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.
First one on one play of joint practice, Emmanuel Sanders beat Kyle Fuller on go route. #9aports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 15, 2018
Kevin White can learn a lot from 4-time Pro Bowler Demaryius Thomas pic.twitter.com/08kpPZL2oU— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) August 15, 2018
Chase Daniel lighting up Broncos No 2 defense. Just hit Javon Wims for long TD. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 15, 2018
Keenum to McKenzie deep TD ball. QB1 pretty sharp today.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) August 15, 2018
Whitehair looks good as a blocker but he is not a natural snapper.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 15, 2018
Chad Kelly intercepted by CB Marcus Cooper in team period.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) August 15, 2018
Bears still struggling with snap exchange. Throws timing of fir Trubisky/Robinson on back shoulder— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 15, 2018
Disturbing trend developing here at Broncos/Bears joint practice...Bears tight ends putting on clinic in the middle of field. If you're a TE for the Bears, you're having a great day.— Zach Bye (@byesline) August 15, 2018
Trubisky looks sharp.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 15, 2018
Tyler Bray and Tannner Gentry have chemistry.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 15, 2018
Danny Trevathan said he’ll “more than likely” play Saturday. Matt Nagy also confirmed that Allen Robinson will play. #Bears— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 15, 2018
First thoughts on #Bears LB Roquan Smith: Didn't seem too rusty at all. The Bears gave him plenty of work and he seemed to handle it all well. He even had to cover Demaryius Thomas in the red zone in 7-on-7s. He also called the defensive plays. Bet on him adjusting quickly.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 15, 2018
Matt Nagy was asked about Mitchell Trubisky taking a lot of shots downfield against the Broncos today.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 15, 2018
Nagy quickly responded - “That’s never going to stop. Not in this offense.”
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.