By Jonathan Okanes
Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 9:32 pm in Training camp.
Jeff Tedford walked way from the second day of training camp a little disappointed. He felt like his team suffered a bit of a letdown, that the Bears were only amped up Friday because it was the first day of camp. He talked to the team after practice about bringing maximum effort every day and every practice. It will be interesting to see how they respond Sunday.
The highlight of practice was a play made by quarterback Kevin Riley. He stepped up under pressure with the pocket collapsing around him and threw a pass downfield off the run. It landed perfectly in the arms of Jahvid Best, who easily found his way to the end zone.
Wide receiver Michael Calvin has had a strong first couple of days of practice. Nothing spectacular, but considering he’s coming off ACL injury, he’s looked smooth catching passes and taking hits without incident.
Jeremy Ross made a nice catch in the end zone off a tight, short throw through traffic from Riley. And Marvin Jones had a nice day as well.
I talked with Ross, Jones and Nyan Boateng tonight for a story I will be doing on the receivers for Monday. The receiving corps seems to be coming around, something that could be key to the season.
Brock Mansion took the majority of the first team reps today, but Riley still got his share.
I got a few questions this week about backup punter Ryan Theimer. He indeed quit the team. That leaves the Bears without a backup, so kicker David Seawright is going to assume that role. Seawright doesn’t have any punting experience – He just started practicing during the summer. The Bears practiced special teams for the first time tonight, and Seawright was predictably all over the place with his punts. Tedford is confident Seawright will be able to do the job by the start of the season if anything happens to Bryan Anger.
Freshman Vince D’Amato practiced his first field goal attempts at Cal. His first attempt sailed left and his second was blocked, but he shook it off. Giorgio Tavecchio still looks strong, and Seawright had some nice efforts as well.
Syd’Quan Thompson, Jones, Boateng, Ross and Shane Vereen all took reps at punt returner. The Bears didn’t do any kickoff work.
The Bears will practice in shells for the first time Sunday.