A lot was made the last couple of days about the defensive line batting down passes, and how that's something they shouldn't be doing. I touched on it yesterday, but in case you missed it, I'll hit on it again.
On game day, the offensive line will be cutting down the defenders at the line of scrimmage, but in practice you never cut your teammates. It's a safety issue. Cutting the defensive line will allow clearer passing lanes for the quarterback to see through.
One other no-no in practice is even getting too close to a QB when he's throwing. Pass rushers usually run by the QB, being sure to avoid his follow through. During games you always see a QB hitting his hand on a helmet, or shoulder pad after he releases the ball. The last thing you'd want to see happen to your starting QB break a finger on his throwing hand during the team portion of practice.
Here are the players that didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
LB - D.J. Williams (calf strain)
WR - Earl Bennett has a concussion and will not play on Friday against Carolina.
OT - Jonathan Scott (knee)
DE - Julius Peppers (excused)
CB/NB - Kelvin Hayden is out for the year with a torn hamstring. This is a tough loss as Hayden was the starting nickle, and he was the primary back up at corner.
Corey Wootton forced to watch practice with a wrap around his leg: pic.twitter.com/FImAgRQthE— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 7, 2013
Conte stopped practicing because he was feeling some tightness. Precautionary measure. Not considered serious.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 7, 2013
Kyle Long working strictly with the 2's throughout practice. #BearsTalk— Bears Talk (@BearsTalkCSN) August 7, 2013
James Brown pretty ensconced at no. 1 RG for now. Kyle Long still a work in progress in pass pro. #Bears— John Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin) August 7, 2013
Conte and Wootton still sitting out team sessions. Steltz and Kyle Moore filling in with 1s.— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 7, 2013
Frey has made a lot of plays in camp. Let's see if it carries over into the preseason games. I'm sure teams will test him.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) August 7, 2013
Onobun with a nice TD grab from McCown.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 7, 2013
Adam Podlesh just nailed one of the best punts of camp. Too bad @CarmenDeFalco didn't see the booming leg.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) August 7, 2013
What are your thoughts about today's practice.
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