Saturday, August 2, 2014
Bears Camp Report: Day 8
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Chicago Bears training camp:
- In game situations, quarterbacks around the league often view pictures in between series of the defenses they faced while they were out on the field. Well, the Bears plan to phase out the picture printouts and instead have them uploaded this season to Microsoft Surface tablets. The Bears tested out the tablets in between different portions of practice, with coaches and quarterbacks coming to the bench to view the pictures on the gadgets. The Bears plan to use both paper printouts and the tablets until they can eventually rely solely on the mobile computer technology.
- The Bears held their annual Family Fest practice at Soldier Field, with notable veterans such as Jared Allen and Jeremiah Ratliff not participating as coach Marc Trestman gave both a day off to rest. Other non-participants included safeties Chris Conte (shoulder) and Craig Steltz (groin) along with guard Eben Britton (hamstring), and cornerback Tim Jennings (quadriceps). Trestman excused running back Shaun Draughn from the workout to deal with a personal matter.
- During Family Fest, the players are introduced by the public address announcer by position before the workout, and they run out of a smoke-filled tunnel as fireworks go off as they enter the field. As the offensive players were announced, they ran out of the tunnel individually. When the defensive players were announced, each position group came out of the tunnel simultaneously, as somewhat of a display of solidarity.
- The Bears started off practice with Danny McCray and Adrian Wilson as the first-team safeties, with Ryan Mundy and rookie Brock Vereen working with the No. 2’s. But throughout the workout, the Bears used several combinations at the position. At one point, Wilson and M.D. Jennings lined up with the first team. Later on, Wilson and Mundy lined up with the starters. "We’re still in the process of moving people around," Trestman said.
- Mundy unleashed the biggest lick of the day when he smacked tight end Dante Rosario on a seam route to jar the ball loose. Later in the session though, Eric Weems beat Mundy down the seam for a touchdown in the red zone, causing a brief scuffle between the two that also involved Marquess Wilson. Trestman spoke to Mundy on the sideline shortly after the minor dustup.
- The offense bested the defense after being dominated the day before at training camp. The group scored a few touchdowns on routes down the seams and on slants. Undrafted rookie safety Marcus Trice provided one of the few highlights for the defense when he broke on intermediate throw from David Fales for an interception.