Olin Kreutz was finally activated off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and participated in Tuesday's session, and his arrival didn't come a minute too soon. Almost instantly, the offense went through 11-on-11 with much more attitude and aggressiveness, probably because Kreutz was sick and tired of watching the defense dominate when he was out of action. While Josh Beekman has to shout "Huddle!" before every snap so his offensive mates know where to gather, Kreutz doesn't have to because everybody knows where he's going to be. ...
Just seven days into training camp and with two practices on the schedule for Wednesday, many of the players looked like they were going through their positional drills with heavy legs already. The receivers are starting to drop more passes than they were early on in training camp, as Brandon Lloyd was guilty once and Devin Hester actually let two hit the turf in the span of three reps. Darling rookie Earl Bennett couldn't handle a punt during special teams work, but that shouldn't come as a surprise since he has no business being back there – he wasn't even a return man in college, so why the Bears have him fielding punts is a mystery. ...
The Bears mercifully put an end to the Nick Hill era, as the undrafted free agent quarterback was waived before Tuesday's practice. The former Southern Illinois signal-caller didn't impress at either rookie minicamp or OTAs at Halas Hall, so it was a miracle he got an invitation to Bourbonnais in the first place. Caleb Hanie, another undrafted free agent QB, is now all by himself at No. 3 on the depth chart, and while he's looked pretty good, he's there more because Hill was simply terrible as opposed to his own stellar play. ...
One of the most fun-to-watch periods Tuesday was 3rd-and-1 practice, and the offense emerged victorious more often that not – both the first and second unit. Rookie Matt Forte showed the power to bang between the tackles as well as the speed to make a play on the edge, outracing Briggs around the left side to move the chains and getting an f-bomb out of the Pro Bowler as a result. A few snaps later, Orton hit Fontel Mines on a flag route for about a 20-yard gain on Kevin Payne thanks to some solid play-action at the line of scrimmage. ...
Everybody always wants to know how the rookies are doing each and every day, and fifth-rounder Zack Bowman just keeps making plays over and over again. He came up with the most amazing interception of training camp thus far, a leaping-and-tumbling effort in the back-right corner of the end zone to take an Orton pass away from Mines. Forte was quite impressive once again and is clearly a better every-down option than Adrian Peterson right now, although he did drop a pass in the flat from Grossman near the goal line in 7-on-7 – he may have heard some footsteps from Brian Urlacher.
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