By Jonathan Okanes
Friday, August 21st, 2009 at 10:14 pm in Training camp.
The Bears moved their scheduled evening practice to the morning today, and there wasn’t a whole lot of news. No quarterback decision yet. Jeff Tedford said Kevin Riley took the first team reps once again today. I asked him to estimate how many first team reps Riley has taken during camp, and he guessed 70 percent. I followed up by asking if the burden is on Brock Mansion to take those first team reps away from Riley.
“It’s all been pretty even and pretty competitive as far as opportunity is concerned,” Tedford said. “We don’t look at it like (the other quarterbacks) have to take it from him. It’s who actually is doing the things on a consistent basis.”
So Tedford won’t say if the majority of the first team snaps going to Riley means anything. But last week, when asked a question about the depth chart, Tedford said a player moves up from the second team to the first team when he plays well enough on the second team to get a look on the first team. I’ll let you put two and two together.
By comparison, when Riley and Nate Longshore battled for the job last fall, they got pretty much equal first and second team reps all the way through camp.
–Tedford said running back Jahvid Best took some reps today. He didn’t take any hits, but he went through some team work near the beginning of practice.
“He’s getting closer,” Tedford said. “He’s feeling better. We’re going to continue to progress him. I would expect that he’ll be full go in the next couple of days.”
–Some injury updates: Cornerback Darian Hagan sat out with soreness in the knee that kept him out for a couple of days earlier in camp. Also, freshman running back Dasarte Yarnway has some kind of injury to his foot or toe. Tedford said he injured it a few days ago and actually practiced “fairly well” yesterday, but it got worse and he was scheduled to have an MRI on it at some point today and also see a foot specialist. … Wide receiver Alex Lagemann returned to practice in a yellow jersey after missing a couple of days with a bruised quadriceps muscle.
–Tedford said that Giorgio Tavecchio is leading the competition for kickoffs. Tavecchio also kicked a 47-yard field goal today to culminate a two-minute drill.
“He’s been the most consistent with (kickoffs),” Tedford said. “Giorgio has enough leg to get it there, but it’s consistency on where to hit the ball. It’s that consistency hitting the sweet spot to make sure it has the hang time and the distance that we’re looking for.”
–Tedford said today was the best day Bryan Anger has had punting the ball since camp began.