My previous two Chicago Bears training camp reports:
2013 Chicago Bears Training Camp Report Week 1: Setting the Tone
2013 Chicago Bears Training Camp Report: On the Learning Curve
The Bears have played two games and closed out the Bourbonnais portion of training camp since we last visited to check out the Bears’ 2013 preseason activities. Plenty of events of importance have taken place so let’s dig in.
The offensive line competition is shaking out in a surprising way.
Heading into preseason competition the competition for playing time has been all of the right side of the line. Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slausen are still locked in on the left and Roberto Garza is solidly entrenched at center.
Guard James Brown and tackle J’Marcus Webb received the first opportunity to stake their claim to starter status on the right side in the first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. By the time that game concluded they had fallen to second string on the depth chart.
Rookie Guard Kyle Long showed that he had the strength and agility to handle himself in game action and spent the following week of camp practicing with the 1’s. At right tackle, with Jonathan Scott still sidelined with a knee injury, the Bears spent practice time working rookie Jordan Mills in at tackle.
The pair started on the right side Thursday night against the Chargers and established themselves at their positions in a way Brown and Webb failed to do against the Panthers. The Bears gained 74 yards on the ground in the first quarter and Long and Mills cleared the way for Matt Forte’s 3 yard touchdown run that gave them a 14-0 lead.
With Scott in recovery from having his knee drained, Long and Mills should be starting again against the Oakland Raiders.
Crow can be tasty when washed down with a six pack of beer.
I was wrrro...wrrro...wrrroo...mistaken when I criticized the first round selection of Kyle Long and for including him in my 5 Biggest Reaches of the First Round article.
Considering the limited contributions 2012 first round draft pick Shea McClellin made on the field last season and that Kyle Long's name had barely been heard from anyone on the inside, or just covering the draft, it began to look like Emery was on his way to becoming Jerry Angelo II.
After the pick Emery commented that Long had graded out physically the best of any prospect EVER in his grading system. That would be impressive if the NFL junkyard wasn't filled with guys who could impressively fill out a thong at the combine but thought that a first down meant you fall to the turf before your opponent can.
What Emery didn't mention was that in the few snippets of game film that existed of Long playing in his senior season at Oregon, he saw enough to realize that Long wasn't just an athlete, but a genuine football player (no they are not the same thing).
Kyle Long was a monster last Thursday against the Chargers. He even improved in blocking technique from one game to the next which either means that Aaron Kromer is the Bears greatest offensive line coach since Mike Tice, or football IQ does run in the family and Long got a big share of it, or maybe both.
Jon Bostic has the hitting part of the middle linebacker position down.
He still has some learning to do to win the position outright but he's got the Bears' middle linebacker hitting gene in his DNA. D.J. Williams is going to suffer from Wally Pipp disease very soon if he doesn't get back on the field (Google it).
Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie experienced first hand what happens when Bostic gets someone in his sights. That Willie was able to pop up from the turf and trot off the field says a lot about his toughness because he got blowed up real good!
The rundown on the remainder of the rookie class.
Before the game against the Chargers Marc Trestman commented that he wanted to see contributions on special teams from wide receiver Marquess Wilson as the next step in his attempt to make the final roster.
Against the Chargers Wilson showed up in the vicinity of a coverage tackle once, otherwise he was silent on the stat sheet, which wasn't all his fault. When Matt Blanchard had to leave the game with a broken knuckle Josh McCown was forced back in at quarterback. At that point the Bears scaled back their offense to high school level to make certain McCown finished the game. Other than Michael Ford no one else on offense had the chance to impress for the remainder of the night.
As for Michael Ford, Armando Allen will need to be healthy enough to play on Friday against the Raiders or Ford will be hanging with the team for another week after the first round of cuts are made.
Fourth round pick Khaseem Greene has played well in both of his opportunities this preseason. He recorded four tackles on defense and one on special teams against the Panthers and added three more tackles against the Chargers.
Sixth round pick Cornelius Washington played well against the Panthers and was complimented by the coaching staff in the week leading up to the game against the Chargers but didn't make the postgame stat sheet.
The Bears finalized a deal to continue holding training camp in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
As the Bears prepared to wrap-up this year's camp they announced that they had reached an agreement with Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais to train there to 2022.
The Bears also announced that they had drawn over 100,000 fans to watch their practice sessions during this year's camp.
Signed rookie long snapper Brandon Hartson to fill in for Patrick Mannelly who is suffering from a cracked rib
Signed 7 year veteran defensive back Derrick Martin.
Placed cornerback Kelvin Hayden on injured reserve
Waived Safety Cyhl Quarles
Signed running back Curtis Brinkley:
Brinkley played for three seasons in San Diego. He appeared in 23 games, rushed for 227 yards on 71 carries for a 3.2 Yards per Attempt average and scored 1 touchdown. He replaces Armando Allen who is sidelined with an injured hamstring.
Waived wide receiver Marcus Rucker:
Rucker was signed last April as an undrafted free agent out of Rice. With the emergence of Joe Anderson and Marquess Wilson in training camp, along with the return of Devin Aromashodu, Rucker became a long shot at lasting past the first round of roster cuts.
Signed quarterback Jordan Palmer and defensive tackle Eric Foster.
Waived defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson and linebacker Andrew Starks.
Signed quarterback Trent Edwards, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles to a 1 year contract.
Waivef wide receiver Jerrell Jackson
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