Juaquin Iglesias brings a reputation as a pretty good kick returner from his days at Oklahoma, but punts look to be a different story. The third-round pick was having all kinds of trouble fielding the ball from the Jugs machine, even dropping two in a row at one point. It almost seemed as if Iglesias knew he was overmatched and trying to do something he wasn't very comfortable doing, laughing after his second drop as if to say, "Even I know I can't do this." ...
While the surface was in much better condition Saturday than it was Friday because of all the recent rain in Lake Forest, the quarterbacks and receivers had a dry spell during positional drills trying to complete a simple 12-yard out pattern toward the left sideline. Patton, Bacher, and Weatherford were throwing the ball all over the place, missing their intended targets high and wide more often than not. George Smith of Vanderbilt finally broke a string of half a dozen consecutive incompletions, reeling in a perfect throw from Bacher and tapping both feet in bounds. ...
Iglesias was the star of Day 1, running beautiful routes and catching the ball with pillow-soft hands, but he struggled at times on Day 2 – and not just on the other end of the Jugs gun. It was fifth-rounder Johnny Knox who looked like the best receiver on offense Saturday, as the speed merchant could be dangerous in the open field since he's clocked faster than 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash at times. He also made the catch of the day, reaching low to grab a Weatherford spiral off his shoe tops just after making his cut on a 15-yard out route ...
Since wide receiver was the No. 1 need for the Midway Monsters heading into the NFL Draft, it makes sense to give an update on seventh-round pick Derek Kinder – especially since both Iglesias and Knox have been given lots of attention thus far in minicamp. Kinder has not been especially quick in and out of his breaks, at times seeming unsure of himself and looking to receivers coach Darryl Drake for extra instruction on more than one occasion. It's safe to say that Kinder's offensive system at Pittsburgh was much different than what he's being asked to do with the Bears, and it's also possible he's still feeling the effects of the torn ACL he suffered in 2007 following a stellar junior campaign. ...
While the veterans had the day off Saturday, that didn't stop Devin Hester from squeezing in a workout at Halas Hall and even stopping by practice for a visit. The former All-Pro return man was watching closely as the rookies were fielding punts and kickoffs during the special-teams period, although he pretty much kept to himself as opposed to offering any advice to the likes of Iglesias and Knox. The day before, Cutler was roaming the sideline and getting a peek at some of his shiny new toys – Smith said after the workout that his players are always welcome at minicamp and encouraged to check out the newbies.
Smith watches Bacher delivering a pass during positional drills. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Images)
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