Among the 54 players on hand for rookie minicamp, a handful of the participants are not true rookies and have been a part of the Bears organization for a year or so in various capacities. Cornerback Woodny Turenne, who bounced on and off the practice squad in 2009 before making it to the active roster for the finale, is one of them, and he's taking advantage of the extra reps he's getting that he usually doesn't get when the veterans are on the field. Turenne come up with a pair of interceptions Saturday, the first one off LeFevour on a fly down the left sideline intended for Antonio Robinson, and the second off Williams on an out meant for Eric Peterman hugging the same left sideline. ...
Even though there are nine receivers on the rookie minicamp roster, five of them are undrafted free agents – including Peterman, who is actually a UDFA from a year ago – and the other four are workout invites. Receivers coach Darryl Drake keeps waiting for one of them to step up and be noticed, specifically local product Freddie Barnes, but instead he has been forced to watch Greg Mathews and Justin Buckhalter try to catch the ball like they don't have thumbs. Northwestern product Zeke Markshausen, however, made the best grab of the first two days of practice during 7-on-7 work, a diving effort on a skinny post from LeFevour. ...
Bears fans are going to like new tight ends coach Mike DeBord, as he is a fiery guy and doesn't mind giving players a piece of his mind if they deserve it. Workout invite Craig Carey kept making the same mistake over and over again, and DeBord had finally had enough about half-way through positional drills. "You take off and run!" DeBord screamed when Carey loafed back to the huddle, before he realized he was in trouble, turned around and finished his route properly. "I'm tired of telling you!" ...
Getting most of the first-team snaps at free and strong safety, respectively, are top draft choice Major Wright and undrafted free agent Quentin Scott. Wright talks a good game and his vocal leadership is already taking shape, barking various signals before the snap and doing his best to relay what he's seeing to the rest of his defensive teammates. Scott is a monster of a safety prospect at 6-4 and 219 pounds, and hard-core Bears fans are curious if he can play after seeing he runs the 40 in the 4.4 range, but since the QBs aren't airing it out much, neither Wright nor Scott has gotten his hands on the ball yet through two days. ...
Cornerback Joshua Moore missed out on an opportunity to make a big play, as he was unable to come up with a pick on a throw from LeFevour to Peterman in 7-on-7 time. LeFevour was looking to hit Peterman on a quick slant from the right side, but he hesitated and threw the timing of the route off, which led to the ball being fired into traffic and almost ending up in Moore's grasp. Not that it's going to matter on a team featuring Danieal Manning, Johnny Knox and Devin Hester already, but it's worth noting that Moore was also the primary kick returner Saturday.
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