One of the more impressive performers at rookie minicamp was fifth-round cornerback Joshua Moore, who looks like a pretty good athlete and showed off the man-to-man coverage skills the Bears apparently liked so much on film. He managed to record an interception Sunday, outrunning workout-invite receiver Zeke Markshausen on a fly route down the right sideline that was overthrown by Williams and making an over-the-shoulder grab. Moore is also supposed to be an accomplished gunner on the punt team but isn't going to be a return man any time soon, not with him dropping more balls than he caught off the Jugs machine at the outset of practice. ...
One day after he turned some heads during 7-on-7 action, reeling in a pair of hitch-and-go patterns for long gainers, workout-invite wideout Nick Merchut wasn't able to follow that fine effort up with another Sunday. Not only were his hands inconsistent throughout positional drills, but he was running weak routes and didn't even seem to be giving maximum effort on every attempt. It became quite obvious that they don't teach the post-corner pattern at Carthage College, as not only did he do a poor job of selling the post, but then he would simply turn around after the double move and didn't finish the route to the corner. ...
Undrafted free agent Eric Peterman was supposed to have a leg up on the other pass catchers at rookie minicamp since he spent some time on the practice squad last season and earned a futures contract in January, but Martz didn't seem to notice. During positional drills, Peterman jumped to secure a ball along the left sideline that he didn't necessarily need to leave his feet to grab, which is a bad habit a lot of young receivers get into and takes away run-after-the-catch opportunities. "Nice jump, Eric," Martz shouted, his voice dripping with sarcasm. "I don't really know why." ...
Probably the best catch all weekend long was delivered Sunday by workout-invite fullback Shamar Graves, although he paid the price for it. During 7-on-7 work, the 6-2, 230-pounder split into the slot and sprinted straight down the seam, elevated to snare a way-high throw from LeFevour and pulled the pigskin into his body before falling awkwardly. It took Graves a little while to get to his feet and limp over to the sideline, so it ended up being his final rep of the day. ...
LeFevour was again up and down during 7-on-7s and threw a pair of interceptions. While the first one wasn't necessarily his fault because the pass was tipped and ended up in the waiting arms of workout-invite linebacker Matt Mayberry, the second one was an ill-advised throw along the left sideline that would have been six easy points for workout-invite safety Cam Nelson. Williams had just the one INT, on that deep ball Moore picked off intended for Markshausen.
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