After a day off on Monday (and what’s up with that by the way for Ditka’s sake!?!?), it was back to work on Tuesday. Here are some highlights and lowlights from Tuesday’s padded practice:
- Shea McClellin had another rough day at the office, with Bears offensive linemen routinely having their way with him. And then fellow rookie pass catching TE Evan Rodriguez stymied him, drawing cheers and jeers from the crowd. Maybe a big change will help him out?
- McClellin’s rough day doesn’t compare to the bad time that newcomer Brian Price had. He was routinely getting stood up, pancaked and generally looked overmatched. He’s one of my early candidates to get IR’ed and miss the season while he gets his legs under him after that crazy hamstring procedure.
- Staying on the lines, undrafted rookie James Brown continues to impress. His name came up repeatedly as showing well. He might have an inside track to back up Gabe Carimi at RT.
- More O-line: It was J’Marcus Webb’s turn to run with the 1’s in the battle for the starting LT position. The way I hear it, he held off Julius Peppers in one sequence, only to have Peppers turn him inside out on the next play.
- Bears worked on goal line on Tuesday. Brandon Marshall back shoulder from Cutler for a TD. I have a feeling I’ll be typing that again many times this season. Kahlil Bell wowed the crowd with an over the top goal line score.
- Bears corners had a good day and Tim Jennings with Lovie Smith singling him out as a standout. He’s serious about winning that job alongside Peanut.