Both Lance Briggs and Hunter Hillenmeyer were observing most of the afternoon because of Smith's favorite injury, "general soreness," but neither is expected to be out of action for any significant period of time. Williams got most of the snaps with the starting defense at Briggs' weak-side linebacker spot, while the competition between Nick Roach and Pisa Tinoisamoa resulted in equal time on the strong side. Rookie Marcus Freeman got his first significant action of training camp, most of it with the third unit at weak-side 'backer. ...
While most Bears fans probably feel better about both offensive tackle positions now than they did last year, there are still a decent amount of questions surrounding left tackle Orlando Pace and right tackle Chris Williams. Pace is a mountain of a man in the huddle and presents a veteran calmness about his game that you just can't fake, while Williams has been somewhat chippy with reporters of late – that might even be a good thing since it appears he's out to prove the naysayers wrong. Kevin Shaffer is getting all his reps on the right side of the line, which would lead one to believe that Williams would shift to the left side should anything happen to Pace, and seventh rounder Lance Louis has actually been solid as the second-team left tackle. ...
Josh Bullocks came to the Bears in free agency with an infamous highlight tape floating around on YouTube yet a boatload of unrealized potential as a fairly recent second-round pick, but he's spent the majority of his time so far on the third-team defense and doesn't appear to be threatening for playing time at either strong or free safety. He did have one very good play Sunday, making up a lot of ground with the ball in flight to snare an interception from Basanez on a corner route intended for Kellen Davis. That being said, sixth rounder Al Afalava is getting more attention thus far and works his way onto the second unit from time to time. ...
The Wildcat formation made its debut in training camp Sunday, with Hester lining up in the shotgun and Cutler splitting out wide to the left. After taking the center snap from Olin Kreutz, Hester faked an inside handoff to Matt Forte going left and then ran around right end to the delight of the 11,000 or so on hand – the attendance was confirmed by ONU officials as a Bourbonnais record, by the way. And then twice during full-team drills, Hester was the recipient of a reverse and had all kinds of room to run after catching the defense napping. ...
It always takes the newbies some time to learn how the Bears go about running their practices, as Smith's style involves almost no legitimate hitting whatsoever. First it was undrafted rookie free agent Kevin Malast grabbing Garrett Wolfe during 9-on-9 ground-game drills and drawing the ire of Bob Babich, and then Tinoisamoa smacked Wolfe again after the diminutive one caught a swing pass out of the backfield from Hanie. That stuff is frowned upon by this organization throughout training camp, especially since the injury report is relatively short right now.
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