While Cutler has gotten the lion's share of the attention on offense, Zack Bowman has stolen the show on defense and could end up being a real player after sliding all the way to the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. But Bowman does have a lengthy injury history – remember he played just once last year before being shelved on IR – and came up lame Wednesday yet again. Coach Lovie Smith said after practice that Bowman has a hamstring strain and should be considered day-to-day at this point, so McBride took over the rest of the way with the starters because Corey Graham was getting a look at nickel back. ...
Along the offensive line, based on some of the comments made by general manager Jerry Angelo in the offseason and what happened on the field throughout OTAs, most everyone assumed free agent addition Frank Omiyale would unseat Josh Beekman at left guard. But six days into training camp in Bourbonnais, Beekman has received all of the first-team reps while Omiyale has been relegated to the second and third unit. On one particular play during 9-on-9 action Wednesday, Omiyale looked a little on the awkward side pulling around right end and didn't get a very good block on rookie linebacker Marcus Freeman. ...
As far as the strong-side linebacker position is concerned, incumbent Nick Roach is getting just as many reps as newcomer Pisa Tinoisamoa. Roach provided the biggest hit of the day when he absolutely destroyed Jason Davis when the fullback was trying to open up a hole for Adrian Peterson, drawing all kinds of "oohs" and "aahs" from the 7,500 – it was another huge crowd Wednesday – on hand for the proceedings. Tinoisamoa is still making the adjustment from the weak side to the strong side in this defense, as now he's asked to cover the tight end more when he's used to dealing with fullbacks and tailbacks. ...
Cutler ran the hurry-up offense for the first time Wednesday, and he appeared to be quite comfortable barking signals and directing traffic quickly in between snaps. The former first rounder began the drive with a wide receiver screen to Earl Bennett, before moving on to the aforementioned fade to Hester and an out pattern to Olsen. Unfortunately, the middle of the drive was bogged down by a false start from Orlando Pace and a Bennett drop of what could have been a big play down the middle. ...
On the rookie front, seventh-round pick Derek Kinder made his first sizeable splash of training camp reeling in a ball deep down the seam from Hanie with sixth-round safety Al Afalava just a step behind him. After somewhat of a slow start, Juaquin Iglesias is beginning to get noticed a bit more these days and has caught most everything thrown his way – including a diving effort Wednesday along the right sideline on an out route from Hanie. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner is searching for ways to use Knox's speed, sending him on a slant-and-go against D.J. Moore that was overthrown by Basanez even though the wideout got some separation.
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