The Chicago Bears held their 2nd and final joint practice with the Indianapolis Colts earlier today, and just like the 1st day, there were no big skirmishes between the two teams. Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano says there are 'tons of pluses' with the joint practices and since the two teams are so close that it's 'something we'd love to do' every year.
Bears' head coach John Fox said of all the joint practices he's been involved with through the years, this one worked out the best from a logistics standpoint.
Wide outs Kevin White and Alshon Jefffery remained sidelined and they were joined by OLB Jared Allen who was just getting a veteran rest day. Other walking wounded Bears were RB Daniel Thomas, OL Jason Weaver and CB Tracy Porter.
DL Brandon Dunn left early due to a bruised quad, OLB Pernell McPhee didn't finish practice because of a knee injury and RT Jordan Mills didn't finish because of a calf injury. Before Mills left practice he was seen working with the twos, which meant that 2nd year pro Charles Leno Jr. was getting reps with the starters.
I want to make this clear, it's widely reported that Leno was running with the 1s before the Mills injury.
Mills allowed a sack that was negated by a penalty against the Dolphins on Thursday and he also jumped off-sides on the very first play of that game. There is an opportunity here for Leno to take hold of the starting RT spot.
With the offense and defense practicing on different fields, Chicago head coach John Fox spent time with his offense after watching his defense work yesterday. Bears' GM Ryan Pace was observing his defense match-up against Andrew Luck and the Colts' O today.
I talked about this yesterday, but it's worth another mention. The Colts are obviously the more talented team from top to bottom, so by getting an up close look at their depth this week, Chicago's coaches and scouts may be thinking about a few Colts that would fit on their team once cuts are announced.
Before I get into some quick hitting tweets from practice, I wanted to share a couple of radio spots I did the last two days.
Here's one from Tuesday,
... and one from yesterday.
Now on to practice...
Bears' corner Sherrick McManis, who has been getting practice reps both outside and in the slot, continues his solid play in a push for more playing time.
#Bears Sherrick McManis has been a ball hawk vs. Colts today, picking up where he left off after preseason opener.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 20, 2015
So far Sherrick McManis, Tim Jennings & Brock Vereen have broken up passes. #Bears D playing with enthusiasm.— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) August 20, 2015
McManis with a strip in 11-on-11.— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) August 20, 2015
Jay Cutler and the Bears' O struggled a bit today.
Dwight Lowery picks off Jay Cutler to end 2-minute drill. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 20, 2015
But it wasn't all bad.
#Bears QB Jay Cutler with a long completion to Marquess Wilson on third down vs Colts in team drills. Good protection, good throw.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 20, 2015
Tim Jennings forces a fumble from rookie WR Phillip Dorsett. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 20, 2015
Cameron Meredith continuing to make plays. Just caught another quick hit off in-route, his bread/butter, it seems. #Bears— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) August 20, 2015
Bears defense had a better practice in coverage today against Andrew Luck & Colts. Pass rush was more effective, got a few coverage sacks.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) August 20, 2015
Christian Jones is emerging as the #Bears’ best coverage linebacker. Might not even be close right now.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 20, 2015
We finally have some nuggets about ILB Jon Bostic, some good...
ILB Jon Bostic almost made an athletic pick on an overthrown pass by #Colts No. 2 QB Matt Hasselbeck.— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) August 20, 2015
... some bad.
@ThaRealD_Will Bostic doesn’t look healthy. He’s not moving like the others.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 20, 2015
Practice has come to an end. Luck was 16-19 with a TD to T.Y. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 20, 2015
In ex-Bears news, Tom Nelson, who was in camp with the Bears in 2013 as a safety, is now reviving his career as a wide out for the Ravens.
#Ravens WR Tom Nelson catches red-zone pass from Joe Flacco. The converted safety keeps getting more reps with first team.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) August 20, 2015
Nelson grew up a Bears fan in nearby Arlington Heights, Illinois.
For those Bears' fans that are frustrated with the vagueness from John Fox when it comes to injured Bears, it sounds like the Colts' Chuck Pagano is the same way.
So... Hugh Thornton is out with a knee injury, Chuck Pagano says. Says he's week to week. Usually means out a while around here.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 20, 2015
Here's a Tout video from Arthur Arkush featuring his dad, Hub, who is one of the new Bears postgame hosts on The Score.
And another from Arkush featuring McPhee.
I had no idea Tout was still a thing.
#Bears safety Antrel Rolle said of Adrian Amos: "He's definitely learning quickly."— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) August 20, 2015
What were your impressions on the joint practices?