Chicago Bears training camp 2014: July 28 practice recap

Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

The fourth day in a row of practice at Bourbonnais, and there were some notable names not participating:

Chris Conte and Craig Steltz (both still on the PUP list after surgery).

Tim Jennings (quad strain that's been bothering him for a few days now).

Kyle Long wasn't present (at doctor's, being re-evaluated for his viral infection).

Terrence Toliver (toe injury).

Jeremiah Ratliff (unknown veteran day off).

Alshon Jeffery was in uniform, but took off his pads at the start of session that was open to the public and didn't warm up.  Dan Durkin reported he was playing catch on the sidelines with Martellus Bennett.

Update: After the conclusion of practice:

On to today's action and... hey, no mention of a false start to get things underway!

Evidently Tress Way wasn't intimidated by the crowd-pleasing display that Pat O'Donnell put on yesterday, and Megapunt* (*name yet to be finalized) wasn't on his A-game today.  The competition isn't over yet:

Special teams drills didn't all go smoothly:

The coaches take advantage of two of the starters not being involved today to take a look at backups:

And, in the trenches...

...followed by yet another change:

...though, at this stage, they're likely simply swapping guys in to see how it looks, and to give them some reps in case they're ever called upon.

While we're on the O-line:

Sounds like Fuller's in the best situation he could be in to develop, this preseason:

Is the offense finding its groove, or is the back end of the defense still ironing things out at this stage?

Remember how this got blown out of all proportion (and then some) by the media last training camp?

Hayden shows why he was the intended starter at nickel last season, before injury placed him on IR:

Trestman wanted there to be an edge at camp.  He's getting it:

Still better than Roy "big brown thing" Williams:

Well, of course Jeffery's open today.  Nobody's covering him on the sideline:

Bears win:

Glorious.  Just... glorious.

View from the front.  Still glorious.

It's still early in training camp but, with the preseason opener against the Eagles next Friday (!) being only six practices (plus Family Night at Soldier Field) away, what impressions are you forming of your 2014 Bears?

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