Most people are talking about Marcus Harrison and Dusty Dvoracek since both are recent draft picks of this franchise, but Anthony Adams continues to be an underrated player in the middle and is the leader in the clubhouse to start at nose tackle. A relatively quiet guy in the locker room, Adams brings a lot of energy to the huddle and always seems to be smiling about something after the play. He got a chuckle out of the fans Monday when he made his way through a sea of blockers to blow up a screen from Cutler to Matt Forte, hollering "Boom!" as he pantomimed his tackle on the running back. ...
Speaking of Forte, the second-year ball carrier again took a limited amount of reps and gave way to the likes of Kevin Jones and Garrett Wolfe. Jones in particular looks like a different player than he was a year ago, cutting in and out of would-be tacklers but making sure his shoulders are square to ensure he's always going forward – he seems to be a little trimmer than last season, too. As for Wolfe, he was again picking himself up off the turf regularly during 9-on-9, while Adrian Peterson is a third-team afterthought at this point. ...
The kickoff-return team was a focus of Monday's practice for the first time, with Danieal Manning showing his usual explosion upfield and running with an authority rarely seen from a returner – although he did hit the deck once after unsuccessfully trying to jump over one of the coverage guys. Hester took a grand total of one rep behind Manning, so he probably won't be utilized there at all this season, but three rookies got at least one return each on the afternoon. Neither Juaquin Iglesias nor Johnny Knox looked very natural catching the kickoff, but D-end Henry Melton, who was a tailback his first season at Texas, caught one and rumbled the other way like he knew what he was doing. ...
While the passing game was worked on extensively the first few days of camp, offensive coordinator Ron Turner was leaning on the running game more than usual during Monday's workout. Jones had more good-looking runs than Forte, although he definitely had more reps too, and Chris Williams in particular was keeping Adewale Ogunleye at bay almost every snap. On the other side of the ball, third-round pick Jarron Gilbert knifed his way into the backfield a few times playing three technique, probably because Frank Omiyale got knocked to the ground on more than one occasion trying to block him. ...
We saw the two-minute drill for the first time to conclude Monday's session, with Cutler completing 3 of his 5 passes but watching helplessly as Earl Bennett dropped a potential TD down the seam from about 30 yards out – although it would have been a great grab. Basanez started off with a long completion down the left sideline to Knox, before finding Wolfe on a slant and then Rashied Davis on a quick out pattern. Robbie Gould hit a 49-yard field goal on Cutler's possession, while Richmond McGee split the uprights from 38 yards on Basanez's drive.
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