And. Here. We. Go.
Per Matt Nagy, today was the first day Bears QBs could throw routes to receivers, running backs and tight ends at Halas since last year.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) August 12, 2020
Finally — on day 148 of the league year — Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles were able to throw to their pass-catchers. Wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends were the targets for Foles and Trubisky on the day that ushered in the first of this summer’s competition. No word if Eddie Jackson was part of the festivities, but it can’t be totally ruled out.
Matt Nagy said both quarterbacks looked good in their first on-field practice throws. The Bears head coach said Foles and Trubisky were doing the little things, such as pre-snap lineup, what adjustments they can do on the line, and things of that nature. And frankly, I hope that’s the case. Otherwise, I’d be worried had Nagy said something to the contrary. Imagine him coming out and saying both quarterbacks struggled with timing. Or that neither had any idea where their receivers were going. That would be a nightmare. But at least that wasn’t the case.
As a long-time training camp practice observer, I’ll admit everyone looks great practicing in helmets and shorts. But at least Chicago’s QBs were able to work on the timing aspect of the game. And let’s not underestimate that part of this competition. Remember, Trubisky spent the summer working out with teammtates throughout the offseason as he tries to keep his starting gig. Meanwhile, that’s something Foles hasn’t been able to work on this being acquired in a trade. So for Foles, today’s practice marks his first steps in closing the gap on Trubisky’s advantage in having familiarity with his receivers.
However, let’s not put the cart ahead of the horse. The real fun begins next Monday when padded practices begin. From there, we’ll get a much better feel as for how the QB competition will shape up.