Newly signed first-round pick Chris Williams didn't stay on the practice field very long Thursday, as the 14th-overall selection tweaked his back during positional drills and wasn't able to continue. Head coach Lovie Smith downplayed the injury when speaking to the media after the last period of the day, choosing to err on the side of caution just in case. In Williams' place, undrafted free agent Cody Balogh got the second-team reps at left tackle while seventh-rounder Kirk Barton lined up on the right side. ...
Robbie Gould inked the most lucrative deal in football history for a kicker during the offseason, and deservedly so, but the rockstar-popular youngster is still yet to split the uprights from beyond 50 yards in his career. During special-teams drills, Gould was money from both hashmarks all the way out to 48 yards. Nevertheless, with two attempts from 53, his first one came up a bit short and he yanked the second one wide left. ...
For some ridiculous reason, the coaching staff is going through the silly charade of giving Adrian Peterson the primary snap of each period with the starting offense, while Matt Forte works in later and usually gets just as many reps – if not more. The team drafted Forte in Round 2 and signed Kevin Jones in free agency in part because of Peterson's deficiencies on offense, and it's not like he's the kind of player who's going to have his ego crushed if Forte moves ahead of him on the depth chart. Making rookies earn their keep is one thing, but don't do it just for the sake of doing it. ...
Terrence Metcalf is still scheduled to be the starting left guard, although you would not have known it watching 9-on-9 drills – that's when the receivers and corners are taken off the field and nothing but run plays get called. Metcalf wound up square on his keister after the very first snap, getting blasted by Anthony Adams right up the gut. It's only been two days, but there is a lot more hitting out here than we've gotten use to seeing the last few years down here in Bourbonnais, most notably a square-in-the-mouth shot from Jamar Williams to Forte. ...
As far as the rookies are concerned, Earl Bennett continues to impress and made some more highlight-reel catches Thursday to add to the ones he had Wednesday. Caleb Hanie delivered a pretty throw to close out 7-on-7 action, a flag to Bennett toward the right sideline after the former Vanderbilt Commodore beat Trey Brown. And Kellen Davis followed up Wednesday's strong showing with another solid outing Thursday, reeling in a pass from Grossman a step ahead of Michael Okwo down the seam.
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