Day 5 was an off day, but the Bears are making up for it on Day 6, breaking out all the bells and whistles. Thursday night was hopping in Bourbonnais for Bears fans eager to get their first look at the full squad as Free Agent signees joined the rest of the team participating in a full speed padded practice. Here are some notes from the Bears beat writers:
- Marcus Harrison is still fat. Sounds to me like his days might be numbered.
- Of the new guys, Marion Barber made a big first impression. He was popping pads and doing a little smack talking with Chris Harris during inside run drills. Nice to see he’s fitting in with his new teammates. Just save a little something for the regular season Barbarian.
- Speaking of running backs, last year’s supplemental draft pick Harvey Unga, who many thought might be another short yardage specialist, is excused from practice. I heard he and his wife were having a baby. For his sake, I hope he gets back into camp soon or he could wind up on the street with a new mouth to feed.
- Jay Cutler has looked pretty sharp in practice. A handful of reporters noted that he was throwing lasers, darts, bullets, etc.
- There seems to be some stiff competition for the last wide receiver spots. The Top 5 (in no particular order) are Roy Williams, Hester, Knox, Bennett and Sam Hurd. Newcomers Sanzenbacher, Jimmy Young, Onrea Jones Kris Adams and Andy Fantuz keep getting a lot of buzz. It will be interesting who claims the last WR spot, who ends up trying to sneak through waivers to the practice squad and who gets one of those mysterious groin injuries that puts them on injured reserve.
- Now that you mention injuries, Roy Williams ended his night with his calf wrapped in ice. He said it was nothing serious, but these little injuries could linger.
- New center Chris Spencer was snapping with the 2’s tonight while Roberto Garza rolled with the 1’s. No big surprise there. This could shape up to be an interesting battle to watch as camp goes on.
- I’ve heard mixed reviews of Carimi so far but mostly positive. He has held his own at RT but he’s still making some rookie mistakes and getting schooled by the veteran D-lineman. Welcome to the NFL son. Can’t wait to see him in some live action.