Minicamp Report: Saturday's Workout

It's difficult to get a read on either of the defensive linemen the Chicago Bears added in the NFL Draft, but one of the wide receivers looked impressive on Day 2 of rookie minicamp workouts at Halas Hall. Bear Report had a front-row seat for the action and made these observations ...

Pick Six
Head coach Lovie Smith praised all three quarterbacks for throwing the ball fairly well Saturday, although Jay Cutler doesn't have to worry about his job security any time soon. Chase Patton of Missouri was much more impressive on Day 2 than he was on Day 1, putting together a 6-of-8 performance during 7-on-7 drills. Northwestern's C.J. Bacher wasn't nearly as effective through the air, as his 4-of-8 showing left an awful lot to be desired. Drew Weatherford of Florida State is the best of the rookie signal callers statistically so far, following Friday's 7-of-9 with a 7-of-8 Saturday. Patton threw the only interception of the day, as an out pattern toward the right sideline was picked off by Marquis Hundley, a workout invitee from Arizona. ...

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)

Injury Report
The training staff was kept quite busy Saturday. Seventh-round guard Lance Louis turned an ankle, and even though he put his cleat back on after getting treatment, he was nothing more than an observer the rest of the day. Tight end Adam McDowell, a non-roster invitee from Fresno State, appears to have sprained his left knee and was sporting a serious wrap – his minicamp is likely over. Shortly before 7-on-7, wideout Maurice Covington, yet another weekend workout out of Virginia, had his right quadriceps bundled up and did not return to action.

Stud of the Day
The skill-position players are always going to be noticed more than the linemen at events like minicamp since nobody's wearing any pads, so one of the receivers was again opening eyes. Friday it was Iglesias, but Saturday it was Knox. The speedster caught five of the 17 completions during 7-on-7 action: a deep out off a scramble from Bacher, a quick out from Weatherford, another deep out from Bacher, a beauty down the seam from Weatherford, and then another out pattern from Weatherford in the same series.

Dud of the Day
Fourth-round corner D.J. Moore was billed as a playmaker at Vanderbilt and entered the draft after his junior season, but he's yet to put that playmaking ability on display this weekend. Moore is giving up an awful lot of completions to the wideouts he's charged with covering, and he hasn't gotten his mitts on the football once. While the young man carries himself with the kind of moxie coaches like to see at that position, he's done little to back it up at this point.

Quote to Note
"I think you have to try to separate looking up to those guys and admiring the way they play to being teammates. What can you learn from those guys? There's guys that I've watched on TV since I've been young, and now I have to talk to them as leaders and see what I can learn from them." – Linebacker Marcus Freeman on all of a sudden playing alongside the likes of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.

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