Unfortunately, there won't be very much to report this weekend on either fourth-round defensive end Corey Wootton or seventh-round offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb, as rookie minicamp is mostly non-contact drills and the only equipment the players are wearing is a helmet. Wootton competed his senior season at Northwestern at much less than 100 percent coming off knee surgery the previous January, although he isn't expected to be limited and took part in every drill on Day 1. There wasn't any 11-on-11 competition Friday because the session was somewhat abbreviated, but if there is some Saturday or Sunday, he might be matched up against Webb, who was lining up at the left tackle position. ...
Because both LeFevour and Williams struggled greatly throwing the football Friday, we didn't get a chance to see very much from either third-round safety Major Wright or fifth-round corner Joshua Moore in coverage. But off the field, with Alex Brown unceremoniously released this offseason and now suiting up in New Orleans, Wright has already taken the torch as the official loose-lipped Florida Gator on the roster. Moore isn't as gifted of a talker, but you can see early on what the coaching staff saw on tape, as he looks really fluid and stuck everyone rather closely. ...
We kept waiting for one of the receivers to step up and be noticed, kind of like tight end Fontel Mines did three rookie minicamps ago as a non-roster invitee, but none of the nine wideouts on the field Friday did much to get anyone's attention. Erratic play from the quarterbacks and a miserable wind certainly deserve their fair share of the blame, but most of the pass catchers took a while to get up to top speed, rounded off their routes and dropped passes way too often. Mathews had an especially tough day and helps explain why Rich Rodriguez's offense hasn't done diddly squat so far at Michigan, and the only thing notable about local product Freddie Barnes on Day 1 is that he resembles a shorter version of ex-Bear Mark Bradley, from his build to the way he wears his socks. ...
Defensively, another of the local boys, linebacker Matt Mayberry, stepped in front of a LeFevour throw on a button hook over the middle and should have had a pick-six, although he dropped the ball and had to settle for a measly pass defensed. But shortly thereafter, one of the workout-invite LBs, Chris Johnson, managed to intercept a delivery from Williams down the seam and raced the other way toward paydirt to the delight of his teammates. ...
There was much more news made off the field Friday than on the field, as first came word that fifth-year defensive end Mark Anderson has finally signed his one-year tender offer and is now officially under contract. Then during practice, the worst kept secret in Chicago became reality when former Seahawks president Tim Ruskell was announced as the new director of player personnel. With pro personnel director Bobby DePaul and college scouting director Greg Gabriel both getting axed this offseason, two jobs have now been condensed down to one and, according to general manager Jerry Angelo, makes the chain of command easier to manage in the front office.
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