Chicago Bears: Rookie minicamp

Marc Trestman AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhNew coach Marc Trestman leads his first rookie minicamp with the Bears on Friday.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Similar to the way it handled a recent voluntary veteran minicamp, the Chicago Bears coaching staff basically held the hands of the team's rookies Friday during its rookie minicamp with the focus being mostly on the players learning how to practice as opposed to actual plays.

The players arrived at the team's facilities Thursday, and spent meeting time Friday "specifically teaching them how we want to practice," according to coach Marc Trestman, who divulged the team ran plays off index cards during its first workout.

The rookies certainly felt the difference from their college practices to the up-tempo workouts the Bears conduct under Trestman.

"The pace was different; a lot faster," said linebacker Khaseem Greene, a fourth-round pick. "They say when you go from high school to college it's faster. When you go from college to the NFL, it's faster. That stood true (here). It was fun just to be out there. But the pace was definitely faster, and the work was a lot more taxing on your body. But at the same time, it's on us to take care of our bodies."

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears first-round draft choice Kyle Long is approaching the club's three-day rookie minicamp like a student who is given a copy of the teacher's lesson plan before missing school for several weeks.

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Bears' rookie minicamp roster

May, 10, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Bears concluded the first day of their rookie minicamp on Friday with their draft picks and undrafted free agents. The club also brought in 33 players to work out with the team on a tryout basis.

Here’s the official list:

P/K Patrick Murray, Fordham

K Kyle Negrate, USC

QB Jimmy Coy, Saint Xavier

P Greg Wood, Valparaiso

P Jay Karutz, Eastern Michigan

CB Reggie Rembert, Air Force

CB Maurice Jones, Temple

S Chris Salvi, Notre Dame

S Dalton Hilliard, UCLA

S Tunde Bakare, Kansas

S B.J. Scott, South Alabama

RB Richard Samuel, Georgia

LB Andrew Starks, Princeton

LS Zak Pedersen, Illinois

FB Keegan Wetzel, Navy

FB Kellen Bartlett, Utah State

LB Archibald Barnes, Vanderbilt

LB Jon Major, Colorado

C James Ferentz, Iowa

OG Nate Behrends, Colorado School of Mines

LS Brandon Hartson, Houston

OL A.J. Lindeman, Toledo

OT Ayo Ademiluyi, Emporia State

OT Nick Claytor, Georgia Tech

WR Demetrius Fields, Northwestern

WR Harry Peoples, Louisiana-Lafayette

TE Corey Fuller, TCU

TE Eddie Viliunas, Illinois

DT Alfred Davis, Arkansas

DT Corvey Irvin, Georgia

DE Josh Williams, Kansas

DE Quentin Williams, Northwestern

DT Christian Tupou, USC

Bears expect to add rookie FAs

May, 13, 2012

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A few of the 34 tryout players who attended the three-day Bears rookie minicamp are expected to be offered contracts, head coach Lovie Smith told the media at the conclusion of Sunday's practice at Halas Hall.

"The group of tryout guys who came here without a contract, I'm always anxious to see what we have for those," Smith said. "A few of the guys really made us take notice. We'll end up signing a couple of those guys. I can't really go over the names yet because we haven't told them. But this was an excellent group of guys who can hopefully contribute someway to us."

At least one position group stood out over the weekend to the untrained eye: quarterbacks. While tryout quarterbacks have struggled over the years in the Bears rookie minicamp setting, both Wisconsin-Whitewater's Matt Blanchard and Indiana State's Ronnie Fouch turned in relatively solid performances. Blanchard, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, possesses a live arm and looked the part of a quarterback, who at the very least, deserves to be invited to somebody's training camp in the summer.

"Both of the guys did some good things. Quarterbacks have an opportunity (at a rookie minicamp)," Smith said. "They know they're going to get a chance to throw the ball and prove what they can do. Again, we did take notice."

Veteran Josh McCown, who attended Sunday's workout as a spectator, and 2011 fifth-round draft choice Nate Enderle and currently the third and fourth quarterbacks respectively on the club's depth chart.