The Bears practiced in full pads for the third straight day, and it’s starting to show. Several players sat out with injuries. Cal had trouble finding running backs to take reps after Tracy Slocum suffered a stinger. Jahvid Best ran with the first team, but his backups were walk-ons such as Peter Geurts and Langston Jackson.
Joining an already fairly extensive list on the sideline is linebacker Anthony Felder (swollen knee) and offensive tackle Chet Teofilo (hamstring). None of the injured players reported yesterday returned today.
Not much to report in the quarterback competition. To be frank, neither guy played all that well Sunday. Sunday was one of those practices that truly supports the argument that defense is ahead of the offense this early in camp.
Kevin Riley was back playing with the first team and Nate Longshore ran the second unit. Neither unit moved the ball very well. The best offensive player of the day was Best, who broke off two long runs, one of which went for a touchdown after he gave cornerback Darian Hagan a little stiff-arm at the 5-yard line.
Sunday marked the end of the first week of camp. I asked coach Jeff Tedford what he had learned about his team after one week.
“I learned that we have a great group of guys, guys that are working hard, taking pride in doing things right,” he said. “We have great chemistry.”
As for players that have stuck out for him, he cited only new players since he essentially knows all the returning players so well. Tedford said linebacker Mychal Kendricks has really stood out and there is a strong chance he will contribute as a true freshman. Kendricks has been flying all over the field making plays so far in camp. Tedford also singled out defensive back Bryant Nnabuife, a junior college transfer who just seems to always be in on a play.
As for a progress report on the quarterbacks after one week? Tedford wasn’t touching that one. After I asked him if he had any thoughts on the quarterbacks after one week, he paused for a long time, seemingly searching for the right words, or perhaps how to avoid the question. I finally jokingly offered that he could just say “No, I don’t.” He took me up on my offer.
The Bears will hold their second double-day session tomorrow, but both practices will be in helmets and shoulder pads only.