The Chicago Bears had approximately 70 players attend Day 1 of Phase 2 of the club’s voluntary offseason program on Monday — and enjoyed near perfect attendance on offense, sources told ESPN.
Several players around the NFL have said they wouldn’t attend any of the voluntary portions of their team’s offseason with COVID still a risk to them and their families, and while phase 1 was just strength and conditioning, phase 2 includes that, plus some on-field work with coaches running plays and doing positional work.
Getting so many players for this phase 2 workout likely bodes well for the first OTA the Bears have scheduled on June 1.
There was an OTA scheduled from May 25 to 27, but that was cancelled. They didn’t give a reason for cancelling that initial voluntary OTA, but it’s been speculated it was done to ensure more attendance at the other two the Bears have scheduled on June 1-3 and June 7-10.
The Bears have a mandatory camp scheduled for June 15-17, with training camp being the next time they are required to come together.