There was some good news on the personnel front Saturday, as Kevin Jones and Dusty Dvoracek came off the physically unable to perform (PUP) and non-football injury (NFI) lists, respectively. Jones only got a handful of reps during 7-on-7 action and wasn't much of a factor in the workout, but the rust was definitely showing during positional drills because he dropped an easy pass that hit him right in the hands. Dvoracek only did positional work with his fellow defensive lineman and was a casual observer during both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11, and it certainly looks like Anthony Adams has sewn up the starting job at nose tackle during his absence. ...
Devin Hester usually finds a way to get the crowd into most every practice, although there was very little to cheer about Saturday coming from No. 23. He dropped a ball from Orton along the left sideline early on in 11-on-11 that probably should have been caught even though he had to tippy-toe the chalk, and then he couldn't make a play for Grossman on a pass that was slightly overthrown during the two-minute drill. To reiterate, Hester has all the ability in the world to be a complementary piece on offense and perhaps the most effective decoy in the league, but he's not going to be a No. 1 receiver for this team – not now, and probably not ever. ...
The second-team D-ends have a very bad habit of jumping the snap count, as both Mark Anderson and Dan Bazuin have been guilty of would-be offside penalties numerous times throughout the team's stay in Bourbonnais. Alex Brown is clearly a better all-around player than Anderson and has made that obvious to one and all since Day 1, and Bazuin hasn't earned his way into the rotation behind starter Adewale Ogunleye just yet. Brown made yet another play Saturday that Anderson most likely wouldn't have, sniffing out a screen and leaping to snare Grossman's pass out of the air for an interception thanks to his ability to recognize the play developing at the line of scrimmage. ...
It was apparent to most everyone in the media following practice that Ogunleye was not happy with Saturday's effort from his defensive line mates. After Mike Brown was lost for the season last year in Week 1, Ogunleye was named a team captain on defense and responded with his best showing in a Bears uniform in 2007. His leadership will be needed desperately with this front seven, especially since the likes of Tommie Harris and Brian Urlacher have always been lead-by-example guys during their respective careers. ...
As for the daily rookie update, undrafted free agent passer Caleb Hanie appears to be building on the momentum of his impressive preseason debut Thursday and had another excellent practice Saturday. The former Colorado State Ram shows poise in the pocket and can also buy some extra time if he has to, plus he looks like he's starting to develop some rapport with seventh-rounder Marcus Monk. Hanie hit Monk with a beauty of a touch pass deep down the left sideline during 7-on-7, and then he fired a bullet to Fontel Mines streaking through the middle of the field in front of Leonard Peters in 11-on-11.
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