Jeffery, Marshall miss Day 2 of minicamp
June, 12, 2013
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com
Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesDespite missing Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Bears' offense is clicking in minicamp.LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears concluded Day 2 of their three-day mandatory minicamp without starting receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall as well as rookie seventh-round pick Marquess Wilson.
The team held out Jeffery as a precautionary measure after the second-year receiver suffered a minor hamstring injury last week during organized team activities. Wilson also missed because of what coach Marc Trestman called a “light” hamstring tweak. Marshall participated in the first day of minicamp, but the Bears want to be careful with how they handle his recovery from offseason arthroscopic hip surgery.
“We were a little light in the receiver department today,” Trestman said. “Some of the younger guys picked it up, did a good job. We went pretty much the whole practice with the ball off the ground; a lot of completions.”
With the starters and Wilson out of action, the Bears handed the bulk of the first-team reps to Earl Bennett and Joe Anderson while other players such as Eric Weems, Devin Aromashodu, Terrence Toliver and Brittan Golden saw increased snaps.
Jeffery caught 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games last season but missed a total of six weeks because of a fractured hand and arthroscopic knee surgery.
Marshall anticipates being 100 percent when training camp opens in July and appears to already be at that level.
Wilson, meanwhile, participated in Tuesday's workout, but it's unknown whether he strained his hamstring in that session or during Wednesday's practice.
“We're light. He had a leg tweak, a light ham. So we kept him out and [we're] being very prudent with Brandon, and as I said yesterday, Alshon tweaked his ham last week on a long ball,” Trestman said. “So we're just trying to be mindful and make sure they're healthy as we move into training camp with this month behind us.”
The Bears haven't conducted a full team workout all offseason that featured the entire receiving corps, but that hasn't held back the development of the offense, Trestman said.
“I've been very impressed with what they've done up to this point. We haven't really had a full set of receivers together. We've never had them together for one practice, and yet the quarterbacks are getting them in and out of the huddle quickly,” the coach said. “We've got all different kinds of protection calls offensively. Looking at it today, we made great strides today in terms of the development of our offense and the things we're trying to get done. The last two days have been very good.”