By Jonathan Okanes
Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 9:42 pm in Training camp.
The Bears warmed up for their first double-day of camp Friday night with a good session just in shells.
–A couple of injury updates to add to last night’s list. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks is one of a few players that are day-to-day with concussions. He didn’t practice yesterday or today. Cornerback Chris Conte missed tonght’s practice with a muscle pull. Nobody who was injured previously returned tonight.
–Tedford praised the play of backup tight end Skylar Curran, who appears to me making waves on the depth chart. Curran is starting to get some second team reps and Tedford said he anticipates him contributing this season.
–Kevin Riley and Brock Mansion each had ups and downs today. Riley started off strong before missing some throws late, while Mansion did the opposite. Early on, Mansion overthrew Jarrett Sparks over the middle. Sparks tipped it into the air and it was intercepted by D.J. Campbell.
Mansion also made a bad decision when he telegraphed a screen to Dasarte Yarnway, and linebacker Ryan Davis stepped in front to pick it off and return it for a touchdown.
Davis had a pretty good practice. He made a nice play to get into the backfield on another run play, but running back Kevin Lewis eluded the tackle.
After looking sharp early, Riley overthrew wide receiver Alex Lagemann on one pass attempt and threw too far out of his reach on another. He later uncorked one right into the number of linebacker D.J. Holt, who intercepted the pass intended for Curran.
On Mansion’s first rep during the final 11-on-11 drill, he made a perfect throw down the middle of the field to hit Shane Vereen in stride against pretty tight coverage.
Riley ended strong, making a precise pass on a timing pattern to Anthony Miller for a touchdown during red zone work.
–Running back Jahvid Best returned to practice, but got a limited amount of reps. Tedford said Best is just sore and the team is being conservative with his practice load.
The Bears will practice in pads tomorrow morning and in helmets in the evening.