Former Rams all world receiver Isaac Bruce was in Bears camp today to mentor the wide receivers. It’s been well documented that #1 wideout Devin Hester has spent a good chunk of his offseason training program with Bruce, so it’s not a big surprise that he’d pop in to Bourbonnais to see how his pupil looks in some “live” action.
Some comments from Bruce regarding the development of the Bears receiving corp courtesy of Jeff Dickerson’s ESPN Bears blog:
Bruce worked for nearly a month with Bears receiver Devin Hester prior to training camp, and believes the Bears’ receivers have plenty of time to grasp Martz’s offense.“Anytime you’ve got a training camp where you have about six weeks to prepare, that’s plenty of time to learn any offense,” Bruce said.
Bruce said Chicago’s offense compares favorably to the one he played in at St. Louis, which also featured quarterback Kurt Warner, receiver Torry Holt and running back Marshall Faulk.
“I don’t see much missing. I see guys out here who can make plays,” Bruce said. “[They’ve] got a quarterback who can wing it. You know, I always like that. You’ve got guys on the outside who can make plays, who are fast, and can run routes without breaking down. When you’ve got guys like that in this offense, it’s always good.”
Lovie is excited to have Bruce in da house too:
“I was fortunate to be around Isaac for three years in St. Louis,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “One of the all-time great receivers to ever play, he’s a guy who believes in our system, and knows how to be a great receiver in it. He can only help our players. As far as what I want Isaac to do, we’re just going to let him try to teach the guys how to be a receiver in our offense, and tell them some of the tricks of the trade, but no more than that.”
Bruce and Martz spent 10 years together in St. Louis. Bruce also played for Martz in San Francisco (2008), finishing his career with 15,208 receiving yards and 91 touchdowns.
Hit the next page to see what the Reverend had to say about his work with the Bears wideouts.