Training Camp Report: Day 2

The Bears had two practices on Saturday, including their first evening session at Ward Field with a capacity crowd in attendance. Brian Griese had another subpar performance, Dusty Dvoracek is showing a mean streak, and the Ayanbadejo brothers are getting after each other on special teams. BearReport.com had a front-row seat for all the action at Olivet Nazarene University and filed this report.

BLIPS, BLURBS & BLASTS
The Bears have their first two-a-day today, with a mini practice in the morning heavily focusing on special teams, and then an evening session under the lights at Ward Field. Head coach Lovie Smith will wait a few days before having his team put the full pads on, as its helmets-only for the first practice and then shells for the second practice. On a lighter note, I see my first Zubaz pants sighting of training camp this morning adorned by one particular Bears fanatic, which gets funnier and funnier every year considering those hideous things haven't been manufactured since about 1998 ...

Defensive tackle Antonio Garay must have tweaked something on Day 1 because he sits out both the morning and evening sessions. Garrett Wolfe probably hit it a little too hard earlier today because he does not participate in the second practice of the day. Neither situation is anything to be alarmed about, and fans should feel very good on the injury front since both Tommie Harris and Mike Brown appear to be going at full speed without any limitations thus far ...

On special teams, punter Filip Filipovic is doing much better than he did on Thursday, booming a few tight spirals as Wolfe, Devin Hester, Drisan James, and Tim Mixon alternate as the return man. But as far as kickoffs go, Robbie Gould is driving the ball 5-10 yards deeper than Nick Novak every single time. Danieal Manning, Adrian Peterson, Josh Allen, and Charles Tillman are back there fielding balls, and believe it or not, Israel Idonije actually catches one or two in the night practice since he's on the kickoff return team. In the morning session, Idonije even lines up at gunner on punt coverage once. He's some kind of athlete for a man his size ...

I'm guessing that the Ayanbadejo brothers, linebacker Brendon and fullback Obafemi, beat the tar out of each other as kids because they always find a way to crack helmets on special teams ...

There is one minor scare in the morning mini practice. James, an undrafted free agent receiver, can't quite reel in a down-and-out from quarterback Kyle Orton on the left sideline. Cornerback Nathan Vasher was getting his hamstring stretched by a trainer and just about got trampled by James as he comes crashing out of bounds. Considering that Vasher missed two games last season because of that very same hamstring, that could have been a colossal disaster right there. Credit the trainer for lowering Vasher's leg just before James clipped him at full speed ...

We're starting to get an indication why safety Adam Archuleta was such a disappointment his one season in Washington. Everybody knows that he belongs near the line of scrimmage because he's a great tackler, but he's looked a little lost covering in space the last two days. He actually falls to the turf without contact in the morning practice as tight end Desmond Clark makes a catch in front of him down the seam, and this comes after he was understandably abused by Hester the day before. Coach Smith believes he knows how to get the most out of Archuleta, and Bears fans better hope he's right. Third-year safety Chris Harris isn't a lock to make this team right now, which means that Archuleta must at least resemble the player he was in St. Louis ...

At one point in the evening session, Hester makes a tough catch on a deep cross over the middle from quarterback Rex Grossman, and then rookie tight end Greg Olsen hauls in a sensational over-the-shoulder grab down the field on the very next play. Those two former Hurricanes are going to bring some serious speed and explosiveness to the offense assuming they get used properly. The crowd at Ward Field goes absolutely bananas when Olsen comes up with the ball, almost like they all have a vested interest in the success of their prized first-rounder ...

As for Grossman, he's having a pretty good day throwing the football, especially in 7-on-7 drills when he's just about perfect. During 11-on-11 in the evening practice, he hits on 13 of 16 passes including four to receiver Muhsin Muhammad. Although he does make one-head scratching decision toward the end of practice when he heaves a deep post to Muhammad after dancing around the pocket too long – naturally, it's intercepted by Tillman in the end zone ...

In the shining star department, Hester makes an incredible catch on a down-and-in from quarterback Brian Griese after falling on his tailbone coming out of the break. Rookie cornerback Greg Fassitt comes up with a diving interception along the left sideline on an errant pass from Orton. Dusty Dvoracek is mixing it up pretty good in the trenches during 9-on-7 drills, so don't be surprised if the first training camp fight of the year is between him and center Olin Kreutz. Tailback Cedric Benson exploded through the secondary on one particular carry because the defense paid a little too much attention to Hester on a fake end-around. And some kid in the stands actually begs defensive end Adewale Ogunleye for an autograph before the evening practice by calling him "your highness" ...

There are a few low points over the course of the day, including Peterson dropping a pass down the middle from Griese in the morning session. Tillman has been getting beat a little too often for someone coming to training camp with a fresh $41 million contract extension. Griese was once again ridiculously erratic throwing the football, although at least he wasn't intercepted on consecutive snaps like on Day 1. Grossman fumbles a snap at one point, conjuring up one of the ugly images Bears fans remember from Super Bowl XLI back in February. And some poor schmuck in attendance caused quite a ruckus by showing up to the evening practice in a Brett Favre jersey, which is sort of like playing Hilary Duff's latest CD at Lindsay Lohan's birthday party – you're just asking for trouble ...

I know those two supposedly kissed and made up recently, but I'm not buying it.

WR Mark Bradley (M. Spencer Green/AP Photos)

NOTABLE QUOTABLES
QB Rex Grossman
On what he sees with Devin Hester converting to offense so far:
"He's just an unbelievable athlete. So any time you can get the ball in his hands ... He's starting to run really good routes, and he catches the ball really great. He just keeps getting better."

On where he feels he's made the most improvement since last season:
"I think overall comfort level with where I'm at. I feel just more relaxed with all the reads and all the different things that I've worked on in the offseason. So hopefully I've improved, and hopefully that will show come September."

Head coach Lovie Smith
On Garrett Wolfe and Antonio Garay sitting out with minor injuries:
"When you start off training camp like this, the guys are anxious to go. They're not used to making those type of cuts, so you have some hamstring problems from time to time. Neither one is serious. We should get them out here before long."

On whether he can actually see the offense performing faster than before:
"Offensively, we've been in [the system] for a while. But I think some of the offensive guys that we've added to the mix ... You see Hester on offense. We are faster. You see Greg Olsen. We are faster at the position. Those guys make it seem a little bit faster."

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