Defense gets jump on offense again
July, 27, 2013
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhThe Bears' defense has opened up the first two practices with interceptions.Déjà vu took hold of practice Saturday, and the workout kicked off the same way it did a day prior: with a Jay Cutler interception.
Safety Chris Conte got things started with an interception off a tipped pass to open Friday’s festivities, and on Saturday, veteran cornerback Charles Tillman dove to pick off a low Cutler pass during full team drills.
“Again we’ve elected not to have the first play of practice, we’ll start with play two tomorrow, because we’ve had two tremendous picks on the first play,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “Charles made a great pick today so that was really good.”
Here are some more observations from Saturday’s workout at Olivet Nazarene University:
“Kyle is not as far along as James is, but that’s just going to be an ongoing (issue) as we move through training camp and I can do a better job of doing an evaluation,” Trestman said. “I just don’t feel comfortable at this time.”
Brown, meanwhile, isn’t factoring in Long’s first-round pedigree as an obstacle in this competition.
“I don’t think about it like that,” Brown said. “I just play football.”
Asked about the tight end’s personality, Trestman said, “Absolutely love it, because he knows how to be a pro. If you can see him in the meetings, he is up and front. He takes meticulous notes. He asks tremendous questions. He does everything right. That’s something you don’t see. He knows how to have fun with football. He’s got a great sense of humor and we enjoy it.”