Devin Hester remains on the non-football injury (NFI) list, but that doesn't mean he can't work on his craft in Bourbonnais. The ridiculous return man spent a good portion of Saturday's session fielding faux punts and kickoffs off the JUGS machine, and he was moving around awfully well for somebody reportedly suffering from a hamstring problem. Don't you worry, he'll come off the NFI list and get back to practicing at Olivet Nazarene University the moment he puts his John Hancock on a shiny new contract. ...
Forte has been all the rage ever since he put that orange C on his helmet, even though he did put the ball on the ground once Friday during 9-on-9 drills. Saturday, the second-rounder went out of his way to lay a shoulder into Brandon McGowan in 9-on-9, and this was just a few reps after Anthony Adams leveled him pretty good and took him to the ground near the line of scrimmage – Forte hopped right back to his feet, by the way. Later on during 11-on-11, he made a one-handed catch reeling in a screen pass from Grossman and absolutely exploded down the left sideline, putting the shimmy-shake on Rod Wilson along the way. ...
Just like he did in last year's training camp, Mike Hass had a rough first day but has been nothing short of flawless ever since. He's delivered his trademark tough catches on a daily basis, including a tippy-toe-on-the-sideline effort Saturday on a deep corner route from Grossman against Kevin Payne. Grossman was feeling it and tried the same play to the other side of the field on the very next snap, but Hass couldn't quite tip the ball to himself with Trumaine McBride in coverage this time. ...
We almost had our first fistfight of training camp Saturday, as Tyler Reed was gratuitously pushing and shoving rookie Marcus Harrison well after the whistle in pass-rush drills. On consecutive plays, Reed seemed to be looking to tussle, but Harrison didn't take the bait and simply walked back to the rest of his defensive-line mates. We'll surely get ourselves a battle in Bourbonnais before too long because it happens every year, usually after a few days in a row of piercing heat – it hasn't been that hot yet, but it's coming. ...
Focusing on the draft picks once again, Kellen Davis continues to look very fluid in the passing game and drew some praise from Lovie Smith when the head coach addressed the media after Saturday's practice. Earl Bennett has been one of the most polished performers of camp so far, but he took a step backward when he dropped a perfectly thrown ball from Grossman in 7-of-7. And we're still waiting for Craig Steltz to just knock down a pass let alone come up with an interception, especially since he was known as an opportunistic ballhawk at LSU.
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