As I've written on many occasions, it looks like Danieal Manning is more athlete than football player and may never develop into a competent defensive back – no matter which position he plays. It always seems like he's a step or two behind the receiver and gives up a lot of receptions as a result, even though he is almost always the best athlete on the field and can run with any player in the league. The Bears see the amazing physical ability he brings to the table and would love for him to take over as the nickelback this season, but he's yet to make any sort of impact during training camp and could be exposed by a player like Anthony Gonzalez in the slot come Week 1. ...
It wasn't a full-scale brawl by any stretch of the imagination, but Fontel Mines didn't take too kindly to a shot he took from Josh Gattis after hauling in a hook from Grossman and started a small scuffle. Mines shoved Gattis upon returning to his feet, which prompted Jamar Williams to stick his nose in there and make his presence felt. That just happened to be the last rep of the period for the second-teamers, so cooler heads prevailed as the starting units trotted back onto the field – the fans certainly loved it and were encouraging more, but it didn't happen. ...
The Chicago media was amazed during veteran minicamp and OTAs at Halas Hall because Mike Brown, just a few months removed from a serious ACL tear, was flying all over the field and making plays left and right. That hasn't necessarily been the case thus far in training camp, as the emotional leader of the defense is yet to come up with an interception through eight days of practice. Brown actually dropped a potential pick of Orton that hit him right in the hands Wednesday, causing him to shout in frustration and then penalize himself with ten push-ups right there in the hashmark area. ...
Now that Nick Hill is out of the picture, Caleb Hanie looks all the more comfortable under center and is starting to make some awfully nice throws in Bourbonnais. Especially considering the fact that he gets so few reps compared to Grossman and Orton, so he's making the most of his opportunity so far and might have general manager Jerry Angelo thinking twice about making a run at a veteran like Chris Simms assuming he gets released by the Buccaneers. Hanie's best pass Wednesday was a bullet down the seam to rookie Kellen Davis between two defenders that would have gone for about a 20-yard gain. ...
On to the daily rookie watch, where Earl Bennett just keeps making a bunch of catches no matter if it's 7-on-7 or 11-on-11, red zone or goal line, two-minute drill or whatever. Zack Bowman batted down a few balls again Wednesday, and it's now safe to say that he may already be better than second-year pro Trumaine McBride. Craig Steltz is also improving daily, and he looks nothing like Adam Archuleta Version 2.0 in coverage – don't worry about that, Bears fans.
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