Day 2: Training Camp News & Notes

After an impressive showing on Day 1 of training camp, the offense looked a little sloppy on Day 2 in Bourbonnais. Weather certainly was a factor with temperatures well into the 90's throughout the two-hour late afternoon practice.

It was quite hot on Thursday afternoon as training camp got underway, but on Day 2, Mother Nature decided to turn it up a notch. The heat index was in triple-digit territory for Friday afternoon's practice, and no question about it, the constant heat was having an effect on the players. There were a few more errant throws, a couple more dropped passes, and as you might expect, many more calls for the waterboys. Here are some observations from up close on Day 2 of training camp:

Mike Brown has a nose for the football and a penchant for making the big play, but he just dropped one that hit him right in the breadbasket during defensive back interception drills. He smacks his helmet in frustration and laughs at himself for botching such a routine play. If he's going to drop one, better to do it now than in Week 1 against the Packers ...

Muhsin Muhammad and Mark Bradley are playing catch along the sideline again today, just as they did yesterday. Moose has forgotten more about the wide receiver position than a lot of players will ever know, and Bradley is obviously making a concerned effort to spend as much time around the veteran as possible. Although Bernard Berrian looks very good so far and will have plenty to say about who gets the starting nod on opening day ...

The kickoff and kickoff return teams are on the field for the first time, and Rashied Davis gets the first crack at return man. Rookie Devin Hester is rotating in as the #2 guy, just like he did yesterday on the punt return team. Rookie kicker Josh Huston is really booming his kicks deep with tons of hangtime, by the way ...

Airese Currie makes a beauty of a sliding catch on a throw from Brian Griese. The second-year wideout from Clemson is essentially a rookie all over again based on how much time he missed last year while injured. Nevertheless, the offensive coaching staff has been singing his praises since day one ...

Adrian Peterson runs a swing pattern out of the backfield but drops the pass. That's two drops for him today and further evidence that the offense isn't quite as far along as it showed yesterday. Although the blazing hot weather has got to be playing a factor this late in the afternoon ...

Rookie defensive end Mark Anderson is the first casualty of the day. He appears to have a cramp as he lies on his back on the near sideline, but we later learn that he will join Thomas Jones as a card-carrying member of the pulled hamstring club. Visions of 2004's Hammygate are starting to uncomfortably creep into the back of Bears fans' minds right now ...

Where's Hester? Fellow former Hurricane cornerback Alfonso Marshall is getting a few reps with the second team as it appears the heat is taking its toll on Hester. He's been pounding bottles of Gatorade for two days as opposed to drinking water like most everyone else, so perhaps all the excess sugar is playing with his insides right now ...

Charles Tillman makes a gorgeous play and breaks up a pass from Rex Grossman to Berrian. Peanut was really humbled by Carolina's Steve Smith in the playoffs, but he needs to rebound if the secondary wants to be as good as last year. Having newcomers Ricky Manning Jr. and Dante Wesley waiting in the wings is a nice way to keep him motivated ...

Linebacker Rod Wilson drops a sure interception on a Griese pass and is absolutely disgusted with himself right now. So much so that he actually drops to the turf and does about a dozen push-ups for a little self-punishment. You hate to say it, but that kind of mistake by a fringe player can be the difference between making the team and getting cut ...

Huston and incumbent kicker Robbie Gould are doing imitations of their compatriots around the league. Apparently, in the kicking circles, Baltimore's Matt Stover is known as Maitre d' because his peculiar setup makes him look like he's serving a tray of escargot. Detroit's Jason Hanson is The Matador for the dramatic way he raises and lowers his arms before the snap. Pittsburgh's Jeff Reed is called Quadzilla for obvious reasons. These are the things kickers do to entertain themselves on the sideline. What a life ...

Another drop for Muhammad. As ESPN's Chris Berman likes to say, "Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is a trend." Uh oh ...

Now Currie drops one. This is getting contagious. The offense as a whole is struggling today, that's all there is to it ...

The Bears have their first two-a-day on Saturday, with a mini practice at 9:30a.m. and a full practice at 7p.m., so be sure to come back then, Bears fans, for a Cliffs Notes wrap-up of both sessions.

JC


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