Today at training camp, starting Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was working the number one offense with wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith. This is nothing new for Jay, as these two WRs were forced into quite a bit of action last year due to injuries at the position, but you'd certainly like to see his top targets in action.
Projected starting wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White were both sidelined. Jeffery with that hammy issue and White was just given the day off. It was a little rainy in Bourbonnais today, so not a bad time to give a break to a guy.
Wide outs Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson remain out, Royal with a concussion and Wilson is still on the PUP list. These four receivers are joined on the bench by starting tight end Zach Miller who is dealing with a concussion of his own.
The walking wounded don’t stop there, tight end Greg Scruggs has a bruised lung and was in the hospital, but head coach John Fox expects him to be released today. Fellow TE Ben Braunecker is also still injured (in a walking boot), as are linebackers Roy Robertson-Harris and Nick Kwiatkoski.
A quick note on Jeffery’s injury, Dan Bernstein from WSCR 670AM is reporting that Fox is "considerably upset" that Jeffery is nursing a hamstring and that he’s concerned that he "sandbags." Fox is disappointed that Jeffery skipped some of the Bears offseason workouts and he doesn’t fully trust him.
We’ll have to wait and see how quickly Jeffery returns and if his return leads to a plethora of other soft tissue injuries.
Now onto some Tweets from camp...
Pernell McPhee remains on the PUP list, but he’s getting close to being cleared.
#Bears CB Bryce Callahan one to watch. Excellent offseason sessions, getting good work with different units— John Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin) August 5, 2016
With Brandon Boykin on the injured list, Bryce Callahan is the odds on favorite to win the nickle job.
Very spirited #Bears practice taking place right now with a lot of trash talking between both sides of the ball, even during water breaks.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 5, 2016
#Bears WR coach Curtis Johnson, a former WR, on all WRs being cocky: "They think they look the best. I’m ugly and I thought I looked good."— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 5, 2016
#Bears OL coach Dave Magazu on LT Charles Leno: "He's so underrated it's scary."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 5, 2016
#Bears rookie LB Leonard Floyd even goes through warmup fast.— John Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin) August 5, 2016
As everyone walked straight in one stayed behind and signed. The man, the legend.. Cutler pic.twitter.com/nZm2Trj1S1— Mike Brez (@mikebrez5) August 5, 2016
Thoughts on today’s practice?