Camp Comes to a Close

The 2006 draft class had their indoctrination to the offensive and defensive schemes over a three-day stretch at Halas Hall. The coaching staff has a better sense of the talent on the football field after getting to work with the group in person.

"We like what we saw from the players, our draft picks and the free agents we signed," said Coach Lovie Smith "We're anxious to get them back here on the 16th of May with the rest of our group."

That's when rookies can return to Halas Hall. The idea is to have them ready to practice with the rest of the team when the Bears host a veteran mini-camp in June.

"No room for mistakes," DE Mark Anderson said of what he learned. "You've got to pay attention and do everything right the first time."

All players are expected to participate except DT Tank Johnson and S Brandon McGowan, who are coming off quad and knee injuries respectively.

Rookie Roller Coaster
While the winds weren't terrible over the weekend at Halas Hall, Devin Hester showed no signs of struggling with catching punts. He impressed during a drill when assistant special teams coach Kevin O'Dea would throw his hat in front of Hester right before he made the catch. At one point, Hester caught a punt and nearly came up with the hat before it touched the ground.

Danieal Manning dropped a handful of balls during Sunday's practice. He also bit hard on a double move by a tryout receiver.

Undrafted free agent punt Joel Stelly will compete with Brad Maynard in training camp. With the wind at his back, Stelly opened eyes with the distance and hang time he got on the ball. He also had a fair share of wounded ducks.

The Bears have had luck finding undrafted talent and have hopes of doing it again this year.

"Last year we found Brandon McGowan in the group," Smith said. "I don't know if we'll have a Brandon McGowan in this group but we'll see."


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