In exactly one week the Chicago Bears will be hosting the Miami Dolphins for preseason game number one. After today's morning practice is concluded, that'll make it seven practices in the books at Olivet Nazarene University for the inaugural Camp John Fox.
Here are a few things we've learned so far about Bears training camp so far.
- On the field, head coach John Fox isn't spending all his time with a particular position group or side of the ball. He's going around spending time with everyone and letting his assistants work.
- Vic Fangio's defense has been showing numerous looks and newcomer Pernell McPhee has been all over the place. Adam Gase spoke about the D yesterday.
"Coach Fangio does such a good job of [showing] multiple looks and doing a great job with the safeties," said offensive coordinator Adam Gase. "It's very tough to play their defense.
"They do such a good job of disguising. It's such a challenge for our guys every day. We can't walk out here and just think we're going to rip them apart because it's going to be a challenge play-in and play-out. Every play is something different from those guys and we're kind of adjusting as we go and trying to figure out how to beat them on each play."
- Lamarr Houston has been turning heads with good play at OLB after coming back from his ACL injury.
- Inside linebacker Shea McClellin is still quarterbacking the #1 defense.
- The #1 defensive line looks to be Ego Ferguson (DE), Jeremiah Ratliff (NT) and Jarvis Jenkins (DE). Ferguson has slimmed down a bit and is having a good camp.
- The #1 offensive line looks to be Jermon Bushrod (LT), Matt Slauson (LG), Will Montgomery (C), Kyle Long (RG) and Jordan Mills (RT). Charles Leno has added some muscle and looks to be the front runner for the swing tackle/6th o-lineman role.
- Still no time at tackle for Kyle Long.
- Rookie DL Eddie Goldman looks like a guy that will see plenty of action.
- Cornelius Washington has added some good weight, he's up to 285 pounds now, to stay as a defensive end.
- Tim Jennings has been preparing to be the nickle corner.
- Wide out Eddie Royal, signed to give the Bears a shifty slot receiver, will also play plenty on the outside. Jay Cutler said of all the offensive players, Royal is having the best camp so far.
- Rookie Kevin White has shin splints.
- The reserve quarterbacks have all struggled so far.
- The overall depth of the team is still lacking.
- Bears signed TE Kevin Greene to a 1 year deal and waive/injured TE Brian Vogler. Greene (6'4", 255) ran a 4.4 40 at his 2014 USC Pro Day. Greene has bounced around the NFL a bit and he mostly played defense in college.
What are some of your training camp observations and thoughts?
We'll have a practice recap later this afternoon, so stay tuned...