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Bears Notebook: Day Five Training Camp Observations

Our very own Dan DeYoung was at the first day of full contact practice for the Bears. All his observations are here.

Chicago Bears Training Camp is well underway as the Bears are already one week though Training Camp, and only one week away from playing in their first preseason game against the Ravens. With only one week away, today was the first full-contact practice. The players were hitting hard all practice, and it made for a more entertaining practice.

This was the first practice that I was at so far this Training Camp, and I was really excited to see how this new coaching staff has changed things already in person.

The Offense Made Too Many Mistakes

After the first weekend, everyone was super excited about the new look Chicago Bears offense. The offense has had some great moments, but also some not so great moments. There were mistakes made throughout practice, including with players not sure where they were supposed to be, multiple false starts, and a few mental mistakes throughout practice, including this one that got quite a few laughs.

Matt Nagy Creativity

The first play that the Bears came out with when they were focusing on the air game was an interesting one. They all lined up in a set with everyone close together, but a huge shift had players spreading out all across the field. I was not sure if this was just a part of the beginning of practice, or if this was done as an actual play.

Sure enough, later during the team sessions, the Bears ran that huge shift.

The shift may not have resulted in a completion, but to see the Bears running this big of a shift so early in camp just confirms that the Nagy offense is going to be very creative. It will be very exciting to see what they are hiding for Green Bay September 9th.

Mitch Trubisky Has Another Up and Down Day

Trubisky has had a solid start to camp, but he has had some struggles early on. In today’s practice, he threw a few errant passes.

The one above is one that is one that will happen every once in a while, especially at the beginning of camp, but he also had some misses on some shorter throws that were disappointing.

He did, however, show off the deep ball well. Early on, he showed off that deep ball on a throw to Tarik Cohen, and then later to Kevin White, which he dropped.

While his accuracy was lacking a bit, he showed off an arm that was not used too often last year. it is hard to not get excited about Nagy allowing him to let him loose early this camp

Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller showed off again today, proving why the team seems to be so excited about him His play has been a popular topic early this Training Camp, which was exactly what I expected after he was drafted. Miller was my favorite selection for the Bears this year, and he proved it why again.

Miller today was all over the field today. He showed again today why he was such a valuable selection. Early in practice, he was working the mesh drills with the running backs, being placed all over the field.

Usually watching the mesh drills in warmups is not that exciting, but watching Anthony Miller running mesh with Tarik Cohen is a scary thought. The two of them are such explosive athletes that defenses are really going to struggle when they both might be getting the ball.

The Bears used Miller on bubble screens quite a bit as well. Miller will be very valuable with his athleticism in this spot.

Miller also showed off his big-play capabilities today. Late in practice, Chase Daniel threw basically a jump ball to Anthony Miller, who lifted off and made a beautiful back shoulder catch.

I expected Miller to be used in a variety of different ways this season after the team drafted him, and it appears that it is the plan to use him that way, and Bears fans should be excited about that.

Ryan Nall’s Multi Touchdown Day

Ryan Nall had a huge day for himself today. He got himself a couple of touchdowns on the day, big for a player who is certainly fighting for a spot on the team.

Today he both showed the speed and the power that he possesses. His first touchdown on the day helped display that breakaway speed and vision that he possesses. The cut back at the end of this play was nasty and promising to see.

Not too long after that, Nall battled his way into the end zone during the goal line session. The 6’2″232-pound rookie running back really fights to get the ball into the end zone.

Nall had a huge day for sure, and he will be one to watch in the preseason.

Bilal Nichols

Nichols had himself a pretty good day today. One of the main concerns for the Bears this season is the lack of a great pass rush. Bilal Nichols stepped up today and was really getting after it all practice. He had a couple big rushes that I was not expecting him to make this early into his career, but he may be blossoming early.

The Bears need all the help they can get in the pass rush, and if Nichols can make an impact on that, it would be huge for the defense.

Other Notes

Kylie Fitts was given a shot to play with the first team today. The edge rusher position is weak, so it makes sense to give the young guy a shot today.

James Daniels was playing some second string center during practice. The lack of a presence from Hroniss Grasu may have caused that.

Overall, the practice was okay. It is very early in Training Camp, and the team still has a lot of work to do, but from what I have seen, I think Bears fans should be excited to see this team Week 1.

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1 comment on “Bears Notebook: Day Five Training Camp Observations

  1. Well you can’t have it both ways? Magus creative? There’s a lot to focus on? Do you think in one weeks time they’re a well oiled machine? Is it possible that Magus just throw in it asll out there to see what the limits are and will cut back from there….. as we get closer to the regular season?

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