Bears expect to add rookie FAs
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A few of the 34 tryout players who attended the three-day Bears rookie minicamp are expected to be offered contracts, head coach Lovie Smith told the media at the conclusion of Sunday's practice at Halas Hall.
"The group of tryout guys who came here without a contract, I'm always anxious to see what we have for those," Smith said. "A few of the guys really made us take notice. We'll end up signing a couple of those guys. I can't really go over the names yet because we haven't told them. But this was an excellent group of guys who can hopefully contribute someway to us."
At least one position group stood out over the weekend to the untrained eye: quarterbacks. While tryout quarterbacks have struggled over the years in the Bears rookie minicamp setting, both Wisconsin-Whitewater's Matt Blanchard and Indiana State's Ronnie Fouch turned in relatively solid performances. Blanchard, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, possesses a live arm and looked the part of a quarterback, who at the very least, deserves to be invited to somebody's training camp in the summer.
"Both of the guys did some good things. Quarterbacks have an opportunity (at a rookie minicamp)," Smith said. "They know they're going to get a chance to throw the ball and prove what they can do. Again, we did take notice."
Veteran Josh McCown, who attended Sunday's workout as a spectator, and 2011 fifth-round draft choice Nate Enderle and currently the third and fourth quarterbacks respectively on the club's depth chart.