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Evening camp update: Bears and Raji news

8/12/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- First and as always, make sure you check Jeff Dickerson's blog over at ESPN Chicago. Jeff posts a new report after every Bears practice.

A few things that jumped out to me Tuesday night, both in Bourbonnais and around the division:

  • I can't tell you how obvious it is that quarterback Jay Cutler's favorite receiver is tight end Greg Olsen. During a two-minute drill to end the practice, Cutler threw two completions to Olsen and then found him in the corner of the end zone for a diving catch. As reporters crowded around Olsen, Cutler walked by and mockingly said: "Do you ever use two hands?" Unless it's a sophisticated act, the pair has genuine chemistry on and off the field.

  • Bears fans are still showing up in droves. There were 9,100 of them in the stadium at Olivet Nazarene University.

  • Players were in shoulder pads and shorts, so contact was limited. On the positive side, defensive tackle Tommie Harris was not. Harris participated in all of the practice, but coach Lovie Smith indicated it was unlikely that he would play Saturday at Buffalo. Smith continued to downplay the severity of Harris' sore knee, but facts are facts: This has been going on for 20 months.

  • Here's a mixed bag if you're a Bears fan. Olsen had five yards on safety Danieal Manning on a 25-yard seam route during 7-on-7 drills. Good if you like Olsen. Bad if you want Manning to be a long-term answer at safety.

  • Smith said Josh Beekman will start at left guard Saturday at Buffalo. People who have watched practice all summer say Beekman has clearly outplayed newcomer Frank Omiyale. My limited time here leads me to agree. Omiyale's insertion into first-team drills appears to be a courtesy.

  • Here's an interesting twist in Green Bay: Unsigned rookie B.J. Raji left town Tuesday night, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and is headed for Boston, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Raji had been living in Green Bay while awaiting a contract agreement. It's possible he just wants to grab some New England clam chowder, but his departure suggests no deal is imminent.