By Jonathan Okanes
Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 2:34 pm in off-season stuff.
–In case you missed it, here’s a story I wrote for yesterday’s paper, focusing on the Bears’ mood as training camp nears.
Some stuff that didn’t get into the story:
–Kevin Riley admitted the quarterbacks should have thrown more during the offseason last year because of the influx of new receivers. “With a new batch of receivers coming in, we should have thrown the ball more last summer,” Riley said. “This summer, we are throwing the ball more.”
–Riley also said the receivers have shown improvement this summer. When asked who has stood out, he singled out Marvin Jones, Michael Calvin, Nyan Boateng and Alex Lagemann. Riley said Jones has just continued to do what he did during the spring while Calvin, who is coming back from a torn ACL, is getting more and more healthy. “Every week as the summer has progressed, he’s gotten a little more comfortable with his route running,” Riley said. “Coming back from an injury like that, you’re going to be a little scared at first on your break. Every week, he’s running routes better. He’s always caught the ball well. Hopefully he can continue to get better. He can be a guy who can really makes plays for us.” Riley said Lagemann, like Jones, also continues to build off his spring, although he has been slowed by a toe injury during the offseason.”
–Mike Mohamed said he’s looking forward to settling into one position rather than backing up all four linebacker spots this season. “It was awesome moving around, but it will definitely be better to settle down in one position and know you’re going to be sticking there. Just to be settled in and know your job — you’re not scrambling around trying to keep track of everything that is going on with every position.”