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Some observations from minicamp

5/24/2010
Jerry Lai/US Presswire

A few observations from Chicago Bears minicamp:

  • Zack Bowman made a plea to reporters on the sidelines during one-on-one drills against the receivers, when he notched the third interception of the drill. “DBs dominated,” Bowman said. “Y’all put that in the paper.” Well, we’re a Website, but we’ll make sure to mention it. Prior to Bowman’s interception in one-on-one drills, rookie Joshua Moore and Tim Jennings also picked off passes.

  • Speaking of interceptions, safety Chris Harris dropped at least two Sunday during seven-on-seven and team drills. As Harris walked back toward the defensive huddle after the second dropped INT, someone from inside yelled, “Talk to your hands, man.”

    Cornerback Charles Tillman turned to assistant defensive backs coach Gill Byrd after Harris’ dropped INT and said, “Jairus Byrd would’ve caught it.” A Pro Bowl selection as a rookie safety last season for the Buffalo Bills, Jairus Byrd tied for the NFL lead in interceptions in 2009 (nine) and is Gill Byrd’s son. Harris, meanwhile, stayed several minutes after practice to catch balls.

  • Bowman went down with a minor leg injury after Devin Hester beat him for a 45-yard bomb from Jay Cutler during team drills. Bowman didn’t appear to be seriously injured.

  • Fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou made the most acrobatic catch of Sunday’s practice when he made a diving grab on a pass from Caleb Hanie down the seam.

  • Safety Craig Steltz dropped an interception when he broke in front of a pass from Hanie intended for Richard Angulo, but quickly made up for it by picking off a Hanie pass meant for Earl Bennett.

  • Tight end Desmond Clark showcased his versatility by handling long-snapping duties with the second team during punt drills. Not to be outdone, veteran guard Roberto Garza performed some shot-gun snaps while filling in at center for the rehabbing Olin Kreutz.

  • Mike Martz experimented with certain plays near the end of practice, including Hester taking an outside handoff from Cutler and then pitching the football to Forte.

  • Henry Melton got a few starts reps at defensive tacke.

  • Tillman spent much of minicamp receiving instruction from defensive backs coaches Jon Hoke and Byrd. Tillman did not attend the Bears voluntary offseason workouts until this past Monday.

  • Sunday's warm weather caused one notable member of the offense to vomit in the bushes next to the practice field.