Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery provided somewhat of a roadmap to success for the rookies set to hit the practice fields Thursday for training camp at Olivet Nazarene University.
Asked what it would take for a rookie to impress him at training camp, Emery stressed the importance of silence and humility.
"(It's) kind of like Brian Urlacher said: ‘Be quiet, be humble.' Work. Work," Emery said. "Find a way to contribute to the team whether that's on special teams, or as a role player as a pass rusher; whether that's a role player or a first- and second-down player. Whatever that role is, being a great practice player, being a guy that busts everybody else's but -- work ethic, attitude -- and showing us those skills that we drafted and that they contribute towards our goals in a positive way."
Sure, that's quite a mouthful from Emery. But they're definitely words rookies and on-the-bubble players need to remember in the coming days as most of the training camp battles begin to unfold.
The team undergoes physicals and conditioning tests on Wednesday before it goes into full action Thursday night at 2:30 p.m. The first workout will be without pads.
"We want to win championships now. We want to make progress towards our goals now," Emery said. "That's where I'm at with a sense of urgency and I believe that's where our team is. I liked how our team looked in OTAs. I like the talent base of our football team. But we've got to earn our place, though. That'll come starting Wednesday."