Sunday marks the final open training camp practice of the summer. Here’s hoping the Bears make the most of it.
- Mitch Trubisky stole the show in the Bears’ preseason opener, but the first two waves of Bears defensive units were equally worthy of being praised for their performance. Back at practice, the defense held its ground again on Saturday. Second-year safety DeAndre Houston-Carson came away with two red zone picks on opposite ends of the field, one from Trubisky and the other from Mark Sanchez. Picked in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Houston-Carson appeared in eight games, but totaled just eight snaps. The Bears’ secondary is a bit crowded, so he’ll need a few more of those kinds of performances to make a mark moving forward.
- Cre’von LeBlanc, Marcus Cooper, and Prince Amukamara each had good looking pass breakups, with the ones from Cooper and Amukamara coming against Mike Glennon. The Cooper and Amukamara breakups stood out because they came after Glennon started Saturday’s practice on fire. Saturday might have been Glennon’s best practice, as he was dropping dimes with confidence all over the training facility – starting with a beautiful deep ball down the sideline to Kendall Wright. It was great to see after a disappointing preseason debut.
- As for Trubisky, he received a standing ovation upon his arrival, but his practice performance couldn’t match what he did in the preseason opener. That’s what happens when you set such a high bar, I suppose. Even still, one of the things I came away feeling afterward was how fun he was to watch while on the move. Watching Trubisky throw on the run has been a treat, and I feel as if he’ll need to channel that athleticism as often as he can while playing behind a third-string offensive line.
- Not to be left out, Sanchez threw a nice touchdown pass to camp standout Tanner Gentry, with safety Deon Bush all over him in coverage.
- Tarik Cohen’s concentration levels and juggling act might be the most impressive thing I’ve seen at camp:
Tarik Cohen catches five punts in one turn. Impressive balancing act and level of concentration. pic.twitter.com/r7LhqTZrMh
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) August 12, 2017
- John Fox did his best to throw a wet blanket on the Trubisky hype train (PFW), and he said he wasn’t changing his depth chart based on one preseason game. Sure enough, the status quo remained and Glennon bounced back (ChicagoBears.com, Tribune, The Athletic, ESPN), so it’s nice to see that worked. Fox said he wasn’t changing depth chart and it turns out he was a man of his word. As for what Trubisky’s role would look like after his standout performance, mum was the word (Sun-Times).
- The Bears also had a visitor on Saturday, as Virginia McCaskey watched practice from a golf cart.
- Some injury news to pass along, as receiver Josh Bellamy (ankle) and running back Ka’Deem Carey (thigh) did not practice, while linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (concussion) did not practice. Carey and Kwiatkoski were two of the Bears’ five highest-graded players by PFF’s standards in their preseason opener.
- In other injury news, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic noted that safety Harold Jones-Quartey and running back Jeremy Langford were doing work on the side as they recover from their respective injuries. Meanwhile, Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald reports that linebacker Jonathan Anderson, defensive lineman Jaye Howard, and receiver Rueben Randle weren’t practicing on Saturday either.
- The Bears have their own kicking concerns, but things could be worse:
Kicker news: The #Bucs have released former 2nd round pick Roberto Aguayo after last night's misses.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 12, 2017
- Aguayo was the 59th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016, going ahead of a slew of talented players. The Florida State product posted a 71 percent success rate on field goal attempts as a rookie. For what it’s worth, he was the NFC’s Special Teams Rookie of the Week after his Week 11 performance in which he made all four of his field goal attempts in a road win against the Chiefs. At least he’ll always have Kansas City in November.
- Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch returned to football after a year off, and made headlines before an offensive snap was even taken. Lynch remained seated during the national anthem prior to the team’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Lynch did not play in Saturday’s contest and did not speak to media after the game, but head coach Jack Del Rio said he wouldn’t force Lynch to stand during the anthem.