Jul 26, 2012; Bourbonnais, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin walks to the practice field during the opening day of training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE
Since Thursday, Bears fans have been clinging to Twitter, the Bears Den on this very site, or any other medium in which they can grab up some savory nuggets of information leaking about the team's training camp practices. A lot of the focus has been on hot-shot rookies Shea McClellin and Alshon Jeffery. How's the transition going? Which group are they running with (1s, 2s?). After practice yesterday, the wrap-up thread was taken over with McClellin talk. I just wanted to share my two cents on him and maybe bring some light to what has become, early in camp anyway, a big debatable topic.
We're 10 days away from the Bears' first preseason game (YES!) and so far the Bears have conducted four public practices, two of which were padded. So how much could we have learned about the rookie DE from Boise State? You'd think not much, but just look back at the recap thread; people are already doubting the pick.
By all accounts McClellin has been up and down. The beat writers seem to be preaching patience with the fans on Twitter, which is correct, because the guy's only a rookie and this early in the game, he should be expected to be inconsistent.
It takes different players a different amount of time to make the adjustment to the pro level. This is literally two contact practices into the season and people are shouting that this is a Lovie pick (while somehow defending Emery by saying "well he got us a no. 1 receiver" but that's a whole other thing). Let's look at some of the tweets from yesterday's practice:
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Shea McClellin up and down on inside run drill. Can’t say he’s been great. Can’t say he’s been bad. Work in progress.
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