The Chicago Bears were back in full pads today at Halas Hall, and this time they spent the majority of the practice going 11 on 11. They had referees out on the practice field to help simulate the game day feel, and center Cody Whitehair said that practicing in this manner helps their conditioning.
Whitehair also mentioned that he’s impressed with second year guard James Daniels, who bulked up a bit this offseason. “He’s really moving guys and he’s really focusing on his technique and he’s done a great job.”
With no preseason games this year, head coach Matt Nagy said that today was a good start to getting his team calloused for the regular season. They worked a lot on the tempo of getting in and out of the huddle and playing fast, they simulated some game day situations, they did some goal line work, plus they spent time on special teams too.
For those wondering about the quarterback competition, Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles continue to rotate days starting off with the ones, and continue to split reps at practice. Neither had distanced himself from the other in the battle for QB1.
Running back David Montgomery said he did drop some weight this offseason now that he has a better understanding on health and nutrition. Reports have him stronger and quicker so far at camp.
On the injury front, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was held out again today with a quad injury, and wide out Allen Robinson had a day off after hurting his ankle yesterday. Neither injury is expected to be serious.
Swing tackle Jason Spriggs left practice after tweaking his knee, but the Bears have yet to fully asses the injury.
Wide receiver Anthony Miller was held out of parts of the practice, but Nagy said, “he’s in a good spot, there’s nothing going on with him.” Miller had offseason shoulder surgery, so this is likely just a maintence thing.
Tight end Jimmy Graham had a veteran day off.
To watch the full press conferences from Nagy, Montgomery, and Whitehair check out the video embed below.