Free-agent safety acquisition Josh Bullocks introduced himself to Earl Bennett during 11-on-11 action, dropping a padless shoulder into the second-year wide receiver and separating him from the ball on a seam route. Orton delivered what looked to be a beauty of a pass, and Bennett was wide open for a split second, but Bullocks was able to knock it loose to get credit for a pass defensed. You could tell he wasn't quite sure if what he did was acceptable or not, throwing his hands up immediately after contact in an effort to tell everyone in attendance that there was no malicious intent on his part. ...
A lot of Bears fans were happy to hear that Kevin Jones re-signed with the team after a year spent wasted on the bench behind rookie sensation Matt Forte, but he didn't have a very good day and looked awfully rusty out there. He fell on his tail not once but twice during positional drills because he wasn't getting his knees up high enough, although he does look to be a few pounds lighter than he was at this time a year ago since he's supposedly all the way back from the torn knee he suffered in December of 2007. It wasn't hard to tell that Forte is the best back on the team, as he looked smooth as ever both running and receiving all day long. ...
It didn't take long for new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to make his presence felt, with the former Detroit head coach practically getting in a three-point stance himself when instructing his ends during pass-rush drills. He's a fairly soft-spoken man with a microphone in his face after practice, but he's very intense when out on the field and seems to have found a home again after a miserable experience running the Lions for three seasons. Some guys are just better sargeants than generals, and Marinelli appears to be one of them at first glance – he was very happy to get his hands dirty again. ...
With John Tait enjoying retirement and John St. Clair choosing Cleveland over Chicago, the offensive line was doing a lot of shuffling throughout the workout. Cody Balogh, who was nothing more than a practice squader last year, got the majority of the snaps at right tackle with the first- and second-team offenses. Both Josh Beekman and Dan Buenning saw time at guard and center, especially since incumbent center Olin Kreutz did very little. Free-agent signee Frank Omiyale admitted after practice that he still sees himself as a tackle, although all of his reps Tuesday came at either left or right guard. One lineman that did no moving around at all, however, was Chris Williams. The former first-rounder took every snap at left tackle with the ones and the twos, and then he said afterward that he doesn't want to talk about his back – or Cutler, his former Vanderbilt teammate – anymore. ...
Facing yet another position switch, versatile defensive lineman Israel Idonije will be moving back to end after lining up exclusively at tackle in 2008. This could spell trouble for Mark Anderson, who was sensational as a situational pass rusher as a rookie in '06 but has done a two-year disappearing act ever since. Idonije said after practice that it's much tougher to trim down and play end than it is to bulk up and play tackle, but he looks great and could help out what has been a lackluster pass rush the past two years.
Hester clearly needs some help at the receiver position. (Charles Arbogast/AP Images)
Stud of the Day
Dud of the Day
Quote to Note
Agree? Disagree? Discuss this hot topic on our message boards RIGHT HERE.
John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.