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Bears vs Broncos joint practice recap 8/15

The Chicago Bears have completed their joint practice with the Denver Broncos and we have some info from the day right here.

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From the chatter over social media today it would seem that both Chicago’s offense and Denver’s offense had decent days at their joint practice. Bears’ rookie Roquan Smith made his 2018 debut in full gear today, and all accounts about his day were positive. Other Bears back at practice were fellow rookies Kevin Toliver (CB) and Joel Iyiegbuniwe (ILB).

These two teams will also practice together tomorrow, then on Friday they’ll each have separate walk-throughs, and on Saturday they’ll kickoff at 8:05 p.m. (Central) from Broncos’ Stadium at Mile High in preseason week two action.

The neat thing about this joint practice is that there were beat writers from both cities covering the event, so we’ll share some of the Tweets from both sides of the field.


The Chicago Bears are in the Mile High City for the remainder of the week as they prepare for preseason game number “two” with the Denver Broncos. They’ll practice with the Broncos today and tomorrow, but only today’s practice is open to the public. If any Bears’ fans made the trip to Englewood, Colorado for practice make sure you tag us (@WCGridiron) in your Twitter pictures that you share and we’ll retweet the best ones.

Practice is scheduled to go from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m (Central time) according to the Broncos’ website, but that appears to be false.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy and Denver head coach Vance Joseph have already discussed the plan for the next two days, and more importantly, they discussed the two teams avoiding any altercations. “It’s always good the biggest thing when you do these team scrimmages together, you just want to stay away form the fights,” Nagy said via NBC Sports Chicago. “As long as guys do that it’s definitely a benefit for both teams.”

Denver’s Joseph has thoughts on what his team will try and get out of the joint practices.

From our sister site that covers the Broncos, Mile High Report.

“A lot. Obviously, schematically, it’s a different scheme. You watch our defense now versus our offense, our defense has seen these plays for almost three weeks now. It’s easy for them. To see a different scheme, to play against a different body type, that’s going to be huge for our team as far as schematics and for evaluation of our team. It’s going to be huge.”

The last time the Bears held a joint practice with another team was 2016 when they matched up with the New England Patriots. They got a good look at the Pats’ roster that week, and when New England released defensive back Cre’Von LeBlanc they quickly signed him.

The Broncos just so happen to be strong at pass rushing outside linebacker, a position the Bears could use a boost, so don’t be surprised to see Ryan Pace taking some long looks at guys like Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett, Marcus Rush, or Jeff Holland.

Consider this your open thread for the morning, if you guys see any neat nuggets from practice be sure to share it in the comment thread.