ball," Worrell said. "But coach Rivera and coach Smith particularly. That's what I've always felt is important. I see tremendous opportunities to make some impact plays this year. It's very exciting."

Unlike many of the current Bears, Worrell hasn't changed weight to fit into the new scheme.

"I'm 5'11 and have 2% body fat," Worrell said. "That seems to be just right for my size and position. What I am working on right now is my speed. I think that I can get around the field pretty fast, but there is always room for improvement. There are good athletes on this team at my position so I definitely want to be showing the coaches my peak performance at all times."

The biggest thing for most rookies is making the roster and then trying to become a game day active. Worrell has a different mindset coming into his sophomore season.

"The main difference for me between this year and last year is my overall confidence level," Worrell said. "Now I understand fully what it takes to be an impact player in the NFL. It is an achievable goal and something worth working towards. I know I can get the job done and I'm eager to be out there."

Noteworthy
It's hard to tell what Rex Grossman will be able to do in the new offense when the team is running around in shorts, but the quarterback has thrown his share of interceptions this week.

Charles Tillman and Jerry Azumah both victimized the quarterback for picks during practice Wednesday.

Beth Gorr contributed to this article.


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