The Brett Favre story just will not die in Green Bay, as the latest rumors have him potentially on the move within the NFC North. That means the front office could very well be involved in a trade scenario that would bring the certain Hall-of-Famer to the Windy City. Many Bears backers want nothing to do with Favre even though he would be an immediate upgrade over either Grossman or Orton at the game's most important position, including one fan in Bourbonnais who held up the same sign throughout practice Thursday: "Just Say No to Brett." ...
Olsen just might be on the verge of a breakout season, as the second-year pro has all the talent in the world as a pass-catcher and presents matchup problems with just about any linebacker or safety in the league. He runs as fast as most receivers, and his 6-6, 254-pound frame allows him to either out-jump defenders for the ball or shield it from them completely. Desmond Clark is still the starting tight end on this team and has a few productive years left in the tank, but Olsen has what it takes to be special – the former first-rounder delivered two scoring catches during red-zone drills Thursday. ...
For some reason, Adrian Peterson has been using a cutback move at the line of scrimmage quite regularly so far in training camp. Either his vision has gotten better since this past season and he's starting to recognize open holes that aren't necessarily where the play is directed to go, or the offensive line simply isn't opening holes where the play is directed to go. The latter certainly seems more plausible than the former, as the big boys in the trenches haven't proven to be up to the task and remain this team's biggest question mark with the exhibition schedule quickly approaching. ...
Even though the Bears finally said goodbye to overmatched undrafted free agent Nick Hill just the other day, Caleb Hanie would be wise to hold off busting out the celebratory champagne a little while longer. According to some of the media chatter on the sideline Thursday, there is growing sentiment within the organization to only keep two quarterbacks on the roster as opposed to three. Doing so would open up a precious roster spot for an extra defensive tackle or wide receiver, which means Hanie might still end up on the practice squad despite the fact that he's only competing with himself right now for No. 3 duties. ...
As far as the rookies are concerned, Craig Steltz knocked down a few more balls Thursday and even got some reps with the starting defense at free safety for the first time. We keep waiting for Marcus Monk to have a big practice and catch a bunch of passes, but he hasn't distinguished himself very much and is having a tough time getting reps with the plethora of wideouts in front of him on the depth chart as presently constituted. Joey LaRocque has also had trouble getting on the field because this team is loaded at linebacker right now, so he seems like a shoe-in for the practice squad at this point even if the likes of Rod Wilson and Darrell McClover end up being training camp casualties.
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