In “Love It or Hate It,” “D and Davis Show” co-host Ken Davis breaks down the most controversial topics in the sports world; here, he gives his takes on the day he and the Regal Radio team spent at Chicago Bears training camp. Expect more exclusive coverage of Bears camp on WARR throughout August.
If you listened to “The D and Davis Show” this weekend, then you know D (Demonze Spruiel) and Davis (yours truly, Kenneth Davis) ventured to Bears training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., to watch the team practice this past Friday. Below are a couple of things I noticed.
Offense: Jay Cutler seemed in-sync with his receivers. Cutler had great command of the offense and didn’t try to rifle in every pass, when he did decide to add some zip to his passes they were accurate and on the receiver just as they were coming out of their break.
In the past Cutler has been known as a “see the receiver open”-type of quarterback instead of one who drops back, goes through his progressions and releases the ball prior to the receiver finishing his route. For coach Marc Trestman to run his West Coast offense optimally, Cutler is going to have to trust all of the players on the field with him.
Mind you, Cutler has not had such a strong receivers core in the past, so you can understand his easing into that level of trust with the receivers whom he hasn’t worked with much. Plus, outside of last season, the offensive line in front of Cutler has basically been a sieve. There were several times during practice Friday where the defensive line pressured Cutler into releasing the ball early, in those instances he managed to connect with Martellus Bennett twice and Armanti Edwards once for positive progress.
Defense: I primarily focused on d-line play in my observations, with an emphasis on seeing how the off-seasons additions of LaMarr Houston, Jared Allen, Willie Young, Ego Ferguson and Willie Sutton can improve the Bears ability to pressure quarterbacks.
Jared Allen was everything you could expect, his nonstop motor was on display. It is easy to recognize the tenacity which has lead Allen to be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL over the last decade.
Inside the line, Stephen Paea impressed with his penetration, especially as he is the nose tackle, you wouldn’t expect to see him in the backfield as much as we did. Paea is not only a power guy, he has speed as well, which was evident in practice.
There was not enough need pressure coming from the interior of the defensive line when the two rookies (Ego Ferguson and Willie Sutton) were on the field. As rookies this is the first time Ferguson and Sutton have gone up against grown ass men on a regular basis. I was pleased to see Sutton working on slipping offenders hands after practice. If both Ferguson and Sutton turn into good rotation guys this season, the Bears would be very pleased.
Get a look at more images from our first day at Bears camp and keep a look out from more coverage here when the WARR team visits camp again on August 11.
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