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Bears camp recap day 4: Trick plays and rest days

We recap the fourth training camp practice from the Chicago Bears right here...

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The Chicago Bears were back at training camp today in Bourbonnais, Illinois, and after a couple straight days of rain, it was a nice and sunny day on the practice fields of Olivet Nazarene University.

The offense was missing wide out Allen Robinson, who had a scheduled rest day, and offensive lineman Kyle Long had a second consecutive day off too.

These veteran rest days are an important part of the recovery process for players coming off of offseason surgery. All teams do it, so there’s really nothing to get overly concerned about. It gives the player some extra time to heal, plus it gives the coaching staff a chance to see a different player in the lineup.

Also missing practice still are Danny Trevathan and Sherrick McManis, and a few reports had Aaron Lynch and Kevin Tolliver out as well.

The Bears announced that they waived rookie UDFA Jeremi Hall, so stay tuned for the eventual corresponding roster move.

Also, no Roquan Smith as his hold out drags on another day.

Robert Zeglinski, who hasn’t missed a second of camp, tells me today was the best the Bears’ offense has looked so far. “They finally showed a measure of consistency and got a leg up on the defense,” Zeglinski relayed from Bourbonnais. “(Mitchell) Trubisky was much more comfortable and composed, and aside from some flash plays by (Prince) Amukamara, Trubisky and the offense was on.”

Make sure out check out Robert’s camp notebook at the Rock River Times.

That offense featured multiple looks and personal groupings, and a lot of shotgun and RPOs again today, plus some trickeration made an appearance.

FYI, if you aren’t following Greg Braggs Jr. on Twitter, you’re doing Twitter wrong.

That’s a little jet sweep to Taylor Gabriel, then a give to Tarik Cohen on the reverse, but he steps up and throws to Trubisky.

Here’s a fake end around to Cohen, with Chase Daniel trying to go down the seam to tailback Taquan Mizzell.

All this talk of reverses, end arounds and jet sweeps has me in the mood to share this article I wrote years ago.

Football 101: What’s the difference between a Jet Sweep, an End Around and a Reverse?

Bears’ fans, we’re going to see a lot of this stuff so brush up so you can impress all your friends.

Now on to a few Tweets from today’s practice...

I tweeted out my thoughts on this earlier, but I wanted to share it here as well.

Taylor Gabriel may be listed as a WR on the Bears roster, but remember he was signed to play the Zebra position, which is where the explosive Tyreek Hill plays with the #Chiefs. Matt Nagy will move his Zebra all over the formation, and FYI, Tarik Cohen will get Zebra reps too.