After what can only be described as the worst practice any Chicago signal caller has put together in several years, probably since the immortal Rex Grossman fired six interceptions in Bourbonnais circa 2007, LeFevour picked himself up after a five-INT performance the day before and finally looked like a pro. He still tends to throw into traffic near the hash mark area too often, usually comeback-type routes to either Mathews or second-year pro Juaquin Iglesias. But he threw a much more catchable ball Tuesday, and he even showed a little arm strength down the field on flags and flies. Only once was he intercepted, when rookie cornerback Joshua Moore stepped in front of an out pattern intended for Iglesias. There has been a lot of talk the last 24 hours about the Bears signing another QB to back up Cutler after the shoulder injury to No. 2 Caleb Hanie, so the coaching staff has to like the fact that LeFevour didn't just tuck his tail and disappear. ...
Getting back to Moore, the fifth-round pick out of Kansas State played a pretty good game in the preseason opener Saturday night in San Diego. His quality play continued Tuesday at ONU, highlighted by the pick of LeFevour. Later, he made up some ground with the ball in flight and got credit for a pass defensed on a deep flag from LeFevour to Davis. Perhaps most importantly, LeFevour had completed the very same pass to Davis earlier, meaning Moore recognized the call the second time around, made the adjustment and prevented what could have been another big play. While 2009 fourth rounder D.J. Moore showed next to nothing as a rookie and is now clinging for his life as the second-team nickel back, Joshua Moore has noticeable instincts at corner and seems to be putting them on display more with each passing day. ...
There were a fair amount of running plays being called Tuesday in 11-on-11, and with Chester Taylor not participating, that meant both Kahlil Bell and Garrett Wolfe got some snaps with the starting offense. But more often than not, there wasn't much room to operate after taking the handoff. When a big play was broken off on the ground, be it from Bell, Wolfe or starter Matt Forte, chances are it was bounced off tackle or some sort of change-of-direction decision by one of the ball carriers. Just like Saturday against the Chargers, neither of the two guards was able to create much of a push up front. Credit the likes of Anthony Adams and Matt Toeaina for getting some penetration on a consistent basis, but the Bears simply don't have the kind of tailbacks that can create something out of nothing. ...
Not only did the tight ends fail to catch a pass in the preseason opener, but they weren't even targeted by Cutler, Hanie or LeFevour. Still, there have been several practices in Bourbonnais when the tight end position was featured prominently, and Tuesday was one of those practices. Once again, the tight end screen was being run quite often, with Olsen reeling in one of them and Desmond Clark catching two. Prized free-agent addition Brandon Manumaleuna is listed as a tight end on the roster, but he may as well be an offensive lineman because he's as big as a guard and doesn't run very many routes during team drills – he was targeted just one time in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 combined. Clark stood out with four receptions total. ...
Tuesday's chatter revolved around the front office and their search for a veteran quarterback, if for no other reason than to give the Bears a third arm to finish out training camp and the preseason schedule. Both Trent Green and Damon Huard fielded phone calls but decided to remain retired, and this was actually the second time Green turned down Chicago's attempt to get him back in the game. While Todd Collins may have been interested in signing on the dotted line, he balked after general manger Jerry Angelo refused to set aside any guaranteed money for him. Collins wasn't interested in coming to ONU and playing a few exhibitions contests only to get cut once Hanie was healthy enough to return – he would have been working pro bono without some sort of signing bonus. While rumors circled that Matt Gutierrez was on his way to Bourbonnais and only needed to pass a physical to join the club, he is yet to be spotted by anyone in the media.
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